2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds and Waiver Wire Pickups

The following teams have BYE WEEKS and DO NOT play this week:
Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins

RUNNING BACKS

Giovanni Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 39.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Gio took 12 totes for 61 yards and a touchdown, and added another 25 yards on 5 catches.  He took on a stout Panthers defense and posted a solid stat line, making him a viable fantasy starter for the duration of Mixon's absence.  Unfortunately, he'll take on his complimentary role when Mixon returns.  He has the fast-paced, sideline to sideline Falcons defense in week 4.

Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 39.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Allen is the quintessential touchdown vulture.  He gets most of the goal line carries and most of the receiving work.  He rushed 6 times for just 7 yards last week, but he managed to punch it in for a touchdown on the ground.  He also caught 3 passes for 19 yards and another touchdown.  He's available in over half of all ESPN leagues, and can be counted on to score at least a touchdown in every outing.  He already has 4 touchdowns through the first 3 weeks, so odds are he'll find the endzone somehow some way. 

Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 5.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Ivory is worth picking up for the foreseeable future.  As long as Shady remains sidelined with fractured ribs, Ivory will get the start.  He didn't do too bad either, gaining 56 yards on 20 carries, and another 70 yards on 3 catches against an elite Vikings defense.  He'll face a much softer Packers defense this week and is worth the start if Shady doesn't play.

Alfred Morris, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 58.4% of all ESPN leagues):
With Jimmy G lost for the year, Shanahan may lean on the running game now more than ever.  C.J. Bethard will be taking snaps, and there's no doubt his head coach will try to help him out.  The additional run volume should theoretically help Morris.  Buyer beware: opposing defenses could load the box to try and stop the run first, making life difficult for Morris.  

WIDE RECEIVERS 

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons(currently owned in 40.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Ridley posted 11 catches for 210 yards and FOUR touchdowns in the last 2 weeks.  He was touted as the #1 wideout going into this year's draft and showed why he deserved all of the hype.  His performances against Carolina and New Orleans have catapulted him into fantasy relevance and he needs to be rostered in all formats.  

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 23.7% of all ESPN leagues):
For the second week in a row, Boyd has gained the most fantasy benefit from the absence of A.J. Green.  He caught 6 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown, a career outing for the young wideout.  He should continue to make strides as long as Green remains unavailable.  He's available in over 75% of leagues, and potential owners can be confident about picking him up and starting him against a Falcons defense that's looked weak recently.  Boyd will be busy catching passes in what could turn into a shootout.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Given Green Bay's lack of a ground game, there's always enough targets to feed all of the wideouts.  As long as Rodgers is healthy, Allison has a floor of low end flex numbers and has high upside.  The Packers should be involved in even more shootouts now that Clay Matthews incurs game-changing roughing the passer penalties every game and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is likely out for the season.  The game will be won or lost through Aaron Rodgers' arm, making Allison a good fantasy target.

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 47.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Flacco still has an arm cannon, and Brown still has the speed to reel in the deep pass.  In 3 weeks, he's caught 12 passes for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 18.5 yards per catch.  Brown reminds fantasy owners that speed kills.  He should continue to put up good fantasy numbers as long as the Ravens continue to sling the rock.  They'll take on a struggling Steelers defense in a fierce division matchup next week.  

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 33% of all ESPN leagues):
At 6'4", 220lbs, Williams is an imposing physical specimen and a walking highlight reel.  The Chargers' defense has given up plenty of points recently, which means their wideouts should get plenty of run.  The Bolts also do not have a reliable tight end since Antonio Gates is likely on a snap count.  This means more targets should be spread out around Keenan Allen, and Mike and Tyrell Williams, giving Mike Williams a decent flex floor with WR2 upside.

Christian Kirk, WR, Arizona Cardinals (currently owned in 6.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie out of Texas A&M has seen his target share increase and is now second on the team in that category.  He snagged 7 tosses for 90 yards against a tough Bears defense.  He's trending in the right direction, so add him while he's readily available in over 90% of all leagues. 

