With just Monday Night Football still to happen, now is that glorious time of the week when we turn our attention to Week 4 and attack the fantasy football waiver wire.
To be as helpful as possible to you dear readers, I’ve highlighted two players at each position, plus a handful of other names to target ranging from a little over 50% rostered in Sleeper leagues to well under the 30% mark. I’ve also included a few players to be cautious of to further help give you the edge over your leaguemates. No matter your league size, there’s someone in here for you.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (50% rostered)
The Trevor Lawrence that was promised to us is finally here. Against the Chargers Sunday—in a Jaguars’ win might I add—Lawrence threw for 262 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s thrown for at least 235 yards and 2 touchdowns in each of his last two games. Currently the QB10 in fantasy, Lawrence is an excellent target for those dealing with injuries or underperforming stars at the QB position.
Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (33% rostered)
Mariota didn’t have an extraordinary Week 3, but he did throw and rush for a touchdown against the Seahawks. The Falcons’ quarterback has yet to top 230 yards passing, but his rushing potential makes him roster worthy. Mariota joins Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts as the only quarterbacks with 90+ yards and multiple touchdowns rushing this season. Pretty elite company to find oneself in.
Other Targets: Jared Goff (46%), Geno Smith (14%), Jacoby Brissett (9%)
Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (48% rostered)
Herbert is going to be THE waiver target this week. With David Montgomery sidelined due to an ankle injury, Herbert went off against the Texans, rushing for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries. (Personally, I’m taking this as a win for my Montgomery must-start call.) Herbert was the clear RB1 in Chicago Sunday, and that’ll remain true for as long as Montgomery’s out. Even in a limited role with Montgomery on the field, Herbert is worth rostering as his 1.03 PER rating is one of best among backs to start the year.
Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (60% rostered)
It’s been two weeks in a row now that Williams has led the Lions’ backfield in carries. With D’Andre Swift nursing an ankle injury, it’s clear Williams will be the workhorse for Detroit. Against the Vikings he carried the ball 20 times for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns, adding 20 yards through he air for good measure. This is your last chance to roster Williams especially with news dropping Monday that Swift suffered a shoulder sprain and could miss time.
Other Targets: James Cook (53%), J.D. McKissic (40%), Rex Burkhead (31%),
Russell Gage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (50% rostered)
Gage put forward a career game Sunday, catching 12 balls for 87 yards and a touchdown vs the Packers. This breakout performance should be taken with a large grain of salt as Tom Brady was missing Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones this game. As long as some of those receivers aren’t on the field, Gage has WR3/Flex value. However, if the Bucs’ receiving core ever gets fully healthy—which is a decent “if”—Gage will likely fall to the team’s WR4. Consider this a cautious caution.
Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (40% rostered)
Doubs had a tremendous preseason so it was only a matter of time before he emerged as a top target in Green Bay. Against the Bucs, the rookie did just that, leading the Packers in targets (8), receptions (8), yards (73), and touchdowns (T-1). With Sammy Watkins on IR and Christian Watson sidelined with a hamstring injury, it’s not to hard to see Doubs cementing himself as Aaron Rodgers’ go-to target in the coming weeks. He’s a must-target this week no matter your league.
Caution: Mack Hollins, Las Vegas Raiders (3% rostered)
Hollins erupted against the Titans, catching 8 of 10 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown. This coming on the heels of a good Week 2 game—5-of-8 targets for 66 yards—and you could see how Hollins would be a top target on waivers. I wouldn’t go crazy to add Hollins though as much of his breakout can be attributed to Hunter Renfrow missing Week 3 with a concussion. If you’re in a super deep league, Hollins is worth taking a flier on. Otherwise, avoid.
Other Targets: Tyler Boyd (68%), Joshua Palmer (41%), Isaiah McKenzie (35%), Greg Dortch (34%), Zay Jones (14%)
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (37% rostered)
It was only a matter of time before we had a big Njoku game. The Browns tight end hasn’t played less than 88% of the offensive snaps in a game this season which gives him a very solid floor. Thursday night we saw the high as Njoku caught 9-of-10 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown, with a 32.3% target share. While games like this week won’t be the norm, Njoku is worth rostering based on him never coming off the field in Cleveland.
Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (30% rostered)
To start the year, Conklin has seen no fewer than seven targets in a game. And that was back in Week 1. Sunday he saw 8, catching all 8 for 84 yards against the Bengals. He’s currently the TE4 in .5PPR, averaging 9.7 PPG. Again, he’s been THE TE4 through three weeks. He’s not a sexy name, and he doesn’t put up the sexiest stats, but Conklin has been extremely consistent and reliable and is well, well worth rostering if you’re at all tight end needy.
Other Targets: Hayden Hurts (33%), Jonnu Smith (4%), Will Dissly (3%)