Welcome to Week 4! For those that read this column on a regular basis, our normal writer for this column will be unable to write it for a month or more. I’ll be filling in for him until he is able to resume writing this column. Kelley will continue to write the Sit/Start each week, but for now, you’ll have to deal with me for your waiver adds.
Top Waiver Wire Adds for Week 4
Taylor had a good Week 3 against a top-notch Denver defense. He was 20-of-26 for 213 yards and two TDs. Now, those numbers alone don’t constitute a player being named the “Add of the Week”, but looking ahead at his schedule for the next 5-to-7 weeks, now is the time to add Taylor. These are his next seven matchups
- @ Falcons
- @ Bengals
- vs Bucs
- vs Raiders
- @ Jets
- vs Saints
- @ Chargers
None of those defenses really scare you, and if you will be in need of a bye week QB in the next few weeks, add him now.
QB Deshaun Watson (HOU) 14 percent owned
Watson looked good Sunday against the Patriots, but he is only a waiver add if you are hurting at the QB position, or if your starting QB has a Week 6 or Week 9 bye. Watson has matchups with the Browns and Colts respectively in those weeks.
QB Andy Dalton (CIN) 45 percent owned
Dalton was not as bad as he looked in those first two games, and he wasn’t as good as he was in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Packers. He falls somewhere in the middle. His next matchup is on the road at Cleveland making him a good streaming QB.
RB Wendell Smallwood (PHI) 4 percent owned
Smallwood’s status as a waiver wire pickup will depend on the health of RB Darren Sproles (knee). If Sproles was to miss time, Smallwood would be the likely candidate to fill his shoes. The Eagles travel west in Week 4 to play the Chargers, followed by a few tough matchups in the Cardinals and Panthers. He is a better add if you play in a PPR league, but he is worth picking up and stashing on your bench in all leagues until we get news on Sproles.
RB D’Onta Foreman (HOU) 17 percent owned
Forman isn’t a waiver add if you are in a 10-t0-12 team league unless you are really hurting at RB. If you are in a deeper league, Foreman has received double-digit touches two weeks in a row, and while Lamar Miller is still getting the bulk of the work, he hasn’t exactly been “all-world” with that workload.
RB Marqise Lee (JAX) 47 percent owned
Lee has taken over as the No. 1 receiver in Jacksonville (or is it London?) and has received 19 targets in the last two weeks. The schedule makers did the Jags a solid by scheduling the Jets the game after their trip to London. Lee needs to be owned in all leagues.
RB Mohamed Sanu (ATL) 32 percent owned
Sanu has received at least six targets in all three games this year. Playing for a high-powered offense like the Falcons, he can have a big game any given Sunday. He will always be second-fiddle to Jones, but he is worth a bench stash to get ready for the bye weeks coming up.
WR Will Fuller (HOU) 3 percent owned
Fuller was practicing last week leading up to the matchup with the Patriots. He isn’t quite ready to play just yet, but if you have space on your bench, add him now. I can see him making his return either in Week 5 against the Chiefs or Week 6 against the Browns.
WR Mike Williams (LAC) 5 percent owned
Similar to Fuller, Williams is close to getting on the field. I don’t expect Williams to make an immediate impact having missed most of the offseason, but the Chargers didn’t draft him in the first round to sit him on the bench.
TE Charles Clay (BUF) 20 percent owned
Clay won’t rack up a ton of yards, but through three games he has 18 targets and two TDs. He’d have more targets if he hadn’t left the game early in Week 2. Like I mentioned with Tyrod Taylor, the Bills have a favorable schedule over the next seven weeks including games against the Raiders, Jets, and Saints in consecutive weeks.
TE Evan Engram (NYG) 38 percent owned
For the second week in a row, Engram has received seven targets and he also has at least 40 yards receiving in every game this season. You could definitely do worse at tight end, and he should get better as the season progresses.