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 60.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Questions were raised regarding who would would deliver the ball to Benjamin going into this season.  He's caught just 6 passes for 58 yards and just 1 touchdown, which has hurt his fantasy stock significantly.  While Benjamin is little more than a benched, deep league dart through at this point, he's a good speculative add if he's available on the wire.  He does look like he's finally getting on the same page with rookie QB Josh Allen.  Grab him and bench him, and get him in the lineup if he starts trending up.  

TIGHT ENDS

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The rookie tight end has come into fantasy relevance.  The Eagles are down to their last 3 healthy receivers, with Jordan Matthews re-signing, and someone needs to catch the ball.  Goedert caught 7 of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown and played 67% of the offensive snaps.  The tight end position is very shallow, and Goedert could be an excellent waiver add if he can develop some consistency.  For now, he's worth the speculative pick up.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 45.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Eifert finally seems to be picking up the pace after being eased back into action the first 2 weeks.  He caught 6 passes for 74 yards and is trending upward.  He should see additional targets if A.J. Green remains out with a groin injury, and should continue working his way back as an integral part of the Bengals' offense.  

Benjamin Watson, TE, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 29.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Saints defense and Watson have an opposite relationship. Been trends up when the defense trends down.  That said, the Saints defense has been struggling giving up 91 total points to the Falcons and Buccaneers.  Watson has slowly been getting involved in the Saints' passing game.  He works mostly in the middle of the field on short passes, so this will be a PPR add. 

QUARTERBACKS

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 2.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Allen is 6'5", 237lbs, just 3lbs shy of one Big Ben Roethlisberger, who measures in at 6'5", 240lbs.  He's big, athletic, and can get it done on the ground as well as through the air.  That athleticism was certainly on display when he hurdled 6'5", 255lb Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.  No, this wasn't just some small, defensive back.  This was a significant leap over a tall, well-built Vikings defender and onto the fantasy radar.  While he completed just 15 of 22 passes for just 196 yards and a touchdown, he also carried the ball 10 times for 39 yards and another 2 scores on the ground.  Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over against an elite Vikings defense.  He's big, athletic, tough to bring down, and has an arm cannon.  There's certainly high upside for this rookie QB, especially this week against a weak Packers defense.  He warrants rostering.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 7.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill isn't the sexiest pick of the fantasy football world, but he did manage to connect on 17 of 23 tosses for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns without turning the ball over.  More importantly, the Dolphins look like they're falling into a rhythm using explosive playmakers Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant.  Grant caught 2 passes and used his jaw dropping speed to explode to the endzone on one of them.  Then the Dolphins also have Kenny Stills and Devontae Parker who they can toss the ball to.  Another outing like this from Grant and the fantasy world may begin to expect Tyreek Hill-type numbers and big plays from this quarterback-wideout duo.  Until then, Tannehill has some pretty nice matchups that he can exploit.  

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 10.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Manning has been the victim of inconsistent pass protection and a new offensive system that the G-men are still getting used to.  That said, he's posted respectable, QB2 numbers and should make his way into the low-end QB1 catagories as the season progresses, as long as OBJ is on the field.  Even with Evan Engram sidelined, he still has Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard for short throws.  He's not elite, but he is serviceable.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 7% of all ESPN leagues):
Mayfield is perhaps the most intreaguing of all of this year's quarterbacks.  He'll have a chance to start this week against a very soft Raiders defense and he's surrounded with playmakers.  He should be added in all 2QB leagues and has high upside.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS 

Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 7.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Seahawks' defense finally looks like it's trending up with the return of K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.  In addition, it looks like there's more unit cohesion all around.  They managed to limit a mobile Dak Prescott, a top five running back in Zeke, and the offense to just 13 points while forcing 3 turnovers.  At the very least, they're worth a speculative streaming add.

New York Jets (currently owned in 31.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Jets' pass defense ranks 7th in yards allowed and 12th in rushing defense in yards allowed.  If Fournette doesn't play, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense could be in for a long day.  Outside of a 4 touchdown performance in week 2, he's struggled to deliver the ball.  He was held to just 155 passing yards against the Titans and didn't have a passing or throwing touchdown.  A Jets defensive backfield led by Morris Claiborne could feast on the turnover-prone Jaguars QB.

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