Week 4 WR Waiver Pickups & Adds: Breakout Wide Receiver Rookies

Escaping the week with limited injuries it was the rookies who shined in Week 3. However, finding consistent help from the waiver wire is going to be difficult. If you do not find someone that you love at the position you need, consider adding another position where you like the waiver wire options. Then you can always use your starter from that position as trade bait. Fantasy Football often times becomes about manufacturing production and value.

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Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson had a monstrous game against the Titans’ defense with 175 yards through the air and a touchdown. He has now sealed his position as the #2 WR on the team behind Adam Thielen and looks to be stepping into the Stefon Diggs role nicely. It was always going to take some time to develop chemistry with his QB due to the shortened offseason, and being a rookie. However, that connection looks to be built.

I highly doubt that this was a one-week fluke. The Vikings’ defense is bad, and Cousins is going to have to sling the ball a lot. Jefferson should be right behind Thielen and Cook in touches, and his elite playmaking ability brings real value to those touches. This is one of the few WRs that I like rest-of-season and is not dependent on the fact that other players on his team are injured. Justin Jefferson could easily finish as a low-end WR2 this year.

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Allen Lazard

Lazard showed up this game while the Packers were missing Devante Adams. He proved that he can be the main target for Aaron Rodgers. The hope here is that trust is carried over for even when Adams is back. While the Packers are a run-first team now, Lazard has plenty of value as Rodgers’ #2. He is currently a top 10 WR on the year, and while I do not see that continuing for the season he has a perfect matchup against the Falcons coming up this week. Lazard should finish in the WR2-3 range this year.


Adam Humphries

Now I would only be going after Humphries in a PPR league. However, with AJ Browns’ injury seemingly sidelining him for the foreseeable future, Humphries has become a go-to WR for Tannehill. He is not a flashy play, but he is extremely safe for PPR leagues where you just need to fill a spot. Humphries’ workload will revolve around the 6-10 target range with tons of intermediary passes that will be enough not to bust but provides you little to nothing in the terms of a ceiling. A cheap waiver option that can do the job for PPR.

Tee Higgins

This Cincinnati Bengals’ WR core is extremely difficult to figure out. One thing that we do know is that Higgins’ snap count and targets have increased every single week. It seems that Higgins and fellow rookie Joe Burrow are starting to develop a connection and trust that can lead Higgins to being a WR2-3. I think that Higgins is a great get in keeper leagues due to the fact that A.J. Green could be on his way out next year. This would promote Higgins to a 1A/1B role with Tyler Boyd. However, even this season he should have value in PPR leagues.

I think that Higgins in his current role through three weeks is similar to Humphries in that his ceiling will not be sky-high, barring multiple TDs like we saw this week. However, he is now a trusted WR for a young QB. If Higgins becomes even more of a favorite for Burrow, then he has the talent to become an upper-echelon WR even in his rookie year. I think that this play is a bench stash that can fill your final flex role during bye-weeks for your other players.

Brandon Aiyuk

Aiyuk had his first good game as a rookie, reeling in 5 receptions on 8 targets and finishing with 70 receiving yards. With how beat up this 49ers team is Aiyuk has been thrust into the action and has to be the #1 WR on this team. Next week against the Eagles is another extremely plus matchup with his current role.

Even when George Kittle and Deebo Samuel return, Aiyuk’s season-long outlook looks promising. He is a very talented WR that Kyle Shanahan went and got in the draft and he wants to utilize his abilities. This team will always rely heavily on RB production but I think that Aiyuk is too talented not to play himself into a solid role in the offense. A great play for next week with possible season-long value.

Cedrick Wilson

Cedrick Wilson has barely played in the NFL for his first two years and change. However, against a weaker Seattle secondary Wilson proved how valuable he can be. Now, before we talk more, this play is only viable if one of Cooper, Gallup, or Lamb is out. There are just too many mouths to feed for Wilson to be relevant if all of that talent is healthy. However, Wilson took 5 receptions for 107 yards and 2 TDs in his breakout game. He is not only an extremely talented WR but an extremely talented playmaker. The Cowboys have tons of plus-matchups remaining on their schedule. As long as one of those three top WRs is missing Wilson is a good option as a WR3 for your fantasy team.

Andy Isabella

Isabella is in an extremely similar situation as Wilson to me, with a little bit more upside than Wilson if everyone is healthy. With Christian Kirk out, he filled that role as a deep threat on the team and came away with two scores. However, even when Kirk was playing in the game prior he did nab 2 receptions for 67 yards. Isabella is a solid WR3 when either Kirk, Fitz, or Hopkins is out. He is a talented WR and can take on that workload with no problem. However, when they are all healthy he is relegated to a boom or bust play that needs an extremely favorable game script for him to get going.

Matthew has been playing fantasy football for over ten years now. He is experienced in playing and writing about both daily and season-long fantasy. He is both commissioner and former champion of several different types of high stakes money leagues.

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