Another week is in the books and hopefully, your fantasy team is staying relatively healthy. Unlike last weekend, this weekend was far less of a bloodbath injury-wise. Assuming you offered up the proper sacrifices to the fantasy gods, your team should be plugging along and collecting dubs. However, if you did not, or you have not been a regular reader of this and other SGPN columns, you may need some help. And here is that help, Early Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets.
Early Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets
Nick Foles – QB (0.9% of Rosters)
The Big Nick Energy is back on an NFL field and the Chicago Bears appeared energized by it. Nick Foles came riding in off of the bench to replace a hapless Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears never looked back. He threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns in a quarter and a half. Sure it was against the Falcons, but the Bears have a dangerous receiving corps that should boost Foles’ value. Look for Nick Foles to provide QB12-18 value each week moving forward.
Justin Herbert – QB (14.9% of Rosters)
#Chargers QB Justin Herbert had an inconsistent feel for pressure and lacked methodical pocket movements when plays would break down at UO. Today, he showed improvement in that area. Sound footwork with steady rhythm and poise from snap to delivery, inside and outside the pocket. pic.twitter.com/Vn5O3jGlnI
— Gavino Borquez (@GavinoBorquez) September 28, 2020
RIP to Tyrod Taylor’s tenure as Los Angeles Chargers’ starting quarterback. Pat Mcafee said it best when he described Tyrod as the unluckiest quarterback in NFL history. However, what this means is that the Justin Herbert era has arrived in LA, even though it is earlier than expected. Herbert has posted back-to-back 300 yard games and seems to have the Chargers’ offense humming. Scoop him up now and roll with him next 2-4 weeks. However, be mindful that around Weeks 5-7 he will be in for regression as teams get enough film on him, “Phil’s Law of New QBs.” Until then, roll with Herbert and expect QB14-20 production each week.
Brandon Aiyuk – WR (16.8% of Rosters)
The 49ers have been one of the most snakebit teams when it comes to injuries. Deebo Samuel is still out, George Kittle has been banged up, and Raheem Mostert has also been dinged up. That opened the door up wide for rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk. The talented Arizona State product has been increasing his role in the San Francisco offense each week. That trend should continue as the 49ers upcoming games feature soft Eagles and Dolphins secondaries in the next two weeks. Aiyuk led the 49ers in targets this week and seems on track to continue that dominance. Roll him out as a WR3 or Flex option down the stretch.
Anthony Miller – WR (29.5% of Rosters)
Miller may have only seen five targets on Sunday, but he figures to see an increase in production with the arrival of Nick Foles and the injury to Tarik Cohen. Miller will certainly benefit from playing with Foles much like Riley Cooper and Kenny Britt did. He is a shifty route-runner who can get open on almost any passing play. Miller has been a high-volume option before with Trubisky and Foles is an improvement over Mitch. If you play in a PPR league, go get Miller ASAP as he will have a Flex floor and a WR2 ceiling each week.
Gabriel Davis – WR (0.2% of Rosters)
Gabriel Davis plays like he’s been in the league for years already pic.twitter.com/7dCp3yeaR5
— Barstool UCF (@UCFStool) September 27, 2020
If you are in a deep or dynasty league, Gabriel Davis may have slipped through the cracks and he has to be rostered ASAP. When John Brown went down with a hamstring injury this weekend, Davis stepped up for the reborn K-Gun Offense in Buffalo. Josh Allen trusts the rookie out of UCF and went to him four times for 81 yards. In more standard 12 team leagues, keep Davis on your radar. However, if John Brown is out in any week, scoop up Davis and roll him out as your flex option. Davis should be an early waiver target in all 14+ team leagues and dynasty leagues. If John Brown does not play or is limited moving forward, he has value in standard leagues as well.
Tee Higgins – WR (6.9% of Rosters)
It is highly possible that Tee Higgins will emerge as the best fantasy receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft Class. The Bengals seem to agree with this statement as they have been increasing Higgins’ target share the past two weeks. Against the Eagles, Higgins was targeted 9 times and hauled in two of those for touchdowns. At this rate, AJ Green will be an afterthought in this Cincinnati offense before Week 8 and Higgins will emerge as the dominant force next to Boyd. Higgins appears to have an opportunity in front of him with John Ross being a healthy scratch. He is an early waiver wire target now. If you need a high-upside Flex play stick him in your lineup.
Olamide Zaccheaus – WR (0.0% of Rosters)
The Falcons are absolutely terrible. Their defense is a sieve and the only thing that is working is their passing offense. With Julio Jones banged up and early season breakout star Russell Gage out with a concussion now as well, the Atlanta receiving corps is looking to the next man up. That means it is Olamide Zaccheaus’ turn. The former Virginia receiver was targeted six times on Sunday against the Bears and figures to see an expanded role if Gage misses any time. Oh, and do not forget about his explosive 93-yard touchdown last year as well.
Which WR do you think had the longest TD reception last season?
Odell? Chris Godwin? DeAndre Hopkins? Nope.
That accolade belongs to Olamide Zaccheaus who hauled in a 93-yard score in Week 14.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) May 15, 2020
Anyone who picked up Gage should look into adding Zaccheaus as a short-term insurance option in the flex spot.
Randall Cobb – WR (15.5% of Rosters)
Houston may just be as listless and helpless a team as Atlanta. Bill O’Brien looks overmatched at every turn and Dashaun Watson has been under duress the entire season. The lone bright spot for this Texans’ offense has been the steady emergence of Randall Cobb as an outlet for Watson. His targets and yardage have increased each week, and he seems to have earned the trust of Watson and O’Brien. Cobb should be rostered in PPR formats and if he keeps up this production, will earn his way onto rosters in all formats. Cobb is an early waiver target and solid flex play each week who may even work his way into the mid-tier WR2 conversation if he continues to build rapport with Watson.
Logan Thomas – TE (18.2% of Rosters)
The #2 receiving option on the Washington Football Team is rostered in less than 20% of fantasy leagues. There are many teams that are tight end needy, especially with the injuries to Kittle and Dallas Goedert, as well as the disappointing start for others. Thomas has consistently caught 50% of his 7-9 targets each week. He is an option in the red zone and has the trust of his coaches for now. If Dwayne Haskins is benched, Alex Smith may actually provide a boost to his value as a more reliable passer. Thomas should be rostered in all formats and seems to be a lock in the TE15-20 range each week.\
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