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Fantasy Football Week 4 Early Waiver Wire Targets (2022)

Sep 25, 2022
Khalil Herbert

Khalil Herbert is the lead pickup for Week 4 and worth whatever you would like to pay for him.

It felt like the blue injury tent needed to build an addition today, like, a full in-law suite. If you left today’s early slate of games battered and bruised, here are some players to target in this week’s round of waivers.

Running Backs

Khalil Herbert (RB – CHI): 26% rostered

Herbert’s 26% rostership is criminally low. He’s now far and away the top waiver claim with David Montgomery injured. Herbert averaged 4.2 yards per carry in his rookie season and is already off to a great start, rushing for more than six yards per attempt. It’s all systems go for the second-year RB out of Virginia Tech. Regardless of how much time Montgomery misses, I’m not criticizing you for any amount of FAAB or waiver priority used for Herbert.

Samaje Perine (RB – CIN): 4% rostered

Unlike Herbert, I would put Perine squarely in the handcuff category. He did catch a touchdown on Sunday and got a bulk of the work as Cincy was draining the clock, but rolling that dice with a healthy Mixon is playing against some stacked odds. Conversely, though, should Mixon miss any time, Perine becomes a worthy flex play.

Hassan Haskins (RB – TEN): 1% rostered

If you roster Derrick Henry, or you’re just looking to handcuff snipe, Haskins is your man. He’s hardly rostered and is the direct handcuff to Henry. Dontrell Hilliard will always be a factor in the passing game, but Haskins, a 6’2 2022 fourth-round pick, profiles as the goalline and early downs back should Henry get banged up. Even if Henry doesn’t miss time, he’ll need breathers eventually. Haskins played 50% of the offensive snaps in week two.

Wide Receivers

DeVante Parker (WR – NE): 22% rostered

Mac Jones was looking Parker’s way today, as evidenced by his 10 targets, five catches, and 156 yards. It helped his case that Jakobi Meyers missed the game with an injury, but Parker is on a team with a dearth of formidable pass-catching weapons. If today’s performance was any indication, Parker could easily earn himself a consistent workload.

Christian Watson (WR – GB): 14% rostered

Watson is big and fast. He was also drafted in the second round by the Packers. He also has Aaron Rodgers throwing to him. No, he hasn’t produced much this year but if you’re looking for a high-ceiling dart throw, feel free to stash Watson now that Sammy Watkins is on IR.

Nico Collins (WR – HOU): 15% rostered

Collins flew under the radar in drafts this year, likely because of pessimism regarding the Texans’ offense. However, like Watson, Collins is big and fast and has quite a bit of draft stock invested in him (3rd-round pick in 2021). No, he doesn’t have a prolific quarterback throwing to him, but he’s starting to actually get noticed by Davis Mills. Collins had 12 targets through the first two weeks of the season.

K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN): 4% rostered

Osborn didn’t have many fantasy points to show for it prior to today, but his snap counts are pretty much in line with where he was last season (75%+). Osborn is squarely the third receiver for the Vikings, but if Adam Thielen were to miss any time, Osborn would be an instant add. After today’s performance, he could even be in the flex discussion, depending on your roster and league format.

Tight Ends

Evan Engram (TE – JAX): 28% rostered

There’s not much to say here – Engram has burned fantasy managers quite a few times in the past. However, he’s got a healthy workload, and if you’re in a deep league or streaming TEs, you can do a lot worse than six targets per game.

Tyler Conklin (TE – NYJ): 11% rostered

Conklin has increased his reception totals for three straight weeks now. He’s got 24 targets, 18 catches, and 140 yards. No, I don’t think the ceiling is particularly high, given the number of receiving weapons on the Jets and the quarterback situation. Again, if you’re TE-needy, this target volume will certainly help.

Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota (QB – ATL): 22% rostered

What does Marcus Mariota have that makes him valuable in fantasy if you’re streaming QBs or covering on a bye week? I’ll give you a hint – it starts with an “R” and ends with “ushing baseline.” Mariota may not be the best passer in the league, but he’s moving around comfortably and more than willing to use his legs to gain yards and score.

Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): 16% rostered

After two straight losses, Tannehill came out with a chip on his shoulder today. The Indianapolis defense certainly isn’t an “easy” matchup, but if you’re in a bind and need a widely-available QB, Tannehill has solid receiving options, a good enough run game to give him play-action looks, and he ran for a touchdown today. That’s a decent floor.

Defense/Special Teams

New York Giants: 9% rostered

The Giants host the Chicago Bears next weekend in a game where the G-Men are favored, and the point total is expected to be under 40. The Bears are still ironing out the kinks in their passing game, which means the Giants will have plenty of opportunities to keep this game low-scoring and maybe even force a turnover or two if the Bears get ambitious in the passing game.

Detroit Lions: 1% rostered

The Seattle Seahawks have one of the worst offenses in football. The Lions’ defense isn’t anything to write home about, but they’ve improved through the first three games of the year, and this is the definition of a favorable matchup.

Kickers

Mason Crosby (K – GB): 5% rostered

This week four matchup between Green Bay and New England should be the definition of gritty. These are two cold-weather teams who love running the football and long, calculated drives. This style of football, mixed with an aversion to going for it on fourth down, should be a good mix for the favored team’s kicker.

Robbie Gould (K – SF): 21% rostered

If Gould is available, scoop him up for next weekend. He’s at home in a projected high-scoring game against the Rams. With Jimmy Garoppolo now under center, I don’t expect the Niners to be getting cute against the reigning Super Bowl champs. They’ll be kicking on fourth down, and Gould is their guy.

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