Week three is behind us and some of you are looking at the wide receivers you decided to draft and the horror is starting to set in. Some of you thought a receiver named Mike Williams could never be good at football. And you were wrong. Some of you thought Doug Baldwin would be back by now. And you were wrong. Some of you thought fantasy football wasn’t a bear trap disguised as a “low effort, fun hobby.” And oh boy were you wrong. Lucky for you, there are waiver wire running back options available to save you from yourself. If I don’t mention someone who you think I should be talking about, just know there are many reasons why I overlooked them. Maybe they are owned in most leagues. Maybe they are so bad I don’t even consider them. Maybe it’s because your opinions cannot be trusted. After all, you are here. So let us examine what our best week four waiver wire WR options for week four are.
Tyler Boyd – Owned in 21% of leagues – If you said that Tyler Boyd would be a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 by the end of week three, you are either a liar or a witch. Either way, you should burn for that opinion. Having said that, Tyler Boyd has established himself as the number two receiver in Cincinnati and he’s looked good doing it. Over the last two weeks, Boyd has 12 catches for 223 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has also put those numbers up against Baltimore and Carolina defenses that were considered strong against the pass. As weird as it is for me to say, if you need help at wide receiver, Tyler Boyd is a guy who should be on your radar.
Calvin Ridley – Owned in 42% of leagues – Calvin Ridley blew up in week three, posting a staggering line of 7 catches for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will, without a doubt, be one of the most targeted players on the waiver wire for week four. Having said that, I am not sold. He is still only the number three target in Atlanta. Moreover, his usage has been inconsistent through three games. On the season, Ridley is not even in the top fifty in targets amongst wide receivers, which makes it unlikely that he will continue to produce at such a high level. I would need another break-out game from him before I burned my waiver position on him. Especially when there are so many better options out there.
Mike Williams – Owned in 45% of leagues – This is a hard one for me to say, but you should probably own Mike Williams. I don’t know what it is about the name Mike Williams and wide receivers that makes me assume they are going to be terrible at football. Maybe it’s because this is the third wide receiver named Mike Williams that I have seen in my lifetime. But you know what they say – third time’s the charm. Mike Williams is still the third wide receiver in Los Angeles, but he also appears poised to take over the number two job. So far this year, he has been a mid-level WR2 and there is a good chance those numbers only improve as the season goes on. If you need wide receiver help, Mike Williams should be on your radar.
Geronimo Allison – Owned in 34% of leagues – This Absurdity Check is for you, the reader. Because for some reason, unknown to me, Geronimo Allison is still available in 34% of leagues. Jeff Krisko has already told you to roster Geronimo Allison. I have already told you to roster Geronimo Allison. Yet he is still available. Is there a reason you are avoiding a guy who has consistently performed through three weeks of the season and has a future Hall of Fame quarterback throwing him the football? I should have only needed to write this one. Geronimo Allison should be owned in all formats.
Other notable wide receivers to monitor
Christian Kirk — Owned in 5% of leagues
Ted Ginn Jr. — Owned in 34% of leagues
Chris Godwin — Owned in 40% of leagues