2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 4 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, Adrian Peterson, Myles Gaskin, Coradarrelle Patterson, Brian Hill, Carlos Hyde, Jeff Wilson Jr

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Justin Jefferson, Allen Lazard, Hunter Renfrow, Brandon Aiyuk, Greg Ward, Anthony Miller, Tee Higgins, Corey Davis, Cole Beasley

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Mo Alie-Cox, Jimmy Graham, Eric Ebron

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Jared Goff, Nick Foles, Ryan Fitzpatrick

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Los Angeles Rams, Denver Broncos
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 38% of all ESPN leagues):
Michel might finally be back up to full speed.  He gashed the Raiders defense on the ground for 117 yards on 9 carries for an average of 13 yards per carry.  Damian Harris has his moment in training camp, but he may need to wait a while longer with Michel, Cam, and Burkhead running the ball well.  New England’s lead back is currently available in over half of all ESPN leagues, but fantasy managers need to remember that Cam could take away rushes and goal line touches.

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (currently owned in 21% of all ESPN leagues):
Last week’s hat trick performance out of Rex Burkhead might be an anomaly.  It was just 3 years ago that he had less than 100 total touches with 30 of them being receptions, and just over 500 total yards, but scored 8 touchdowns.  Burkhead’s production has always been dependent on his health, availability, play calling, and ability to get in the endzone.  He more than doubled his rushing yardage for the season last week and he was heavily used in the passing game.  Fantasy managers who have sustained heavy losses to their running backs are the only ones who should be throwing the dart at this boom or bust commodity.

Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit Lions (currently owned in 36.3% of all ESPN leagues):
After a convoluted mix of usage in the last couple of weeks, Peterson appears to have taken over as the lead back in the Lions backfield.  He had 22 carries to Kerryon’s 3 and DeAndre Swift’s 0, and had 20 more total touches than any other back last week.  Given all of the injuries to the running back position, it’s worth rostering him especially in standard leagues where catches don’t count as much.  He does have some nice matchups coming up especially after his week 5 bye that includes the Jags, Falcons, Vikings, Washington, Panthers, and Texans.  Buyer beware: his usage could depend on game flow, which means he won’t get much usage if the Lions are down early in games.   

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 45.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Gaskin remains a PPR maven.  Although he averaged just 3 yards per carry last week against a soft Jaguars front, he remains involved in the passing game as a safety valve for Ryan Fitzpatrick.  The Dolphins can get down early often and Fitz can unload short, efficient passes to move the chains.  He’s averaging 5 catches a game which gives him a decent floor and makes him a commodity in PPR leagues. 

Jeff Wilson Jr, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 23.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Jerrick McKinnon left last week’s game against the Giants early, per usual, which allowed The 49ers fourth running back Jeff Wilson to get some touches.  He made use of those touches by posting nearly 70 total yards and a pair of scores.  Tevin Coleman was just placed on injured reserve and Mostert could be out another week.  Wilson could have another big week if McKinnon is limited in any capacity.  Kyle Shanahan’s offensive system has been known to turn ordinary running backs into super stars.  Wilson should be rostered in deeper leagues especially by Mostert owners.  They have the Eagles, Dolphins, and Rams coming up. 

Coradarrelle Patterson, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 1.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, fun fact: Although Cordarrelle Patterson is  primarily known as a wide receiver, he’s also listed as a running back. This gives him the ability to fill multiple starting spots on the roster.  Patterson has also spent time in the running backs room during training camp, and was used as a running back when he was a Patriot after most of their running backs had gotten injured.  He’s currently available in virtually all ESPN leagues and the loss of Tarik Cohen for the year may have opened a door of opportunity for him.  Patterson’s versatility and Nagy’s creative play calling should help him produce at levels that make him worth rostering one deep leagues. 

Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, Brian Hill is on this list thanks to the lack of depth at running back.  He does come in to occasionally spell Gurley, but he saw heavy usage in Sunday’s loss to the Bears with Julio Jones unavailable and Russell Gage leaving the contest early due to a head injury.  Hill did rip off a couple of decent runs and ultimately finished with 9 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown, and added a catch for 22 yards.  Hill could continue getting additional work if Jones and Gage remain sidelined.  They have some decent matchups including 2 divisional games against the Panthers, and NFC North contests with the Vikings and Lions.  

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Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 9.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Yes, Chris Carson got added to the injury list of big name backs after Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill used a “gator roll” on him and ultimately knocked him out of the game.  Carson’s injury is listed as a mild sprain which could keep him out one to two weeks.  During that time, Carlos Hyde is listed as the next back in the depth chart, but Travis Homer has gotten touches as well which means they could go with a committee approach.  Nevertheless, Hyde should be picked up by Carson owners or anyone needing help at running back.  The Seahawks have the Dolphins and Vikings next on their schedule.

