Waiver Wire Report – Week 4

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Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire report provides you with valuable insight on who you should be targeting in your leagues. Josh Lieberman breaks down his top 10 list of NFL players with fewer than 30% ownership in Yahoo fantasy leagues. 

Another strange week for Fantasy Football owners, with some more injuries and puzzling individual performances that will have many rosters looking for some necessary replacements for this week. While this week’s crop contains fewer high upside adds, do not sleep on these players as they could provide critical depth for your playoff push.

Here are the top adds for the upcoming week:

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#1) Wendall Smallwood (RB – PHI) – A season ending injury to Darren Sproles puts Smallwood in a great position to be the highest volume back for the Eagles. Week 3 saw him rush for 71 yards on 12 carries, while adding a reception, in limited time. The Eagles have shown an ability to put points on the board, so you could find yourself benefiting from starting Smallwood as a flex option going forward. Blount will still get the goal line work, but he hasn’t been utilized enough to be a threat to Wendall’s snap opportunities going foward. A bid of 25-30% would seem to be the necessary starting amount.
#2) C.J. Prosise (RB – SEA) – Prosise appears to finally be heading towards a significant role in the Seahawks’ passing game. Averaging six targets per game the past two weeks, while recording a 46 yard gainer this past week, C.J. could be settling into a pass catching role that will provide decent PPR value for your roster. Chris Carson has likely solidified his position as the lead back, but there is certainly value to be had with Prosise, if he continues to receive similar targets to what he saw in weeks two and three. A 15% bid here should give you a shot at this acquisition.

#3) Paul Richardson (WR – SEA) – Another receiver making a return to the Waiver Wire report here at Touchdown Fantasy! P-Rich should be owned in any deep league, as he’s putting up borderline WR4/flex numbers over the last two weeks. He’s recorded a touchdown in each of his last two games, and has 19 targets this season. A 15-20% bid might still be all it takes to grab him, though I would surprised, once again, if he is still sitting at <30% ownership next week.

#4) Devin Funchess (WR – CAR) – Those who read this feature last week, likely already took a swing at Funchess on their wire. I recommended him when Greg Olsen went down, and his stock has risen even further now, as we await word on a possible Kelvin Benjamin lineup absence. While the MRI found new structural damage to KB’s knee, he could still miss 1-2 weeks. Newton has no choice but to force targets to Devin now, so he needs to be added in all leagues this week. 25% for FAAB bidding.

#5) Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU) – Watson has looked increasingly impressive each week, capping it off with an almost heroic performance in New England against Brady this weekend. Say what you will about the Pats D this season, but you put up a 67% completion pct while throwing for over 300 yards against the 5x champs, and you have gotten my attention. He has a lot of Cam Newton in him, and could be worthy of a few starts on fantasy teams that do not have Brady or Rodgers rostered. 10% bid minimum here.

#6) Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE – NYJ) – I’ll put ASJ on this list once again, simply to gloat about his inclusion last week, when he was only 1% owned. A five catch debut serves notice that ASJ will be able to contribute on fantasy rosters once again, and he can help you overcome the depth issue currently seen at the TE position. 10-15% bid, depending on positional need.

#7) Jared Goff (QB – LAR) – Most of us could drop 40 points on the 49ers defense, so let’s not overstate that accomplishment too much. However, the 79% completion percentage, plus the way Goff spread out his passing targets, was definitely impressive. With many QB’s struggling through the first 3 weeks, you could make use of Goff in the right matchup, as the Rams seemed poise to actually be half-decent. Honestly. Bid conservatively here, no more than 10%.

#8) Robert Woods (WR – LAR) – It looks like the Cooper Kuup bubble might be ready to burst. Bobby Woods, six receptions on seven targets, seemed to emerge as Goff’s safety net on Thursday night, and could be headed towards some significant volume throughout this year. The Rams have been putting up some points this year, so do not be afraid to invest in some of their offensive pieces. 10% of your FAAB should be the highest you go here.

#9) Josh Doctson (WR – WSH) – I am one of the few remaining Josh Doctson truthers out there, and have been pumping his tires and acquiring shares in my dynasty leagues for the past few months. The talent is absolutely here with Doctson, he just needs to shake the injury bug and get on the field. Yes, he only caught one pass in the SNF game, but what a catch it was! A 52 yard touchdown grab, where he high pointed the ball and wrestled it away from two defenders. Pryor has been mostly a bust, so you have to think Cousins will rely on Josh, sooner than later. Only health is keeping JD from stardom. 5% is likely all you’ll need to take this flyer, unless you are in one of my leagues!

#10) D’onta Foreman (RB – HOU) – It seems only a matter of time before Foreman takes over for Lamar Miller, who holds a pedestrian Y/A of 3.7 right now. While D’onta has not seized the opportunity through his performance thus far, he has gotten 10+ touches in the last 2 games, and seems more suited as the lead back in a Texans offense that will need to grind out wins most weeks. Treat him as simply a stash in the short term, but he could be a solid fantasy producer in the second half of the season for your squad. A 5% should be sufficient to grab him, unless you are in a deep league or have an insecure Miller owner.

Honorable Mentions: Alex Collins (RB – BAL), Blake Bortles (QB – JAC), Chris Johnson (RB – ARZ), Taylor Gabriel (WR – ATL), Charles Clay (TE – BUF), Robby Anderson (WR-NYJ), Bruce Ellington (WR – HOU)