WEEK 4 FANTASY FOOTBALL WAIVER WIRE BREAKDOWN FROM HALL OF FAME EXPERT
Fantasy Hall of Famer Scott Engel breaks down the best widely available free agents heading into Week 4 Fantasy Football.
Before you determine which players you should target on the Fantasy football waiver wire ahead of Week 4, you NEED to see what Scott Engel has to say.
Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award Winner and nine-time finalist, and has pulled off a three-peat in his prestigious New York City Fantasy Football League that includes other experts and high-stakes players. If there’s anyone who knows what it takes to win a league, it’s him. Engel went 35-10 in his seasonal Fantasy Football leagues through Week 3.
Now, he’s revealed the best widely available free agents ahead of Week 4. One player Engel is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 4 waiver wire: Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins.
Engel is also all-in on a running back with MASSIVE upside! This player is still widely available and could be a huge boost to your roster moving forward! Anyone who adds this player could hit it BIG. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before making any Week 4 waiver wire claims.
There was not a massive wave of notable injuries this week when compared to the previous weeks. So there may not be quite the mad scramble to the waiver wire or the pressing need to spend a large chunk of your FAB on an injury replacement.
But some intriguing performances may sway you in the direction of certain players for what seems to be possible upside or the potential to plug some existing holes. We have to make sure we target those types carefully and selectively. One player could be the next James Robinson, while another turns to be the next Nyheim Hines. So use your waiver choices and Free Agent Budget wisely. We help you make the right choices here.
All players are listed with current CBSSports.com rostering percentages and recommended FAB bids. Players listed in order of preference/suggested priority for each position.
Carlos Hyde, RB, SEA (25 percent rostered) – Chris Carson is expected to miss one to two games with an ankle injury, and Hyde was signed by the Seahawks for these sorts of situations where he could step in and start. Carson is a Fantasy RB1 when healthy, but his injury history has been well documented, and Hyde will remain an essential roster piece if you already have Carson on your team. Hyde is capable of filling a Fantasy lineup spot right away, as he is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his career. Recommended FAB Bid – 45 percent if you roster Carson, 35 percent if you do not.
Jeffery Wilson Jr., RB, SF (34) – He was RB10 in terms of Fantasy scoring in Week 3. Wilson is a versatile performer who can produce TDs consistently when called on. Jerick McKinnon looked like the 49ers’ most explosive back in Week 3, but he does not figure to carry a heavy load on his own while the Niners deal with injuries. Wilson may continue to operate as a productive complement who can get frequent goal-line chances. If Raheem Mostert cannot return for the next game, Wilson will deserve lineup consideration again. Recommended FAB Bid – 30 percent,
Brian Hill, RB, ATL (4) – The required Fantasy insurance backup for Todd Gurley, he could be pressed into action at any time. He ripped off a 35-yard TD run Sunday and can be a difference-making Fantasy starter if Gurley goes down. There may not be a more important current NFL backup running back available on your free agent wire right now. Hill could be pushed into a more prominent role for the Falcons at any time and might be even more productive than Gurley if and when that opportunity comes. It may not take much to land him, either. Recommended FAB Bid – 10 percent
Justin Jefferson, WR, MIN (39) – Jefferson came along slowly in an unusual preseason, but now he is ready to get regular Fantasy starting consideration after exploding in Week 3. The Vikings’ previously sagging passing game needed a spark, and Jefferson provided it in a big way with seven catches for 175 yards and a TD vs. Tennessee. With matchups against Houston, Seattle and Atlanta next, he should continue to build on his breakout performance in the next few weeks. Recommended FAB bid – 40 percent.
Tee Higgins, WR, CIN (11) – He scored twice on Sunday and will continue to rise while A.J. Green slows down. Green simply is not the star wideout he once was and there is a real opportunity for another contributor to step forward and make noise in the Bengals’ busy passing game. Higgins quickly went from posting a zero in his NFL debut, to drawing six targets in Week Two and then being promoted into a starting role in Week 3. He responded with five catches for 40 yards and the two TDs on nine targets. Higgins’ star will continue to brighten as Joe Burrow engages in many high volume passing battles. The rookie QB leads the AFC with 141 passing attempts and Higgins, who tied a Clemson record with 27 TD catches, will be one of his favorite drive-finishing options. Recommended FAB bid – 24 percent.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, SF (30) – Pushed into a significant role on Sunday, he responded well and will at least be a possible streamer when Kittle and Samuel return. The 49ers needed another playmaker in the passing game even when they were at full strength. He caught five passes for 70 yards in Week 3 and added 30 rushing yards with a score. Aiyuk is a promising playmaker who can earn consistent lineup consideration going forward. Recommended FAB bid – 20 percent
Braxton Berrios, WR, NYJ (7) – He should perform respectably in Week 4 as New York continues to face injury issues on a short week. Berrios is worth an add in larger leagues. A Patriots castoff, Berrios had stirred some internal buzz after he was drafted in 2018, but injuries led to his eventual release. The desperate Jets may be forced to lean on Berrios again after he caught 10 passes and scored twice in his last two outings. Berrios is nifty, slippery and can gain yardage after the catch, so he is the one Jet actually worthy of deeper league lineup consideration this week. Recommended FAB bid – 7 percent.
Robert Tonyan, TE, GB (1) – An internal favorite in Green Bay, he scored Sunday night and more respectable outings are ahead. Many Fantasy players thought Jace Sternberger would emerge as the Fantasy tight end to roster from the Packers. But Tonyan generated a lot of positive internal talk with a strong camp and has already been eased into the passing flow in Green Bay. He has scored in two consecutive games and caught all five of his targets for 50 yards vs. the Saints. Tonyan has definite streaming potential. Recommended FAB Bid – 9 percent
Eric Ebron, TE, PIT (29) – Ebron caught a TD pass Sunday and could be a frequent scoring threat going forward. Ben Roethlisberger has shown an affinity for the tight end in the past, but he has never found a reliable target at the position since the end of the Heath Miller era. The Steelers are hoping the long search for a dependable tight end is over with Ebron in the mix. Opportunities will be there, it is just on him to deliver. Roster Ebron as a TE2 while you wait and see if quality results will continue to roll in. He has an established reputation as a TD threat. Recommended FAB Bid – 8 percent.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, MIA (21) – He was Fantasy QB5 in Week 3 and faces Seattle in Week 4. We have seen the most prominent journeyman in the league sizzle and fizzle throughout a career filled with thrilling highs and crushing lows. He is certainly capable of flaming out in a very good matchup. But if you are streaming starters at quarterback, the draw is too attractive not to use him this week. There are not many other top starters with bad matchups, so it should be easy to assess whether or not you should activate Fitzpatrick for Week 4.