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): 

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 33.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Justin Jefferson finally had the breakout game everyone was waiting for.  The second round rookie and big bodied wideout posted a monstrous stat line of 7 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown.  While Kubiak has emphasized a run-heavy approach, the Vikings still need to sling it to keep defenses honest.  Their defense isn’t doing them any favors either, which means they might be playing catch up more often than not.  This bodes well for Jefferson’s opportunities.  For more on what the rookie did as an LSU Tiger, check out our rookies and redshirts page here.

Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 50.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Lazard came up big thanks to the absence of Davante Adams, and he did it against a tough Saints defense.  He was a bit of a boom or bust player last year but he really came on strong after Adams was sidelined multiple games with turf toe.  He seems like he’s on the same page as his QB Aaron Rodgers so he could be targeted more often than not.  The Packers play the Falcons this week, and there are more favorable matchups on the schedule including the Buccaneers, Texans, and Vikings after a week 5 bye.  Lazard is worth owning and starting as long as Adams is out.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (currently owned in 7.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Rookies Ruggs and Edwards are questionable, and Tyrell Williams was on IR even before the season began.  This gave former Clemson walk on and fifth round rookie Hunter Renfrow a massive opportunity which he seized.  Renfrow brought in 6 of his 9 targets for 84 yards and took one to the house.  He could be the Raiders’ top wideout moving forward and a sneaky sleeper in all fantasy leagues.  He has a rapport with Carr, knows Gruden’s system, and is a regular Gruden Grinder.  He’s worth adding in all leagues, especially those starting 3 wide receivers or deeper leagues with a super flex.  He’ll face the Bills and Chiefs before a week 7 bye, but he should be able to post decent numbers against the Bucs, Browns, and Broncos. 

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 21.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Aiyuk is finally healthy and made big contributions to the 49ers offense and fantasy fantasy stat lines.  He brought in 5 of his 8 targets for 70 yards, but he also contributed to the ground game with 3 carries for 31 yards and a touchdown.  Kittle is still sidelined and Deebo could go this week, but their returns could help Aiyuk since they can’t focus all their attention on the rookie receiver.  Shanahan could also use the young playmaker as a rusher if Mostert and McKinnon remain injured.  Aiyuk is worth grabbing and stashing this year given the lack of depth at most positions and his perfect fit into Shanahan’s system.  He’s worth starting in deeper leagues too.  For more on what Aiyuk did during his career as a Sundevil, check out our Rookies and Redshirts section here

Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 0.6% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s no secret that the Eagles’ pass catchers can’t stay healthy.  This week’s injury report claimed Dallas Goedert and Desean Jackson.  With Reagor and Alshon also sidelined, Wentz will throw to a familiar target in Greg Ward. Ward is durable, knows the system, has a rapport with Wentz, and proved he can step in and contribute immediately.  He caught eight of his 11 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown.  Ward’s 11 targets account for 20% of total targets last week.  He should be picked up and owned as an insurance policy especially by owners of Eagles wideouts.

Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 34.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Former 2nd round draft pick Anthony Miller was hyped as a rookie and even drew comparisons to Antonio Brown.  However, he never really lived up to his potential due to poor quarterback play.  That’s no longer the case now that Mitch has been benched and the Nick Foles era officially begins.  Nagy can finally open up the playbook and Miller should get plenty of targets.  The Bears defense has been underwhelming at times and has been gashed on the ground for roughly 100 yards and at least 1 touchdown per game by teams who have had subpar offensive lines and running backs.  This means Foles might have to sling it to keep his team in the game and Miller will be a big part of that game plan.  As a matter of fact, he caught the game winning touchdown last week against a poor Falcons secondary.  Miller has a much higher ceiling now that Foles is under center, and he can be grabbed and stashed in all leagues and formats.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 9.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Bengals rookie wideout was drafted as a depth move given the injuries that have decimated their wide receiver corps in the past.  Instead, The big bodied wideout was targeted nine times and brought in 5 of them for 40 yards and his first two NFL touchdowns.  Moving forward, Higgins could continue to be a red zone threat, but should continue to see an expanded role.  He could put on a show against the Jags, but then he has a couple of tough matchups against the Ravens and Colts.  The Browns and Titans finish off his schedule before a week 9 bye. Owners should keep an eye on him but he’s worth rostering in all leagues. 

