Week 4 of the 2017 NFL regular season is here, and the waiver wire is active. First off, my apologies for missing week 3 after a brutal work schedule and putting together an upcoming interview with a surprise player. Getting back into the mix now. Every week in the NFL is crazy, with injuries hitting left and right and bye weeks coming soon. There are great options on the waiver wire in all leagues. Who do I like? Here are some options. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars. I'm higher on Bortles than you are. He's the king of garbage time production and will always be a better fantasy QB than real QB. If he's available he's worth a snag.
Jared Goff, QB, LA Rams. Goff finally looks like the real deal as an NFL quarterback, and he could put together a nice week for the Rams against the Cowgirls. Worth a snag in all leagues.
Deshone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns. Kizer is my sleeper candidate this week. Will the Bengals choke again this week against the Browns? If so, then Kizer could have a big game. It's a huge gamble, but if it pays off you'll look brilliant.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans. Watson is the guy in Houston, and he's a dual-threat QB who can generate points in all formats. Worth a stash in every league. Use him as a matchup play.
Gio Bernard, QB, Cincinnati Bengals. Are you in a PPR league? Go get Bernard. He's always going to be the pass-catching back in Cincy, at least as long as he's there. Worth a snag against the Browns this week.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears. If Cohen is not owned in your league, your league is stupid or extremely small. GO GET HIM! The kid is this year's version of the old Darren Sproles and is borderline start-worthy on a weekly basis.
Chris Johnson/Kerwynn Williams, RBs, Arizona Cardinals. Johnson is the guy you want here most likely after dominating snaps last week, but Williams, who only played one offensive snap last week, is also worth considering against the 49ers. Who knows? Williams could secure a role in this offense and he's probably available now.
Alvin Kamara, QB, New Orleans Saints. Kamara is the best option in the Saints backfield, and he's a guy who you want on your roster. If he's available, snag him now before it's too late. He's a potential RB1 long-term.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Doug Martin will be back from his suspension after this week, and if he regains control of the Bucs backfield, he's a must-have in all formats. Snag him now to beat the rush.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals. Mixon should not be on your waiver wire, but if someone dropped him after a slow start, now is the time to pounce. Also feel free to lowball the owner who has him if he's not on waivers. Mixon had a solid game with a new offensive coordinator and should be ready to contribute immediately. He's a must-add.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles. With Darren Sproles injured, someone has to pick up the slack. Smallwood might be that guy. He's worth an add if you have an extra spot to fill.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets. I will ride the Kearse bandwagon until he is owned in all leagues. I've started him every game this season and don't regret it for a second. He's a must-own.
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars. Hurns is the bigger touchdown threat, but Lee is the WR1 in Jacksonville following the injury to Allen Robinson. Go get him. He's a starter-worthy player.
Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants. Shephard is always going to be an underrated receiving option in New York. He's also going to be productive. Go get him if you need a WR3.
Seth Roberts, WR, Oakland Raiders. How injured is Michael Crabtree? If his injury is bad, then you want to add Roberts. If Crabtree is going to be limited, then Roberts will have a big game. If we want to jump into basic philosophy, then we want to add Seth Roberts Iff (if and only if) we think Crabtree will be limited. If so, he's a worthwhile add.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants. Engram is bordering on every-week starter in large leagues territory, and is a guy that you should consider if you need help at the position.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars. I include Lewis here as a cautionary tale. We've seen glimmers of greatness from Lewis throughout his career, but never an entire season. Don't put too much stock in him after one big week, but if you can get him as a waiver claim, snag him and trade him.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns. Njoku is turning into a touchdown threat; he's scored the past two weeks and has therefore put up big fantasy games each time. He's not a volume guy, but he's got the potential to get you some points on a weekly basis.
Cleveland Browns D/ST. Want to take a gamble and potentially look brilliant? The Browns defense could have a big week against the Bengals this week. This Cleveland defense is no joke and could put up a big week against a Bengals team with major holes on the offensive line.
Green Bay Packers D/ST.The Bears offense has been terrible on the road this season in one appearance, and that streak could continue at Lambeau. This is another gamble pick, but a good one.
Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST. I'm starting the Jaguars defense whenever possible this week against a weak Jets offense. This is one of the hidden best units in football, and they're due for a huge week against the Jets.
Seattle Seahawks D/ST. The Seahawks always struggle early in the season. Now is when this unit steps it up against an Indianapolis Colts team without Andrew Luck.
With week 1 of the 2017 NFL season in the books, numerous big-name players are dealing with injury issues. Wide receivers Kevin White and Allen Robinson are done for the year. Running backs David Johnson and Danny Woodhead are going to miss significant time. Quarterback Andrew Luck is still dealing with injuries and will miss week 2. Clearly commissioner Roger Goodell has done a phenomenal job making the league safer for players, and should be applauded. OK that sarcasm was intended. That being said, it's already becoming an interesting season for fantasy players! It's time to make some moves that can help you win now. Who am I targeting this week? Here are some options. Hope this helps, and happy streaming! -- Mike B.
Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bradford once again showed that he is a fantasy starter-caliber quarterback in week one. If you need help at the position this week, then he is a legitimate option. He could be in for a big year for the Vikings.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Smith had a huge week one performance against the Patriots, and could be in for a respectable week 2 against the Eagles. He's not an every-week starter, but he's a guy that has value this week. Take a look if you need help at the position.
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans. I'm usually against starting rookie quarterbacks in their first career NFL start, but this week the Texans face the Bengals in prime time. The Bengals have historically struggled in prime time games under head coach Marvin Lewis, and if Watson pulls a start this week, he could be in for a surprisingly big game.
Javorious Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens. With Danny Woodhead missing up to 8 weeks due to injury, Allen is the likely beneficiary. Snag him if you want to roll the dice on a player with upside.
Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears. To me, Cohen was one of the top three running backs in the 2017 NFL draft. The Bears snagged him and are capitalizing on his talent early. After a big week 1, he deserves a spot on all rosters. If you lost Danny Woodhead, Cohen's a great replacement.
Kerwynn Williams/Chris Johnson, RBs, Arizona Cardinals. Williams is the guy to target here, but Johnson is back in Arizona and could see carries here. If you can't get WIlliams, snag Johnson if you have an extra spot and want to take a gamble.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Nelson Agholwho?! Prior to the season Agholor looked like a huge bust for the Eagles, but broke out in a very real way in week . If he can continue that breakout, he could be a steal as a waiver claim. Grab him if available.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans. After a dominant week 1 performance, Davis has shown that he should be owned in ALL leagues. Go get him.
Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions. Golladay had a great week 1 performance for the Lions, and could continue to impress, especially with Golden Tate already dinged up. Worth a stash and even a potential start this week if you're needy at the position.
Allen Hurns/Marquise Lee, WRs, Jacksonville Jaguars. Hurns and Lee will benefit from the Allen Robinson injury in Jacksonville. One of them might even emerge to put up WR1 numbers for the team. I'm leaning towards Hurns since he's had strings of big games here and there, but both guys are viable options.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New Jersey Jets. If you need a guy that has the potential to put up 7 or 8 points a game down the stretch, Kearse might be your guy. He's a talented receiver playing in an offense with very little receiving talent. Give him a look.
Cooper Kupp, WR, LA Rams. As a Montana State grad, I've been on Kupp since his early days in the Big Sky Conference with Eastern Washington University. This kid can play and has the talent to develop into a Julian Edelman-type of fantasy asset, and his fantasy floor is Brian Hartline. He needs to be rostered in all formats, and he needs to be rostered now. Go get him.
Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons. Hooper is one of those talented players that nobody has heard of. Then again, he had over 100 yards receiving and a TD in week 1. The kid has talent, but will not always get a ton of opportunity in Atlanta with a lot of talent in that offense. If he starts to build a rapport with Matt Ryan, however, his value will skyrocket. Snag him now.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers. In week one, James had two TD receptions and showed that he can develop into a trusted target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Grab him now, before his price goes through the roof after someone else claims him.
Houston Texans D/ST. Somewhere, somebody dropped the Texans defense after week 1's horrendous loss. If that somebody is in your league, grab this unit immediately. They should put up some huge numbers against Andy Dalton and the Bengals on Thursday night.
