2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 4 bye week, injury, and waiver wire help is here!

The following teams have BYE weeks this week and do NOT play:
- New York Jets
- San Francisco 49ers


RUNNING BACKS (RB)

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 1.2% of all ESPN leagues):
This is a bit risky.  It's anyone's guess who will fill Saquon Barkley's role while he recovers from a high ankle sprain sustained in week 3 against the Bucs but it may be some committee of Wayne Gallman, Daniel Jones, and the other backs on the Giants roster.  The Giants are short on receiving options so they could turn to Gallman to shoulder a larger load than usual.  Gallman should also receive plenty of work in the passing game making him a valuable asset in PPR leagues.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 15% of all ESPN leagues):
Injuries thinned out the Patriots backfield a bit.  Burkhead handled receiving work for the Pats in James White's absence reeling 6 of his 7 targets for 22 yards.  He also added 47 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.  Burkhead should continue to be involved in the Pat's offense until James White is well enough to return.  Roster this flex starter with caution.

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 2.7% of all ESPN leagues):
**The San Francisco 49ers have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT play**
Wilson has certainly siezed his opportunity by scoring four touchdowns in the last two weeks.  He's currently available in over 97% of all ESPN leagues.  Chances are he won't be able to keep up this scoring pace, but he should continue to see a workload like's he's had.  Opportunities should be there and that's what's needed for production.

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 42% of all ESPN leagues):
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has said that they'd go with the hot hand in regards to whoever gets the carries.  Jones' did much more with his touches, generating 80 yards on his 14 carries, vs the 48 yards on Barber's 13 carries.  This week's game flow may have also helped him.  The Bucs got up big in the first half so they may have tried to use Jones to bleed the clock.  Jones' fantasy stock has been down drastically through the first few weeks of the season.  Another tough matchup awaits against the Rams.  Opposing defenses sell out against the run and try to force Winston into making a mistake, so it's tough for this backfield to generate any kind of fantasy stats.  However, Jones' schedule does ease up a bit so it'd be good to buy low right now before everyone wants him.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

Kansas City Chiefs Wide Receivers
DeMarcus Robinson (currently owned in 62.4% of all ESPN leagues)
Mecole Hardman (currently owned in 44.3% of all ESPN leagues)
It really doesn't matter which Chiefs receiver is or isn't owned.  At this point, this offense is a video game offense that has enough touchdowns to go around and all Chiefs wideouts should be rostered and started.  Robinson built on his week 2 outing by posting another 3 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown this week.  Hardman also continued his success catching 2 passes for 97 yards and a score.  The Chiefs travel to Detroit next week where Kelce or Watkins will probably draw Darius Slay in coverage which should allow Hardman and Robinson to do their thing.  If Slay can't go with his hamstring injury suffered against the Eagles, the stage will be set for more offensive fireworks courtesy of Mahomes and his receivers.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 37% of all ESPN leagues):
Jeffery and Jackson both remained sidelined due to injuries which allowed Agholor to have an expanded role once again.  He caught 8 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown, but could've had more if he didn't drop a critical catch which killed the Eagles' final drive.  They have a tough matchup in Green Bay this week that hurts Agholor's fantasy stock.  However, the opportunities should still be there if Jeffery and Jackson are unavailable again.

DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 41% of all ESPN leagues):
It's been Chark, not Westbrook, who's been the breakout candidate for the Jaguars through this rebuilding period.  He has 15 catches for 277 yards and 3 touchdowns through three games this season and he's been a big reason behind Minshew mania.  There's a good chance those numbers will continue to grow.  Chark is a big-bodied size-speed specimen who can get down field in a hurry and win contested catches.  He's worth owning in all formats and worth a flex start at the very least. 

