Fantasy Football 2015 Waiver Wire: Week 4

Derek Carr has thrown five touchdown passes over his last two games

It will be tough to top Week 3 when it comes to fantasy scoring, or point totals. Most of the points were put up by some waiver gems (Devonta Freeman) or established stars (Julio Jones). Because of this there will not be many new game-changing waiver darlings this week.

 

There are always opportunities however, and the oft-feared bye weeks begin this week, meaning fantasy studs such as Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman will all be off in Week 4. Hopefully you are equipped to replace these guys with your bench. If not, I will help you find some targets to fill-in in Week 4.

 

Good luck this week everyone. If you are having issues with who to drop, or hold from your fantasy teams stay tuned for my latest series called Patience or Panic where I will look at players who are under-performing and whether you need to cut bait or hold.

 

I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for the particular week, or the rest of the season.

 

1. Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (24 percent owned per ESPN.com)

Williams filled in very nicely for the injured LeSean McCoy, and the Bills have plenty of confidence in their fifth-round pick. This week he is poised to be a RB1 if they in fact give McCoy time to rest his nagging hamstring. Williams is a must-get if he is floating in your league still.

  

2. Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (25.4 percent owned)

This is more of a preemptive move for Week 5. Perriman will likely not play in Week 4 but he has been practicing and you never know. He should be a big target for Joe Flacco going forward so adding him now isn’t a terrible move.

 

3. Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (19.9 percent owned)

Carr has led a high-scoring offense over the past two weeks. Don’t let his hideous Week 1 performance throw you off. His connection with Amari Cooper is something to watch and take advantage of. If you need an injury replacement for Ben Roethlisberger, or bye replacement for Tom Brady, here is your man.

   

4. Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins, WR (16.4 percent owned)

Matthews had a big Week 3 and if owners were smart enough to snag him and his targets they were paid nicely. The DeVante Parker hype is still lingering but Matthews has done nothing to get reduced playing time at this point and is a solid Flex, bye week fill-in.


Some Week 3 Carry-Overs: Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo QB (44.6 percent owned) This ship has likely sailed, but just in case...

  

DST Streamer(s) of the Week

 

I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 30 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.

 

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (40.4 percent owned per ESPN.com)

The Packers have a sack streak going, and they face the team led by Colin Kaepernick, who threw three interceptions (2 returned for TDs) in Week 3. This is a scrumptious streaming defense, which is why they are recognized here even though the ownership level exceeds the expressed range. Green Bay's D gives up its fair share of points too, but the pros should outweigh the cons in this one.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts (0.7 percent owned)

This one is the definition of a risk as the Colts are capable of putting up points and lots of them. However the recent trend is Andrew Luck turning the ball over plenty and if that surprising streak continues the Jaguars should have some opportunities to get some turnovers, and that is where your upside lies.

 

— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.

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