With less injuries and unrealistic “breakouts,” Week 3 showed us a more realistic view of the fantasy season. Now it’s time to hit the Week 4 waiver wire with this newfound knowledge.
Week 4 urges you to settle down. The turbulence of Weeks 1 and 2 are now past us as Week 3 came in and started to right the ship. Week 4 is now here. It has eased into the helm and is steering us the rest of the way through the stormy waters. Most of you know that Weeks 1 and 2 are usually full of great performances that do not continue throughout the year. Then by the time Weeks 3 and 4 roll around you start to see what the season is really going to look like. This year has been no exception.
We did have a few injuries and replacements this week but hardly the amount we saw in the first two weeks. You should have a good idea of where you need help in your lineup. The Week 4 waiver wire should be able to provide you with any help that you need. Let’s get started searching for your next potential stud for your lineup, and as usual, let’s start with..
Justin Herbert has had a very nice start to his pro career. The Oregon rookie threw for 330 yards and a touchdown on Sunday after a very prolific first game the week before. Still available in 85 percent of league many are looking towards Herbert as a potential quarterback for bye weeks and as an injury fill-in. He has players to throw to like Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. With his quick and exciting start, it seems pretty obvious that he should go off the waiver wire fairly rapidly.
On second thought.. no.
As a native Oregonian I really like Herbert but I cannot in good faith tell you to pick him up with other more viable quarterbacks out there. Herbert is still learning the ropes. He has had quite a few turnovers already, and there are going to be more to come. He faces two very tough defenses in the next two weeks when he will go up against Tampa Bay and New Orleans. If you need quarterback help steer clear from Herbert for now. Instead, look for someone with more experience. A LOT MORE experience.
Look at Ryan Fitzpatrick.
At 94 years old, ahem, cough, cough, I mean 94 percent available, Fitzpatrick is a great waiver-wire pick up. On Thursday he completed 20 passes for 160 yards with two touchdowns. He also managed 38 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well as a reception. That is some great production for a guy you can just grab off the Week 4 waiver wire. Fitzpatrick plays red-hot Seattle in Week 4. Miami will most likely be playing from behind in this game and the Seattle defense is vulnerable to opposing teams’ quarterbacks. This should mean big numbers for Fitzpatrick. If you have a need at quarterback Fitzpatrick should be able to give you the points you need out of the position. Does his age and team bother you? If so maybe look towards the Windy City.