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Fantasy Football: Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 4

New quarterbacks are making the most of their opportunities under center, and a few of them are among the best fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 4.

With so many injuries early on in the season to big fantasy contributors, finding the right addition on the waiver wire is important in season-long leagues.

It’s also important to maneuver around bye weeks, with both the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers getting the week off.

Here are the top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 4 of the fantasy football season.

Bonus Pickups: Will Dissly (TE, Seattle Seahawks, 24.3 percent owned), Diontae Johnson (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 0.7 percent owned)

Diontae Johnson, Steelers


You may not need help at tight end since there’s a nice group of players who are making big contributions thus far this season. However, if you do, Dissly is a great option. He has turned three of his 12 receptions this season into touchdowns, so that’s a solid scoring rate. And with Russell Wilson still in fine form, Dissly has the potential for a great fantasy football campaign.

Meanwhile, Donte Moncrief was benched in Week 3, opening up opportunities for Johnson to become a factor in the new-look offense. While his three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown aren’t huge numbers, it showed what he’s capable of with Mason Rudolph under center. Considering that Johnson could emerge as the No. 2 receiver on a team that may find itself playing from behind much more than expected, he’s worth a look if you need depth at the position.

10. Kyle Allen (QB, Carolina Panthers, 0.9 percent owned)

Kyle Allen

Ron Rivera has already announced that Cam Newton is out for the Panthers’ Week 3 game against the Houston Texans, which means Kyle Allen gets another start after earning the second-best passer rating in franchise history in the win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Allen was 19 of 26 for 261 yards and four touchdowns for a 144.4 passer rating. The Texans’ secondary isn’t much better, making Allen an intriguing Week 4 play and a potential long-term option if Newton is sidelined for a while.

9. Jacoby Brissett (QB, Indianapolis Colts, 19.3 percent owned)

Jacoby Brissett, Colts

Schedules matter. That’s why Brissett is a superb option if you’re someone who’s still trying to find a suitable replacement for Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, or anyone else.

The Colts’ next three games: vs. Raiders, at Chiefs, vs. Texans. Those are three favorable matchups for Brissett and company in the passing attack, making him a sneaky good addition who may get overlooked for Allen and a certain Giants quarterback.

8. Darrel Williams (RB, Kansas City Chiefs, 0.3 percent owned)

Darrel Williams


Yes, I know I told you to pick up Thompson last week. And yes, I know it was Williams who turned out to be the better option. But this is how it works with the Chiefs offense. The team is just so good on that side of the ball that you never know who will step in and produce a double-digit fantasy outing.

Williams did that with nine carries for 62 yards and five receptions for 45 yards against the Baltimore Ravens, so he’s certainly a solid add with Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy still dealing with injuries.

7. Phillip Dorsett (WR, New England Patriots, 5.2 percent owned)

Phillip Dorsett, Patriots

Speaking of receiver depth, the Patriots have that. Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman both suffered injuries in the win over the Jets, but Dorsett built on his excellent chemistry with Tom Brady by catching six of seven targets for 52 yards and a score.

Edelman’s status is unclear for Week 4 against the Bills, but even if he plays his usual snap count, Dorsett is still an intriguing option due to his role in an elite offense.

6. Rex Burkhead (RB, New England Patriots, 15.0 percent owned)

Rex Burkhead, Patriots


I was laughing last week about being a moron and dropping Kansas City Chiefs running back Darwin Thompson to pick up Burkhead. Well, it turned out to be a decent strategy. Burkhead has compiled at least eight carries and five receptions in two of the Patriots’ three games thus far.

Combine that with the fact that Sony Michel has only 18 fantasy points this season, and Burkhead is certainly a viable option if you’re needing to replace Barkley.

5. Daniel Jones (QB, New York Giants, 12.7 percent owned)

Daniel Jones, Giants


Fantasy points for Patrick Mahomes in Week 3: 26. Fantasy points for Daniel Jones in Week 3 in his first career start: 33. Takeaway: Drop Mahomes for Jones. I’m kidding. But seriously, Jones is already a New York legend after rallying the Giants from an 18-point deficit to beat the Bucs, which included throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for two touchdowns.

You probably have to consider adding him due to the potential breakout season, but here are the Giants’ next 10 games: vs. Redskins, vs. Vikings, at Patriots, vs. Cardinals, at Lions, vs. Cowboys, at Jets, at Bears, vs. Packers, at Eagles. Aside from the Cardinals and Jets, that’s not an easy slate.

But it also sets up nicely for the Giants to be playing from behind in a lot of those games, giving Jones solid upside.

4. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR, Green Bay Packers, 49.9 percent owned)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers


I’m glad the 0.1 percent difference allows us to include MVS, because the dude can absolutely play. He had six catches on 10 targets for 99 yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos and is clearly the No. 2 receiver for Aaron Rodgers.

With two potentially high-scoring games coming up against the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, MVS should continue to offer quality production.

3. DJ Chark (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars, 41.1 percent owned)

Gardner Minshew, Jaguars, DJ Chark


Gardner Minshew is using his mustache and jorts to keep the Jaguars offense running somewhat smoothly in Nick Foles’ absence. And it’s impossible to ignore Chark’s involvement in the passing game thus far, as he at least 17 fantasy points in each of the team’s first three games.

Dede Westbrook was talked about a lot in the preseason, but Chark is clearly the No. 1 option in a passing game that doesn’t look all that bad with Minshew leading the way.

2. Wayne Gallman (RB, New York Giants, 1.2 percent owned)

Wayne Gallman

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Gallman had five carries for 13 yards and zero receptions after Saquon Barkley was injured against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So, let’s be realistic here and understand that Gallman is not going to put up the same type of fantasy outings as Barkley.

But with Barkley out for at least several weeks, picking up Gallman makes too much sense, even if the Giants pursue another running back to help with the workload.

1. Nelson Agholor (WR, Philadelphia Eagles, 37.7 percent owned)

Nelson Agholor, Eagles, Lions


Agholor was No. 2 on my waiver wire board a week ago, and he’s back again since he still has low ownership. That probably won’t be the case after this week, as he took advantage of his opportunities with eight receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He has racked up 16 catches on 23 targets for 157 yards and three scores since both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery were sidelined with injuries in Week 2.

Considering that Jackson has already been ruled out and Jeffery’s status is unknown for the Thursday night game against the Packers (update: Jeffery will likely play, which certainly impacts Agholor’s fantasy value a bit), Agholor is a great pickup in what should be another high-target game for him.

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