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Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 4 (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Tom Strachan | @NFL_Tstrack | Featured Writer
Oct 1, 2022
D'Onta Foreman

If Christian McCaffrey misses time, D’Onta Foreman will be the back you’ll want.

Week 4 is here, and the NFL fantasy season is quickly sliding through our fingers. Week 5 is just around the corner, and we’ve got some players you should be picking up now to get ahead of your league mates.

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Quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota (QB – ATL) – 24% rostered

With bye weeks fastly approaching, it’s an important time to make sure you have depth before your league mates hoover up all the even remotely decent players of the waiver wire. Marcus Mariota is currently the QB13 in points per game, and when Week 7 rolls around with six teams on a bye, that kind of production will look plenty appealing. Mariota has had the fourth-most rushing attempts amongst quarterbacks, and with Drake London and Kyle Pitts this Falcons team can stay frisky, particularly when their defense allows opposing teams to put up points on them.

Justin Fields (QB – CHI) – 45% rostered

There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Fields and the Bears have been straight-up bad, and outside of the running backs, nobody has been good for fantasy. However, the schedule isn’t imposing. As mentioned previously, the bye weeks are coming fast. Fields will face some unimposing defenses in the Giants, Vikings, and Commanders and averages the second-most rushing attempts amongst quarterbacks (9.0). If somehow the Bears start to click, there’s every chance that Fields can back to some of the 20+ fantasy point games he had in 2021.

Running Backs

Brian Robinson Jr. (RB – WAS) – 53% rostered

Antonio Gibson‘s RB1 audition is almost coming to an end as reports that Robinson is getting closer to full fitness. Gibson has handled his business fairly well so far, but his snaps have declined every week (63.6%, 54.1% & 44.2%), as well as his opportunity share declining week on week (66.7%, 60.0% & 44.8%). The team seemed soured on Gibson during the offseason, and it’s unlikely they’ve been convinced that Gibson deserves all the snaps moving forward. It’s unlikely Robinson becomes a workhorse, but if anything should happen to Gibson, then Robinson could see a lot of work down the stretch.

D’Onta Foreman (RB – CAR) – 12% rostered

Christian McCaffery continues to be frustrated by niggling injuries that will also frustrate fantasy managers. Still, it has opened up an opportunity to roster Foreman who would see a steady workload if McCaffery missed time. During a six-game stretch in 2021 when McCaffery missed time, Chuba Hubbard was the main backup and averaged 3.81 yards per carry and, on an average of 16.6 carries per game, only broke 100 yards on one occasion. More often than not, he didn’t light the world on fire. Foreman, meanwhile, was brought in after an impressive spell filling in for Derrick Henry, where he had multiple 100+ yard games. It’s unlikely either running back would see all of the work, but Foreman has shown he’s the better runner of the two.

Wide Receivers

Jakobi Meyers (WR – NE) – 55% rostered

The Patriots need whatever juice they can squeeze out of their pass-catchers this year, with Hunter Henry fading away and Nelson Agholor seemingly out of favor. Meyers was the clear WR1 in 2021 and likely will return to that when healthy. Mac Jones will miss at least Week 4, but it sounds promising that he was at least at training on Friday. Over the opening two games, Meyers scored 28.7 PPR points and was heavily targeted. In Week 5, the Patriots play the Lions, who’ve allowed the ninth-most points to receivers. Then in Week 7, the Bears, who haven’t slowed anyone down.

Treylon Burks (WR – TEN) – 42% rostered

Burks is fourth amongst rookie receivers with 2.02 yards per target run, and despite the Titans failing to get their passing game going, he’s been involved and seen plenty of looks. It really feels that if this Titans team is going to offer anything other than Derrick Henry, then Burks will be at the heart of it. The Titans have two appealing matchups coming for Burks with games against the Commanders (Week 5) and Texans (Week 8), who both rank bottom ten in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. To cap it all off, Titans offensive coordinator, Todd Downing, told reporters this week that the team wants to get Burks more involved. If you’re not ahead of the curve on this one, it might be painful to watch from the sidelines.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL) – 36% rostered

On Friday, Michael Gallup was removed from the Cowboys injury report for the first time this year and seems set to make his debut in Week 4 against the Commanders. Re-signing Gallup was a priority move for the Cowboys this off-season, forcing the team to trade Amari Cooper to the Browns at a below-market rate. The Cowboys have enough of an ego that they will want to show this was the correct move. Gallup has shown he can be a reliable fantasy asset with double-digit PPR performances in four of his last six games for the Cowboys. Sometimes fantasy managers feel the need to see it before they believe in it with players returning from injury, and in this case, that might be too late to acquire Gallup.

Tight End

Evan Engram (TE – JAC) – 23% rostered

The tight-end landscape is tough enough that here we are, talking about Evan Engram once more. Engram is averaging 5.0 targets per game in this pleasantly surprising Jaguars offense. Trevor Lawrence looks far more comfortable than in his rookie year, and this passing game is fairly condensed, with not many players getting a look in, and Engram has run a route on 80.5% of dropbacks. In the coming weeks, Engram faces the Eagles (Week 4) and Colts (Week 6), who both rank bottom six in fantasy points allowed to the position. It won’t be surprising to see Engram have a double-digit PPR performance in one of those games.

Daniel Bellinger (TE – NYG) – 1% rostered

In Week 3, rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger saw a 15.6% target share, which was good for five targets against the Cowboys. The Giants are in all kinds of trouble at receiver and will need all the pass-catching help they can muster. Don’t be surprised if the rookie tight end is forced into a bigger role in the coming weeks, and whilst we might not be able to expect huge returns, a player who will play a lot at a tricky position deserves some of our attention in deeper leagues.

D/ST

Kansas City Chiefs – 39% rostered

The Chiefs’ defense isn’t as tough as it was in 2021, and the offense isn’t quite cooking just yet, but sooner or later, it feels like the offense will kick into gear, and when it does, the Chiefs will likely force more teams into hurry-up come from behind situations. These can be great for fantasy as, situationally, it can cause more mistakes to be made, giving defenses opportunities to score points. After a tough matchup against Tampa Bay, the Chiefs have a home game against the Raiders, who have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to fantasy defenses.

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