Discover the top waiver wire gems for Week 4 in fantasy football. Find out which players can give your lineup the winning edge, from quarterbacks to kickers. Don’t miss out on these valuable additions!
This week’s waiver wire might not dazzle like the previous ones, but there are still some intriguing options that could give your fantasy team a boost. Let’s dive into the players to watch at each position, ready to join your starting lineup.
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams’ quarterback, Matthew Stafford, didn’t shine as bright as he had in the earlier weeks. Facing a determined Bengals team, Stafford posted a modest 11.46 fantasy points. However, there’s optimism in the air as he gears up to take on the Indianapolis Colts, who have been quite generous to opposing quarterbacks this season, allowing an average of 22.5 fantasy points per game. This matchup sets the stage for Stafford to bounce back.
What adds to Stafford’s appeal is that Indianapolis has struggled to contain wide receivers, conceding an average of 27 points per game, while performing admirably against running backs, allowing just 13.3 points per game. This dynamic favors Stafford’s aerial game. ESPN’s projections give him a 25% chance of scoring more than 19.1 fantasy points, making him a reliable streaming option this week.
Other worthy mentions: Keep an eye on Daniel Jones of the New York Giants and C.J. Stroud from the Houston Texans.
Running Back: De’Von Achane, Miami Dolphins
De’Von Achane of the Miami Dolphins caught everyone’s attention with his remarkable 233-yard, four-touchdown performance last week. While duplicating such a feat is a tall order, it’s an exciting prospect, especially given the increasing number of injuries among running backs. Though veteran Raheem Mostert remains the primary back in Miami, Achane has shown promise. Head Coach Mike McDaniel seems keen to keep the rookie involved.
Hayden Winks of Underdog Fantasy highlights the Dolphins’ second-place ranking in running back usage this season. If you’re looking for a potential timeshare to invest in, Miami’s backfield is where it’s at. Achane’s involvement in the passing game makes him a valuable asset in PPR scoring formats, and his ceiling is undeniably high. He doesn’t need to replicate a 51.3-point performance to be a reliable RB2; consistent double-digit scoring is what you should be aiming for.
Other viable options to consider are Zach Charbonnet of the Seattle Seahawks and Roschon Johnson from the Chicago Bears.
Wide Receiver: Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers
The devastating ACL injury to Mike Williams has catapulted Joshua Palmer into the fantasy spotlight. While he might not be a household name, Palmer possesses the talent and now enjoys a pivotal role in the high-powered Chargers offense, which should instill confidence in fantasy managers.
Palmer has proven he can be a fantasy asset when provided with an expanded workload. In five career games without Williams, he’s averaged 13 PPR points per game, with 5.6 receptions and 8.4 targets. If Keenan Allen misses any game time, Palmer could emerge as a top-12 wide receiver option on a weekly basis.
Other viable alternatives include Tank Dell from the Houston Texans and Marvin Mims Jr. of the Denver Broncos.
Tight End: Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders
Last week, the Washington Commanders’ offense struggled in a 37-3 loss to Buffalo, and while Logan Thomas alone wouldn’t have changed the outcome, his presence could have made a difference. Quarterback Sam Howell has heavily relied on the tight end position this season, targeting them on approximately 30% of his pass attempts.
Logan Thomas, who suffered a concussion during Washington’s Week 2 victory over Denver, is back in practice and expected to play against the Eagles this Sunday. Philadelphia has been a favorable matchup for tight ends, allowing an average of 12.2 fantasy points per game to the position.
Other viable options worth considering are Taysom Hill of the New Orleans Saints and Kylen Granson from the Indianapolis Colts.
Defense/Special Teams: Kansas City Chiefs
If you’re lucky enough to find the Kansas City Chiefs’ D/ST available on your waiver wire, don’t hesitate to snatch them up. They just faced the struggling Chicago Bears last week, which means they might still be up for grabs in some leagues. The Chiefs have a prime matchup against the New York Jets, led by Zach Wilson, making them an instant starter and a superior choice compared to more traditional options like Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Wilson has struggled, throwing for 467 yards with only two touchdowns and four interceptions in three games. Additionally, the Jets have struggled to establish a ground game, averaging just 91.3 rushing yards per game for the season, with a paltry 51 yards per game over the last two outings.
Other viable alternatives include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Kicker: Jake Moody, San Francisco 49ers
Rookie kicker Jake Moody of the San Francisco 49ers has made quite an impression in his debut season, and it’s no surprise given that San Francisco invested a third-round pick in him. Moody has been remarkably consistent, knocking in three field goals and three extra points in each of his three games, making him the second-highest-scoring kicker in fantasy football at the time of this article’s publication.
Moody’s potential for a standout performance is particularly high this week against the Arizona Cardinals. San Francisco is a 14-point favorite, and while they’re expected to score multiple touchdowns, the Cardinals’ sturdy defense could force the 49ers to settle for field goals on some possessions.
Other kicker options to consider are Cameron Dicker from the Los Angeles Chargers and Brandon Aubrey of the Dallas Cowboys.
With these top waiver wire picks, your fantasy football lineup is poised for success in Week 4. Don’t miss the opportunity to strengthen your roster with these valuable additions.