NFL Waiver Wire Week 4

Bye weeks are about to hit hard this week with four teams going on a bye including the fantasy friendly New Orleans Saints. 

This week is pretty bland in terms of options. Dixon and Powell should be owned in most leagues already. The rest of this list is very uninspiring. Save your money and waiver priority if you can. There will be better weeks.

All of these players are owned in 40 percent or less of ESPN leagues at the time of this writing. If someone in your league is unowned but wouldn’t qualify for this list, Terrance West for example, feel free to ask in the comment section below to find out what to do with that player.

If there are any players in your league that don’t show up on the list feel free to ask in the comment section below or on Twitter.

And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.

*Updated as of Tuesday Morning*

  Player Pos FAAB Burn Waiver Claim?


Bilal Powell RB  10-15%  Yes


Kenneth Dixon RB  10-15%  Yes


Wendell Smallwood RB 3-5% No


James White RB 3-5% No


Alfred Morris RB 0-5% No


Chris Hogan WR 0-5% No


Zach Zenner RB 0-5% No


Orleans Darkwa RB 0-5% No


Josh Ferguson RB 0-3% No


Fozzy Whittaker RB 0-3% No


Robert Woods WR 0-3% No


Bobby Rainey RB 0-3% No


Paul Perkins RB 0-3% No


DeAndre Washington RB 0-3% No


Dontrelle Inman WR 0-3% No

Bilal Powell – As of now there is no word on if Forte has an injury that will keep him out a few games or if he won’t miss time at all. If Forte is out and he is somehow unowned, I was shocked to see he could meet the under 40 percent threshold, this is a pay up type player. I assume the Jets will be lightening Forte’s workload at some point too, giving Powell more work. You can significantly bump this bid down if word comes out that Forte is fine. 
UPDATE: It looks like Forte is going to be ok as of now. Bid amount updated to reflect news. He is still my number one add this week.

Kenneth Dixon – It looks like he might be active this week. The bad news for him is Terrance West had himself a great game. Dixon might have to wait a little longer to get it now, but he should have a chance to get a big workload at some point this season. 

Wendell Smallwood – If Mathews isn’t getting the snaps Smallwood is my bet to takeover. Downside is Sproles is always going to have a role and Barner is also still there.

James White – With Brady back his value goes back up. He is what he was at the end of last season. He won’t win you weeks but will be a nice bye week fill in.

Alfred Morris – Straight handcuff pickup. He isn’t a must own for non Elliott owners, but I am sure every league has a non Elliott owner that could use his upside on the bench.

Chris Hogan – Another Brady is back flier. The hope is Hogan can finally become that second receiver the Patriots can use.

Zach Zenner – Sigh… Dwayne Washington left the game early and Zenner didn’t play a lot of snaps, but he got a touch on almost every snap he played. If Washington is out they can’t use Riddick as an early down runner. I think they might sign someone off the street if Washington is to miss time and that might be the sleeper pickup of the week.

Orleans Darkwa – While Jennings is on the mend he is going to be the lead back. The upside here is minimal.

Josh Ferguson – He played 30 snaps, four less than Gore, and is a receiving threat for those in PPR leagues. He is second on the team in targets this season with 21.

Fozzy Whittaker – It was probably the result of being down big early but Whittaker played 41 snaps, 23 more than Artis-Payne.

Robert Woods – He is the number one receiving option in an offense. That is about all I can say about him. He isn’t a great receiver but the targets should be there on a weekly basis.

Bobby Rainey – He has more season long value than someone like Darkwa because Jennings will be back at some point. Rainey is likely to keep the role that was previously held by Vereen. So if Vereen was ownable in your league Rainey should be too.

Paul Perkins – Just a little upside pickup if something happens to Darkwa.

DeAndre Washington – He fumbled late, but every time he touches the ball he looks great. The only way he really grabs value is if something happens to Murray or Richard.

Dontrelle Inman – He has led the Chargers in snaps by a wide margin so far and finally did something with it.

Deeper league adds

Running Back: Jacquizz Rodgers (ATL),Mike Gillislee (BUF)
Wide Receiver: Eddie Royal (CHI); Brandon LaFell (CIN)
Tight End: Virgil Green (DEN), Charles Clay (BUF), Lance Kendricks (STL)

Quarterback streamers

Carson Wentz @ Lions: Good matchup and Wentz has been great to start the season. Two weeks to prepare should help the rookie.

Joe Flacco vs. Redskins: Cody Kessler looked capable and Flacco has quietly been a solid fantasy quarterback this season.

Brian Hoyer/Jay Cutler @ Colts: I would rather Cutler than Hoyer, but I think Hoyer gets the start.  A great matchup against the Colts that routinely get beat by offenses.

D/ST streamers

Eagles @ Lions: The Eagles defense is for real. The Lions don’t have an early down runner at the moment that is going to scare anyone. The Eagles can sit back and wait on the pass.

