Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
Wow. What a week of football we had. From massive performances to a rookie QB leading his team to a comeback victory, it was a busy week. Yet again, there were injuries and surprise performances that have us looking to improve our rosters through the waiver wire.
Wayne Gallman (1% owned in ESPN / 6% owned in Yahoo): Saquon is out. There, that's my argument. After suffering a high-ankle sprain, Saquon Barkley left Sunday's game vs. the Bucs in a boot and on crutches. He is expected to miss several weeks and Gallman is the next man up in what seems to be a rejuvenated Giants offense being led by the arm of Daniel "Dimes" Jones. With the young gunslinger behind center, it should open up opportunities in the run-game for Gallman. I expect him to be the first man up, and hopefully the Giants don't make any notable free-agent signings in the coming days. Gallman should be the number one target on your waiver wire this week.
Daniel Jones (14% owned in ESPN / 17% owned in Yahoo): "Danny Dimes". Has a nice ring to it huh? Our second Giant on this list, Daniel Jones put on a performance to remember in his first NFL start on Sunday. He led the Giants to an 18 point comeback victory over the Bucs, and performed exquisitely. Given Tampa Bay isn't exactly the '85 Bears, but they are a middle-of-the-pack defense at the moment and have created a lot of pressure on quarterbacks. Jones went 23/36 for 336 yards and 2 TD's to go along with two rushing TD's as well. Jones' rushing ability brings a new dynamic to New York, and hopefully the new energy he brings to the team will result in nice fantasy production. If you need a QB flier, go ahead, do it.
Preston Williams (3% owned in ESPN / 3% owned in Yahoo): The Dolphins aren't good. Honestly, there's not much fantasy relevance on this team. They've find themselves being demolished fairly early in almost every game so far this season, which results in more passing attempts. You see where I'm going with this? Garbage time is your friend when it comes to fantasy football, unless of course it's happening against your team, but the Dolphins young un-drafted receiver has been one of the lone bright spots in this terrible season so far. Williams was targeted 12 times against the Cowboys, resulting in four catches for 68 yards. So far this season he has 23 targets in 3 games, and I expect the volume to continue. The Fins will want to develop their young talent. He may be a sneaky pickup for your fantasy team.
Darrel Williams (2% owned in ESPN / 7% owned in Yahoo): Williams played second-fiddle to LeSean McCoy for the most part on Sunday, but he had himself a day coming off the bench. He logged 14 touches for 109 total yards for the Chiefs and seemed to fit right into the Andy Reid offense. This situation really depends on the health of the Chiefs backfield this week and wether or not Shady and/or Damien Williams will be ready to go. If either of the two end up not playing next week, Darrel will be a nice play once again.
Phillip Dorsett (11% owned in ESPN / 32% owned in Yahoo): The Patriots seem to be the immovable object on defense, and the unstoppable force on offense all at the same time so far this season. They just seem to continue their run as the dynasty of the league and seem so far ahead of their competition every week. One reason, is their weapons on offense. Dorsett benefitted from the absence of Antonio Brown this week as he caught six of seven targets for 53 yards and a TD from Tom Brady. At this point, almost anybody in this offense is a viable fantasy option, and if you're looking for a quick flier to fill a hole on your team this week, he may be a decent option, especially if Edelman misses time with injury.
Other players to target: Gardner Minshew, Rex Burkhead, Cole Beasley, Dawson Knox