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Early Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4 (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Sep 27, 2020

After a strong showing against the G-Men, Jeff Wilson should be a popular add on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4

Good evening, folks! We’ve made it through the bulk of Week 3 action, and it’s that most wonderful time of the evening once again. Sunday night gives fantasy owners time to reflect on the week’s triumphs or losses and take stock of their roster heading into the new week. It’s a time for reflection and a time to assess potential waiver wire options. Each week, I’ll be highlighting a handful of low-rostered options you should consider when making waiver wire claims. Each player’s upcoming three-game schedule will be noted, including strength of matchup. This is particularly helpful if you need a streaming option or a temporary replacement to get you through the tough times.

Thankfully, we don’t have a slew of injuries to address this week, but there are some great adds ahead of Week 4. It’s a receiver-heavy waiver wire this time, with a couple of great options at other positions as well. The 49ers’ strong run game continued, even with some new faces in the backfield, a Minnesota rookie balled out, and it might be #FolesSZN in Chicago.

Note: Most players are less than 30% rostered in Yahoo leagues.

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Wide Receiver

Justin Jefferson (MIN): 27% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@HOU @SEA ATL

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Jefferson detonated for a 7/175/1 line Sunday, leading the Vikings in receiving for the second straight week. The rookie has a beautiful three-game stretch from Weeks 4-6, and he deserves a look in all formats.

Tee Higgins : 4% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
JAX @BAL @IND

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Higgins took over No. 3 receiver duties in this one, as John Ross was a healthy scratch. The rookie went on to post a healthy 5/40/2 receiving line on nine targets, and he should be a priority add this week, playing on a team averaging 47 pass attempts per week.

Andy Isabella (ARI): 1% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@CAR @NYJ @DAL

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Isabella produced for the second week in a row, providing a solid 4/47/2 line while benefiting from Christian Kirk‘s absence. Kirk should be considered questionable for Week 4, and if he’s out, Isabella should be in the flex conversation against Carolina.

Brandon Aiyuk : 27% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
PHI MIA LAR

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Aiyuk came alive in his second NFL game, accounting for 31 rush yards and a TD and 70 receiving yards. He figures to be a focal point of San Francisco’s passing game moving forward, with so many injuries in the receiving corps.

Laviska Shenault (JAC): 29% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@HOU @DET BYE

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Shenault has lined up all over the field in his first three career games, posting an 11/105/1 receiving line and an 8/48 rushing line in that span. The Jags figure to get him involved all season, making him a solid pickup ahead of Week 4.

Preston Williams (MIA): 30% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
SEA @SF @DEN

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It’s been a slow start to the season for Williams, though he did manage 12 targets through the first two weeks of the season before Week 3’s 2/7/1 line on Thursday Night Football. Williams looked sharp last season before a knee injury ended his run prematurely. He’ll look to produce in Week 4 when the surprisingly competent Dolphins passing game faces Seattle’s generous secondary.

Braxton Berrios (NYJ): 1% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
DEN ARI @LAC

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Yeah, it’s tough to recommend a Jets’ player at any position right now, but Berrios is the proverbial last man standing in this putrid offense, and Sam Darnold has consistently looked his way over the last two weeks. With scores in back-to-back weeks, Berrios gets a friendly home matchup with Denver on Thursday night.

Alshon Jeffery (PHI): 14% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@SF @PIT BAL

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Jeffery has a great shot to return in Week 4, and the Eagles’ receiving corps has been whittled down to a skeleton crew. He could make an immediate impact, and he’s widely available for pickup.

James Washington (PIT): 11% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@TEN PHI CLE

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Diontae Johnson was forced out of Pittsburgh’s Week 3 win over Houston due to a concussion, and his status for Week 4 against Tennessee is in question. Washington drew seven targets and could be in line for a similar amount of looks in Week 4 if Johnson is sidelined.

Running Back

Jeff Wilson (SF): 22% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
PHI MIA LAR

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Wilson had a big game Sunday, racking up 69 yards and two scores on 15 total touches, finishing just two touches behind Jerick McKinnon. As long as Raheem Mostert remains out, Wilson makes a reliable flex, as he figures to stay involved in San Francisco’s RB-friendly backfield.

Rex Burkhead (NE): 8% owned

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@KC DEN BYE

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Sexy Rexy had a monster game Sunday, turning 13 touches into 98 total yards and three touchdowns. Playing fill-in duty for James White, the veteran paid huge dividends for those who played him today, and he’s worth an add ahead of a friendly matchup with the Chiefs in Week 4.

Carlos Hyde (SEA): 16% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@MIA MIN BYE

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Chris Carson went down late in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys after his knee was rolled up on by a defender, and Hyde should be picked up as an insurance policy. Carson was able to walk off the field on his own, but if he’s forced to miss time, Hyde would be the No. 1 pickup of the week.

Quarterback

Nick Foles (CHI): 2% rostered 

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
IND TB @CAR

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After another quarter of mediocrity, Mitch Trubisky was replaced by Nick Foles, and the Super Bowl MVP worked his magic with a three-touchdown performance in the comeback victory. He’s got a string of difficult matchups on the horizon, but Foles has shown in the past just how productive he can be as a fill-in.

Kirk Cousins (MIN): 26% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@HOU @SEA ATL

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After a Week 2 walloping from Indianapolis, Kirk Cousins responded in a big way with 251 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s shootout with the Titans. Over the next three weeks, he’s got a cupcake schedule and is likely available on your waiver wire. Add and play.

Tight End

Jimmy Graham (CHI): 8% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
IND TB @CAR

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Through three games, Graham has 10 receptions and three touchdowns, including two in Chicago’s Week 3 come-from-behind win over the Falcons. He’s not a high-volume guy in this offense, but his ability to make plays in the red zone should keep him in the TE1 conversation this season, especially if Nick Foles remains the starting quarterback.

Mo Alie-Cox (IND): 9% rostered 

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
@CHI @CLE CIN

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MAC daddy scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 3’s victory, and he’s now gone for at least 100 yards receiving or a score in consecutive weeks. His upcoming schedule isn’t scary, and he figures to stay involved in the offense moving forward.

D/ST

New York Jets: 1% rostered

WEEK 4 WEEK 5 WEEK 6
DEN ARI @LAC

__________

The Jets are a mess, but even in two losses in Weeks 1-2, the defense looked competent. A Week 3 date with the banged-up and Jeff Driskel-led Broncos could be a nice streaming spot for Week 4. There aren’t many good D/ST options available on the waiver wire, and if you need a one-week flyer, you could do worse.

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