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Through The Wire - Week 4

By Mike Krueger | Updated: 9/27/22

Targeting weekly waiver picks is a completely subjective business, but this column hopes to point out some obvious and not-so-obvious selections to help your team from week to week while you strive for that elusive title that your friends say is out of your grasp.

The waiver wire can be an almost limitless resource when it comes to discovering fantasy value in strange places. Each week, I’ll highlight some of the popular (and not-so-popular) players that might be available in 12-team PPR leagues. I’ll also provide a brief update on the players I covered the previous week.

Feedback is always welcome, appreciated and encouraged. I’ll get to as many e-mails as I can.


Trevor Lawrence, JAX – Something’s cookin’ down in Jacksonville and it starts with Lawrence who has largely been taking care of the football (1 INT) and has completed 69% of his passes through three weeks. The Eagles aren’t a great matchup but home against the Texans in Week 5 could be an option.

Marcus Mariota, ATL – You’re not going to find any QB1s hanging out on the waiver wire, but Mariota might be an option if you’re desperate. His rushing ability is plus and the Falcons have some nice weapons in both the run (Cordarrelle Patterson) and pass game (Drake London, Kyle Pitts). The Falcons are at home facing the Browns in Week 4.

Jacoby Brissett, CLE – Sticking with the same game, if you’re in a two-QB league I don’t hate the idea of using Brissett as your QB2 in Week 4 against the Falcons. Brissett has finished as the QB14 each of the last two weeks and the Falcons have allowed the 10th most fantasy points to the position.

Zach Wilson, NYJ – Wilson is expected to return from his knee injury this week and faces a Steelers team that doesn’t have the same bite as in year’s past, especially with T.J. Watt (pec) out. Flacco averaged 51 pass attempts over the first three weeks.

Other QBs to consider (Week 4 opponents in parentheses): Jared Goff, DET (SEA)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF: Garoppolo (211-1-1) finished as the QB24 after a low-end QB2 performance on the road against Denver. It doesn’t look any easier for Jimmy-G in Week 4 against the Rams.

Carson Wentz, WAS: Dud. Wentz (211-0-0; 3-22-0) was a total disaster. He had 24 yards passing at halftime and was sacked 9 times.

Tua Tagovailoa, MIA: Despite a depleted Bills’ secondary, Tua (186-1-0) and the passing game was largely held in check. Tua appeared to have suffered a concussion in the first half but was allowed to return. The league will investigate.

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams

Priority if available: J.K. Dobbins, BAL; Jamaal Williams, DET

Khalil Herbert, CHI – Herbert is likely on someone’s bench in your league but after taking over for the injured David Montgomery (knee/ankle) and rumbling for a 20-157-2, 2-12-0 line, he’ll be fought over on the wire this week. It doesn’t seem like Montgomery’s injury is serious but the touch volume alone makes Herbert a worthy add should Montgomery miss any time. Upcoming schedule for the Bears includes: @NYG, @MIN, WAS.

Brian Robinson Jr., WAS - Robinson is still recovering after getting shot this pre-season but he's worth considering as a speculative add if you have a deep bench. It’s unclear when Robinson may return, but Week 5 against the Titans isn’t out of the question.

Kenneth Walker, SEA – Rashaad Penny (49 snaps) dominated touches in Week 3 against the Falcons leaving Walker (9 snaps) just scraps, totaling 3 carries for 19 yards. However, the Lions are giving up the most fantasy points to RBs through three weeks, making Walker worth taking a flier on if you’re desperate.

Other RBs to consider (Week 4 opponents in parentheses): Alexander Mattison, MIN (@NO-London); Jaylen Warren, PIT (NYJ); Jerick McKinnon, KC (@TB); Samaje Perine, CIN (MIA)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Darrel Williams / Eno Benjamin, ARI: James Conner (ankle) was healthy enough to play which made both Eno and Darrel bench stashes in Week 3. This Cardinals offense is a mess at the moment and the upcoming schedule doesn’t look promising - @CAR, PHI, @SEA, NO.

