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Sport Fantasy Football: Early Week 4 waiver wire pickups

02:10  27 september  2021
02:10  27 september  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Sunday night gives fantasy owners time to reflect on the week’s triumphs or losses and take stock of their roster heading into the new week. It’s a time for reflection and a time to assess potential waiver wire options. Each week, I’ll be highlighting a handful of low-rostered options you should Thankfully, we don’t have a slew of injuries to address this week, but there are some great adds ahead of Week 4 . It’s a receiver-heavy waiver wire this time, with a couple of great options at other positions as well. The 49ers’ strong run game continued, even with some new faces in the backfield, a Minnesota rookie

Another NFL week of video-game scoring is in the books. A resounding 15 teams scored at least 30 points in Week 3, so plenty of fantasy goodness followed. Passing numbers continue to climb, as 13 quarterbacks mustered at least 20 fantasy points while 15 players (all wide receivers besides Alvin What does this mean for waiver wire strategy going forward? If these trends stick, rather than stabilizing once defenses collect their bearings after a lack of preseason games, managers may need to get more selective about their pick - ups . Most of the highly drafted quarterbacks are playing too well

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (25 percent rostered)

Christian McCaffrey was knocked out of the Week 3 matchup against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury, much to the dismay of fantasy managers who landed the No. 1 pick in drafts. He's expected to miss at least a few weeks with the injured hammy, and we saw that rookie back Chuba Hubbard is the next man up in Carolina.

Hubbard dominated backfield touches after CMC went down, and that's all fantasy managers need to see. He will undoubtedly be one of, if not the, top pickups of the week. It's probably a fool's errand to expect the Panthers to just transfer CMC's full workload onto Hubbard (recall, McCaffrey had totaled 59 touches in his first two games) or for his production to match Mike Davis' in 2020 when McCaffrey went down. That said, this offense has been firing on all cylinders to start the season — you want the Panthers starting RB.

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We’ll follow up with Andy Behrens’ full version of pickups on Monday, but first up , some early options to consider ahead of Week 4 waiver claims. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings (29% rostered). Much was made in the offseason about the Minnesota Vikings trading Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills, leaving a gaping hole on offense alongside Adam Thielen. With the Vikings facing a Texans defense in Week 4 that’s been hurt badly by wide receivers through three weeks, you can expect Jefferson to be highly coveted off the waiver wire .

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Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills (25 percent rostered)

Josh Allen and the Bills absolutely crushed the Washington Football Team in Week 3, 43-21. Josh Allen will rightly get most of the headlines after his five-touchdown performance (four passing and one rushing), but we cannot ignore Emmanuel Sanders' production. Sanders made big play after big play, scoring twice and converting six targets into five catches for 94 yards. He was third on the team in targets behind Cole Beasley and Stefon Diggs, respectively.

Emmanuel Sanders had a lot to celebrate in Week 3. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Emmanuel Sanders had a lot to celebrate in Week 3. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Now, you might be telling yourself, "Oh, Josh Allen isn't going to throw four touchdowns and the Bills aren't going to score 43 points every week — this could be a one-hit-wonder for Sanders."

Reasonable, but recall, the Bills are one of the most pass-heavy units in football, especially in neutral game script. There is enough volume in this passing game for Sanders — who looked electric in Week 3 — to be productive in this offense. Even better, the Bills will take on Houston, Kansas City, and the Titans in their next three matchups, all secondaries that can be had. Sanders represents a high-upside flex play for those matchups.

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