NFL BEST WAIVER WIRE ADDS WEEK 4
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- Fameis Jameis is one of my favorite players to watch, not because I think he’s amazing or anything I just think he’s a laugh riot (y’all remember this right) (watch HERE). Now Jameis is back in a starting position at least for now as Derek Carr is week to week with a shoulder injury; he is expected to mis a few games. Winston has a penchant for gunslinging and he has a talented offence surrounding him, especially the receiver group. Alvin Kamara is back from his three-game suspension. We'll see if that leads to more rushing from the Saints, but Winston started three games for New Orleans in 2022 and attempted 34 passes in each outing. He averaged 17.3 Fantasy points over that span, and we'll see if he can improve on those stats. If you are in need of short term stream or play in a two QB league Jameis is worth a hard look.
- This QB option is more geared to the long term as opposed to the on above. Stroud production has been solid but unspectacular so far. Over the last two weeks, he's taken advantage of some easier matchups, throwing for 664 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another 15 yards. More importantly, the first-round rookie looks comfortable and willing to push the ball downfield. The Steelers' defense will present a tougher test, but you're not adding Stroud just to be a one-week streamer. The 21-year-old's promising start makes him worthy of rostering to see if he can continue to build off it. Honestly not sure I would want to play Stroud this week but a few weeks from now I bet he’s going to be worth and no longer on your wire.
- I’m sure many of you saw this one coming but it needed to be here as Achane racked up over 225 yards and found the end zone four times this past week during the Dolphins historic drubbing of the Denver Broncos. Funny to think that it took Jeff Wilson being placed on injured reserve and Salvon Ahmed suffering a groin injury before Achane got a chance to prove himself. He more than made up for lost time by running for 203 yards and catching four passes for another 30 yards in a dominant victory. Not willing to be outdone, starter Raheem Mostert posted 142 yards from scrimmage, seven receptions, and four touchdowns of his own. The two lightning-quick backs are perfect for Mike McDaniel's scheme and seem likely to enter a committee. They'll continue to terrorize defenses, making both players fantasy RB2s with week-winning upside. If the 31-year-old Mostert's durability issues resurface, Achane could blaze a path right to your fantasy championships.
- While I’ll admit the stats from Warren week 3 win of the Raiders don’t exactly scream must add; putting up 52 yards on 11 touches. Despite this the key elements for me here is talent and tape. Current starter Najee Harris hasn’t been setting the world on fire and feels much better suited to a change of pace power back role than bell cow starter. On top of this Warren consistently does more with less touches outscoring Harris in all three weeks so far. While I’ll admit I think it’s relatively unlikely (though not impossible) that Warren just fully supplants Harris and takes on a bell-cow role in this offense. Yet I also think it’s highly unlikely that his role doesn’t continue to expand, until eventually Warren leads a committee backfield. He is undoubtedly the more explosive back, plus a better pass catcher. Warren surely Warrants a spot on your roster.
- “Tank” Dell seems to keep getting better every week, by the end of the season he might have four arms. Dell followed up his breakout 7-72-0 stat line in Week 2 with a 5-142-1 performance over the weekend. He now appears poised to handle a significant role in the Texans' offense moving forward seemingly as the teams WR1 and go to RedZone target. The rookie's 17 targets over the last two weeks lead the team and carry even more value now that C.J. Stroud is emerging as a quality young quarterback; it would be nice to see this team get into the red and end zones more. Whether Dell can hold up for the season at his size has yet to be determined, but he can be started in fantasy as a high upside WR3.
- With Chargers wr2 and one of Justin Herbert’s preferred RedZone targets Mike Williams confirmed to be out of the rest of the season, there is a hole to fill in the chargers potent passing attack. Given this information there are two very important fantasy developments we must consider firstly Keenan Allen to be one of the best bets to finish as wr1 on the season. Secondly, Either Josh Palmer or Quentin Johnston is likely to be relevant down the stretch. Palmer is the safer option with prior fantasy production with Herbert on his resume (including 16.6 fantasy points on Sunday). Quentin Johnston is the higher-upside rookie who was just drafted 21st overall to (presumably, given his size) be the successor to Williams. I prefer Palmer for now, but I won’t be surprised if Johnston is the better play come winter.
- LaPorta is the most confusing to me as I don’t get why he isn’t more known. In week three LaPorta had eight catches on 11 targets for 84 yards and a TD. So far this season LaPorta is second in scoring among all tight ends. Only former Lion TJ Hockenson has been better for fantasy through three games. The only guys worth an automatic start ahead of LaPorta at this position are Hockenson and Travis Kelce. Believe or not this kid is the real deal. If LaPorta is available in your league, he may legitimately be the top add of the week.
- While we are discussing things that confuse me why are the Steelers D available in so many leagues; people remember TJ Watt headlines this team right? This D is available in more than half of leagues on all major platforms, come on guys. On top of this the Steelers have the rebuilding Houston Texans this week.
- Jerick McKinnon (KC Chiefs)
- Adam Thielen (Carolina Panthers)
- Gerald Everett (LA Chargers)
By: Chase Howard