Key NFL Injuries and Waiver Wire Week 4 Pickups
Welcome back Academy members! Week 4 Waiver Wire is oddly quiet for pickups this week. In contrast to last week, there were not a lot of injuries. However, the first case of COVID made itself known. Nothing significant emerged from the positive COVID results, but it is a subtle reminder not to forget its presence.
*All players in this article are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues.
WAIVER WIRE: QUARTERBACKS
Key Injuries: Jimmy Garoppolo (High Right Angle Sprain), Tyrod Taylor (Chest Issues), Drew Lock (Right Shoulder),
Gardner Minshew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Rostered 56.2%
Gardner Minshew does not actually qualify for this week’s waiver wire since he is a roster in more than half of ESPN leagues. However, I felt the need to remind you of the importance of not letting one bad Thursday night game change your mind on Minshew. he faces off against the Bengals, Texans, and Lions next. Pick him up off waivers as soon as people begin to drop him out of frustration.
Jared Goff | Los Angeles Rams | Rostered 37.5%
In the last two weeks, Goff averaged nearly 300 yards and totaled five touchdowns. They now face off against the Giants, followed by the Washington Football Team, who allows the fifth-most fantasy points to Quarterbacks. If you are streaming the quarterback position, get ahead of the competition by picking Goff up now.
WAIVER WIRE: RUNNINGBACKS
Key Injuries: Saquon Barkley (Torn ACL; Season-Ending), Christian McCaffery (Ankle; 3-5 weeks), Raheem Mostert (Knee), Jerrick McKinnon (Ribs), Tevin Coleman (Knee; 3-5 weeks), James White (Bereavement), Tarik Cohen (Torn ACL), Chris Carson (Knee) and Cam Akers (Ribs)
Myles Gaskins | Miami Dolphins | Rostered 45.9%
Myles Gaskins looked good Thursday night. The first drive primarily utilized Gaskins in the run and in the passing game. He totaled 66 rush yards, adding five receptions for 29 yards against a middle of the road defense. Gaskins in the primary running back and should see the bulk of the work. However, I preach caution as their schedule increasing in difficulty the next few weeks: Seahawks (29th points allowed to RB), 49ers (24th points allowed to RB), Broncos (26th points allowed to RB), and Chargers (30th points allowed to RB).
Rex Burkhead | New England Patriots | Rostered 17.9%
Rex Burkhead ran with purpose this weekend, making one of the greatest diving touchdowns of the day. He is also very involved in the passing game. Averaging 8.2 yards per carry, Burkhead scored two touchdowns on six carries. In addition, he collected seven receptions for 49 yards and another touchdown. Sony Michel is still an issue but not enough to deter you from picking Burkhead.
Brian Hill | Atlanta Falcons | Rostered 1.7%
Gurley is still the top back, but frustratingly absent in important situations. Brian Hill is a highly explosive runner that continues to carve himself out a role. He totaled 80 yards and a touchdown on 10 touches. This is looking more like a committee than first thought.
WAIVER WIRE: WIDE-RECEIVERS
Key Injuries: Michael Thomas (high ankle – week to week), Davante Adams (Hamstring), Chris Godwin (Hamstring), Courtland Sutton (ACL), Parris Campbell (PCL), Sterling Shepard (Toe), AJ Brown (knee), Sammy Watkins (Concussion), Russell Gage (Head), Diontae Johnson (Head), and Desean Jackson (Hamstring)
Allen Lazard | Green Bay Packers | Rostered 34.7%
With Davante Adams out with a hamstring injury, Aaron Rodgers made Allen Lazard his go-to man. He garnered 146 yards and a touchdown on 6 receptions on a week Lion’s secondary. Rodgers found Lazard open deep for a 72-yard bomb. Next week, the Packers face-off against the Atlanta falcons that gives up the 4th most fantasy points to receivers.
Corey Davis | Tennessee Titans | Rostered 47.2%
Would you believe me if I told you, the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft was Corey Davis? I understand. I would not either. Nevertheless, in AJ Brown’s absence, Corey Davis has produced. This week Davis caught 5 of 6 targets for 69 yards. He looks explosive and involved.
Justin Jefferson | Minnesota Vikings | Rostered 33.8%
The Vikings defense is no longer the dynamite threat of old. The Vikings find themselves in more passing happy games scripts then they preferred, but that just means more involvement from rookie Justin Jefferson our of LSU. Jefferson runs solid routes and his acceleration is something to note. This week he earned 7 receptions on 9 targets and exploded for 175 yards and a touchdown.
WAIVER WIRE: TIGHT ENDS
Key Injuries: George Kittle (Knee), Blake Jarwin (ACL Rupture – Out for Year), Dawson Knox (Concussion), Dallas Goedert (Ankle)
Jimmy Graham | Chicago Bears | Rostered 13.6%
The new toy for Matt Nagy totaled 2 touchdowns on 6 receptions for 60 yards. All of his production came with Nick Foles behind center. History has proven Nick Foles loves the Tight End position. I don’t see why anything else would change now.
Mo Alie-Cox | Indianapolis Colts | Rostered 8.5%
The Goliath of a man conquers again. Three receptions on three targets allowed Alie-Cox an endzone reception. History shows that Rivers targets the Tight End position. The questions become whether he will retain the role upon Doyle’s fully-healthy return.
Dalton Shultz | Dallas Cowboys | Rostered 23.6%
Shultz came back down to earth this week. He earned four receptions and 48 yards. However, when looking at the tight end position that is a solid stat line.
LAST THOUGHTS ON THE WAIVER WIRE
Remember, waiver wire transactions should be used to win weeks. If you cannot envision them starting at some point to help you win, then don’t pick them up.
Best of luck to you. Come back next week for week 5 waiver wire suggestions. Lastly, check out our Start or Sit column for the week.
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