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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 4

The NFL season rolls on and not only is the quarterback shuffle in full effect, but we’ve had our first major injury at that position. San Francisco’s prize Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season, and while we cannot recommend a replacement for him in San Francisco, we do have several signal callers in this week’s story who are worth a look. This week we have only one player in our highest category, and we skip our second category as nothing beyond the one stands out to us as outstanding. We do have a dozen or so players worth a look beyond that as you keep your fantasy season trucking along. Something for everyone this week!

Quarterback Discussion

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland

Cleveland was going to have to make a move, as Tyrod Taylor was clearly not getting the job done. Unfortunately, Taylor was injured, opening the door for Mayfield to take control and lead Cleveland down the field in the two-minute offense. He finished the day leading Cleveland to a come-from-behind win, where he threw for 201 yards while not throwing an interception. Oakland is a favorable matchup this week, so look for Mayfield to excel in the starting role.

Josh Allen, Buffalo

Just when you thought things were going south for Buffalo, the team circles the wagons, walks into Minnesota and pounds the Vikings. Allen was a big part of that, rushing for two scores and in general running like a mad-man on the field. He has had more downs than ups this season, but last week’s energy has the potential to carry forward. The rushing touchdowns are a huge bonus, and he is worth a look as a backup and bye-week fill in.

Josh Rosen, Arizona

Arizona is another team that has to make a move. There was no fairy tale ending for Rosen this past week against Chicago, but he showed enough to earn the starting job going forward. The Arizona offense is itching for a spark, and with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald in the mix, Rosen will have plenty of opportunity to make a fantasy impact.

Smokin’ Hot

WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati

Last week, Boyd was “On The Radar,” and this week he jumps to the top of the list of waiver wire wonders. Just his stats alone warrant a strong look, as he caught six passes for 132 yards and a touchdown last week against Carolina. That makes it back-to-back weeks of six catches and near 100 yards. Couple that with the fact that A.J.Green leaving with injury, moving Boyd well into Andy Dalton’s circle of trust. Even with a healthy Green on the field, Boyd is here to stay and is worth grabbing as a fantasy starter.

On the Radar

RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia

With both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles sitting out, Smallwood stepped up in a big way last week against Indianapolis. He ran for 56 yards on 10 carries, while also tallying 35 yards on three pass catches. Though both Sproles and Ajayi are expected to return to practice, it is unclear when they will be on the playing field. As long as Smallwood is productive, Philadelphia is able to give those guys more time off, making him a viable add in the short term.

WRs Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant, Miami

Miami is rolling and has a pair of little known receivers who are starting to make some noise. Both these guys are on this week’s radar as Miami has a very favorable matchup against New England this upcoming week. Grant made the most of his two catches against Oakland, scoring on both of them as he tallied 70 yards in offense. Wilson also found the endzone for the second week in a row, this week tallying two catches for 74 yards. The consistency is not yet there, but they are worth a grab and hold to see if they continue to score on a weekly basis.

WR Christian Kirk, Arizona

We would have Kirk listed higher in this week’s story, but with Arizona moving to the rookie, the fantasy production is going to be hit or miss. That said, the backup quarterback coming in to play often has a favorite target who is not the top player on the team, so we see Kirk as getting some good looks with Josh Rosen at the helm. That to go along with seven catches for 90 yards this past week is enough to get him listed on this week’s radar.

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Deep and/or Dynasty Only

RB Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

Very rare is the occasion where we list a fullback in the weekly story, but here we are with a pass catching fullback from San Francisco. Against Kansas City this past week, he found the endzone in one of his two passes caught. The previous week saw him haul in three passes, so he is clearly a part of the offense. He’s worth a look for those in deep leagues and in desperate straights.

RB Devontae Booker, Denver

The ejection of Phillip Lindsay got Booker some more looks than usual this past week against Baltimore. He touched the ball 10 times, with half of those coming via the pass. However, he was only able to tally 44 yards in total. He came into the season with high hopes, and it could be that those who drafted him have given up on him. He is still worth a flier in deep leagues.

TE Rhett Ellison, New York Giants

The New York Giants have been using Ellison here and there, and with the injury to Evan Engram he is poised to see a spike in production. He found the endzone last week, as he caught three passes for 39 yards. He’s worth a look in deep leagues as a backup and bye week fill in.

About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.