Waiver Wire Week 4: Baker Mayfield, Calvin Ridley, Chris Godwin, Vance McDonald

Ridley was the top fantasy wide receiver in Week 3

The waiver wire leading up to Week 4 is full of wide receivers, although some fantasy owners are going to be looking for a quarterback. With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season (torn ACL), owners need a replacement. Odds are neither Sam Bradford (benched) nor Tyrod Taylor (concussion, now benched) were largely owned, but if so, those guys are no longer relevant.

 

Additionally, bye weeks start this week with Carolina and Washington getting a break, so Cam Newton and Alex Smith owners will be looking for a sub, and that's just the quarterback situation.

 

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

 

Teams on bye: Carolina, Washington

 

Quarterbacks

 

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (34 percent owned)

Dalton has thrown at least two touchdowns in each game so far this season. He does have five interceptions on the year, but he at least is producing TDs. He had 352 yards against Carolina in Week 3, and he faces Atlanta in Week 4. The Falcons defense just gave up 396 yards and five total touchdowns to Drew Brees. While A.J. Green’s status is unclear for Week 4, if he is active, Dalton is a good streaming option.

 

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (13 percent owned)

It’s Baker time! Mayfield entered the game just before halftime on Thursday night and led the Browns to their first victory in 635 days (dilly, dilly). Mayfield ignited the Cleveland offense, and while he will certainly have his struggles, he is worth picking up to see how he develops. He’s definitely an option in two-QB leagues, but worth considering as the solo starter as well, especially considering this week's matchup with winless Oakland.

 

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10 percent owned)

As the magic started to fizzle out for Ryan Fitzpatrick (he did finish with 411 passing yards and 3 TDs but also had 3 INTs vs. Pittsburgh), Winston was getting ready to report. His suspension is officially lifted, and while he may not have his job back immediately, odds are it will be his at some point (likely sooner rather than later). Winston had a decent 2017, with just over 3,500 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 13 games. Keep in mind he may not be the Week 4 starter, so don’t plan on him if you are a Garoppolo/Newton/Smith owner.

 

Running Backs

 

Javorius (Buck) Allen, Baltimore Ravens (27 percent owned)

Allen has scored a rushing touchdown in each of the three games so far this season. His yardage totals are low, but he’s been involved in the passing game. He had five receptions in each of the first two games and three in Week 3 (including a touchdown). As long as the Ravens keep using him in the red zone, he has some fantasy value as a fill-in for the bye weeks.

 

Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (6 percent owned)

LeSean McCoy was inactive in Week 3, and Ivory stepped in for 56 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards. Ivory’s value lies in McCoy being out, however, it is not clear if he will miss more time as a result of the rib injury he’s been dealing with. McCoy owners all should have Ivory on their rosters, but others can consider adding him if McCoy misses another week.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (44 percent owned)

Ridley’s ownership will likely skyrocket after exploding for 146 yards and three touchdowns on seven catches in Week 3. He did score a touchdown in Week 2 as well and has already seemed to develop quite the rapport with Matt Ryan. Julio Jones will continue to be the No. 1 receiver, but when he’s facing double coverage, Ryan will look to Ridley. Ridley is a solid WR3 with upside and should be owned in all leagues.

 

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (42 percent owned)

Godwin finished with 74 yards and a touchdown on five catches (10 targets) in the Monday night loss to the Steelers. He also had a touchdown called back when it was determined that his foot did hit the shoulder pad of a Steelers defender, making him down by contact. He now has a TD in each of the first three games and is quickly becoming a trusted target for Fitzpatrick. As a WR3, Godwin should be owned in most formats.

 

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (34 percent owned)

Even though Aaron Rodgers is playing at less than 100 percent, the Packers are still putting up points. Allison already has two touchdowns this year and is likely going to be a DeSean Jackson-type player, where he can make big plays in some games and others will end up as dud performances. He had four targets in Week 3, which he converted into two receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. He’s a WR3.

 

Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (33 percent owned)

Callaway showed promise before Week 3, but now that Baker Mayfield is at the helm, all signs point up for Callaway. He had 10 targets in Week 3, second only to Jarvis Landry’s 15. While he only caught four of them for 20 yards, the fact that he was included in so many offensive plays bodes well for his future. He’s a WR3 with upside.

 

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (17 percent owned)

In Week 3 Boyd caught six of his seven targets for 132 yards and a touchdown. He had a 6/91/1 stat line in Week 2 as well, proving that he has entrenched himself as the Bengals' No. 2 receiver. If A.J. Green misses any time with the groin injury he suffered on Sunday, Boyd’s value would skyrocket. As it is, he is a solid WR3 that will have big games and should continue to be a frequent target for Andy Dalton.

 

Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals (3 percent owned)

In many leagues, the other wide receivers mentioned are already owned. However, Kirk is a speculative add, someone to pick up now before he becomes a must-add. After Sam Bradford was benched, Josh Rosen looked for Kirk often (he threw seven passes, targeting Kirk three times). Kirk ended the day with seven receptions for 90 yards. He has potential to be a solid WR3.

 

Tight Ends

 

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (11 percent owned)

McDonald missed the first week of the season and was returning from injury in Week 2. However, he seemed healthy in Week 3, going for 112 yards on four catches, including a 75-yard touchdown. Jesse James will still be in the picture, but for those looking for a tight end, McDonald is available in many leagues.

 

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Green Bay Packers (29 percent owned)

The Packers play Buffalo in Week 4, and while owners of the Minnesota Vikings defense are still licking their wounds, the Bills' offense isn’t exactly exploding. The Packers DST is a solid unit and will be playing at home. This is a matchup-based play, but at this point of the season, that’s what streaming DSTs is all about.

 

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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