Waiver Wire Pickups: Allen Lazard, Myles Gaskin, More Week 4 Targets
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Week 3 brought hits and misses from one of the deepest waivers wires in recent memory.
And of course, it brought more injuries.
Top players such as Chris Carson, Chris Godwin, Diontae Johnson, John Brown, and Dallas Goedert all left Week 3 games with injuries.
Now we enter the last full slate of games before teams start their bye weeks. After this upcoming slate of games, at least two teams will be on bye every week until Week 12. It’s time to make your bench spots as efficient as possible before the tough decisions arrive.
Let’s take a look at who should earn your top waiver spots and highest percentage of FAAB in Week 4.
Note: We’ve limited their recommendations to players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. All data as of Monday.
Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins
The third-year Washington-product has established himself as the lead running back in Miami.
Gaskin produced 95 yards on 27 touches in Miami’s 31-13 win at Jacksonville. His five receptions give him 15 total on the season, illustrating his versatility and increasing his fantasy appeal.
While Jordan Howard is the preferred short-yardage option, Gaskin did get three touches inside the 5-yard line but failed to convert. The Dolphins have two difficult upcoming matchups with Seattle and at San Francisco.
Regardless, Gaskin is clearly ahead of fellow running back Matt Breida and is one of the only three-down running backs available on waivers.
Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
Edmonds had another lackluster game with 33 total yards and two receptions. However, the bigger storyline was another poor performance from starter Kenyan Drake.
In a game against a Lions team with a poor defense, Drake tallied just 79 total yards and one reception. This makes three subpar performances in a row for Arizona’s lead running back.
The Cardinals have three consecutive road games against poor defensive teams in the Panthers, Jets, and Cowboys.
Edmonds could start to see a bigger role moving forward and is an intriguing bench stash if you have the space.
Rex Burkhead, Patriots
With James White missing the game due to a family tragedy, Burkhead assumed the valuable running back pass-catcher role for New England. He took advantage of the opportunity with seven receptions, 98 total yards, and three touchdowns in an amazing all-around performance.
However, White’s presence will always make Burkhead unstartable in seasonal leagues. He’s best left on the waiver wire unless White is ruled out for the big Week 4 battle at Kansas City.
Brian Hill, Falcons
Todd Gurley fantasy owners may want to find a bench spot for the fifth-year running back.
Hill produced 81 total yards and a touchdown while receiving five less rushing attempts than Gurley.
While not startable in any format, Hill would be an immediate RB2 if Gurley were to suffer an injury.
Corey Davis, Titans
With Tennessee lead wide receiver A.J. Brown missing another game due to a knee injury, Davis entered Week 3 as the presumed top wideout for Tennessee.
Davis produced a solid five reception for 69 yards but was overshadowed by journeyman Kalif Raymond, who led the Titans with three receptions for 118 yards.
Tennessee has three consecutive home games upcoming but difficult matchups against Pittsburgh and Buffalo in the next two. It’s best to look elsewhere for a WR3 unless Brown continues to miss time.
Allan Lazard, Packers
Last week we wrote:
“With two potential upcoming shootouts at New Orleans and against Atlanta, Lazard is worth a waiver claim in all formats.”
Hopefully, you listened.
Lazard exploded for six receptions, 146 yards, and a touchdown in Green Bay’s 37-30 win at New Orleans. There were rumors of Adams possibly playing, but the Packers scored a big win without him.
Even with Adams’ likely return in Week 4, Lazard is a priority add if he’s available.
Anthony Miller, Bears
Miller remains one of the most frustrating players in fantasy football. He now has two touchdown catches in three games but was coming off a Week 2 performance without a single catch.
The Bears rallied behind backup quarterback Nick Foles for a 30-26 win at Atlanta. Miller was a key piece in that comeback and may see an increase in targets if Foles is the starter moving forward.
He is worth considering as a WR4/5 add in all formats.
Golden Tate, Giants
With Sterling Shepard now on injured reserve for at least three games, Tate will see an increase in targets. But with the performance of quarterback Daniel Jones, will it matter?
Tate is a sneaky WR4 play next week at the Rams, with cornerback Jalen Ramsey likely drawing teammate Darius Slayton.
Justin Jefferson, Vikings
The rookie out of LSU enjoyed a massive breakout performance with seven receptions, 175 receiving yards, and one touchdown in Minnesota’s 31-30 loss to Tennessee.
Jefferson led the Vikings with nine targets and scored a 71-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins in the third quarter.
He is clearly a top waiver wire add with a Week 4 visit to Houston on the schedule.
Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan made true on his promise to get Aiyuk more involved, and the rookie delivered. Aiyuk led the 49ers in targets (eight), receptions, (five), and receiving yards (70), while adding 31 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The explosive rookie is a fantasy waiver add with two upcoming home games against poor pass defenses in Philadelphia and Miami.
Curtis Samuel, Panthers
Samuel makes the column more for his potential than his production.
The Carolina speedster caught all four of his targets for 45 yards and added four rushing attempts as well.
Track his usage moving forward to see if he can get more involved in the offense with Christian McCaffrey out with a high-ankle sprain.
Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
If you’re looking for a bench stash that could pay dividends in a few weeks, consider Philadelphia’s Alshon Jeffery.
With the Eagles at 0-3, Jeffery’s return from a Lisfranc injury could be accelerated. Rookie Jalen Reagor is on the IR with a thumb injury, and DeSean Jackson left Sunday’s game with a concussion.
He may be a few weeks away, but Jeffery is a WR3 for your lineup whenever he starts.
Hunter Renfrow, Raiders
The 5-foot-10 slot receiver benefitted from Henry Ruggs’ absence and Darren Waller slowed by injury.
Renfrow led the Raiders in targets (nine), receptions (six), and receiving yards (84).
With Las Vegas likely back to full health next week, Renfrow should not be targeted unless an injury occurs on the depth chart.
Cole Beasley, Bills
Beasley isn’t exciting but always finds a way to give at least a marginal stat line. The Buffalo slot receiver led Buffalo in targets (seven), receptions (six), and receiving yards (100), in the Bills’ thrilling 35-32 win over the Rams.
With 20 targets through three games, Beasley is a solid WR4 PPR receiving option. The Bills have a friendly schedule upcoming with the Raiders, Titans, and Jets over their next four games.
Randall Cobb, Texans
Since an opening game dud, Cobb has actually been fantasy viable. His four receptions, 95 receiving yards, and one touchdown were a better stat line than teammate Will Fuller (4/54/1).
It’s hard to trust Cobb on a weekly basis with Fuller, Brandin Cooks, and Kenny Stills on the roster.
He’s a fantasy favorite but still not worth a wavier claim unless the depth chart narrows.
Tee Higgins, Bengals
Over the past two weeks, Tee Higgins has started to build a rapport with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow.
Higgins turned nine targets into five receptions, 40 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in Cincinnati’s 23-23 tie at Philadelphia.
Higgins is a reasonable WR4/Flex play next week at Jacksonville, even among a crowded depth chart.
Braxton Berrios, Jets
Somebody has to catch passes for the Jets, right?
For the second straight week, Berrios caught a touchdown pass in a Jets loss. He finished with four receptions for 64 yards and the score.
New York has a quick turnaround for a Thursday night home game against Denver. In very deep leagues (14 teams or more), I can support Berrios as a WR4 play against the Broncos.
Andy Isabella, Cardinals
The second-year speedster took advantage of Christian Kirk’s absence to tally four receptions, 47 yards, and two touchdowns in a 26-23 loss to Detroit.
His fantasy value is dependent on Kirk’s status. The Cardinals have three great upcoming matchups against the Panthers, Jets, and Cowboys.
Isabella would be a solid Flex play in those games if Kirk is out.
Logan Thomas, Washington
Thomas continues to see unproductive targets from struggling quarterback Dwayne Haskins. His 24 targets over the first three weeks rank inside the top 10 among all tight ends.
The consistent targets in projected weekly negative game scripts make him a TE2 next week even in a tough matchup against the Ravens.
Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
Schultz solidified his overall TE9 performance with a decent four receptions on six targets for 48 receiving yards.
With so many weapons in the Dallas passing game, it’s hard to rely on Schultz on a weekly basis.
He remains a low-end TE1 in Week 4 at home against Cleveland.
Eric Ebron, Steelers
Similar to Schultz, Ebron resides in a high-scoring offense with many weapons.
He did break through in Week 3 for five receptions, 52 yards, and a touchdown. This marks his best performance in a Steelers uniform to date.
There are favorable matchups upcoming with Tennessee, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Feel free to use Ebron as a low-end tight end option in those matchups.
Mo Alie-Cox, Colts
Two touchdowns in two weeks?
Even with the return of starting tight end Jack Doyle, the athletic Alie-Cox found his way to three receptions, 50 yards, and a touchdown.
He remains hard to project but is probably ahead of Doyle on the target share moving forward.
Jimmy Graham, Bears
Coming off a one-reception performance, Graham shined in Chicago’s comeback at Atlanta. The 33-year old veteran produced six receptions, 60 yards, and two touchdowns for a DFS Milly Maker winning performance.
Use caution with Graham as your starting tight end, as he has tough matchups with the Colts and Buccaneers upcoming.