Fantasy Football Week 4 Preview: Sell-high, buy-low and the biggest questions on waivers, rankings and more

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We’re nearly one-quarter of the way through the Fantasy football regular season, and Week 4 feels like the first time we can really stop and take stock of where things stand. Heading into Week 1, it was all about identifying which of those position battles really had winners, and then Week 2 was about figuring out what you could and couldn’t trust from Week 1. In Week 3, most Fantasy players were just trying to keep their heads above water amid a deluge of significant injuries. 

There are definitely some injuries we’re watching heading into Week 4 — Chris Carson (knee), Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Dallas Goedert (ankle) are probably the three biggest — but they gladly aren’t the focus. On the waiver wire, we’re actually chasing upside this week, rather than just looking to plug holes. It’s a nice spot to be in, and it gives us an opportunity to take a bit of a longer view.

That’s part of what the Fantasy Football Today team is doing with our Week 4 survey, as we’re looking for the biggest sell-high and buy-low candidates for trades this week. We’re also answering big questions about the waiver wire, Week 3’s biggest storylines and which players we’re getting ready to pull the plug on. 

Here’s how we’re looking at Week 4:

Who is your top waiver-wire target for Week 4?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: Myles Gaskin is No. 1 if he’s available because it’s clear he’s the No. 1 running back for the Dolphins. Now, we just need him to stop losing goal-line touches to Jordan Howard. If you can’t get Gaskin then go after Jeff Wilson, who could be the No. 1 running back for the 49ers with Raheem Mostert (knee), Tevin Coleman (knee) and Jerick McKinnon (ribs) all banged up.
  • Dave Richard: I grabbed Jeff Wilson in a bunch of leagues before Week 3. I’ll try to nab him as a short-term fix in all the leagues I couldn’t get him in.
  • Heath Cummings: Jeff Wilson, I think. As long as Raheem Mostert doesn’t return, Wilson would be the answer. But depending on news we get Tuesday, it could also be Rex Burkhead or Carlos Hyde.
  • Adam Aizer: Jeff WIlson if the 49ers RBs are all beat up, otherwise it’s Justin Jefferson. I could see Jefferson being the most added player this week and among the most dropped players next week, but it’s worth a gamble. 
  • Chris Towers: If I desperately need a starting running back, Wilson would be the priority. Otherwise, I’m looking at Justin Jefferson or Brandon Aiyuk.

Which player helped himself most long term in Week 3?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: Darrell Henderson. While this does include an injury to Cam Akers (ribs), I’m not sure that matters. Henderson will hopefully be the Rams best running back for the rest of the year, especially as long as Akers remains sidelined.
  • Dave Richard: At the risk of sounding silly (and actually mentioning a low-priority waiver target), I’ll say Greg Ward. The Eagles keep getting crushed by injuries and Ward just seems to keep on going. Dare I say he has long-term value in PPR leagues as at worst a bye-week replacement?
  • Heath Cummings: It has to be Darrell Henderson. He delivered 120 yards and a score for the second consecutive week and looks completely different from the running back we saw in his rookie year. Cam Akers has an uphill battle in front of him.
  • Adam Aizer: Will Fuller showed that he is a must-start WR when healthy. He played hurt in Week 2 against a terrible matchup, but otherwise he has been productive and you should feel confident starting Fuller. 
  • Chris Towers: Mike Davis. I expected Davis to be a top-15 RB with Christian McCaffrey out, but it’s good to get confirmation. This is more or a medium- to short-term situation, but Davis will be a must-start option for the next few weeks at least.

Which player hurt himself most long term in Week 3?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: I’ve been writing in the Waiver Wire column for the past couple of weeks to drop Carson Wentz, and he just continues to struggle. Now, he’s down Dallas Goedert (ankle) and likely DeSean Jackson (hamstring), with Alshon Jeffery (foot) still out. You can’t start Wentz in Week 4 at San Francisco, and there’s no reason to stash him on your bench.
  • Dave Richard: Oh man. T.Y. Hilton or Joe Mixon … who do I pick here?! I think it actually has to be Hilton, who is quickly turning into a touchdown-or-bust receiver. His only saving grace is that his matchups in Weeks 5, 6 and 8 are delightful. But what good are they if he’s not commanding tons of targets?
  • Heath Cummings: I guess I’d say A.J. Green. Although the damage may have been done in Week 1 and Week 2 by not catching all those targets. I’m probably starting Green against Jacksonville, but this may be the last time.
  • Adam Aizer: Odell Beckham is still a great player, but Cleveland just runs the ball too much for Beckham to be a dominant Fantasy option. If you drafted him thinking he would be a #1 WR, I’m afraid that isn’t going to happen.  
  • Chris Towers: A.J. Green. At least in the first two games, Green was getting the volume. He only got six targets in Week 3, picking up just 36 yards on his five targets, and giving him 116 yards on 28 targets. With Tee Higgins playing a bigger role, Green runs the risk of getting marginalized in this offense. It wouldn’t be unearned.

