Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: September 24
Dan Malin brings you his top waiver wire adds for Week 4 of the fantasy football season!
Week 3 was just like any other week of the NFL season, it was as unpredictable as ever. There was a significant injury to a very relevant player and some surprise performances from some widely available quarterbacks. Through three weeks you should have a good idea of what you have in your team. Unlike other sports like basketball, hockey, or baseball you have to act fast to improve your roster. The following players are the hottest additions heading into Week 4!
Daniel Jones NYG; FAAB Bid: 10-12% - Jones is a pretty important add in two-quarterback/Superflex leagues or if you’re still looking to replace Ben Roethlisberger or Drew Brees . Jones looked impressive in his first career start. He threw for over 300 yards and had four total touchdowns on the day; two through the air and two with his legs. Jones won’t always have big games. Teams will eventually get plenty of tape on him, find out his tendencies and weaknesses, and then it’ll be about exposing him. Plus he still plays behind a bad offensive line. But Jones is definitely worth an add off waivers following this performance.
Jacoby Brissett IND; FAAB Bid: 6-7% - The recommended FAAB bid might be a bit higher than most people would prefer, but Brissett showed a lot of promise on Sunday against the Falcons. In his first two games he failed to reach 200 passing yards in both games, but against the Falcons he threw for over 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It also helped that the Falcons allowed him to throw the ball more than 30 times and he looked good behind the Colts offensive line. He’s not the player that he was two years ago as the Colts starter. He’s more experienced and educated. He’ll have some bad games, but he’ll also be a solid fantasy starter at times. He now has seven touchdowns to just one interception through three games.
Gardner Minshew JAC; FAAB Bid: 6-7% - Minshew’s driving a fun bandwagon to be a part of. He’s not awful for fantasy football as he’s established a nice 16-18 point window that you can expect each week. He has a pair of road matchups coming up that may pose a challenge against the Broncos and Panthers, but at the same time in a four-point per passing touchdown league you can’t complain if he throws for 200 yards with a pair of touchdowns. You shouldn’t expect much more from him. You likely aren’t starting him in a standard league, but he’s a decent QB2 in two-quarterback leagues.
Mason Rudolph PIT; FAAB Bid: 5-7% - Rudolph, like Jones, made his first official start on Sunday, but his wasn’t as electric or memorable. Rudolph completed just over 50% of his pass attempts and failed to reach 200 passing yards. He did throw for a pair of touchdowns and an interception, but the Steelers didn’t really give him a long leash. Not to mention they possessed the ball for less than 24 minutes. The schedule gets somewhat easier for Pittsburgh. Yes, they play the Ravens coming up in Week 5, but the good news is they don’t play the Ravens again until Week 17 when most fantasy leagues are complete. I expect Rudolph to improve as the season progresses and hopefully he doesn’t sabotage the fantasy values of James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster .
Frank Gore BUF; FAAB Bid: 20-25% - He just keeps on plugging along at the age of 36. Frank Gore has been in the NFL since the Dead Sea was only sick. He goes through these lulls where he’s tough to stomach, but then he finds himself in situations where he’s in line for a ton of work. LeSean McCoy was cut heading into the season and now Devin Singletary is out in the short-term. Gore has found the end zone in back-to-back games and has 37 touches in his last two games. You may have to pay up for the old dog.
Wayne Gallman NYG; FAAB Bid: 10-15% - I really don’t like spending this much for Wayne Gallman of all people, but with the injury to Saquon Barkley , Gallman becomes a must add in most formats and he could be the most popular player to be added off waivers this week. Barkley is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks so that creates an incredible opportunity for Gallman and Elijah Penny. If you’re the Barkley owner you should try and shell out a couple extra bucks to make sure you get Gallman.
Rex Burkhead NE; FAAB Bid: 8-10% - Trust me I’ve always shot, plucked, and started grilling up the crow I have to eat over this guy. And trust me, as a Patriots fan, I do like Burkhead. I just know that James White missed Sunday’s game because of the birth of his son, not because of an injury. Burkhead led the team in carries with 11 rushing attempts for 47 yards and a touchdown to go with six receptions for 22 yards. He looked a lot better than Sony Michel . Michel has looked bad this season. They’ll use him in goal line situations so he’s a threat for touchdowns, but he’s looked awful at times when the ball has been in his hands so it wouldn’t surprise me if the Patriots take some carries away from him.
Darrel Williams KC; FAAB Bid: 7-10% - This is a very interesting add. While working the NFL Seasonal chat on Sunday some folks started dropping news that Darrel Williams would get the start over LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson since Damien Williams was inactive. I didn’t think too much of it, but then again it’s the Chiefs and they have an explosive offense and so I went around in a few leagues and picked him up in a few leagues and boy am I glad I did. Williams had 14 touches on Sunday for 109 total yards. He was pretty valuable in PPR formats and maybe the Chiefs will give him a little more work. This obviously stinks on ice for Darwin Thompson, who I still think has upside, but there are too many mouths to feed in Kansas City between the running backs and receivers. Thompson’s screwed right now and Darrel Williams is a nice waiver option.
Ronald Jones TB; FAAB Bid: 5-7% - Jones is frustrating because in all honesty it could be Peyton Barber getting all the love next week. Jones had a good game in Week 1, a poor performance in Week 2, and then another solid outing last week where he broke off a 41-yard reception while adding 80 rushing yards. He might have a clearer path to touches compared to the last two guys mentioned in this list, but if we’re being honest Jones is the least interesting running back here. The offensive line is still bad and Jones has an inconsistent track record. But if he’s getting touches then he needs to be mentioned.
