2019 FANTASY FOOTBALL, WEEK FOUR WAIVER WIRE: COLLECTING PIECES FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP PUZZLE.
In Week Three of the NFL Season we lost the number one overall pick Saquon Barkley to the dreaded high ankle sprain and he is now sporting a fresh new walking boot. Julian Edelman exited with with a chest injury, TY Hilton suffered a quad injury and Shady McCoy left late in the game as he tweaked his barking ankle.
Bye Weeks are already here for San Francisco 49ers (3-0) and New York Jets (0-3). Lots of players are on the waiver wire, needing the attention from fantasy owners everywhere. The suggested players are mainly relevant for aggressive 12 team leagues where owners know their stuff. Here are some dudes owned in less than 40% of leagues that I have my eye on.
Daniel Jones (NYG)
Ownership: 15% ESPN, 18% Yahoo
23 for 36, 336 yards passing and 2 TD’s plus added 4 rushes for 28 yards and two TDs on the ground. 4 total touchdowns.
“Danny Dimes” showed up for a franchise who is not use to having QBs rush for touchdowns. Double Ds finished as the number two QB in leagues that count six points for passing scores. Saquan will be out, so DD might need to air it out with the Redskins coming into town. Supported by a nice little receiving core of Shepard, Engram, Fowler and Gallman out of the backfield (Tate back next week from suspension)… Dimes should be able to have another productive day in Week Four. It isn’t very often that a high level quarterback enters waivers during season, snag him up.
Kyle Allen (CAR)
Ownership: 2% ESPN, 3% Yahoo
19 for 26, 261 yards and four touchdowns.
Cam Newton better watch himself as Kyle completed 73% of his passes while filling in and finished as the 6th best fantasy QB this past week. He did face the porous Arizona Cardinals and has a much tougher match up heading to Houston to face that pass rush. Kyle does have plenty of weapons at his disposal and is a great fill in as long as Newton is on the shelf.
Wayne Gallman (NYG)
Ownership: 1% ESPN, 4% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 63%
Five rushes for 13 yards and one target which was not caught.
Obviously Barkley will be out and typically has 20+ touches a game. Gallman will absorb lots of that load, but I bet Golden Tate has an end-around coming as he will be back in action. Giants will be facing the Skins at home who are forth worst against the run and give up an average of 31.3 points per game. A clear path to all the carries in an NFL team, always a priority in waiver world. Potentially a flex option, unless your roster is highly damaged.
Rex Burkhead (NE)
Ownership: 15% ESPN, 24% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 74% (compared to 22% for Michel)
11 rushes good for 47 yards and a TD. Added six catches for 22 yards on seven targets.
Sony Michel’s workload plummeted in a game where you would figure it would climb. Rex got the love instead of Sony and his plotting 2.4 yards per carry. Sure James White will get his ‘lion’s share’ back upon return from having a child, but if Belichick favors Sexy Rexy over Sony, I want him rostered. So mush offensive volume on the wire.
Darrel Williams (KC)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 6% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 54%
Nine rushes for 62 yards, caught all five targets for 47 yards.
Damien Williams could be out, again… Shady McCoy could follow suit. Opportunity arose in Week Three and Darrel took advantage. I want a piece of the KC offense anyway I can. If you missed on Hardman or Robinson, this could be your invite to the raging party… five kegger at Mahomes. Fellow Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson is also a nice bench warmer if you have the room, he is electric.
Phillip Dorsett (NE)
Ownership: 5% ESPN, 32% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap percentage: 92%
Seven targets from Brady, caught six for 53 yards and hit pay dirt (TD) plus two rushes for 12 yards.
Brown is gone from NFL. Edelman is banged up and Dorsett should see an uptick in targets if he were to sit. Points being scored nonstop in this offense, lots to go around and remember that Dorsett was once a first round pick for the Colts. Patriots and Chiefs, find the guys getting snaps and hold them tight.
Diontae Johnson (PIT)
Ownership: 1% ESPN, 4% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 79%
Six Targets seen for three catches, 52 yards and a score plus a carry for six yards
Moncrief and Switzer out, James Washington and Diontae Johnson in. Mix up with the potential needed side piece to JuJu and both guys got all the practice reps with Mason Rudolph in to start the year. Note: If Washington is available, he is a must add . Diontae was second in targets to Smith-Schuster and they even handed him the rock to try to get him into space.
Cole Beasley (BUF)
Ownership: 20% ESPN, 8% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 60%
10 Targets, good for 8 catches and 48 yards.
Josh Allen’s Safety Blanket. Poor man’s Edelman is averaging over seven targets per game and is up against the Patriots Week Four. Clearly the number two target in Buffalo behind John Brown but the running game is damaged and Buffalo will need to air it out if they have a chance to stay in the game. Should eclipse the 10 target mark again in Week Four and is tied with Brown for team targets at 23. All that is missing from the resume is a TD, the usage is there. PPR must.
Preston Williams (MIA)
Ownership 3% ESPN, 3% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 96%
Four receptions from 12 targets good for 68 yards
P-Dub is the favorite target of both Fitzmagic and Rosen and could potentially become the feature of the offense. Davante Parker is underwhelming and Miami might move on soon. What do they have to lose other than losing, need to see what they currently have in house. Good bench stash due to volume and always playing from behind ups his floor.
Mack Hollins (PHI)
Ownership: 0% ESPN, 1% Yahoo
Week 3 Snap Percentage: 99%
In Week Two, Mack had eight targets and caught five for 50 yards. In Week Three saw seven targets and caught four for 62 yards.
Heavy usage the last two games and Jackson should be out again and potentially Alshon too. Eagles head to Lambeau for a Thursday night Tilt on a short week. Hollins has been running with Ertz and Agholor. Wentz could start becoming weary of Nelson’s stone hands and look to Hollins as security. Gonna have to throw to keep up with A-Rod and the Pack Show.
Hopefully you have started off the season on a winning note and are not chasing. If you are, waivers are your closest ally and you should start looking to dish off some pieces to build your empire. Trade season is here, time to start testing waters. Review the rosters of other teams to see needs and weaknesses. Look for good ‘buy low’ guys and try to pry away on the cheap. Make adjustments before it is too late, almost a quarter of the way into the fantasy regular season. Go get ’em!
Todd D Clark – Fantasy Bro
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