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 61.8% of all ESPN leagues):
There’s no telling how long AJ Brown’s bone bruise could keep him sidelined, but Davis has done a decent job filling in at WR1 for the Titans.  It seems like the former first round pick is finally having his breakout year and it could continue as long as Brown remains sidelined.  He’s caught 15 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown so far.  Sure, the Titans offense revolves around Derrick Henry and the ground game, but Davis and fellow pass catcher Jonnu Smith have both benefited from being basically the only pass catchers in town.  Buyer beware: the Titans have had 8 players and staff test positive for Covid 19, so Davis’ status will be something to monitor before getting him in the lineup.

Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 13.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Buffalo’s other other receiver has had a steady diet of targets.  With defenses either committing to stopping Allen on the ground or defending deep threats Diggs and Brown, there’s plenty of room to work in the middle of the field.  Although Beasley hasn’t gotten in the endzone yet, he’s caught 15 of his 20 targets for 228 yards this season including a 100 yard 7 reception performance in a shootout with the Rams last week.  This makes him relevant in PPR formats.  There are a number of decent matchups coming up including the Raiders, Titans, Chiefs, and Jets.  Defense doesn’t seem to be a thing this year, so owners who have suffered losses to their receiving corps can stream Beasley.  

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 13.3% of all ESPN leagues):
No Alie-Cox stands to benefit with Michael Pittman and Parris Campbell both lost for the year and Jack Doyle hampered by minor injuries.  In two weeks, the Colts backup tight end caught 5 of his 6 targets for 111 yards in week 2 and scored his first touchdown of the season in week 3.  The Colts don’t have a ton of receiving options and Rivers loves throwing to his tight ends, especially when they’re tall, former basketball players who know how to use their size to box out an opponent and get position.  Alie-Cox is a decent flier in deep leagues and deserves flex consideration moving forward, especially with the slew of injuries in what has been a strange season so far.  

Jimmy Graham, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 16.9% of all ESPN leagues):
The tight end position has always been a key component of any Andy Reid offense, and it’s a position the Bears have struggled to fill since the departure of Martellus Bennett.  They inked Jimmy Graham last off-season and Graham now gets a big boost with Nick Foles falling the signals.  Graham already has 3 touchdowns in as many games including a 6-60-2 performance last week in a comeback victory against the Falcons.  He should continue to produce with matchups against the Colts, Bucs, Panthers and Rams coming up, and is worth flex consideration in all formats.

Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 29.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Sure, Ebron’s production has always been a bit touchdown dependent, but he may get more targets with Diontae Johnson leaving last week’s game early with a possible concussion, and Juju being hobbled by a possible knee injury.  The Steelers have needed some more reliable pass catchers and Ebron fits the bill.  Buyer beware: he is a bit of a boom or bust prospect, but he’s worth a flier if fantasy managers need a backup for Ertz, Goedert, or other tight ends that just haven’t planned out.  He caught 5 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown last week against a struggling Texans secondary.  

QUARTERBACKS (QB): 

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 45.7% of all ESPN leagues):
With the ground game humming, Goff was finally able to post some respectable numbers.  He completed nearly 75% of his passes for 321 yards, a pair of scores and a pick, and added another rushing touchdown.  McVay’s offense has always revolves around play action, and it was ineffective until last week when all rushers combined for over 150 yards and 2 scores on the ground.  He’ll try to repeat his performance against the Giants, Washington, and a decimated 49ers defense.  

Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 1.5% of all ESPN leagues):
The Foles era finally begins in Chicago after the Bears inked him to a lucrative contract last offseason.  The hope is that he’ll elevate his offense to a championship level.  He knows Nagy’s system and is a great fit.  He has arguably one of the best pass catchers in the league and he has an offensive line that finally looks decent.  He came into the game on the third quarter last week and threw for three touchdowns and nearly 200 yards to lead his team to victory on the road in Atlanta.  He’ll face a surging Colts defense at home this week and try to prove that he and this Bears team are for real.  He should be rostered but is only worth starting in deeper 2QB leagues at the moment. 

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Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 8.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Fitzmagic managed to throw for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns against a woeful Jaguars defense, but he also added 38 yards and a score on 7 carries.  He’ll face the Seahawks defense led by Wagner and Wright, but lost safety Jamal Adams to a groin injury which could mean big days for Parker, Williams, and Gesicki.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 28% of all ESPN leagues):
The Rams will take on Daniel Jones and the Giants, Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Football Team, and potentially Nick Mullens and the 49ers. The first two are teams with young QB’s who can’t move the ball. Nick Mullens is average at best. Pick up the Rams defensive unit for a decent stretch.

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Denver Broncos (currently owned in 38.7% of all ESPN leagues):
This is more about how bad the Jets are, not how good the Broncos defense is.  Gang Green has posted 17 points or less and has struggled to move the ball.  Denver’s defense will do in a pinch.

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