Who are three players you drafted as starters who you’re benching this week?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: In my initial look at my rankings, three guys who could struggle this week are Kenny Golladay, Evan Engram and Darren Waller. Golladay is likely headed for a matchup with Marshon Lattimore and the Saints. It’s hard to trust any Giants player right now, including Engram. And Waller goes from one miserable situation to the next after getting bottled up by New England and then having to face Buffalo, even at home.
  • Dave Richard: Trick question. I barely have any healthy players who I drafted as starters!
  • Heath Cummings: You can’t trust Leonard Fournette or Ronald Jones in Tampa right now. I may be done with Evan Engram as well.
  • Adam Aizer: Terry McLaurin, Evan Engram, and A.J. Green. McLaurin won’t be an automatic sit against the Ravens, but I think he’ll be somewhere around WR30. I don’t trust Evan Engram one bit. And Green might have a big game this week but I need to see it first.
  • Chris Towers: Green, Ronald Jones, D’Andre Swift. I wasn’t sold on the idea that Leonard Fournette just took Jones’ job in Week 2, but that doesn’t mean I want to start Jones. That situation is a stay-away for me.

Who is your favorite buy-low candidate? 

  • Jamey Eisenberg: Deshaun Watson. If you can get him cheap then do so immediately. After opening the season with Kansas City, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, he now gets to face Minnesota, Jacksonville, Tennessee and Green Bay before a bye in Week 8. There should be plenty of big games ahead for Watson and the Texans.
  • Dave Richard: I still think Leonard Fournette will be the Buccaneers’ best running back by the end of the season.
  • Heath Cummings: Everyone on the Houston Texans, but mostly Deshaun Watson. Watson’s schedule was awful to begin the year but it takes a turn in Week 4 with the Vikings coming to town. I still expect him to be a top-seven quarterback rest of season.
  • Adam Aizer: Juju Smith-Schuster. You’re not buying that low on Juju because he has scored touchdowns, but I really think the targets are going up and the yards will be there as well. I still think he could be a top-six WR this season
  • Chris Towers: Joe Mixon. I am not a Mixon guy, especially when he costs me a first-round pick, or something close to it. But there’s entirely too much griping going on right now about Mixon. So he’s had some bad games. He’s still getting the work you want, and the good games will come. He hasn’t lost much, if any value in my eyes.

Who is your favorite sell-high candidate?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: Keenan Allen. In one game with Tyrod Taylor, Allen scored seven PPR points in Week 1 against Cincinnati. Then in two games with Justin Herbert against Kansas City and Carolina, Allen has combined for 46 PPR points. Sell him high now since Taylor (chest) is expected to start again when healthy.
  • Dave Richard: You should be able to get a bunch in trade for James Conner after back-to-back big games. If you can’t, then keep him but back him up with Benny Snell.
  • Heath Cummings: As much as I’ve enjoyed Kareem Hunt the first three weeks of the season, he’s currently a top-15 running back, and I’m not sure that’s going to last.
  • Adam Aizer: Nick Chubb! Name your price. Ask for the moon. Chubb has three catches this season, so he basically will have to be like 2019 Derrick Henry to be a top-five RB. He’ll finish top 10, but in PPR leagues you should get greedy and try to sell Chubb. 
  • Chris Towers: Mike Davis. I think he’ll be a top-15 back as long as McCaffrey is out, and that’ll be at least two more games. But it might be only two more games, for all we know, and you might be able to fetch a high price from a desperate player if you offered up Davis right now. He’s found money, and if you could flip him for someone like David Johnson or David Montgomery, I’d do that.

Who is your top streaming QB, TE, and DST?

  • Jamey Eisenberg: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dalton Schultz and the Broncos. Fitzpatrick has scored 28 Fantasy points in each of the past two weeks and faces a Seattle team allowing an average of 439.7 passing yards per game through three weeks with eight total touchdowns to quarterbacks. Schultz has 16 targets in two games without Blake Jarwin (ACL) and has a great matchup in Week 4 against Cleveland. And the Broncos get the Jets. 
  • Dave Richard: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Rob Gronkowski and the Broncos.
  • Heath Cummings: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dalton Schultz and whoever is playing the Jets. The Broncos you say? Sounds good.
  • Adam Aizer: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dalton Schultz, Broncos.
  • Chris Towers: Joe Burrow, Jimmy Graham, Broncos.

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