Rams vs. Bills: I know a lot of people think the Rams are bad, but that has never been because of their defense. This is a start them most weeks defense.

Steelers vs. Jets: Fitzpatrick has nine interceptions in the last two games, nine.


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16 thoughts on “NFL Waiver Wire Week 4”

  1. Hi Andy, back again for my weekly fix….

    Well, my team is now sitting at a very unlikely 4-0. I I burned my 7th acquisition (out of 20) dropping Dwayne Allen for Kyle Rudolph late last week…and it proved to be worth it as I won by just 3 points.

    The byes are hitting me hard this week though, and it leaves me with the following lineup:

    QB: Carr
    RB: Gore, Stewart
    WR: Hopkins, Parker
    Flex: Fuller

    Bench: Dwayne Washington, Watkins
    Bye: Michael, Baldwin, Robinson

    I’ve heard grumblings that stewart might be back this week, which could save me at RB, though I’m not sure how effective he’d be.

    Powell, White, Dixon, West, and Ware are all still available at RB. But I’m thinking I should save my #5 waiver slot, monitor Stewart’s status, and pick up one of the above for Washington only if needed.

    Your thoughts?

    1. I dont think Stewart will be back this week. I would expect him to be out another 2 weeks. With a week 7 bye I wouldn’t be surprised if he was held out and not back until week 8.

      Running back is definitely an issue this week for you. I like Washington but it doesnt look like he will be able to play this week. Is this a keeper? I cant remember. If not you can cut Watkins. He wont be back for a while even if he can come back.

      Powell has consistently been playing more snaps and White has Brady coming back and I would expect more targets there. I would assume you can hang on to that waiver spot and grab Powell or White on free agency based on those other options that are still out there. I would assume most will go for West.

      Main reason to not burn the claim is because this isnt a big deal because its only one week. The guy you add most likely wont be starting for you again with Michael and Gore as a 1-2 RB punch and great receivers.

      I would say hold the claim and if it clears grab in order West, Powell, then White. Dixon wont help you this week. If all of those guys get added on waivers check back and try to reassess then.

      You want to save that waiver claim for someone that can be a season changer, like Rudolph, not just a one week guy.

  2. Waiver wire help!

    I’m looking to drop Washington and Wallace for 2 players

    Which 2 players should I pick up: M.Floyd,John Brown, Eddie Royal,Robert Woods,Carson Wentz, Asiata or Darkwa?

    Also Should I drop the Pats Def for the Eagles, Steelers or Rams Def?

    Should I drop Catanzaro for the following kickers: Nugent, Lambo,Crosby, Bryant,Sturgis, McManus Folk, or Novak?

    Half PPR 10 Teams
    QB: Luck
    RB: D.Johnson, Hyde, Bernard, Dwayne Washington,Mckinnon and Jennings
    WR: A.Robinson, S.Shepard, R.Cobb, M.Wallace,and Fuller
    TE: Eifert and Henry
    K: Catanzaro
    Def: Pats

    Thank you for your help!

    1. I would say John Brown would be my number one guy. He seems to be taking over as the number two over the last couple weeks.

      Eddie Royal is a play for this week add. White probably wont play but it looks like you have decent options with Robinson on a bye, assuming you only have to start 2.

      Long term based on your team I might look at adding Wentz as Luck insurance. I hate rostering 2 QBs but with what is there nothing jumps out as a you need it type thing.

      I think I would rather hang on to Washington than add Wentz though. Just because when he comes back even if it is 2-3 weeks he is the lead back there.

      Defense wise the Pats are a great play this week and are usually solid week to week.

      Kicker wise I usually do it depending on the expected total for the week from the game lines and implied team total wise the Steelers (Lambo) and Packers (Crosby) both have high implied totals.

      Thursday night games tend to be not great for offense and I hate to risk the game being 17-10 and getting little from my kicker. Especially with what is looking like a Drew Stanton start for the Cardinals.

        1. It’s hard to say. He got his snaps cut dramatically down to just 35, under half of the snaps. I think week in and week out Fitzgerald is the number one guy. Brown will have his boom weeks but a lot of bust weeks as well.

          For what it is worth none are a great option this week with the, expected, Stanton led offense.

    1. It gives him a bump for sure but I wouldnt be spending for him. He is probably a WR4. Good for a bye week filler but not a weekly starter.

      Easy, but not necessarily correct, way to look at it is to look at last season when White wasnt around. In 9 games he had 238 yards and one touchdown.

      Mostly I think it helps Jeffery get a few more targets. They also like UDFA Cam Meredith but I would just monitor Meredith. Not worth an add yet.

  3. Picked up M. Bennett and Powell from waivers…. Saw the news about Murray and see that deandre Washington and Richard are also available. Would u take them over Powell, Tyrell Williams, m. Floyd, Dwayne Washington, or Snead?

  4. Who would you drop for a kicker… I have both RBs with the last name Washington Snead, Parker, Bernard, and Powell. 🙂 Thanks!

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