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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4

Posted: Sep 28, 2022Last updated: 4 hours ago

When you are determining who to target on the fantasy football waiver wire, The Game Day is your first stop this season. We tell you how much FAAB to spend if your league uses a bidding format, or our percentages indicate who you should prioritize as your prime fantasy football waiver adds.

This week’s rundown includes a pair of essential running back insurance pickups and possible options at the always desolate tight end position.

Top Pickups for Week 4 Fantasy Waiver Wire

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (56% rostered on CBSSports.com)

David Montgomery left the Week 3 game against Houston with an ankle/knee injury, and Herbert ripped off 157 rushing yards with two TDs as he plugged the gap in outstanding fashion. There are conflicting outlooks on how much time he could miss, but Montgomery has been ruled out for Week 4.

Herbert had a long run of 52 yards on Sunday, and when he was pressed into extra work as a rookie last season in October, he averaged 86 yards per game. He will be a must-start fantasy option while Montgomery is out. Herbert came into the 2022 season as one of the top fantasy insurance backup RBs to roster.

Khalil Herbert Suggested Free Agent Budget Bid

35% of your available budget


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Romeo Doubs, WR, Green Bay Packers (34%)

After raising his fantasy stock with an impressive preseason, Doubs caught six passes for 64 yards in the first two games of the regular season. But Doubs may have significantly boosted his appeal with a good outing against a tough pass defense in Week 3.

The rookie caught all eight of his targets for 73 yards and a TD against Tampa Bay, stepping forward with Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson out. The Packers have needed someone besides Allen Lazard to become productive as a pass-catcher, and Doubs showed he can get the job done.

We will have to see if Doubs can build on this outing when Watkins and Watson return, but Watkins has been an annual tease and unreliable disappointment, and Watson hasn’t been able to stay healthy. Doubs has put himself ahead of the competition for now.

Romeo Doubs Suggested FAB Bid

12% of your available budget.

Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (8%)

Coming into this season, Jones was viewed as a former second-round draft pick disappointment in Buffalo who seemed headed for journeyman status. But the Jaguars have given Jones an opportunity to be one of their featured pass-catchers, and he has seized the opportunity so far.

Jones caught 10 passes on 11 targets for 85 yards and a TD against the Chargers Sunday. He also had six catches for 65 yards on nine targets in Week 1.

Trevor Lawrence is rapidly improving as hoped and seems to be developing a good on-field rapport with Jones. While he may not appear to be a high-upside WR and an ankle injury dims his Week 4 outlook, Jones is certainly starting to earn serious fantasy lineup consideration.

Add Jones for future quality contributions even if you do not use him this week.

Zay Jones Suggested FAB Bid

7% of your available budget.

Tyler Conklin, TE, New York Jets (22%)

Most fantasy players overlooked Conklin when he played well during the preseason, but he can no longer be ignored at a position where any respectable production puts a guy on the map. Conklin caught all eight of his targets for 84 yards in Week 3. He also had a TD reception in the season opener and six catches in Week 2.

Conklin may continue to be the top pass-catching target at TE for the Jets despite the presence of C.J. Uzomah, who had one reception in his return from a hamstring injury on Sunday.

Tyler Conklin Suggested FAB Bid

9% of your available budget.

Week 4 Stashes & Upside Adds

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns (38%)

Njoku has always been on the fantasy radar because of his seemingly tremendous potential, yet he often appeared to be held back by disappointing QB play. Having Jacoby Brissett at QB for a good chunk of the 2022 season gave him a similar outlook heading into this year.

But on Thursday against Pittsburgh, Njoku sparkled in the manner that many thought he always could, catching nine passes for 89 yards and a TD. He only had four catches for 39 yards in the first two games of the season, so we will have to wait and see if Njoku can build on the Week 3 outing. But at the thinnest position in fantasy football, you should certainly take the shot on Njoku, who obviously has significant promise for the fantasy playoff push, when Deshaun Watson returns.

David Njoku Suggested FAB Bid

9% of your available budget.

Russell Gage, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40%)

Gage mostly did what he could to patch the holes in the Tampa Bay WR corps on Sunday, catching 12 of 13 targets for 87 yards against a good Green bay secondary. Mike Evans will return from a suspension next week and Chris Godwin (hamstring) will be back at some point. But Julio Jones (knee) is a regular injury risk and Gage may continue to contribute respectably going forward after his Week 3 outing.

