Three weeks of NFL action are in the books, which means it’s time for owners everywhere to scour the waiver wire for the best Week 4 wide receiver pickups. Looking around the league shows that players like A.J. Green and Emmanuel Sanders have the best chance of positive production in the coming weeks.
A.J. Green, Emmanuel Sanders Highlight Fantasy Football Week 4 Wide Receiver Waiver Pickups
Is…is A.J. Green good again? It certainly looked that way during Arizona’s Week 3 win, as the former Cincinnati Bengal finished his night with five receptions for 96 yards on six targets. With DeAndre Hopkins clearly playing through pain, Green stepped up as the top dog in the passing attack.
Now, there is a very real chance that this was simply a one-week fluke, or that Green’s role disappears as Hopkins gets healthy. There are safer options out there on the waiver wire, but safe decisions do not win fantasy leagues. We know how good Green can be, and a starting wide receiver in Kyler Murray’s offense should have plenty of fantasy opportunities. There is a path for Green to put up week-winning performances down the stretch, and you don’t want to see him on somebody else’s roster if that happens.
Prime A.J. Green catch right here 😯pic.twitter.com/rK7KjOmZD4
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) September 26, 2021
Stefon Diggs is the alpha in this passing attack, but somebody needs to emerge as Buffalo’s WR2. Right now, that person appears to be Emmanuel Sanders. Josh Allen looked like his 2020 self against the Washington Football Team, and as long as that guy shows up, Sanders will have some fantasy value.
Throughout the offseason, Gabriel Davis and Emmanuel Sanders battled for the starting outside receiver job. After three weeks of play, Sanders has firmly won that battle and deserves to be rostered in 12- and 14-team leagues. While he doesn’t have the highest ceiling, he can be a good flex play in a pinch.
The Detroit Lions need somebody to step up at wide receiver, and Kalif Raymond might just be that guy. When all was said and done, Raymond finished the night with a team-high six receptions for 68 yards on 10 targets. This wasn’t garbage-time production either, as the Lions were a Justin Tucker miracle kick away from actually winning this one.
Detroit’s wide receiver core might just be the worst in the league, so there isn’t too much target competition here. T.J. Hockenson and D’Andre Swift will probably lead the team in targets, but somebody needs to come in third. Raymond could be that somebody, and there is a 100% chance he is currently available in your league.
The Lions are signing Kalif Raymond to replace Jamal Agnew in the return game, but by the looks of it, the guy can hold his own at wideout toopic.twitter.com/8iRE4TUBQT
— Barstool Detroit (@BSMotorCity) March 23, 2021
Stash: Rashod Bateman
Rashod Bateman is officially eligible to return from the short-term injured reserve, and boy do the Ravens need him. Marquise Brown has played admirably in Bateman’s absence, but Baltimore needs a reliable second option. Bateman checked off just about every analytical box there is to check, and the film matches the raw numbers. He’s no Ja’Marr Chase, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ends up being the second-best wide receiver in this class. Even if you need to wait a bit before actually playing him, he could be 2021’s out-of-nowhere league winner.
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