Fantasy Football: Some Waiver-Wire Options Heading into Week 4
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Every week, we compile a list of potential additions to your fantasy squad(s) that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in either the short- or long-term (or both).
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list.
Here's a new list of players to consider adding to your fantasy squad (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (owned in 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues)
Through three games, Tannehill ranks ninth in the league in passer rating (94.3) and 12th in passing yards (827). With only four passing TDs and 11 rushing yards, Tannehill is outside of the top 20 QBs in fantasy points, but I expect that to change as the season progresses.
In a battle of unbeatens, the Dolphins (3-0) will host the Saints (3-0) on Sunday in what could turn out to be a shootout. That said, the Saints' pass defense looks much better this year as they are third in the league at limiting fantasy points to opposing QBs.
RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (47 percent)
With Chris Ivory leaving early in Week 3 with a hamstring injury, Powell had a huge game against the Bills as he finished with 149 rushing yards and added two catches for nine yards. As Ivory deals with his hamstring injury, the Jets are "not expecting quick rebound" from Ivory. As Ivory misses time, Powell should see a heavy workload and at least be a flex option. That said, Mike Goodson will return after Week 4.
RB - Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons (17 percent)
I listed Jacquizz Rodgers on last week's waiver-wire list, but Snelling had a productive week against the Dolphins as well. Snelling carried the ball 11 times for 53 yards and caught four passes for 58 more and a touchdown. Per ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Steven Jackson is expected to miss at least two more games, which keeps both Rodgers and Snelling fantasy-relevant to at least early-October.
RB - Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay Packers (10 percent)
While his playing time resulted from injury, Franklin made the most of his opportunity except for one very costly mistake at the end of the game. He carried the ball 13 times for 103 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 23 yards. Although the Packers have a bye in Week 4, Franklin could have earned himself a larger role when all of the backs are healthy.
RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (three percent)
With Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount and Bolden all playing 20-plus snaps against the Bucs, the disappointment for Ridley owners continues. Bolden finished with exactly 100 yards from scrimmage and had five receptions on Sunday. While it's anyone's guess how the Patriots will allocate touches/snaps to their RBs, Bolden is the Pats' running back to own not named Ridley as Shane Vereen is on short-term IR.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (43 percent)
Jeffery had seven receptions for 51 yards against the Steelers on Sunday Night. Although he is off to a relatively slow start (13 receptions for 104 yards) this season, he should continue to be more involved in the passing game going forward.
WR - Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (40 percent)
Serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, Blackmon will be able to return after this week's game against the Colts. In the final seven games of the season last year, Blackmon had 38 receptions for 615 yards, fourth-highest in the league, and four touchdowns.
WR - Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings (25 percent)
Patterson has seen a limited number of snaps, but he is an explosive playmaker that will become more and more productive as his playing time increases. He was targeted four times on Sunday and finished with two receptions for 49 yards. As a returner, he is averaging 37.4 yards per kickoff return with a touchdown.
WR - Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (21 percent)
Currently Kenny Britt is the most-owned Titans receiver in fantasy, but that should Wright. In the past two games, Wright has 13 receptions on 17 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown.
WR - Aaron Dobson, New England Patriots (19 percent)
His targets should decrease some when Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski returns, but Dobson has been targeted 10 times in each of the past two games. Dobson has 10 receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in those games.
WR - Santonio Holmes, New York Jets (11 percent)
Holmes' teammate Stephen Hill was on last week's list and he had a big game himself, but Holmes had five receptions for a career-high 154 yards including a 69-yard touchdown in the win over the Bills on Sunday. While he won't finish with 154 yards each week, he should continue to see plenty of targets from rookie quarterback Geno Smith.
TE - Rob Housler, Arizona Cardinals (11 percent)
After missing two games with a high-ankle sprain he suffered in the preseason, Housler returned in Week 3 and had just one reception for 13 yards. That said, Housler, one of the most athletic tight ends in the league, was one of my favorite sleepers at the position in the preseason before the injury. He should be more involved going forward.
More options that are worth adding from last week's list that are still owned in less than 50 percent of leagues: Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (43 percent); Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (36 percent); Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons (37 percent); Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals (10 percent); Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (33 percent); Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (15 percent); Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills (13 percent); Stephen Hill, New York Jets (7 percent); Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (31 percent); Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (29 percent).
My initial Week 4 rankings will be released tonight.