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Week 3 felt much less traumatic, didn’t it? Of course, that really depends on the outlook of your fantasy team. So let’s see what we have to explore for options in week 4 and beyond.
WR Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson started the game very well catching 4 consecutive balls for 71 yards after the Vikings’ first drive – he finished the first half with 104 yards. In the second half, he scored his first NFL touchdown from 71 yards out and capped it off with a fun little dance – he finished the game with 175 yards on 7 catches. After trying to heavily rely on Adam Thielen in the first two contests, Kirk Cousins seems to have identified his #2 target in the passing game.
In week 4, the Vikings face the Texans who gave up 6 touchdowns in the first 3 games. In Week 5, they meet the Seahawks who have surrendered the most points to fantasy wide receivers through the first 2 weeks. Jefferson looks like a player you can roll with for multiple weeks.
The first round rookie can still be found on about 65-75% of league waiver wires. This could be the start of something special.
RB Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins
With a game high 27 touches, the former 7th round pick has cemented himself into the bell cow role in the Dolphins backfield. Although the quality of the touches left something to be desired, the opportunity is the focus here. Jordan Howard did vulture a goal-line score, Gaskin did also lead the team in catches and targets with 5 a piece.
As the Dolphins look ahead to face the Seahawks and 49ers in the next two games – two teams rather stout against the run – Gaskin is someone to roster now and hold on to, or start in desperation.
A harder find in larger leagues, Gaskin is still available on over 50% of waiver wires. He’s got a solid floor, especially in points per reception formats.
QB Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers
Sporting a quarterback rating of 108.9 in a domination of the Giants, Mullens took over where he left off in 2018. Through his 8 starts that season, he was averaging 284.6 passing yards. In Week 3, he threw for 3434 yards and connected with 10 different players – four of whom caught passes of 20 yards or more, showing his ability to make big throws at any time.
Mullens’ next two matchups look promising – the Eagles and the Dolphins. The Eagles just gave up 312 yards and two scores to Joe Burrow and the Dolphins are allowing 281.7 passing yards per game.
The only leagues in which you won’t be able to pick up Mullens are the ones where someone else added him this week as a streaming option – less than 1%. He has proven to be a good quarterback who can and will spread the ball around.
WR Keelan Cole – Jacksonville Jaguars
At first glance, you may think that Cole has just benefited from the absence of D.J. Chark. It’s not true. The Louisville native is currently leading the Jaguars in targets, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns – considerable stats from a team that will likely be having to play catch up in a fair number of games this season. He has gradually become a favorite target of Gardner Minshew.
Over the next three games, Cole and the Jaguars face off with the Bengals, Texans and Lions. Once Chark is healed up, those teams will have a hard time shutting down two potentially dangerous receivers.
You can still find Cole on waivers in anywhere from 55-75% of leagues. And with James Robinson running so well, the pass game should continue to open up for the Jaguars.
TE Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team
Aside from Terry McLaurin, Thomas has been a target machine for a team lacking weapons in the passing game. Thomas has been targeted 24 times through the first three weeks while being on the field for well over 80% of the snaps. Should any of his catches result in a touchdown – like in week 1 – he can easily find himself as a top 10 tight end in any given week.
Washington hosts Baltimore in week 4 and they’ve already given up 15 receptions to tight ends through two games. The Rams look like a good matchup in week 5, as well, as they surrendered 15 catches to Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert in week 2.
The quarterback-turned-tight end is available in 65-80% of leagues and could provide you an end to your tight end streaming ways for the rest of the season.
RB Adrian Peterson – Detroit Lions
Yup, we’re still talking about old A.P. The former 2,000-yard rusher has been the only part of the Lions’ running attack resembling anything appealing. Garnering 22 carries for 75 yards isn’t great production but Peterson still has big-play ability. As long as Kerryon Johnson continues to get fewer carries and D’Andre Swift disappears altogether, Peterson is a viable fantasy option.
The Saints represent the week 4 opponent for the Lions. They’re in the middle of the pack when is comes to defending running backs having allowed 88 yards to Josh Jacobs and 69 yards to Aaron Jones in recent weeks.
You can find Peterson in most leagues as he is over 50% available everywhere except Yahoo, where he is just under 50% available. AP is still a player with opportunity and elite ability.
WR Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers
Another rookie wide receiver to get potentially excited about, Aiyuk led the 49ers in targets in week 3. Catching five of eight targets for 70 yards – as well as another 31 yards and a score on the ground – the 25th overall pick in 2020 produced one heck of a statline for anyone fortunate enough to have started him. As long as Deebo Samuel remains sidelined, it’s likely Aiyuk will continue to be a start-worthy option on fantasy teams.
While their week 4 opponents, the Eagles, have been more stingy against the pass, they did allow Tyler Boyd to make 10 catches for 125 yards in their previous game. Week 5 against Miami looks like a very fruitful opportunity, as well.
Still unrostered in over 70% of leagues, Aiyuk could be one of the more popular pick ups this week after his big performance.
TE Jimmy Graham – Chicago Bears
There’s no need to teach this old dog new tricks – Jimmy Graham’s still got some fuel left in the tank. Eight of Graham’s 10 targets came in the second half after Nick Foles took over at quarterback. The journeyman signal caller looks to zone in on the veteran tight end on a regular basis which moves the needle on Graham. His six catches for 60 yards is a good day for any tight end, but those two touchdowns, it makes him even more tantalizing. We’ve seen Graham in the past be very reliable in the endzone – a possible resurgence is brewing.
On paper, the Colts look like a tough defense against tight ends. However, they haven’t yet seen a real threat at the position this year and we don’t really know how they’ll manage against a wiley veteran.
Having already scored three times this season, Graham is criminally under owned. He’s more than 80% available – go get him!
WR Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints
With the ongoing absence of Michael Thomas, the young Mr. Smith has led the Saints wide receivers in targets and receptions for consecutive weeks. While Alvin Kamara is getting even more quarterback looks, it shows us that the Saints are going to have to rely on the former third round pick until Thomas can return to full game reps. The 13 catches and 128 yards in two games also provides a nice floor, especially in points per receptions leagues.
The Saints have two weeks until their bye week – where after it’s possible Thomas could return from injury. They meet the Lions and the Chargers who are both in the middle of the pack in stopping fantasy receivers.
Smith is up to 70% unrostered in fantasy leagues. He provides a nice PPR floor and good potential to score a touchdown or two before the week 6 bye.
Waiver Wire Double-Check
Never underestimate the waiver wire. Maybe you could find one of these or many other prizes there.