Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets: Time to Prepare For Bye Weeks

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Baker Mayfield’s playmaking ability makes him an interesting streaming option going forward. | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If your fantasy football roster has left something to be desired through three weeks, fear not, there is plenty of time left to salvage your 2018 season. In fact, history has proven that it’s nearly impossible to win a fantasy football championship without successfully navigating the waiver wire.

Starting this week, fantasy owners have to start planning ahead for bye weeks. Rather than waiting until the week of, it would be wise to start adjusting your roster now to avoid any potential disastrous situations.

As we head into Week 4, we have identified a handful of players worth targeting on waivers. Here’s what we came up with.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns

Mayfield is now officially the starter in Cleveland, and believe it or not, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner does have some fantasy value going forward.

The Browns have quietly put together a solid group of targets (Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, David Njoku, Rashard Higgins, Duke Johnson, and Carlos Hyde) for Mayfield to throw to, and of course, the former Oklahoma Sooner is a threat to rack up 40-50 rushing yards per week as well.

If your backup quarterback situation leaves something to be desired, it would make perfect sense to pick up and stash Mayfield.

Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

We generally don’t love the idea of relying on rookie wide receivers , but Ridley looks like he may be an exception to that rule.

After failing to record a catch in Week 1, Ridley has gone on to total 11 catches for 210 yards and four touchdowns in his last two games. While he is unlikely to duplicate his outstanding 146-yard, three-touchdown performance from Week 3 on a consistent basis, we do see Ridley putting up solid numbers on a weekly basis from here on out.

Ridley is one of the more mature (he is already 23-years old) and polished (his route running is already borderline elite) wideouts to enter the NFL in quite some time. And let’s not forget, he is playing opposite of Julio Jones, meaning he will almost exclusively see single coverage.

Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin gets overshadowed by teammates Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, but we have taken note of his outstanding production.

Through three games, Godwin has been targeted 20 times, catching 13 passes for 171 yards and three touchdowns. With opposing defenses focusing their efforts on containing Evans and Jackson, Godwin is a legitimate threat to score 10+ fantasy points per week going forward.

Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

People tend to forget that Williams was once a highly-touted first-round pick (No. 7 overall). Injuries limited his production and playing time in 2017. Now that he is healthy, the former Clemson star is showing why the Chargers thought so highly of him on draft day.

Through three games, Williams has been targeted 15 times, catching 11 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Going forward, he will have to compete for targets with Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin, but his upside is worth taking a risk on.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers

Through three games, it is Allison, not Davante Adams or Randall Cobb, that leads the Packers in receiving yards.

It is clear that Allison has a connection with All-World quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and it is also clear that the Packers are going to throw the ball A LOT in 2018.

Going forward, Allison is a guy we believe will see 8+ targets per game.

Other players worth mentioning:

  • Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills
  • Jalen Richard, RB, Oakland Raiders

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