September 29, 2020

Who’s Next? Week 4 Waiver Wire

So you blew your FAAB wad on Mike Davis and he delivered. What if you blew it on Devonta Freeman or Wayne Gallman? Well, time for some frugality and judicious bidding the rest of the season. Pero si se puede!

Myles Gaskin received 27 touches and turned it into 95 yards against the Jaguars. He should be tops among RB waiver-wire adds for this week.

Let’s see which players are worth grabbing and which ones might be mirages going forward. As always, the only players eligible for this list are those who are not owned in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues.


Kirk Cousins @ HOU
This game has a 54.5 over/under because neither pass defense has been able to do much against the opposition up to now. Cousins found a new toy in Justin Jefferson last week, and has been throwing plenty to Adam Thielen. Trying to keep up with Deshaun Watson is going to be tough, and Cousins will have plenty of opportunity.

Baker Mayfield @ DAL
He’s doing his best Kirk Cousins circa 2019 imitation through 3 weeks, passing only 46 times combined in the past 2 weeks. The Cowboys are not Cincinnati nor Washington, the Browns’ last 2 opponents. While the Cowboys are giving up plenty of points, they’re scoring a ton also. Mayfield will have to throw to keep up in his return to his home state. 

Nick Foles vs. IND
The matchup with the Colts is middle of the road, but for Super Flex leagues you can do worse than grabbing Foles and looking ahead to games against the Vikings (2) and Lions (1), among others. Foles really connected with Allen Robinson and his timing pass to Anthony Miller for the game-winner was vintage. He’s worth the dart throw in those leagues.


Myles Gaskin vs. SEA
This will be the last time I write about him because after his 95 total yards against the Jaguars last Thursday, he better be on your radar to pick him up this week. Warning: Jordan Howard still got the goal-line work, and has through the first 3 games. 

Carlos Hyde @ MIA
Go look at that dirty play where they Dallas defender twisted Chris Carson’s lower leg in a way the human body was not made to bend. We won’t know the full details of Carson’s injury, so grab hyde just in case. Don’t forget, Hyde did rush for 1,070 yards last year when pressed into emergency duty.

Rex Burkhead @ KC
Turning 13 touches into 98 yards and 3 scores, Burkhead made those who took a flyer on him look incredibly smart. Y’all, get yourselves to Vegas and ride this heater! The warning before you grab Burkhead is that James White may be back this week, which will likely take a chunk out of Burkhead’s passing-game work. So don’t break the bank on FAAB.


Allen Lazard vs. ATL
NFL fans got a great look at who is the WR2 in Green Bay when Davante Adams is healthy. Lazard turned 8 targets into 6 receptions, 146 yards and a score. All the praise being heaped on Lazard by Aaron Rodgers is being realized in targets. Keep in mind that the Packers have a bye in Week 5, so they may just hold out Adams another week as a precaution. The matchup with the Falcons will have plenty of balls in the air.

Justin Jefferson @ HOU
How scintillating was that 7-catch, 175-yard and a TD performance in Week 3? He looked like he was back at LSU. Better to get Jefferson on your side for those games against lesser secondaries when the Vikings will have to air it out again like they did against the Titans. 

Brandon Aiyuk vs. PHI
Rarely has a team rendered seemingly desperate because of injuries looked so dominant as the 49ers did in their 36-9 pasting of the Giants. Aiyuk’s 101 total yards and a TD were a big part of that. When George Kittle and Deebo Samuel are back Aiyuk will take a backseat, but in the right matchup Aiyuk will be someone to play during bye weeks. 

Tee Higgins vs. JAX
The 5 catches on 9 targets for 40 yards were fine, though the pair of TDs are to be looked at closely. While A.J. Green seems to still be shaking off the rust, there figures to be plenty of target volume behind Tyler Boyd. Burrow-to-Higgins could just be getting started. 

Andy Isabella @ CAR
Someone needs to play Robin to DeAndre Hopkins’ Batman. Isabella was a 2nd-round pick, taken just 2 spots in front of D.K. Metcalf, which is a lot to live up to. Catching all 4 targets for 47 yards and 2 TDs are a good step forward. The Carolina game is the first of 5 straight against subpar defenses.

Cedrick Wilson vs. CLE
You weren’t the only one who screamed “Who?” when Wilson scored against the Seahawks on Sunday. He did it again on the way to 5 catches on 7 targets for 107 yards and 2 TDs. Dallas’ offense is fantastic, but supporting a 4th WR, along with TE Dalton Schultz and screens to Ezekiel Elliott seems like too much to ask. Only pick him up if you’re truly desperate.

Dalton Schultz vs. CLE
Dak Prescott threw Schultz’s way 6 times on Sunday, completing 4 for 48 yards. That’s a week after Schultz received 10 targets. Schultz is a cheap way to get a part of the Dallas offense, and add to it that the Browns have not done well defending against the TE position thus far.

Mo Alie-Cox @ CHI
The matchup with the Bears doesn’t look great, but the ensuing weeks bring with them inviting defenses like the Bengals, Browns and Lions. The former basketball star is already becoming a favored target of Philip Rivers. 

Jimmy Graham vs. IND
OK, stop laughing. He saw 10 targets on Sunday, and 7 in Week 1. The Bears lost Tarik Cohen, so there won’t be as much competition for underneath and over-the-middle work. And Nick Foles kept throwing it up to Graham in the end zone. There are worse dart throws than Graham.


LA Rams vs. Giants
OK, so I relaxed the 50% rule for the defense because those under 50% have some dreadful matachups. Josh Allen must have nightmares of Aaron Donald considering how often the All-Pro tackle was in the QB’s face in the second half on Sunday. The Giant offense is messy and the line is bad. Not a good combo when facing Donald up front and Jalen Ramsey on the back side.


Ka’imi Fairbairn vs. MIN
This game will be up and down the field, as the Texans’ schedule begins to lighten up. Figure that Fairbairn will have a lot of opportunities after only kicking 3 FG through the first 3 weeks.