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NFL Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 4

Once again there were some injuries that opened up more snaps for players, and some other players have good match-ups this week. Who to get?

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Last week’s absurd amount of injuries resulted in five high profile running backs being available on waivers as well as several quality adds at other positions. Unfortunately, the Week 4 waiver wire is much less promising. Per usual, the following players are listed in order of priority.

Carlos Hyde, RB. Seattle Seahawks
Carlos Hyde is the clear top add of the week if Chris Carson misses time. Early reports indicate Carson is likely to miss at least one or two weeks with a knee sprain. And with an enticing match-up against the Miami Dolphins this week, Hyde becomes a must-start option. If your team is good in the short-term, don’t add Hyde, but I’m assuming that teams with the top waiver priority could use a guy like him this week.

Allen Lazard, WR, Greeen Bay Packers
This is the last week Allen Lazard will be a waiver target as I fully expect his ownership to skyrocket after his six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. Sure, Davante Adams will return and be the number one option, but Lazard has carved out a sizable role in this offense. He is now a weekly flex play with WR1 upside when Adams misses time.

Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Week 3’s breakout star, Justin Jefferson torched the Titans for 175 yards and a touchdown, overtaking Bisi Johnson as the team’s second receiver behind Adam Thielen. The 2020 first round pick showed the kind of upside he has with a masterful 71-yard touchdown catch-and-run. The Vikings are not a very good team and will be throwing a lot more than most expected this season. Jefferson is not yet a weekly fantasy starter, but rather is someone you should stash and play in good match-ups.

Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams
If you’re in a competitive league, chances are Goff is not available on waivers. But if he is, scoop him up. His Week 4 match-up against the New York Giants’ abysmal defense is amazing and he should be owned and started in all leagues this week.

Tee Higgins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Most will look at Tee Higgins’ five catches for 40 yards and two scores as a fluke, and there is some merit to that. I don’t expect him to catch two touchdowns every week. However, he was targeted nine times and is becoming a favorite of rookie signal-caller, Joe Burrow. There is a lot of upside with Higgins, and he is on a team that is throwing the ball a lot. Burrow has thrown 61 and 44 passes in the last two weeks, respectively, and if that continues, Higgins could be a weekly starter before long.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
This is admittedly a shot in the dark. There is a decent chance Alshon Jeffery gets hurt again or simply does not produce. The reason I like him though is the volume. DeSean Jackson and Jalen Reagor are banged up and Dallas Goedert is looking to miss at least a week, leaving Jeffery and Zach Ertz as the only viable options in the passing game (sorry, Greg Ward). Jeffery is generally productive when healthy and is on a surprisingly bad team that expects to throw a lot. Combine that with his high red zone usage and you get a weekly high-upside option. Tread lightly though, and there’s no way I’d start him this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Miami Dolpins
Everything is in order for the ever-volatile Fitzmagic to have a monster game in Week 4 versus the Seattle Seahawks, which means he’s going to have his worst career day. All jokes aside, Ryan Fitzpatrick is definitely startable this week against a banged-up Seattle defense that may be without the services of superstar safety, Jamal Adams. Seattle is 3-0, but has been awful against the pass, giving up 450, 397, and 470 yards in the first three weeks. Miami is not a great passing offense, but the volume should be there in a game they are expected to be trailing throughout. Fitzpatrick is a low-end QB1 this week and should be started in most leagues.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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