Another week is in the books, and fantasy squads are in flux. Some top-tier options have absolutely flopped in the first three weeks (looking at you Breece Hall) while some early waiver wire darlings are dominating. Who are some of the best options moving on the Week 4 waiver wire for fantasy football?
Must Add Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
De’Von Achane, RB Miami Dolphins
Holy smokes. The Denver Broncos were boat-raced Sunday afternoon on their way to a 50-point loss. At the center of it all was an offensive explosion from the Miami Dolphins, headlined by Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane. Both put up multiple touchdowns on Sunday, but Mostert is already rostered in most leagues. On ESPN as it stands now, Achane is available in 84.6 percent of leagues. He wasn’t on the preseason Rookie of the Year Watch List, but now he’s put the league on notice.
The rest of the season won’t have the same absurd stat lines, but the Dolphins are here to stay. So long as Achane is getting touches in one of the best offenses in America (and maybe in history) he is a fantasy football mainstay. He’s worth every bit of FAAB managers have left on the Week 4 waiver wire.
Josh Palmer, WR Los Angeles Chargers
On the Week 1 waiver wire, Quentin Johnston was a popular pickup in case Mike Williams or Keenan Allen were injured. Now, unfortunately, Williams is pending an injury diagnosis and it doesn’t look good. If he misses Week 4, Palmer is the best waiver wire option.
Palmer still has a firm hold on the WR3 job in LA. According to Fantasy Life’s utilization report Palmer has been involved in more routes and received more total targets. While Johnston had a heavier off-season investment, whichever player is getting more targets from Justin Herbert is viable in fantasy football.
D.J. Chark, WR Carolina Panthers
Chark’s big touchdown this week buoyed his fantasy football finish, but there is reason for optimism. Jonathan Mingo left with a concussion and with the concussion protocol is unlikely to play in Week 4. Their matchup this week is against one of the worst defenses in the league in the Minnesota Vikings.
If Bryce Young plays, Chark’s upside goes down due to the rookie quarterback effect. But if it’s another week with the Red Rocket Andy Dalton, Chark could feast. Chark is available on 56.5 percent of Week 4 waiver wires on ESPN.
Taysom Hill, TE New Orleans Saints
Maybe it’s cheating. But Taysom Hill is still listed as a tight end on most major platforms, and the Saints just lost their starting quarterback. As long as Derek Carr is dealing with an AC joint sprain it will be Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill taking turns.
Having a gadget RB/WR/TE/QB able to slot in at tight end gives some incredible upside, and Hill is still available in 87.9 percent of leagues on ESPN.
C.J. Stroud, QB Houston Texans
The hype is real. Through three games, Stroud is on pace for over 5,000 passing yards at season’s end. While that is in no way sustainable, Stroud is a viable fantasy quarterback for as long as he keeps it up. He likely won’t touch the Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson tier, but for a team that punted on QB in the draft he’s a solid choice. He gets the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4 who haven’t looked like juggernauts. Stroud is available in 89.2 percent of leagues.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST
The Bucs have been weirdly good on defense this season. They scored eight fantasy points against the high-powered Minnesota Vikings offense and cashed in against the Chicago Bears. Now they draw the New Orleans Saints with a backup QB. The best strategy for fantasy football defenses is to change them based on the matchup, and this matchup is a juicy one. The Buccaneers are a great weekly option before their Week 5 bye.
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