Monday, September 28, 2020

Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Pickups: WR Options Heading into NFL 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).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

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

1. Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (49 percent)

With Davante Adams (hamstring) sidelined in Week 3, Lazard had six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Saints. Through three games, the 6-foot-5 wideout has 13 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

While it's unclear if Adams will return in Week 4, all of the team's wideouts get a favorable matchup against the Falcons. Only the Seahawks and Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers than the Falcons. Through three weeks, the Falcons have allowed three 100-yard receivers and five receivers of 92-plus yards.

2. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (30 percent)

Entering the season as the team's No. 3 receiver, Jefferson had a breakout performance in Week 3 as the first-round pick turned his nine targets into seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. While there is a general volume concern in a run-first offense for the team's (now) No. 2 receiver, the Vikings face the Texans, Seahawks and Falcons over the next three weeks. Seattle and Atlanta have allowed the most and third-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, respectively, through Sunday's games.

3. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco 49ers (28 percent)

No Deebo Samuel. No George Kittle. No Raheem Mostert. No ... well, you get the point.

Aiyuk may only be third in line for touches when the team is at full health, but San Francisco's scheme is a perfect fit for a playmaker like Aiyuk, given his ability to create yards after the catch. With the 49ers decimated by injuries early in the season, Aiyuk stepped up in Week 3 and racked up 101 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on eight touches (five receptions and three carries).

Even if Kittle returns in Week 4, it appears that Samuel is more likely to return in Week 5 than Week 4.

4. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals (5 percent)

John Ross was a healthy scratch in Week 3 and Tee Higgins got the start along side A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd. The rookie from Clemson had five catches on nine targets for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Higgins (6' 4" and 216 pounds) entered the league with the profile of a receiver that could win in the red zone and vertical passing game, but more than likely, it will take an injury to one of the team's top two receivers to trust him as a WR3/flex option. Especially given AJG's durability history, however, he's worth stashing now.

5. Braxton Berrios, New York Jets (1 percent)

The Jets' receiving corps is a mess and the team will be significant underdogs most weeks. In other words, there should be plenty of pass attempts and Berrios has now strung together back-to-back good performances. Berrios had 4/64/1 in Week 3 after posting a 6/59/1 line in Week 2. Considering the Jets are playing on a short week, it's possible that Jamison Crowder won't be ready to return in Week 4 either.

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