26 Sep Fantasy Football: Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme – @stromme_93
It sure was a crazy week of games last week! Unfortunately for those looking to mine the waiver wire, there really isn’t too much out there. Which if you think about it, means nobody major from a fantasy perspective went down! And to me, that’s a damn fine week!
Let’s see who we can scrounge up this week.
Wendall Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles:
With Darren Sproles not only tearing his ACL, but breaking his arm too, it’s safe to say that his season has unfortunately come to an end. Which, opens the door for second-year RB Wendall Smallwood to make a significant impact.
While LeGarrette Blount will take the short-yardage and goal-line carries, Smallwood should handle just about everything else. This would presumably include just about every passing-down snap. While he doesn’t necessarily have a pedigree as a pass-catching RB, he clearly fits the bill physically.
Rookie RB, and former San Diego State Aztec star Donnell Pumphrey is still on the roster despite having his position on the bubble for the majority of training camp. He might be a little quicker than Smallwood, however he’s still rather green at the position.
Eagles’ OC Frank Reich has come out and said that there’s “no doubt” that Smallwood will have an expanded role in Sproles’ absence. Fantasy owners should expect the same.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams:
Okay, now is the time that we need to start taking Jared Goff seriously as a relevant fantasy option in some deeper formats. Goff, who has thrown for an average of 272.3 YPG with a TD-INT ratio of 5-1 on
the season, is starting to get comfortable in Sean McVay’s offense; an offense that fits Goff’s skill set leaps and bounds better than anything Jeff Fisher could scheme up.
This week, Goff and the Rams go to Jerry’s World for a date with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys depleted secondary has given up 556 passing yards and a TD-INT ratio of 6-1 in their last two games vs Trevor Siemian and
Carson Palmer. How, let’s face it, aren’t exactly Tom Brady and Drew Brees.
If Goff has one more solid game, which I think he will, odds are he won’t be around when you scour the waiver wire next week. Right now, he’s a must-add in all 2 QB, super flex, and any format deeper than 12 teams. His stock will only rise from here.
Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts:
Like I mentioned off the top, it’s a slow waiver wire week this week.
However, I do think Jacoby Brissett is an interesting preemptive strike for next week. No, I don’t recommend you start him Seattle this week. But, the mobile QB, who ran-on for a couple scores last week, could be an interesting filler next week with Andrew Luck not scheduled to be back until Week 6. In Week 5, the first week of bye weeks, Brissett and the Colts will host the San Francisco 49ers, a matchup that is not nearly as daunting as his Week 4 tilt with the Seahawks.
With slim-pickens out there this week, your waiver wire mining might be best suited for the week ahead. And let’s face it, mobile QBs aren’t exactly easy to find on the waiver wire.