Well it took a few weeks but I finally reeled in the dominate win I was looking for. Not really sure what to make of this season just yet. The Cardinals do not look like Super Bowl contenders. I am not sure if Seattle is really good or if the 49ers are really bad. Atlanta’s offense looks good but it’s their defense that won Monday night. The Cowboys have reason for hope and Philly might have their franchise guy. All of that added together makes for fun fantasy football.
Here are the top fantasy football waiver targets for week 4.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins- 36%
Tannehill is quietly doing what he has always done. He is putting up strong fantasy numbers while going almost completely unnoticed. It is possible that last season’s struggles have carried over in the minds of fantasy owners. It comes as no surprise that Tannehill is so readily available in over 60% of ESPN leagues despite being ranked 8th overall after three games. He will finish the season as a top 15 QB as he routinely does. He should be owned in all leagues. Very few non-superstars have a fantasy resume that rivals the best QB in the game. Playing on a short week on the road is going to be tough. But Miami has some damn good receivers. The running game is unproven so I look to Tannehill to carry the load.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys- 47%
There is much to be excited about in Dallas these days. While ownership is still very positive on a Tony Romo return I think we are seeing a changing of the guard. Through three games Prescott has emerged at the best rookie quarterback. It is a long season and a lot can change. However, if his play continues we are looking at a top 10 QB. He has scored double digits in all three of his starts. He has only thrown for 1 touchdown but there will be more to come. The most telling stat is that he no fumbles and no interceptions. Maybe it is beginners luck. Either way, he is a good bet going into week 4.
Carson Wentz, Philidelphia Eagles- 27%
Wentz is a close second when comparing rookie QBs. There is no doubt up to this point that the Eagles made the right call moving on from Sam Bradford. Wentz is coming off of a monster game where he defeated the Steelers. However he is going into the bye which means he can’t play this week. If you are looking for a one and done, Wentz isn’t your guy. But if you are looking for a new offensive anchor you should consider one that is playing Det., Was., Dal., and NYG in 4 out of the next 5. He is 10th overall and will move up next week
Fantasy Running Backs
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears- 58%
There is no doubt that Howard is a hot commodity. More and more teams are shifting to a running back committee. Chicago is one of the exceptions and Howard is in line to get most of the carries. In his big debut on Sunday he showed a glimpse of what he can do. Howard had just south of 100 yards on 13 total touches. That is about 7 yards per touch. Look to him to see more touches in week 4 as the Bears get set to rumble with the Lions. The Lions are 20th against the run which should give Howard plenty of opportunity.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions- 22%
A serious injury to Abdullah has moved Washington up on the depth charts. Unlike Howard, Washington will be sharing carries this week. His touches have slowly increased each of the first three weeks of the season. He has shown an ability to move the chains. He may not be a must start yet. But Detroit is one injury way handing this whole thing over to Washington. The Bears are not a scary team and I believe Washington will find pay dirt this week.
Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles- 50%
Talk about a blast from the past. If you look at his running stats you will most likely pass on adding him. The Eagles have a lot of talent that can run the ball. Yet none of those backs can hold a candle to Sproles in the passing game. On Sunday he caught 6 passed for over 100 yards and a score. In PPR formats he is good flex options that can will a few different roster spots. You won’t be adding him for this week because he has a bye, but he won’t be available forever.
Kenjon Barner- 1% and Wendall Smallwood- 4%, Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews has a history of staying injured. If he misses extended time with his latest ankle situation someone will need to fill his shoes. Smallwood and Barner have both been impressive in limited use. Their stats from Sunday are almost identical and both scored a touchdown. Just like Sproles, they are not a play this week. However, there could be a lot of points scored from the Philly backfield in the coming weeks.
Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants- 17%
Over the last couple of years I have grown tired of the phrase “next man up,” but that is exactly how we can describe the situation in New York. Vereen filled in nicely for the injured Jennings only to be lost for the season. Jennings is currently not a reliable start leaving a huge void. Darkwa had similar stats to Vereen as they split carries almost 50/50. Bobby Rainey is sure to be in the mix. But this week the Giants will be giving Darkwa a real tryout when they go into Minnesota.
Fantasy Wide Receivers
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns- 60%
Prior is one the most unique players in the league. In week 3 we saw him play QB, RB, and WR. He is truly someone who can play multiple positions. He had 8 catches and 4 rushes which combined for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also passed for 35 yards which is almost unheard of. Gordon’s eventual return will not hurt Pryor who has clearly established himself as a player you cannot forget about.
Jamison Crowder, Washington Redskins- 26%
Jamison has become a literal slot machine. He may be considered the third receiver behind Garcon but right now he is the best pass catcher on the field. The Redskins have been up and down this season. However Crowder has been very consistent. He has quickly become a target that Cousins can trust. Washington still can’t run the ball effectively. Crowder is a WR3 or a very good flex option going forward.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets- 40%
Enunwa is going to be a steal this week. Fitzpatrick played so bad on Sunday that owners will stay away from the Jets. It is important to remember the Fitzpatrick will bounce back. The Jets are still extremely talented on the offensive side of the ball. They are going into Seattle this week which is tough. However, being option number three isn’t bad when the defense has to pay very close attention the guys in front of you on the depth chart. Enunwa is quietly leading the Jets in receptions and is second in targets. He is a player to watch, just don’t wait too long to pull the trigger.
Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings- 55%
Rudolph’s value climbs for the second week in a row. The Vikings look like they are able to play with anyone right now. The addition of a healthy Bradford has elevated the passing game. Two touchdowns in two week should catch your attention.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens- 50%
Pitta is basically Rudolph without touchdowns. He is third in overall targets this season. Like Rudolph he appears to be getting better each week. Grab him while he is trending up. This season looks like it could be a resurrection for the Ravens and Pitta is part of the solution.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears- 50%
Miller is fifth in overall catches even though he is barely top ten in targets. He has been targeted 18 times and hauled in 15 of them. That is an 83% catch to target ration. I am not sure if that is a thing, but he is catching almost everything that comes his way. The Bears offense is a huge question mark right now. In situation like this teams rely on the TE to keep the ball moving. It is Miller time in Chicago.