WEEK 4 WAIVER PICK UPS
- BAKER MAYFIELD (Cleveland Browns) – If you lost Jimmy Garappolo for the season or have Cam Newton on a bye this week, Mayfield should be your #1 waiver pick up. Last week Mayfield played just over a half a game and posted 200+ yards and connected on almost 74% of his passes. This week he’s facing the Raiders, the 19th ranked pass defense and allowing 27 points/game. Mayfields not just a one week fill in, but will be a viable starter going forward. There was no reason why he shouldn’t have been named the starter day one!
- ANDY DALTON (Cincinnati Bengals) – Dalton’s not the most consistent QB in the NFL, so I understand the distrust. However, he’s been producing this season and most likely isn’t owned in your league. He’s averaging almost 290 passing yards/game this season with a 91.2 QB rating and facing the 26th pass defense in Atlanta this week. If AJ Green doesn’t suit up this weekend with a sore hammy, that will definitely hurt Daltons production. However, Tyler Boyd has been impressive so far and I believe Eifert will continue to progress.
- ELI MANNING (New York Giants) – In no way am I recommending Eli as an every week starter, however this week vs. the Saints Eli will be playing from behind. I anticipate the Giants falling behind early and Eli having to throw the ball a ton. Beckham, Shepard and Barkley are all stud pass catchers to make Eli a viable starter this week. Not to mention the Saints are currently ranked the 30th worst pass defense in the league allowing 336 passing yards/game and dead last in points/game giving up approximately 34 pts/game.
- TYLER BOYD (Cincinnati Bengals) – Boyd will be a huge upgrade and #1 target for Dalton if AJ can’t suit up. Either way, Boyd’s been balling so far through 3 games posting 15 catches, 249 yards and 2 td’s. He’s looked explosive this season and should post #2 WR numbers vs. Atlanta.
- ANTONIO CALLAWAY (Cleveland Browns) – Callaway is a burner so the fact Mayfield will be starting is a huge upgrade. Mayfield’s not afraid to go down field and take chances so Callaway could be a big part of the offense going forward. Callaways only a rookie, but reminds me of Goodwin when Garrapolo became the starter for the 49ers. Callaway only had 4 catches on 10 targets last week, but the targets are promising.
- GERONIMO ALLISON (Green Bay Packers) – Allison gets no love, however whenever you have a QB like Rodgers (despite the fact he might not be 100% healthy) consistently targeting him in the red zone, makes him a WR 3/4. Knowing Cobb’s history, I don’t anticipate Cobb to remain healthy the entire season leading to more targets for Allison only behind Adams.
- JAVORIUS “BUCK” ALLEN (Baltimore Ravens) – Although Alex Collins is the #1 RB in Baltimore and tripled Allen’s carries last week, this week vs. Pittsburgh will be different. Collins will still get his carries especially around the goal line, however Baltimore might fall behind so Flacco will need to throw more. Allen appears to be the 3rd down back and will be a decent PPR flex start for this week.
- CHRIS IVORY (Buffalo Bills) – This weeks definitely thin at RB waivers, however if McCoy continues to sit with the injured ribs, Ivory will get the bulk of the carries. Last week he had 23 touches and 70 yards receiving on 3 catches. I anticipate Ivory to get a fair share of catches vs. the Packers.
- DALLAS GOEDERT (Philadelphia Eagles) – Goedert will continue to be involved in the offense especially with the lack of WR’s & healthy RB’s on the roster. Carson Wentz coming back and looking healthy is a huge bonus. Although when Alshon Jeffery comes back Goederts targets may decrease slightly. There aren’t many LB’s or DB’s that can cover a guy with his size & speed so at least he will remain a red zone target.
- DAVID NJOKU (Cleveland Browns) – In most leagues Njoku was drafted, however may have been dropped after a lackluster performance so far. Mayfield starting at QB is certainly going to turn things around. Njoku’s 6’4″ 246 lbs. and a freak athlete. Don’t forget how good he looked in preseason when Mayfield was throwing him the ball.
- HOUSTON TEXANS – I guarantee the Texans D was drafted in 100% of the leagues, however some owners may have dropped them already after their subpar performance. The D hasn’t lived up to their expectations so far, however once the offense (especially Deshaun Watson) gets in the groove, the D will not be on the field nearly as much. JJ Watt looks like a beast now that he’s healthy (3 games = 16 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles) and more importantly you need to look at the remaining schedule. Houston’s remaining schedule includes: @ Indi, Dallas, Buffalo, @ Jax, Miami, @ Denver, @ Washington, Tennesse, Cleveland, Indi, @ NY Jets.