Stop using your precious clicks on five different positional waiver wire articles. Football Absurdity’s Waleed Ismail has all your waiver wire needs on one page!
Week one of the 2019 NFL season is in the books and your fantasy season is already over. You probably spent this past Sunday looking at your fantasy roster, filled with regret. Lucky for you, fantasy football leagues are won on the waiver wire and I’m going to provide you with the best options available before week one starts. If I don’t mention someone whom 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 players for your championship run are…
Week Four Waiver Wire QBs
Should I Pick up Jacoby Brissett? – Owned in 20% of leagues – While you might have had your hopes on Andrew Luck, your quarterback reality for the Colts is Jacoby Brissett. The good news is in the last two weeks, Jacoby Brissett has been a low-end QB1. Even better news, his next three opponents (Oakland, Kansas City, and Houston) are favorable match-ups for quarterbacks.
Should I Pick up Daniel Jones? – Owned in 16% of leagues – If you listen closely, you can hear David Gettleman laughing at all the “nerds” who questioned his drafting of Daniel Jones. I’m sure Gettleman thinks Jones will be a stud the rest of the season, but I’m going to need some more convincing. Daniel Jones lit up a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that just isn’t that good of a football team. Moreover, it is hard to trust rookie quarterbacks. I’d only target him if I were truly desperate.
Should I Pick up Gardner Minshew? – Owned in 7% of leagues – Now I know I just said don’t trust rookie quarterbacks, but Gardner Minshew has the mustache of a grizzled veteran. Is a mustache reason enough to trust a man? Probably not, but what is more impressive is that in two and a half games this season, Minshew is the QB16. Not bad for a rookie quarterback on a bad team. I still wouldn’t burn a waiver on him, but I would definitely keep monitoring him to see if he becomes roster-able.
Week Four Waiver Wire RBs
Should I Pick up Wayne Gallman? – Owned in 4% of leagues – The injury to Saquon Barkley is going to have many owners panicking. The obvious waiver wire addition is Wayne Gallman. However, it is important to remember that Wayne Gallman is a terrible football player. After Barkley left the game, Gallman only had five carries for 13 yards. It isn’t like Gallman is subbing into a high-powered offense. He’ll be playing on an offense bereft of talent led by a rookie quarterback. Gallman just doesn’t seem worth the risk.
Should I Pick up Darrel Williams? – Owned in 5% of leagues – Speaking of back-up’s on a high-powered offense, have you met my friend Darrel Williams? With Damien Williams out in week three and LeSean McCoy unable to complete the game, Darrel Williams saw the lion’s share of opportunities in week three. And he did not disappoint, with 109 total yards from scrimmage. Williams did this against a Ravens defense that has given up the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. I’d closely monitor the status Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy going into week four. If it looks like they won’t play, I will be adding Darrel Williams to my roster.
Should I Pick up Ronald Jones II? – Owned in 33% of leagues – The best long-term play on the waiver wire at running back is Ronald Jones II. He has been out-snapped by Peyton Barber 93 to 52. However, Jones has more all-purpose yards than Barber on half the snaps. The Bucs drafted Jones in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft, so there is a good chance he takes the lead back job sooner rather than later. Odds are, he won’t be on your waiver wire after this week, so if you need help at running back, you should probably pick up Ronald Jones II.
Other notable running backs to monitor
Chris Thompson – Owned in 49% of leagues
Rex Burkhead – Owned in 23% of leagues
Tony Pollard – Owned in 19% of leagues
Week Four Waiver Wire WRs
Should I Pick up DJ Chark? – Owned in 41% of leagues – So over the course of three weeks, there is a guy who was finished as a top-twenty fantasy receiver in all three weeks. Chark is also the only receiver who can make this claim. Thus far, he has been a top-ten fantasy receiver. Basically, if you need help at wide receiver, DJ Chark should be your number one waiver priority.
Should I Pick up Mecole Hardman? – Owned in 47% of leagues – Over the past two weeks, Mecole Hardman has six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. A lot of people are telling you to grab him on the waiver wire, but I’m not one of them. He is being out-snapped by Demarcus Robinson, making him the fourth receiving option in Kansas City. While there are worst positions to be then the fourth option on the best offense in football, it doesn’t change the fact that he will still be very boom or bust. There are better options at wide receiver on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Should I Pick up Phillip Dorsett? – Owned in 22% of leagues – With Julian Edelman hurt and Antonio Brown crazy, Phillip Dorsett is in a prime position to become fantasy-relevant. Three weeks into the season, Dorsett has 13 catches for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He has already been a solid option in fantasy this year and if Edelman misses time, he will be the de facto number two receiver on a New England offense. And you definitely want that on your fantasy roster.
Other notable wide receivers to monitor
Chris Conley — Owned in 12% of leagues
Week Four Waiver Wire TEs
Should I pick up Will Dissly? – Owned in 36% of leagues. – Finding a tight end on the waiver wire that isn’t terrible is an exhausting process because all tight ends are terrible when it comes to fantasy football. So the fact that Will Dissly is a top-ten tight end and is also available in most leagues means you probably gotta grab him. You’ll hate yourself in the morning, but this is the game you play when you decide to wait on drafting a tight end.
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