Russell Gage Suggested Free Agent Budget Bid

9% of your available budget.

Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (38%)

After Sterling Shepard suffered a devastating knee injury on Monday night, the Giants are going to need other wide receivers to step forward soon. Toney and Kenny Golladay have both been mothballed by the coaching staff early in the season, but Toney also missed Monday night’s game with a hamstring issue, while rookie Wan’Dale Robinson also sat out with a knee issue.

Golladay is unlikely to make the most of any increased opportunity, if he even gets one. Once Toney and Robinson are healthy again, one of them is going to have to play a more prominent role in the Giants’ passing game out of sheer necessity.

Toney should be your first target because of experience and upside. But Robinson, who is 7% rostered, should also be picked up on a wait-and-see add.

Richie James is worth a one-dollar bid in case his targets increase a bit, but he may not do much with them. Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger should also be on your watch list.

We might have to throw a few darts at this situation until we see how it works out, and we also have to hope Toney avoids more injuries, but prioritize him among the New York pass-catchers for now.

Kadarius Toney Suggested Free Agent Budget Bid: 9% of your available budget. Bid 7% on Robinson.

Fantasy Dream Team Giveaway

Mack Hollins, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (1%)

Because fantasy football players are reactionary, Hollins is going to be a heavily sought-after free agent addition this week. Many fantasy analysts are going to recommend approaching him with a high amount of skepticism, though, because Hollins has no track record to suggest that his Week 3 performance is anything more than a fluke.

Coming into the 2022 campaign, Hollis had never recorded more than 226 receiving yards in any of his previous five pro seasons. Then on Sunday against Tennessee, he exploded for 158 yards and a TD on eight receptions and 10 targets. He totally shined as Hunter Renfrow missed Week 3 with a concussion.

The general thought process is that Hollins will be rendered irrelevant again when Renfrow returns, but that may not be fully true. The week before, Hollins caught five balls on eight targets for 66 yards when Renfrow played the whole game and suffered his concussion at the end of the loss in Arizona. Hollins may continue to contribute for the Raiders, but consistency could be an issue.

Hollins is neither a prime waiver wire pickup nor a guy to just ignore. He should at least be an occasional fantasy contributor going forward.

Mack Hollins Suggested FAB Bid

7% of your available budget.

Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (29%)

The undrafted rookie won the top backup job to Najee Harris in the preseason and showed us why on Thursday night. He rushed for 30 yards on just four carries, drawing rave reviews on social media for the brief spark he provided in his glimpses of work.

It was not too long ago that we were concerned about Harris’ foot, so if you roster Harris, here is a reminder that Warren is a must-add. If you have room to stash one of the more potentially impactful backup running backs to a projected fantasy RB1, Warren can be added in that sort of situation, too.

Jaylen Warren Suggested FAB Budget Bid

6% of your available budget.

Best Week 4 WW $0 & $1 Bids

  • Isaiah McKenzie, WR. Buffalo Bills (28%): With Gabriel Davis playing at less than full health and Stefon Diggs losing his battle with the intense heat, McKenzie caught seven passes for 76 yards and a TD at Miami. But he is going to be very inconsistent as the No. 3 WR for Buffalo.
  • Greg Dortch, WR, Arizona Cardinals (27%): He apparently still doesn’t have a lot of believers, but he was a solid option again in Week 3, catching nine of 10 targets for 80 yards. Dortch’s window for additional success is limited, as Rondale Moore (hamstring) might return soon, and DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) is due back after six games, but stream him while you can.
  • Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens (35%): Duvernay caught his third TD pass of the season on Sunday but finished with just two receptions for 25 yards. He is a worthy depth add at WR but he looks very TD dependent so far this season.
  • Alec Pierce, WR, Indianapolis Colts (9%): We will continue to back the rookie, as he had 61 receiving yards in Week 3. Pierce will soon settle in as a comfortable No. 2 WR for the Colts.
  • Josh Reynolds, WR, Detroit Lions (4%): Amon-Ra St. Brown is out this week, and Reynolds could play a more prominent role against Seattle. He caught six passes for 96 yards in Week 3. He is a viable one-week play as a flex option.
  • Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (17%): Christian McCaffrey continues to deal with injury issues. If he misses any time, Hubbard should split work with D’Onta Foreman, but he could be the more productive yardage option of the two.

Author

Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Web Content Creator at The Game Day. Previously he was at SportsLine.com and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Seahawks.com. Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at ESPN.com. and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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