Randall Cobb, WR, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 30.7% of all ESPN leagues):
For years, Cobb was known as the Bear killer.  He has broken the hearts of many Bears fans from Chicago and beyond as he caught passes from future hall-of-famer Aaron Rodgers.  Now though he catches passes from a younger quarterback in a new offensive system.  He saw a big uptick in usage with Michael Gallup sidelined due to a knee injury.  Gallup could be out another three weeks which means Cobb should continue to see additional work.  Owners can get Cobb into the lineup with confidence.  Even with Prescott's athleticism, the Cowboys could try to get the ball out of their quarterback's hands early to negate the Saints pass rush.  This could mean another big workload for Cobb on quick slants, hitches, posts, and in routes.  He is a pretty good start this week against a Saints defense that has struggled against slot receivers.  They've surrendered 21 catches for 380 yards and 2 TD's to slot guys like Kenny Stills, Will Fuller, Cooper Kupp, and Tyler Lockett.

Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 1.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Johnson was one of a few players who made an impact for the Steelers during their trip to the Bay area.  He reeled in 3 of his 6 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown against a formidable 49ers defense.  He's just been promoted to the starting lineup replacing struggling veteran Donte Moncrief.  Little else is known about the rookie outside of his contributions, but he's a polished wideout who does everything well.  He could get targeted more often since he worked with Rudolph a bit during training camp and the two are fairly familiar with each other.  He's worth watching for further developments.  For more on the third round draft pick's career at the University of Toledo, check out our Rookies and Redshirts post here.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (currently owned in 5.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Edelman missed some of the game which would ultimately be labeled as a rib injury.  James White was also unavailable.  These events opened the door for Dorsett to post six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.  There aren't a ton of pass catchers in New England, especially after the Pats cut Antonio Brown, so there should be some opportunities for Dorsett to produce.  He's still catching passes from one of the best QB's in the league and he should continue getting opportunities if White and Edelman miss more time.

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 46.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Old reliable may have had his struggles in the broadcast booth, but he's proved that he can still get it done on the field.  He's served as Tony Romo's security blanket and he continues to do the same for Dak Prescott.  He's still a big, physical redzone target and he should continue to see additional targets on top of his usual workload thanks to the absence of Michael Gallup.  There's a pretty good chance he'll score a touchdown with all of his redzone targets.  He has a tough matchup against the Saints this week but he's still worth starting.

Jordan Akins, TE, Houston Texans (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Texans may have finally figured out that they can't ask Watson to take five or seven step drops and adequately protect him.  They'll try to get their tight ends more involved in the game to get the ball out of Watson's hands more quickly.  Akins caught 3 passes for 73 yards with two of those being touchdowns.  It's important to note that one of those touchdowns was a 53 yarder that came when the play broke down and Watson bought time using his legs and make the throw.  Akins is potentially a boom or bust player, but it's good to know that Watson does look for his big, athletic tight end when he's in trouble.  Akins is a grab and stash pending further usage, but he does have some nice matchups coming up against the Panthers, Falcons, Chiefs, and Raiders.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 6.9% of all ESPN leagues):
**The Jets have a BYE WEEK this week and DO NOT play**
Herndon won't be back for another couple of weeks, but he's worth grabbing and stashing now given how thin the position is.  He was one of Darnold's favorite targets last year and he should continue his success with the young signal caller throwing to him.  Darnold could be back as soon as the Jets' schedule starts easing up.  Yes, they still have some tough matchups, but the second half of the season looks similar to the Patriots first half.  There's not a ton of competition or coverage out there.  Look for Gase to use his quarterback and tight end to open up the playbook a bit.  Herndon could surprise these next few weeks, but he should be able to contribute to the Jets' success in the second half of the season.

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 27.3% of all ESPN leagues):
It's no secret by now that the Cardinals can't cover tight ends.  They've surrendered 23 catches for 348 yards and 5 touchdowns to opposing tight ends so far this season.  Dissly has slowly been getting more involved with the Seahawks offense this season.  He has 11 catches for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns so far, and this week's matchup should help him keep the momentum rolling.  He's currently available in most ESPN leagues.

