Waiver Favors: 2019 Week 4 Fantasy Football Pickups
By Ha Kung Wong Week 4 Fantasy Football Pickups
Twitter: @FBGarbageTimeAs I do every year over the last 7 years, I’m back to help with some waiver wire adds via my weekly Waiver Favors article! I’m assuming if you’re a returning reader, you won your fantasy football championship last year, so congratulations!
But it’s a new year, so I’ll make a couple suggestions after Week 3 of the 2019 fantasy football season. You’re welcome. Again.
As usual, all pickups are available in at least 50% of Yahoo standard fantasy football leagues (with some minor exceptions) as of Sunday evening.
QB – Chicago Bears – 0% Owned
Mitchell Trubiskey went down early this week, and in stepped long term backup, Chase Daniel, who did just enough to get the win agains the Vikings completing 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a TD. It wasn’t exciting, but he didn’t make mistakes, and Trubisky may miss time with a shoulder injury, plus he has a decent matchup against the 30th ranked Raiders pass defense in Week 5, so he’s worth consideration in 16- team two QB leagues.
RB – Kansas City Chiefs – 53% Owned
With Damien Williams out, Darrel Williams ended up with just 13 rush yards, but had two touchdowns and also grabbed 3 of 4 targets for 43 yards against the Lions. He did almost all his damage in the second half where he out-touched LeSean McCoy 8-4, but did have a fumble in the 3rd quarter. Looks like he’s ahead of rookie Darwin Thompson, and as long as Damien Williams is out, he’ll look to get a majority of goal line carries, so he’s worth consideration in 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – New York Giants – 49% Owned
Daniel Jones has been a boon for Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, and even Wayne Gallman looks good. So why not also Golden Tate? In case you forgot, he’s been reinstated from his four-game suspension for PEDs and can take the field for his Giants debut Sunday against the Vikings. Shepard also runs a majority of his routes out of the slot, where Tate excels, but there’s certainly room for Tate to get his in an offense that should continue to pass a lot. Go ahead and stash him in all 12-team leagues and deeper.
WR – Miami Dolphins – 8% Owned
People haven’t been excited about DeVante Parker for awhile now, and that hasn’t changed much, but he’s been averaging 6 targets per game over the first 4 games this year and it’s not like the Dolphins have lots of other options outside Preston Williams. In week 3, Parker caught four passes for 70 yards and a touchdown against a relatively stout Chargers defense, so maybe there’s more to come. He’s improved with Josh Rosen, so feel free to stash him as a WR5/Flex in 14-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Miami Dolphins – 9% Owned
Speaking of Preston Williams, he’s also on the list this week. Williams has led the Dolphins in targets both weeks in which Josh Rosen has been the starting QB, with 12 last week and 7 this week. Sure, he only managed 4 of those targets each week for 68 and 46 yards respectively, but volume is volume and he appears to be Rosen’s favorite target. He’s a WR5/Flex in 14-team leagues or deeper, or in 12-team PPR leagues or deeper.
WR – Chicago Bears – 0% Owned
With Taylor Gabriel out with a concussion coming off his huge 3 TD game, rookie Javon Wims stepped up with 5 targets, second most on the team and ended the day with 4 receptions for 56 yards. Wims was a one-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs, leading the team with a 45 receptions, 720 yards and 7 touchdowns as a senior, and had a terrific preseason, so there could be more coming if Gabriel remains out. He’s worth a stash in 16-team leagues or deeper.
TE – Denver Broncos – 4% Owned
Noah Fant hasn’t caused as many waves as his former teammate at Iowa, T.J. Hockenson, but he’s averaging almost 4 targets per game and managed to catch 2 of 4 targets this weekend for 31 yards and his first NFL touchdown against the Jaguars. He has some upside, but his offense is currently limiting him. But in a weak TE position, he’s worth a stash for TE needy teams in 14-team leagues or deeper.
UPDATE for Sunday and Monday Night Football
RB – Pittsburgh Steelers – 31% Owned
Uh oh. Looks like James Conner may have an ankle injury. He’s reportedly still being evaluated, so it’s time to proactively grab Jaylen Samuels, who rushed 10 times for 26 rush yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, also catching all 8 of his targets for 57 receiving yards. He’s unreliable in terms of consistency when Conner is healthy, but he can be a beast if he’s Conner is out, so he’s worth a stash by all Conner owners and everyone else who has bench space in 12-team leagues or deeper.
WR – Cincinnati Bengals – 0% Owned
John Ross just looked like he may be breaking out this season, but is now out with a shoulder injury for what “could be a month or so”, so Auden Tate is the next man up as the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver. He’s caught 10 of 16 targets over the last two weeks, and with Ross out, he’s probably going to get closer to double digit targets every week. The offense stinks, and Tate is unproven, but volume can do wonders. Worth a stash in 14-team leagues and deeper.
And here’s who I’ve recommended in previous weeks that I still think deserve a look:
WRs – John Brown, Marquise Brown
QB – Jimmy Garoppolo, Daniel Jones
RBs – Carlos Hyde, Raheem Mostert, Adrian Peterson
WRs – Cole Beasley (PPR), DJ Chark Jr., Phillip Dorsett, Mecole Hardman, DK Metcalf, Terry McClaurin, Demarcus Robinson, John Ross III
TE – Will Dissly
QB – Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew, Mason Rudolph
RB – Ronald Jones II
WR – Diontae Johnson
TE – Dawson Knox
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