Raheem Mostert, MIA: It was Chase Edmonds (6-21-2, 1-6) who landed in the endzone twice but with only 15 touches between the two, neither running back got much going against the Bills. Mostert (8-11-0, 0 receptions) and Edmonds seem stuck in a difficult timeshare to decipher on a weekly basis.

Cam Akers, LAR: Akers (12-61-1) was the lead back for the Rams but the volume wasn’t there and he wasn’t targeted in the passing game. Given the low-scoring week, he finished as the RB24.

Jordan Mason, Marlon Mack, SF: The 49ers used Jeff Wilson (12-75-0) and Deebo Samuel (5-6-0) in the running game. Mason got 1 carry while Mack was held out of the box score.

Wide Receivers / Tight Ends

Romeo Doubs, GB – With Sammy Watkins (hamstring) placed on IR, Doubs is going to start for the Packers alongside Allen Lazard. The Packers aren’t going to throw a ton, but Doubs will be weekly Flex option moving forward.

Russell Gage, TB – Gage operated as Tom Brady’s favorite target in Week 3 but he won’t get the same treatment when Mike Evans returns in Week 4. Still, Gage will be a Flex option against the Chiefs as long as Chris Godwin (hamstring) remains out.

Mack Hollins, LV – I had Hollins in the “Other WRs to consider” section last week and boy did he deliver (8-158-1). He’s not an inspiring athlete but is playing a lot of snaps in the Raiders’ offense regardless if Davante Adams or Hunter Renfrow are out.

David Njoku, CLE – Njoku’s spiked game (9-89-1) was likely just a matchup preference for the Browns but it’s a reminder of how volatile fantasy tight ends can be. It’s also nice to know that Njoku is at least capable of this performance which is more than you can say for a majority of the TEs to choose from. Upcoming schedule: @ATL, LAC, NE, @BAL.

DeVante Parker, NE – It took a Jakobi Meyers injury, but nice of Parker (5-156-0) to join the 2022 season. With Mac Jones (ankle) likely out a few games, Parker would only be an option in deep leagues if Meyers is out.

Other WRs/TEs to consider (Week 4 opponents in parentheses): Josh Palmer, LAC (@HOU); Tyler Conklin, NYJ (@PIT); Zay Jones, JAX (@PHI); TE Robert Tonyan, GB (NE); DeAndre Carter, LAC (@HOU)

UPDATE (players recommended last week):

Breshad Perriman, TB: Not great for Perriman (3-44-0) as he fumbled and was wildly out-targeted by Russell Gage (12-87-1). Mike Evans will be back in Week 4 allowing you to put Perriman back on the waiver wire.

Garrett Wilson, NYJ: Back-to-back games with double-digit targets for Wilson (6-60-0) who has become a weekly Flex option given the pass volume by the Jets. We’ll see if that continues with Zach Wilson set to play in Week 4.

Treylon Burks, TEN: Robert Woods received 9 targets and Derrick Henry finally got involved in the passing game, leaving little room for the rookie Burks (1-13-0, 1-8).

Update: Noah Brown, DAL: Brown got the start with Michael Gallup still inactive and played on 80% of the snaps posting a 5-54 line on 7 targets. He won’t be a recommendation next week if Gallup returns.

Update: Greg Dortch, ARI: Dortch (9-80-0) finished as the WR19 after another nice PPR performance. He’s the second option in the Cardinals passing game and should remain in that role as long as Rondale Moore is out. He's still a priority in PPR leagues.

Chris Olave, NO: Olave (9-147-0) finished as the WR6 and that makes back-to-back games with 13 targets. He’s quickly replaced Jarvis Landry in the pecking order and has the most targets (29) on the team after three weeks.

TE Juwan Johnson, NO: Things were setting up nicely for Johnson as Taysom Hill landed on the Inactive list. The result: 0-0-0. Yuck.

D/ST for Week 4

  • Pittsburgh vs. NYJ
  • Philadelphia vs. JAX
  • NY Giants vs. CHI
  • Indianapolis vs. TEN
  • Carolina vs. ARI
  • Cleveland @ATL