QUARTERBACK (QB)

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 18.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Everyone thought the Colts we're ready to lay down after Luck announced his retirement with a bombshell.  Turns out, not so much.  Jacoby has done a pretty good job keeping his team afloat through these first few games.  The Colts finally look like they're settling in, and Jacoby threw for at least 300 yards for the first time this season.  Questions have come up surrounding Hilton's quad injury so the big play threat might not be there.  Nevertheless, they still have a couple of capable tight ends in Doyle and Ebron and Brissett could also dump it off to Mack or Hines.  The Colts will be just fine with Jacoby under center.  He's a mid-range QB2 who can fill in for spot starts.  Grab him if he's available. 

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (currently owned in 14.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Well, that's one way Jones can put his name on fantasy radars!  The rookie was electric in his pro debut completing 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns.  He also added another pair of scores on the ground on four carries.  Sure, he dropped the ball a couple of times, but he led his team in a second half comeback win after Blue got down big. In the first half.  He did it against a quality, Todd Bowles-led defense as well.  Giants fans can sleep a bit easier tonight knowing they have a young playmaker under center.  While it might be a bit early to roster the young quarterback, he's certainly worth monitoring as the season moves on.  Saquon is out at the moment but he should be back, and the Giants' pass catching options are slowly but surely coming online.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 5.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Minshew Mania continues in Jacksonville!  He's kept the team afloat in the absence of Nick Foles and he can make plays.  He's athletic enough to use his legs to extend plays and he's shown an early rapport with young wideout DJ Chark.  There are some tough matchups coming up, but the Jags just posted 20 points on a tough Titans defense.  Minshew is a serviceable option at a position and can be started in 2QB formats.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Case Keenum, QB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 10.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Keenum is definitely worth a couple of spot starts at least for these several of weeks.  While the Giants' defense isn't as bad as the Bengals, they're only marginally better.  Then they'll travel south to face the Dolphins, who lack any sort of coverage aside from Xavien Howard.  A tough matchup at home against an elite Patrios defense is in between.  Terry McLaurin posses elite speed and Keenum has demonstrated a rapport with him early.  This duo could torch the Giants and Dolphins secondaries for some major gains.  He's worth a couple of spot starts.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 11.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bengals have one of the worst defenses in the league.  Sure they still have Carlos Dunlap, but he's one guy.  There should be plenty of opportunities for Rudolph to throw deep strikes or dump it off to his running backs and just let them work in the open field.  Sure the kid is young, but he and his team still have plenty of talent.  Think of this as a scrimmage for the young signal caller to get on the same page as his receivers.  There should be plenty of passing yards available.  In addition, he's worth keeping beyond this week.  He has a great supporting cast and he's protected by one of the best offensive lines in the league.  Let's see what the kid's got.  Fun fact: Steelers wideout James Washington won the Belitnikoff award for best NCAA receiver in the nation during his senior year at Oklahoma State.  Mason Rudolph delivered the passes to him that year.  Both played for the OSU Cowboys from 2014 to 2017, so there's already a relationship there.  They could rekindle that in the big leagues.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 15.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Steelers struggled in their first couple outings of the season.  However, it's important to look at the quality of their opponents.  They struggled against slot receivers, surrendering 16 receptions for 162 yards to Julian Edelman and Tyler Lockett alone.  However, they looked a lot better with new acquisition Minkah Fitzpatrick filling the void and guarding the slot.  Their turnovers went from none to 2 to 5 last week in San Fran.  They'll take on a struggling Bengals offense and a turnover-prone Andy Dalton at home this week.

STREAMING OPTIONS

Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 68.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers travel to South Beach this week to take on a Dolphins team that's clearly in the tank.  They'll need help even with Josh Rosen under center.  The Bolts' defense is a good streaming option against one of the most anemic offenses in the league. 

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