Week 4 Waiver Wire Top Pickups & Adds: Brandon Aiyuk Takes Big Step In 49ers Offense

Week 3 was a little less painful in the injury department, but there are still a lot of looming questionable tags for the next week. We will also be getting into byes soon and that just means a lot of decision making from here on out. With most of the pickups reaching over 50-60% from the first few articles, there will be some lesser owned and lesser-known players to the average player. Chris Carson, John Brown, Chris Godwin, Diontae Johnson, Jared Cook, and Dallas Goedert are some of the main guys we need to monitor over the next few weeks. Tune into our Week 4 fantasy football rankings & projectionsto help guide you throughout the week with any decisions that you have.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams

Average % Rostered: 38%, FAAB: 4%

Jared Goff was dropped by some this week but overall was not very highly owned. Goff has one of the best offensive coaches in football and has a solid set of receivers and tight ends as well. A bit odd to see him this low, especially starting off the season fairly strong. Goff has a pretty friendly schedule over the next few weeks and we are getting into bye week season where you might need coverage. Goff plays the Giants, Washington, 49ers, Bears, and Dolphins over the next few weeks. The 49ers defense is banged up and the Bears have had some questionable games.

Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals

Average % Rostered: 49%, FAAB: 4%

You can say that the Bengals haven’t played all that well, but despite missing some connection Joe Burrow is still producing solid fantasy points. Burrow is producing as a top 12 quarterback right now, and the volume will continue to be heavy given the Bengals defense is so bad. Burrow’s schedule opens up a bit over the next few weeks outside of the matchup with Baltimore. He will face the Jaguars, Colts, Browns, and Titans before the bye week.

Running Backs

Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts

Average % Rostered: 58%, FAAB: 6%

The frustration is setting in as Nyheim Hines was nowhere to be found against Minnesota, but came back with 11 touches and 61 yards of offense in Week 3. This game was out of hand as was the Minnesota one where they just ran Jonathan Taylor. While Hines hasn’t had a major role over the last two games, he will in more competitive games coming up. The return to the passing game work was there as he had 40 yards on four catches.

Myles Gaskin – Miami Dolphins

Average % Rostered: 45%, FAAB: 7%

It is pretty clear who the most effective back has been in the Miami backfield. While this isn’t a great fantasy situation still, Gaskin has had some work in the receiving game to make him viable in PPR formats. He has 10, 14, and 14 fantasy point games over the last three, and Week 3 he had a career-high 27 touches. Gaskin’s workload took a major jump and it is something to keep an eye on.

Jeff Wilson Jr. – San Francisco 49ers

Average % Rostered: 14%, FAAB: 5%

With Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out, it was Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson who picked up the slack. Wilson had 15 touches and went for over 60 all-purpose yards and two scores. The workload has always been split among this team, but this team continues to show they are different from others when it comes to producing fantasy points with the run game.

Wide Receivers

Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers

Average % Rostered: 36%, FAAB: 6%

The recency bias will have a lot of people out looking for Allen Lazard, but as a WR2 with Davante Adams and even before this week Lazard should have been on the radar. We are not quite sure how bad the Adams injury is, but regardless Lazard is the number two in this offense and gets some friendly secondaries over the next few weeks with Minnesota, Atlanta, and Houston.

Laviska Shenault Jr. – Jacksonville Jaguars

Average % Rostered: 35%, FAAB: 5%

While Laviska Shenault didn’t top his prior two performances, he continues to be involved in the offense and was even more so with DJ Chark out. He has 14 targets across the three games and eight rushing attempts. Shenault’s time is coming as the rookie out of Colorado is more than just some gadget player. He also draws favorable matchups against Cincinnati, Houston, and Detroit over the next three weeks.

Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers

Average % Rostered: 15%, FAAB: 9%

Brandon Aiyuk had his breakout game after getting up to speed with snaps last week. The 49ers needed a playmaker to step up in the passing game, and Aiyuk had a 5-70-0 line on eight targets. He also had a 3-31-1 line on the ground. Aiyuk was going to be the WR2 in this offense when everybody is healthy, so even with returning bodies, he isn’t someone to forget about.

KJ Hamler – Denver Broncos

Average % Rostered: 5%, FAAB: 6%

In deeper leagues, KJ Hamler is an interesting name given Courtland Sutton is out for the season. Hamler is a rookie and a highly touted one. With Sutton out, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick are the three wideouts. While I like Hamler more with Drew Lock under center, Hamler is someone who should rack up receptions regardless. The matchups ease up a bit with the Jets and Dolphins in two of the next three matchups.

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys

Average % Rostered: 24%, FAAB: 5%

Dalton Schultz now has 20 targets over the first three games and gets the Browns and Giants next. Schultz is a younger tight end and clear fits in with the Dallas passing attack. The favorable game scripts help as well. Schultz had the big game against Atlanta and followed up with six targets against Seattle. He had a 4-48-0 line. There are not a ton of tight ends up for grabs right now, as Schultz is one of the few widely available still.

Logan Thomas – Washington Football Team

Average % Rostered: 18%, FAAB: 5%

If you are searching for some volume at the position, Logan Thomas remains in contention. He saw another seven targets, and now has 8, 9, and 7 target games over the first three games. He has been the second option for Dwayne Haskins and while the fantasy points are not piling up left and right, the targets are there and he is widely available in deeper leagues.

Jason has been playing fantasy football for 20 years, starting back when Marshall Faulk was the top fantasy pick. He is well versed in various fantasy formats, from dynasty to super-flex. Jason not only enjoys playing, but helping others further their game.

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