LA Rams D/ST. In week one, the Rams showed that they are a formidable force on defense. If they're available for week 2, snag them immediately. This unit should be terrifyingly good throughout the season.
Week 1 of the 2017 NFL Season is upon us. The Dolphins and Buccaneers will miss their week 1 matchup (postponed until week 11 due to severe weather). Zeke Elliott will play in week 1, although his suspension has been upheld by the NFL. Julian Edelman is out for the season. It's already a productive time to hit the waiver wire. Who do I like this week? Here are some thoughts. Hope this helps, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills. Taylor is a guy who should be owned in all formats, but is often available on waivers. He's a better fantasy quarterback than a real world one, but he's someone that will help you win matchups this season. Snag him if he's available.
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals. Palmer is a guy who will help you early this season. If you're dealing with Andrew Luck or Jameis Winston, Palmer is a legitimate plug and play guy that can help you win this week. If you need help early at the position, snag him.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz is a guy who could break out this week against a weak Washington defense. He had a solid rookie season and has the tools around him this year to take the next step in his development. He's worth a stash, or even a spot start this year.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots. Burkhead is already being forgotten in New England. That's just the way Bill Belichick likes it. Given Belichick's random way of starting and using RBs, Burkhead should have a few big games this season. When? Your guess is as good as mine. Stash him and trade him to your league's token Patriots fan when he has a big game, and then watch as the token's hopes and dreams are deflated.
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers. Conner will be a league winner if (when?) Le'Veon Bell goes down with an injury this season. He also could see carries right out of the gate. He's a guy that should be rostered now.
Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland Browns. Johnson is a guy that I expect Cleveland to rely on heavily this season. He's also a guy that gets overlooked a lot due to Isaiah Crowell. If you're in a bind at the moment, Johnson is worth a snag if he's available.
Darren McFadden, RB, Dallas Cowboys. Zeke is playing this week, but not next week. That makes McFadden immediately fantasy relevant. If he's on waivers now, grab him and start him in Zeke's absence.
Zach Zenner, RB, Detroit Lions. Zenner has shown that he can be a bell cow back in Detroit. Detroit's other running backs have shown that they are injury risks. Snag him now, and plug him in when he plays this year.
Philip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots. The Patriots traded for Dorsett on cut day. He's essentially T.Y. Hilton 2.0. He didn't do much in Indy, but the Colts already had Hilton. Dorsett can help you win throughout the season.
Ted Ginn, WR, New Orleans Saints. Ginn is one of the streakiest players in fantasy, but he could be poised for a great season this year as a Saint. He's a guy I'm starting to cover Mike Evans this week.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets. The Jets made a move for Kearse to open the season, and he could see meaningful snaps starting this year. He's a talented player who was hidden in a run-based scheme in Seattle. Now he goes to an offense with few weapons. Expect a big year out of him.
Sterling Shephard, WR, New York Giants. Shepard is the forgotten man in the Giants receiving corps. He could also have a productive season. Get him now while he's cheap.
Tyrell Williams, WR, LA Chargers. Williams needs to be rostered right now with Mike Williams injured. He generated more than 1000 yards last season, and could be a major contributor this season as well.
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears. With Cameron Meredith out for the season, Wright could emerge as the #1 WR in Chicago. He's worth a look in most formats.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants. Engram looked amazing in the preseason and should play a key role in the Giants offense. He's a guy who should be on your radar.
Greg Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers. Kittle won the starting job with the 49ers. He's not a guy I'd start in week 1, but from a metrics approach, Kittle could have a breakout year this year. Expect him to break out late in the season.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. The Ravens travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals this week. Cincy has a ton of offensive weapons, but a very lackluster offensive line. No offensive line means an underperforming offense. This is a gamble, but a play that could pay off if you want to roll the dice a bit.
LA Rams D/ST. This week, the Rams face opposing quarterback Scott Tolzien. Tolzien was a decent quarterback for Wisconsin. He's not a decent quarterback in the NFL.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week, the Steelers face the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is going to be an improved team this year, but this is Kizer's first career start.
Younghoe Koo, K, LA Chargers. This is the first time I've recommended a kicker in my streamer post. This is also the first time that Younghoe Koo has been available. I recommend that he be rostered in all leagues.
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