Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice

  Fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 4 of the 2017 season. The parameters and assumptions of this weekly waiver wire advice column can be found in the preseason introduction. Let’s review my previous recommendations, and then see what we can scrounge up for Week 4 waiver wire advice.

Season to Date Waiver Wire Recap

Presented by the week and in the order in which they were recommended.
PlayerWeek First RecommendedComment
Charles SimsPreseasonA non-factor so far. Safe to drop.
Kevin WhitePreseasonIR.
Kendall WrightPreseasonLeads Bears WRs in targets. Small value in deep leagues, safe to drop in shallow leagues.
Sam BradfordPreseasonWill be a viable starter when he returns from injury.
Charcandrick WestPreseasonSafe to drop.
Sterling Shepard1Solid hold; see below.
Austin Hooper1No need to roster in most formats. Matchup based play.
Jamaal Charles1Solid hold; see below.
Shane Vereen1Usage fell off after Week 1; hold if desperate.
Cole Beasley113 targets in two games. Deep league hold, pending MNF.
De'Angelo Henderson1Safe to drop.
Tarik Cohen2Potential league winner. Most hold, worth a trade inquiry.
Kerwynn Williams2Safe to drop.
Marqise Lee2Jaguars leading receiver by targets and air yards. Solid hold.
Allen Hurns2Less usage but TDs help. Hold.
Nelson Agholor2Deep league hold, shallow league drop.
Javorius Allen2Solid hold; see below.
Jermaine Kearse2Solid hold in deep leagues. Hold if desperate in shallow leagues.
Danny Amendola2Safe to drop but keep on the radar.
Cooper Kupp2Solid hold in deep leagues. Hold if desperate in shallow leagues.
Paul Richardson2Solid hold; see below.
Chris Carson2Solid hold.
Chris Ivory2Straight handcuff, nothing more.
Tyler Ervin2Safe to drop.
Charles Clay2Solid hold, viable streamer and spot starter.
Devin Funchess3Solid hold; see below.
Rashard Higgins3Hold in deep leagues. Hold if desperate in shallow leagues.
Ben Watson3Safe to drop but keep on the radar. Streamer / matchup potential.
Zach Miller3Safe to drop.
Samaje Perine3Safe to drop.
J.J. Nelson3N/A
Jaron Brown3N/A
A full analysis of each of these players would take more time than either you or I have. Fortunately, most situations are straightforward. If they’re not, please hit me up in the comments. In brief:
  • Sam Bradford should be a solid streamer when he returns.
  • Marqise Lee has 33 percent of Jacksonville’s air yards and is a weekly candidate for a flex spot. Allen Hurns has a solid 21 percent share of air yards and decent TD upside. These two should have rest of season value.
  • Jermaine Kearse was overshadowed by Robby Anderson but should still have more value rest of season.
  • Tarik Cohen is arguably an RB2 or flex option with rest of season value.
  • Javorius Allen looks like he’ll have rest of season value too, despite a poor Week 3.
  • Charles Clay should be rostered and is a candidate to start most weeks.
  • The rest of the TEs recommended so far may have streaming appeal based on matchup but probably don’t need to be rostered in most formats.
  • Some of the rest will be covered below, as part of Week 4 waivers.

Week 4 Waiver Wire Advice

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By Charles Kleinheksel | @Spidr2ybanana | Archive

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  1. Did you know Jonathan Stewart is RB 25 right now? Riddick and Crowell are actually your lowest performing backs through 3 weeks.

    You have a solid roster, I wouldn't make any moves. JUST last week Ron Rivera said he wanted to limit McCaffrey's Role. In 3 games Stewart is averaging 15 carries a game, which isn't far off from his 16.7 carries per game last year.

    The first 3 weeks have been a bit chaotic. I know you probably expected more out of Crowell, but I still believe in him. This Week 3 game should have been a Crow game, but turned into a Duke game. Duke had a solid performance.

    I would stay the course and keep that waiver priority for a good solid add. Or maybe try to make a trade.

    Hopefully your WRs are carrying their load?

  2. Jeff says:

    Thanks, CKI. Appreciate your insight, as always. Ironically, I was thinking of picking up Smallwood on the cheap before Sunday's games--though I would have dropped Powell at that point. He'll be more expensive now, but Burkhead can be my backup plan for a lost auction bid. Didn't mention this in other post, but I dropped Britt and J Matthews to pick up Kearse and Higgins. A little buyer's remorse on Higgins. Any thoughts on reversing field and picking up Britt? Assume Davis over Britt, too?

  3. I was able to get him for 10% FAAB out of $1000.

    How do you rank Smallwood compared to the past two no brainer No. 1 waiver claims like T.Cohen and J.Allen?

    My hesitation to burn a No. 1 waiver is due to Pederson saying the Eagles will be on the lookout for RBs on the waiver wire/trade over next couple hours or days.


  4. Chris says:

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  5. Jeff says:

    well there is a lot of football left and spending 70 bucks on a guy in a 3 back committee who's game scripts won't favor him often (unless he takes the passing role from kamara) seems like a waste to me. Maybe he's better than I realize but he's averaged 11.5 FP in PPR. Duke Johnson has scored more total points this season than Ingram and Henry is only behind him by 4 or 5 points. To pay what it would have cost for Bell or Johnson in an auction draft a month ago seems excessive. If someone else wants to pay that much then let them have him. I'd bid 30-40 max and if that wasn't enough I'd be fine with it. Especially since he's a running back.

    Stated differently. Do you really want to break the bank and have zero money left before the 4th game of the season has even been played for Mark Ingram? I don't but that's just me.

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