Titans/Steelers Fallout: Last-Minute Waiver Wire Additions (2020 Fantasy Football)
Due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Tennessee/Pittsburgh game will not be played in Week 4. This is the right move for safety reasons, but it leaves some fantasy managers scrambling for replacement options in their lineups. The waivers have already run for Week 4, but even though the hottest pickups of the week are all gone, there are still some widely-available players you can pick up to help guide you through this unprecedented bye week for the Steelers and Titans. Let’s dive into them!
Missing from your lineup: Ben Roethlisberger
Replacement QB options
Ryan Fitzpatrick : 16% rostered
Even if the Titans and Steelers played this week, I’d prefer Fitzpatrick. Seattle has been shredded this season, allowing 430 passing yards and nearly 29 points per game to opposing offenses. We may see some Fitz Magic this week, and if you’re hurting from the TEN/PIT cancellation, run – don’t walk – to the waiver wire for Miami’s bearded signal-caller.
Imagine getting your ankles taken by Ryan Fitzpatrickpic.twitter.com/6PPXyrEnJM
— PFF (@PFF) September 25, 2020
Teddy Bridgewater vs ARI: 17% rostered
Teddy B hasn’t lit the world on fire thus far into his Panthers tenure, but he’s thrown for nearly 300 yards per game to go with two touchdowns and two picks through three weeks. Arizona isn’t the easiest matchup in the world, but the Panthers will likely be playing catchup, forcing Bridgewater to air it out. If you’re in a pinch, he can help you through this unprecedented week.
Missing from your lineup: Derrick Henry, James Conner
Replacement RB options
Rex Burkhead at KC: 44% rostered
Burkhead had a huge, three-score outing in Week 3, and the Patriots will likely try to run the ball as much as possible to control the clock and limit Patrick Mahomes from getting the ball. Burkhead is only a play if James White remains out.
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Chase Edmonds at CAR: 34% rostered
He’s the backup in Arizona, but Edmonds has still averaged almost seven touches per contest. This week, Arizona will face a poor Panthers run defense which has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position this season. Edmonds has some touchdown upside that makes him a solid emergency play in Week 4.
Jeff Wilson Jr.vs PHI: 31% rostered
Raheem Mostert is looking like a long-shot to suit up for Week 4, and Wilson should split touches with Jerick McKinnon against Philly. Last week, Wilson went for 69 yards and two scores on 15 touches, and he’s a great fill-in option for Week 4.
Brian Hill at GB: 16% rostered
Hill piled up 80 yards in Week 3, including this 35-yard scamper to the end zone:
Brian Hill takes it 35 yards to the end zone! #RiseUpATL
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Green Bay has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs, and Hill makes a respectable plug-and-play option for Week 4.
Missing from your lineup: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Corey Davis
Replacement WR options
Golden Tate at LAR: 35% rostered
With so many injuries to the Giants’ receiving corps, Tate finds himself in a favorable position Sunday against the Rams. Darius Slayton should draw coverage from Jalen Ramsey, making life easier for Tate, who has seen 12 targets combined over the last two weeks.
Preston Williams vs SEA: 32% rostered
As mentioned above with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Seattle’s pass defense is bad – like, really bad. If Williams is still available on your waiver wire, he’s an excellent option to insert into your lineups for Week 4.
Tee Higgins vs JAX: 28% rostered
He posted a 5/40/2 line on nine targets last week and gets a favorable draw with Jacksonville this week. Joe Burrow has averaged 47 pass attempts per game this season, and volume should be there for Higgins moving forward, now that he’s been given the nod over John Ross.
The rookie connection.
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Hunter Renfrow vs BUF: 28% rostered
He’s the last man standing for Las Vegas this week, and Derek Carr should look his way regularly. The Raiders will likely be chasing points in this matchup with the high-flying Bills, and Renfrow can be confidently added to lineups as needed.
Randall Cobb vs MIN: 16% rostered
Cobb has posted a 9/154/1 receiving line over the last two weeks, and this week, he’ll get a Vikings defense that has allowed the third-most points to the position this season.
Missing from your lineup: Jonnu Smith, Eric Ebron
Replacement TE options
Mo Alie-Cox at CHI: 29% rostered
Over the last two weeks, MAC Daddy has gone 8/161/1 and seems to have developed a nice rapport with Philip Rivers (even catching his 400th TD pass). With both Parris Campbell and Michael Pittman out, he should see enough volume to be a viable play in Week 4.
Career Passing TD No. 400 for Philip Rivers! 👏
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 27, 2020
Logan Thomas vs BAL: 27% rostered
Thomas has drawn at least seven targets in all three games this season, and he’ll face a Ravens defense that has allowed the fourth-most points to TEs this season. Washington will likely be throwing it a lot in this one, giving Thomas nice upside.
Robert Tonyan vs ATL: 6% rostered
Tonyan has scored in back-to-back games and should continue to be involved against Atlanta in a game with a healthy over/under of 56.5. The Falcons’ defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the TE position through three weeks.
Other options: O.J. Howard at LAC (20%)
Missing from your lineup: Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST
Replacement D/ST options
New York Jets D/ST vs DEN: 21% rostered
Gang Green will face a Denver team that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing D/ST’s this season, and the Broncos will be rolling out Brett Rypien at QB. Play with confidence.
Missing from your lineup: Stephen Gostkowski, Chris Boswell
Replacement K options
Randy Bullock vs JAX: 9% rostered
Bullock has quietly put together a quality season, and he sits as fantasy’s third highest-scoring kicker on the season. Up against a Jags’ defense allowing 28 points per game to opposing offenses, he should have plenty of chances to provide another quality line for fantasy managers.
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