Monday, September 24, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 4

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (43 percent)

Beginning his NFL career with a goose egg in Week 1, Ridley has made his presence felt over the past two weeks. Recording a 4/64/1 line on five targets in Week 2, the first-round rookie exploded for seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in Week 3. Due to his monster performance on Sunday, only Tyreek Hill and Michael Thomas have more fantasy points scored than Ridley in standard-scoring formats through Sunday night. (He's seventh in PPR formats.)

2. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (15 percent)

Once again, Boyd had another big performance. Of course, A.J. Green, who left Sunday's game with a groin injury, is the team's clear WR1 when healthy, but Boyd has led the team in receiving in consecutive games -- 6/91/1 and 6/132/1 in Weeks 2 and 3, respectively, on a combined 16 targets. Especially in PPR formats and with bye weeks beginning in Week 4, Boyd is moving into the WR3 conversation. At a minimum, he's a better fantasy option than teammate John Ross.

3. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (41 percent)

Productive when given an opportunity in the second half of his rookie season, Godwin continued to generate plenty of buzz in the offseason. Heading into Monday Night Football, Godwin has had two good games -- 3/41/1 and 5/56/1 -- to start the 2018 season. Of course, Ryan Fitzpatrick (or Jameis Winston) won't keep going off with 400/4 type games, but Godwin has the talent for his role in the offense to continue to expand as the season progresses.

4. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (34 percent)

Allison set season lows with two catches and four targets in Week 3, but the team's No. 3 receiver now has 64-plus yards in all three games this season. Going into MNF, Allison is one of just eight receivers (including the only on his team) with at least 64 yards in three straight games. A top-30 performer in both PPR and standard-scoring formats going into Monday night, Allison has 13 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

5. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (33 percent)

Although he had a more productive fantasy outing (3/81/1) in Week 2, Callaway had the type of volume (10 targets) that is really encouraging for his outlook going forward. With Josh Gordon traded to the Patriots, he may not get double-digit targets every week but 6-8 in a typical week would seem reasonable.

6. Ted Ginn Jr., New Orleans Saints (36 percent)

Targeted at least six times in each of the team's first three games, Ginn set season lows with three catches and 12 yards in the team's Week 3 overtime shootout with the Falcons, but he scored his second touchdown of the season. On the year, Ginn has 12 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Playing in the high-powered, Drew Brees-led offense, Ginn always has the potential for a big game.

7. Jakeem Grant, Miami Dolphins (3 percent)

Grant turned three targets into two touchdown receptions for 70 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland. While the big plays are great and Grant finished with 19.0 fantasy points, the (lack of) volume could limit the amount of useful fantasy performances in the future, especially with the return of DeVante Parker. While Parker has been a disappointment, Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, Danny Amendola and Parker are all better or equal fantasy options within Miami's receiving corps.

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