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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Week 4

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..

Quarterback

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.

Nick Foles is available in 99 percent 0f leagues and was announced as the starter against Indianapolis next Sunday.
Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and led Chicago to a double-digit comeback win against Atlanta on Sunday. He threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Foles also had two other plays that should have went for touchdowns but ultimately did not. Chicago is looking at Foles to be the shot in the arm that it needs going forward. I am fairly certain that as long as Chicago sticks with him, he can be the shot in the arm of any manager struggling with the quarterback position.

Running Back

Waiver-wire running backs always slow down a few weeks in. Crazy injuries slow them down as well as rookie breakouts but there are still a couple of gold nuggets out there to sift through.
Rex Burkhead is available in 79 percent of leagues and rushed for 49 yards and two touchdowns. He also added seven receptions for 49 yards and another touchdown on Sunday. He plays for Bill Belichick and a renewed Cam Newton, any manager should jump at the opportunity to grab him off of waivers.
On second thought.. no.
Burkhead had a great game but let’s not forget. This is a New England backfield. There is no rhyme nor reason as to who will get action or when. James White sat out a second consecutive week which really helped Burkhead out. If you do grab him, he should be good until White returns. Also, New England plays Kansas City in Week 4 which means that New England should be playing from behind so that could be a positive. Burkhead does have some potential in the next few weeks. The smart move, however, would be to pass on him.
If you have a need at running back, you should instead consider Jeff Wilson Jr.
He is available in 85 percent of leagues. Wilson rushed for just 15 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. He also, however, caught three passes for 54 yards and another score, making him a very valuable player in Week 3. Wilson got some playing time because both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman did not play. Now Jerick McKinnon also came out of Sunday’s matchup with a rib injury. It looks like all three may be out next week. This means that Wilson should receive the lions’ share of running back work in Week 4. Seeing how he did with just a share of the lion’s share this last week any owner should be happy to have him in their lineup if they have a hole at the running back position.
Speaking of running backs who stumbled into the lion’s share of backfield work, Seattle’s Carlos Hyde is an amazing pickup in Week 4. At 90 percent availability Hyde will most likely see way more touches in the upcoming weeks since Chris Carson suffered a first-degree knee sprain and may miss miss 1-2 weeks though there are also reports that he could be ready for Week 4 against Miami. However, Pete Carroll picked up Hyde for just this reason and we’d expect more Hyde regardless as Carson is going to need some time to heal.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.