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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 4

Call it “Underdog Weekend,” “Upside Down Fantasy Week,” or whatever makes you feel better, this past week once again showed why anything can happen when they play the games in the NFL. The offenses of Minnesota and Indianapolis came to life, sparking their teams to victory. Buffalo took down Denver, while Jacksonville destroyed Baltimore. New England survived, coming from behind to get the win over an upstart rookie quarterback. Green Bay, too, though it took them an extra session before claiming victory.

Chicago also worked overtime, as it snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. If only Marcus Cooper had returned the Pittsburgh blocked field goal attempt before halftime 71 yards instead of stopping at the 1-yard-line before having the ball knocked loose, maybe overtime might not have been necessary. Philadelphia kept the New York Giants from getting their first win of the season, thanks to a 61-yard field goal. Those who doubled down on Oakland on Sunday night also got hurt, as the Washington defense swallowed up Oakland. Derek Carr completed as many passes to Washington as he did to his own team at the half as he was on his way to finishing in the single digits in most fantasy leagues. And let’s not even get into Miami getting blitzed by the New York Jets, missing their only extra point in the process. Crazy times.

The fantasy owner can only sit back and watch, and hopefully enjoy if you have more players excelling on a weekly basis than your opponent. This week we set aside our top category as we do not see anything shining brightly on the waiver wire. There are certainly some players to take a look at and grab and hold, but not too much in the way of available players who can be immediate fantasy starters. Though there have been some injuries around the league, for the most part the key players have been able to stay upright so far this season. That’s especially true at quarterback, no major injuries to speak of and no controversies where the starter is going to be replaced.

On to this week’s wonders!

Solid Pickups

RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia

The injury to Darren Sproles opens the door for a pass-catching player out of the Philadelphia backfield. LeGarrette Blount will continue to handle things on the ground, at least as far as the goal line goes, look for Smallwood to take over the third down role for Philadelphia. Smallwood had already been on the field as much as Blount, so there is the potential that he will get his fair share of rushing attempts. Philadelphia has been spreading things around, but we do see a big spike in production coming here for Smallwood. He is worth grabbing as the top add off this week’s waiver wire.

QB Deshaun Watson, Houston

We have talked about Watson already this season, with this likely to be his last stint in the weekly story. Owned in just a shade more than half of online leagues, his performance this past week will be enough to see him owned in well more than a majority of leagues. Against New England, all he did was keep up with Tom Brady, leading Houston down the field repeatedly in the second half, only to see the Houston lead evaporate in a last minute New England scoring drive. Finishing with 301 passing yards and two touchdowns, Watson has done enough to prove that he is a viable fantasy backup quarterback who should be owned in all formats.

WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay

Normally a performance of 122 yards and a touchdown would be enough to get a player mentioned in this story’s top category, unfortunately, Allison’s time as a starter in Green Bay may be short lived. Filling in for the injured Randall Cobb, Allison had a signature performance, hauling in six passes from Aaron Rodgers against Cincinnati. Green Bay has a quick turnaround this week, leaving Cobb’s status in this Thursday’s game unknown at this time. For now, we will list Allison as a solid pickup and a viable fill in for any of the Green Bay wide receivers.

On the Radar

RB C.J. Prosise, Seattle

The Seattle backfield continues to be a mystery, but was is known is that Prosise is one of the few getting his hands on the ball. With Chris Carlson as the lead, Prosise has been the lone backup as Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls continue to be on the outside looking in. This is a dynamic situation, but as things stand now, Prosise is worth a grab and stash as Seattle likes to use its running backs in the ground and passing game.

WR Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams

After a Week 2 performance that saw him only catch one pass, Woods had a solid game this past week. Against San Francisco, he was good for six catches and 108 yards. With Sammy Watkins in the concussion protocol, Woods is worth a look as his numbers will continue to be high in the absence of Watkins.

TE Ryan Griffin, Houston

Houston has had a hard time keeping tight ends healthy. At one point already this season, the team had three in the concussion protocol at the same time. Currently healthy and on the field, Griffin had an excellent game in New England, catching five passes for 61 yards including one for a touchdown. Houston is a team that likes to use the tight end, and Griffin is a valuable fantasy commodity as the Houston starter.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville

After having not seen the ball in the first two games, Lewis caught not one, not two, but three touchdown throws this week against Baltimore. To say that the element of surprise was in play here is really not saying enough. Tough to recommend him as even being on the radar this week, we see this performance as a fluke but those in deep leagues in need at the position can take a flier here to see if Lewis sees the ball down the road.

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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.