Golden Tate NYG: 15% - Tate isn’t the only suspended player that cracks the waiver article this week, but he’s probably the most intriguing. Tate and Daniel Jones probably don’t have much chemistry, but there’s no denying that Daniel Jones looked great with just Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram . Getting Tate back into the mix will only help his numbers and development. Tate has one more game to serve until he can return so you might wanna jump on board a week early.
Demarcus Robinson /Mecole Hardman KC: 10-12% - Robinson was the big waiver acquisition over the last week. His ownership redefined the term “spike” over on ESPN, but with people freaking out over the loss of Tyreek Hill , there was an opening for a big play pass catcher on the Chiefs and Robinson had a stellar touchdown grab on Sunday. Mecole Hardman gets another shout out. He caught just two of his five targets on Sunday, but one of them went for an 83-yard touchdown. Hardman and Robinson are filling in admirably for Hill. Their value is at a high right now, but Hill will get his workload back when he returns. Try to avoid a massive bid because Tyreek Hill is out of his sling despite the fact there is no timetable for his return.
D.J. Chark JAC; FAAB Bid: 10-12% - Chark has a touchdown in each of the Jaguars’ first three games and it doesn’t matter who is under center. Dede Westbrook has a ton of hype coming into this season, but that quickly died with the injury to Nick Foles . It’s Chark Week every week it seems. The targets are fluctuating, but he’s still averaging over 90 receiving yards each week. That’s probably unsustainable for a guy like Chark, but you take notice when a guy gets into the end zone each week.
Phillip Dorsett NE; FAAB Bid: 8-10% - Perhaps nobody was happier with the Antonio Brown release than Phillip Dorsett . Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman may have finished with double-digit targets, but Dorsett found the end zone for the third time in as many games. He actually has a tremendous connection with Tom Brady as Dorsett has caught 13 of 14 targets thrown his way this year. The target share is a little putrid through three games, but Dorsett is proving to be a reliable target for Brady and with Antonio Brown gone there could be a gradual showing of trust in the form of more targets to Dorsett.
Taylor Gabriel CHI; FAAB Bid: 6-7% - When a guy scores three touchdowns on Monday Night Football, you take notice and put him in the waiver wire article. Unfortunately, Gabriel did leave Monday’s game with a concussion so that’s not as fun as a week in the Bahamas. Concussions are tricky and the league is taking them more seriously. He could miss next week’s contest against the Vikings which is already a tough matchup as it is. Also keep in mind that this is a bit of a fluky performance from Gabriel In one game he doubled his total receiving touchdown total from 2017 and 2018. But Mitchell Trubisky has struggled this year and he gained some confidence Monday night with Gabriel. If/when Gabriel is healthy enough to return, it’s possible he gets Gabriel involved again, but try and be reasonable.
Will Dissly SEA; FAAB Bid: 8-12% - Dissly is one of the top waiver adds this week for two reasons: 1. He has three touchdowns in his last two games, and 2. The Seahawks play the Cardinals next week and the secret is out on how terrible the Cardinals are at covering tight ends. They’ve given up four touchdowns through three games to T.J. Hockenson , Mark Andrews , and Greg Olsen . Dissly is next in line for a great matchup against Arizona and his ownership will definitely spike heading into next week. If you missed out on a tight end during the draft and don’t have a better option, you may need to pay up for Dissly this week.
Chris Herndon NYJ; FAAB Bid: 5-7% - Herndon has one game left on his four-game suspension and hopefully his return coincides with Sam Darnold ’s because that would be mighty beneficial for the Jets offense. They look lost and ineffective without Darnold under center. I thought initially people would need to get an early jump on Herndon, but I was wrong. He’s still widely available in a lot of leagues, but be aware there may be more attention on him next week once his suspension is up. It’s worth mentioning that once Herndon does return he has a tough schedule against the Cowboys, Patriots, and Jaguars. It does lighten up a little bit against the Dolphins, Giants, and Redskins in November. But that October schedule is brutal for Herndon and the Jets.
Benjamin Watson NE; FAAB Bid: 5-7% - Similar to Herndon, Ben Watson returns after Week 4 from suspension and he has an incredibly easy schedule against the Redskins, Giants, Jets, and Browns. With the release of Antonio Brown the Patriots might just need another player to get the ball to in this offense so Watson’s return is coming at the perfect time. His a little older and not as explosive as Herndon, but he’s in a better offense that likes to get tight ends involved, especially in the red zone.
Full disclosure the options on waivers this week are not great. This is a poor week for streamers, save for one D/ST that is likely only available in shallow leagues. I’ll still throw some other considerations out there as well, but be warned this isn’t a great week to stream defenses.
Los Angeles Chargers – You’ll need to spend up a little to get the Chargers and they’re likely only available in shallow leagues. But they get the Dolphins next week and it’s beyond obvious at this point the Dolphins are awful. They’ve scored 16 points through three games and could potentially go down as the worst team in NFL history. You might be a little worried about the Chargers travelling cross-country for this game, but at the same time… It’s the Dolphins.
Indianapolis Colts – The Colts host the Raiders next week and Oakland has scored just 24 points in their last two games. They’ve got decent weapons in Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller , but Josh Jacobs has disappointed since his Week 1 breakout performance. The Colts have been okay on defense and Darius Leonard ’s status heading into next week’s game will certainly be worth monitoring.
Denver Broncos – Denver isn’t an awful option to stream especially with the Jaguars coming to town. But the Denver defense hasn’t been as dominant as we’ve seen in recent memory. But even with the defensive-minded Vic Fangio as their new head coach, the Broncos have yet to record a sack or force a turnover. I had to fact check that numerous times but it’s true. No sacks. No turnovers. So they haven’t performed well, but they’ve got to improve at some point, right? The Jags and Gardner Minshew visit Denver next week. The Broncos might be worth streaming in deeper leagues.