Fantasy football free agent pickups Week 4

An exciting Week 3 of the NFL season culminates in a Monday night match between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants.

Week 3 was a wild ride for fantasy football managers. Let’s take note of some of the highlights:

  • Many remain intrigued by quarterback Jalen Hurts’ double threat ability. He has averaged over 24 points in his three starts this season.

  • Lamar Jackson has made history in the past two weeks as his 82 fantasy points are the most by a quarterback in two games since 1950.

  • WR Chris Olave made his own history, becoming the first New Orleans Saints rookie with at least 100 receiving yards since Tre’Quan Smith did it in Week 11 of 2018.

  • RB Rhamondre Stevenson showed his versatility as both a runner and receiver. Going forward, he deserves consistent touches in the New England Patriots backfield.

With all this excitement in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look at Week 4 and our recommended ESPN Fantasy Waiver Wire additions.

quarterbacks

Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (50.9% in ESPN leagues): The Jaguars are only the second team in the Super Bowl era to win consecutive games by 24 points or more as underdogs in both games. After a subpar rookie season, Lawrence appears set for a bright future under new head coach Doug Pederson. He’s averaged 21.8 fantasy points per game this season. Lawrence is on track for success with playmakers Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Evan Engram. It can be considered a high-end QB2.

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers (4.0%): Pickett should take over as a starter for the Steelers sooner rather than later. When he does that, he has a plethora of receiving playmakers to target. One observation I had after Pittsburgh’s game against Cleveland on Thursday night was that Mitch Trubisky again had a lot of trouble shooting from the pocket. A successful NFL quarterback got to be able to step up and throw in the bag. From a movie perspective, Pickett had very good pocket awareness in college, culminating in the 2021 season where he averaged 286 passing yards per game and completed 73% of his passes from pockets. Now it’s time for fantasy managers to hide him in 2-QB or Superflex leagues.

Fast hits: Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota (25.1%) remains a great streamer. This season, the dual-threat quarterback has averaged 16.2 fantasy points per game. … Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill (15.6%) is also on the streaming radar. In Week 4, he faces a Colts defense that has given up 714 passing yards so far.

run back

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (25.2%): Herbert started week 3 averaging almost a fantasy point per touch. Herbert hit the ground and took over (no pun intended) David Montgomery against the Texans after being ruled out with ankle and knee injuries. When Montgomery was out last season, Herbert was averaging 23.3 opportunities (rushing attempts plus goals) and 15.4 fantasy points per game while playing with 83% of offensive snaps over three starts. If Montgomery stays out, Herbert is a must against the Giants in Week 4. Even with Montgomery active, Herbert is still a flex option up.

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Liz Loza breaks down Khalil Herbert’s fantasy performance against the Texans and what to expect in the future.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions (44.3%): Williams rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns on 20 tries against the Vikings on Sunday. He also had two receptions for 20 yards. It was the first game this season that Williams has surpassed D’Andre Swift in rushing yards. Swift suffered a sprained shoulder against Minnesota. Surgery is not expected to be required but he could miss some time. There’s no question Williams can fill the void for the Lions. He had at least 15 touches in 23 games over the course of his career. In those games, Williams has averaged 19.5 touches, 96.5 yards and 16.6 fantasy points. He can be seen as RB2.

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota Vikings (37.1%): Mattison jumped in after Dalvin Cook left Sunday’s game against the Lions with a shoulder injury of his own. On seven carries, he rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown, and also caught a pass for 16 yards. If Cook misses Week 4 against the Saints, Mattison is a must given his history. Mattison started six career games while Cook was inactive. In those games, he averaged 23.3 touches, 115.5 yards, and 20.1 fantasy points. Mattison can be considered a low-end RB1 when Cook is inactive and more of a flex option when Cook is playing.

Samaje Perine, Cincinnati Bengals (3.7%): Joe Mixon’s ankle still seemed to bother him Sunday against the Jets – so much so that he left the game in the third quarter. Perine stepped forward and eventually ran for 47 yards on nine attempts. Mixon played on 64.2% of the snaps, while Perine only played on 34.3%. The Bengals play the Dolphins Thursday night. Perine could be a valuable pickup if Mixon is ruled out. In three games, Mixon averaged 23.7 touches.

Fast hit: Though Atlanta’s revamped offense revolves around Cordarrelle Patterson, I still imagine the Falcons “managing” his workload. This would allow Tyler Allgeier (18.7%) to see more touches. It would be wise to tuck away the newcomer now.

wide receiver

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (16.1%): Packers head coach Matt LaFleur expected Doubs to play a bigger role in Week 3, and that’s exactly what happened to Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson, both of whom were injured. He became the first Packers wide receiver, unnamed Davante Adams, to record eight receptions in a game since Randall Cobb did so in Week 1 of 2018. Doubs also became the first rookie wide receiver to catch an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass since 2018. It’s only going to get better in the future. In Week 4, the Patriots secondary presents a challenging matchup for Doubs. Despite this, fantasy managers can still consider him a flexible option.

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Field Yates discusses why Romeo Doubs would be a good abandon wire entry in fantasy.

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (8.6%): Jones has amassed 24 goals in three games and leads the team in receptions (19). Lawrence has sought him out quite often on both short and moderate routes. Jones had his first touchdown of the season against the Chargers on Sunday. He didn’t have multiple touchdowns in one season since 2018 as a member of the Bills. Jones is another member of the Jaguars who has thrived under Pederson’s coaching style. Jones can be viewed as a weekly flex option.

Joshua Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers (36.3%): Palmer did well without Keenan Allen for the second straight week. He led the Chargers in offensive snaps, routes runs, targets and receiving yards. Once Allen returns, Palmer’s goals diminish, but the sophomore has performed well enough to have a steady stream of opportunities. As a WR4/flex option in lower formats, it’s great to have on your list. His fantasy value would skyrocket if either Allen or Mike Williams ended up missing a lot of time.

Fast hits: The Titans’ Treylon Burks (58.5%) didn’t have a breakthrough this week against the Raiders. He only had two goals. Burks, on the other hand, led his team in distance running. … Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Russell Gage (55.4%) put on a great performance against the Packers. Due to the team’s many WR injuries, Gage saw 13 goals on Sunday and his performance helped build chemistry and confidence with Tom Brady. Gage will continue to be involved in the Buccaneers’ passing game, particularly with Julio Jones, who is struggling with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. …Also don’t forget Arizona Cardinals’ Greg Dortch (7.3%), who has averaged 15.3 fantasy points per game this season.

tight ends

David Njoku, Cleveland Browns (32.7%): Last Thursday night, Njoku hit 9 of 10 goals for 89 yards and a touchdown, setting a career high. His performance was notable as Njoku had only seen six goals early in the game and caught just four of those passes for 39 yards. He was the Browns’ second best receiver against the Steelers after Amari Cooper. The Falcons present a Plus matchup for Njoku in Week 4. Given how dismal the TE position can be for fantasy managers once past Travis Kelce and Mark Andrews, Njoku can be considered a low-end TE1.

Tyler Conklin, New York Jets (11.5%): Conklin played more snaps against the Bengals than CJ Uzomah, who was returning from a hamstring injury. Conklin finished with eight goals and led the Jets with 84 yards. He plays a lot of snaps and runs a lot of routes. Over three games, Conklin averages 8.0 goals and 12.7 fantasy points. In Week 4 he’s on the streaming radar against the Steelers.

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Emma Bowman

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