2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire – Stash Worthy Players
Unfortunately, a few fantasy-relevant players suffered injuries over the weekend, such as Chris Carson, Tarik Cohen, Chris Godwin, and Dallas Goedert. With those injuries and the benching of Mitchell Trubisky, there aren’t as many must-add players compared to last week. We must continue trekking on, and thus here’s the 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire. This week includes several intriguing players worth adding and stashing until we see consistent usage. With that said, let’s dive into the fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickups.
2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Surprisingly, the Panthers defeated the Chargers on Sunday, and thus Justin Herbert passed 49 times for 330 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He added in 15 rushing yards and briefly left with an injury. Although the Chargers lost, Herbert elevates all pass catchers, particularly Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. Herbert’s the top quarterback in the 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickups.
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears
Bears benched quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in favor of Nick Foles, who threw 188 passing yards with three touchdowns and one interception. He’s likely already rostered in deeper 2-QB or Superflex leagues, and a must add in those formats.
Running Backs – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire
Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins workhorse running back, Myles Gaskin, finished Thursday’s game with 22 carries for 66 rushing yards and caught all five of his targets for 29 receiving yards. According to Ben Gretch’s Stealing Signals article, Gaskin received nine high-value touches, meaning touches inside of the 10-yard line. He even received several carries inside the 5-yard line. Gaskin checks several boxes – he’s catching passes, a 60.3% snap share (No. 14) through two games that likely increased after Week 3, and goal-line work. Thus, Gaskin is the top 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup.
Myles Gaskin in the first half:
▪️ 71% snap rate
▪️ 13 touches
▪️ 56 yards pic.twitter.com/gaTr2Hqeuk
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 25, 2020
Rex Burkhead & Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots
What a game for Rex Burkhead with 13 touches for 98 total yards and three total touchdowns. He finished with six carries for 49 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns paired with ten targets for seven catches, 49 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown. Even teammate Sony Michel broke a 48-yard run for 118 rushing yards. We love Burkhead’s involvement and pass-catching ability, but that’s a crowded backfield once James White and Damien Harris return. Also, add Damien Harris if he’s hanging around on waivers since he expects to return this week.
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers
With the injury-riddled 49ers backfield, it came down to Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson Jr. If McKinnon is somehow available, then he’s the priority waiver wire pickup. However, don’t forget about Mr. Wilson here. Wilson finished with 12 carries for 15 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown and also hauled in all three targets for 53 receiving yards and one touchdown catch. Most of Wilson’s production came late with the 49ers leading for most of the game. The 49ers share touches amongst their running backs, and Wilson’s worth a short-term 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
With the knee injury to Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde is a fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup at running back. Monitor the injury news because we know the Seahawks love running the ball. It sounds like Carson suffered a minor knee sprain, and could return “shortly,” according to Ian Rapoport. Hyde is still worth adding in case Carson misses a week or two.
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR, Chicago Bears
On some sites, Cordarrelle Patterson isn’t running back eligible, but the former first-round pick moved up the Bears running back depth chart. Tarik Cohen suffered a season-ending torn ACL, and Patterson should be a sneaky 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup.
Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Rookie speedster Anthony McFarland Jr. received six carries for 42 rushing yards paired with one catch for seven receiving yards. A name to monitor in deeper leagues with his 107 Speed Score (85th percentile).
Wide Receivers – 2020 Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Rookie receiver Justin Jefferson exploded against the Titans with nine targets for seven receptions, 175 receiving yards, and one touchdown. Even if you take away his 71-yard touchdown catch, it’s still a beautiful line with six catches for over 100 receiving yards. The main concern here with all the Vikings pass-catchers – pass volume since the Vikings rank 31st in team pass plays per game. As the Vikings slot receiver, Jefferson could see favorable cornerback matchups going forward. However, he showed that he can play on the outside as well. After a massive game like this, Jefferson is one of the top Week 4 waiver wire pickups amongst wide receivers.
Justin Jefferson in the 1st half🔥
▪️ 6 catches
▪️ 104 yards
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 27, 2020
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers utilized rookie Brandon Aiyuk in the rushing and receiving game against the Giants. Aiyuk logged three carries for 31 rushing yards with a 19-yard rushing touchdown and hauled in five of eight targets for 70 receiving yards. Without top target George Kittle and Deebo Samuel banged up, Aiyuk played a productive role in this offense and worthy of a 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup.
Brandon Aiyuk goes untouched for the 19-yard TD run! #FTTB
— NFL (@NFL) September 27, 2020
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
With several notable Eagles banged up in Jalen Reagor, DeSean Jackson, and Dallas Goedert, Alshon Jeffery expects to return soon. Last week, he practiced for the first time and missed the game. Keep an eye on the practice reports, and Jeffery could provide a struggling Eagles offense a much-needed boost. He’s not a must-add by any means, but worth stashing if you need help at wide receiver with a depleted receiving group.
Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
With D.J. Chark ruled out of last Thursday’s game, some hoped Laviska Shenault Jr. would see an increased role and production. He received a season-high six targets for five catches and 33 yards with one carry for one rushing yard. Hold onto Shenault in deeper leagues, but he’s also a stash-worthy candidate in the 2020 fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire.
Scotty Miller, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Once a hot waiver wire pickup after Week 1, Scotty Miller underperformed in Week 2. However, in Week 3, he led the Buccaneers in receiving yards. He caught three of five targets for 83 receiving yards. Although the low target share raises concerns, Chris Godwin left the game with a hamstring injury, meaning Miller could see more targets if Godwin misses Week 4.
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
In a game against the Patriots where they held Darren Waller in check, Hunter Renfrow led the team in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. He caught six of nine targets for 84 receiving yards and one touchdown. Before this game, Renfrow only had an 8.1% target share (No. 100), so Derek Carr likely took what the defense gave him. Thus, he’s more of a wide receiver pickup in deeper leagues.
Cole Beasley & Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills
Every once and a while, we’ll see a game like this from Cole Beasley. He finished the game with a team-high seven targets for six receptions and 100 receiving yards. Sneakily Beasley averages over ten PPR points per game and worth a fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues. With John Brown injured, Beasley’s usage increased, and Gabriel Davis is a name to monitor if Brown misses extended time. Gabriel Davis caught all four of his targets for 81 receiving yards.
Greg Ward, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
DeSean Jackson left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, and Greg Ward led the Eagles in receiving as the last man standing. Ward finished with 11 targets for eight receptions, 72 receiving yards, and one touchdown. With Jalen Reagor expected to miss 6-8 weeks and Alshon Jeffery close to returning, Ward looks like the number one receiver outside of the tight ends. Prioritize the other wide receivers since the Eagles passing game seems out of sync.
Deep League Wide Receivers
Andy Isabella, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Speedster Andy Isabella caught all four of his targets for 47 receiving yards and two touchdowns. I’m guessing this is due to Christian Kirk missing the game due to a groin injury, but Isabella’s college prospect profile is intriguing. Isabella has a 52.2% College Dominator Rating (97th percentile), 36.7% college target share (97th percentile), and 4.31 40-yard dash (100th percentile). As a smaller guy at 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, his 103 Speed Score ranks in the 77th percentile. More of a deeper league target in the Week 4 waiver wire.
Randall Cobb, WR, Houston Texans
Randall Cobb led the Texans receivers on Sunday against a tough Steelers defense. He caught all four of his targets for 95 receiving yards and one touchdown. He’s a name to monitor in deeper leagues.
Cedrick Wilson, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Guess who finished second on the Cowboys in receiving yards? It’s Cedrick Wilson…just as everyone expected right?! Wilson caught five of seven targets for 107 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Can you guess how many targets he received before this game? Zero. Regardless, he’s a name to monitor in the deepest of leagues.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts
In terms of upside, the top tight end Week 4 waiver wire pickup is Mo Alie-Cox after ending up in the Week 3 waiver wire pickup article. Fellow FantraxHQ writer also recommended Alie-Cox in his weekly sleepers and streamer article. Even with Jack Doyle active in Week 3, Alie-Cox caught all three of his targets for 50 receiving yards and one touchdown. The Colts blew out the Jets, so the low passing volume from Philip Rivers isn’t surprising.
Touchdown 4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ for 1️⃣7️⃣.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 27, 2020
Jimmy Graham, TE, Chicago Bears
Since the Bears played from behind for most of Sunday’s game, Jimmy Graham received ten targets and caught six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns. Before this game, Graham received eight targets for 43 receiving yards and one touchdown. This matchup against the Falcons seems like an outlier, and Graham’s only worth a Week 4 waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues.
Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
The leading receiving for the Steelers against the Texans – Eric Ebron…with seven targets, five catches, 52 receiving yards, and one touchdown. With their dominant defense and James Conner topping 100 yards in the run game, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t need to air it out. Similar to Jimmy Graham, Ebron is worth a Week 4 waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues as a streaming tight end.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 27, 2020
Ross Dwelley, TE, San Francisco 49ers
More of a name to monitor here with George Kittle banged up, and Jordan Reed sidelined for 6-8 weeks. We know the 49ers love targeting the tight end position, and Ross Dwelley is next on the depth chart. Dwelley caught all four of his targets for 49 receiving yards. Again, he’s a deep league name to monitor, but not worth a Week 4 waiver wire pickup in most leagues. Is it peanut butter Dwelley time?
Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers
In Sunday night’s game, Robert Tonyan finished second on the team behind Allen Lazard. Tonyan caught all five of his targets for 50 receiving yards and one touchdown. He’s more of a name to monitor in the deepest of leagues or super deep tight end premium leagues.