2020 Season: Week 4 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys.

Week 4 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Gardner Minshew II (50% rostered Yahoo/49.3% rostered ESPN)

Minshew Mania is still alive at The Lateral! Look, last week was bad, but Week 4 has Minshew up against a Cincinnati Bengals DST that allowed Carson Wentz to score 23.5 points. Yes, he needed overtime to get there, but Wentz has no weapons and Minshew may be getting his top WR back, as D.J. Chark may return from the chest injury that sidelined him last week. Buy low on Minshew if you can.

RB: Carlos Hyde (39% rostered Yahoo/25.1% rostered ESPN)

It is slim pickings in Yahoo leagues right now. Hyde is probably the primary RB target given Chris Carson's injury from Week 3, but given that it is only a mild knee sprain, Carson could still be rolled out against the Dolphins. After that, you could take a shot on Malcolm Brown (49% rostered), Rex Burkhead (32% rostered), or even Damien Harris returning from IR (26% rostered), but that is about it. Jeff Wilson Jr. (28% rostered) should also be monitored in case Raheem Mostert is ruled out for the Niners' Week 4 match-up against the Philadelphia Eagles.

WR: Brandon Aiyuk (42% rostered Yahoo/22.9% rostered ESPN)

I love a WR who can also get some designed run plays (both Aiyuk and Laviska Shenault, Jr. reside on my dynasty team), especially if it can land him in the end zone. Yes, San Francisco has struggled to keep anyone healthy this season, and Aiyuk has already missed one game with a hamstring injury, but if he can stay healthy he may not have much competition for opportunities. Despite missing Week 1, Aiyuk is third in target share, and yards per game, and tied for second in rushing TDs. The combo of talent and versatility is worth the add.

TE: Dalton Schultz (35% rostered Yahoo/26% rostered ESPN)

Despite how crowded the Cowboys receiving group is, Dalton Schultz has managed to stay relevant with 20 targets through 3 games. Yes, half of those came in Week 2, but it is not like 6 targets in Week 3 against Seattle was nothing. The Cowboys defense gives up a ton of yards and a ton of points, so game script should continue to get the receivers fed, and luckily Jarwin is the only relevant TE in the group. Combine that with a solid run of match-ups between now and the Week 10 bye, and Schultz is a must add if you are struggling at TE.

DST: New York Jets (11% rostered Yahoo/6% rostered ESPN)

There are no more potential weekly starting DST units rostered less than 50% in Yahoo, so this recommendation is simply a streaming recommendation. A match-up against a bad Denver team with a new QB under center this week seems like a prime opportunity to get a turnover. 

K: Joey Slye (23% rostered Yahoo/6.6% rostered ESPN)

Already covered Slye on this week's waiver wire article. He has been good for a while now, so take advantage of other fantasy managers sleeping on him.
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Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Jared Goff (45.7% rostered ESPN/70% rostered Yahoo)

Jared Goff has had a quietly good season, so it was surprising to see him so available in ESPN leagues. Goff finished QB5 last week, and with a match-up against the New York Football Giants in Week 4 it seems unlikely that he has a bad performance if you pick him up. Plus, with his consistent passing volume and nice 5:2 TD/INT ratio, he could remain in lineups ROS.

RB: Adrian Peterson (43.2% rostered ESPN/54% rostered Yahoo)

As long as Detroit continues to feed Peterson the rock, he is at least a viable desperation FLEX play. He has been unlucky to not fall into the end zone so far, and has been fairly efficient in the run game with 4.9 yards per attempt. Yes, there is zero passing game upside, and this is PPR, but all he needs is a TD to get double-digit points with the amount of rushing volume he gets.

WR: Tee Higgins (17.4% rostered ESPN/21% rostered Yahoo)

If I told you that the TD leader for the Cincinnati Bengals was not A.J. Green or Tyler Boyd, or even Joe Mixon, but was rookie WR Tee Higgins, would you believe me? 'Cause it is true. Seriously, A.J. Green is trending down in a major way, and Higgins seems in line to benefit. Last week marked the first time both he and Tyler Boyd saw more targets than Green, so get Higgins now before people get wise.

TE: Mo Alie-Cox (15.8% rostered ESPN/23% rostered Yahoo)

Have I mentioned how much I love Mo Alie-Cox? I have? Well then what are you waiting for? Go pick up the next Antonio Gates. #analysis.

DST: Los Angeles Chargers (48.5% rostered ESPN/51% rostered Yahoo)

The Chargers are the last DST unit on either platform with any potential to be a weekly starter. Week 3 against Carolina was not a good performance, but this team is loaded with talent and was DST12 through two weeks. They also do not give up a ton of points or yards, and have a solid match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4 where new QB Thomas Brady has averaged an interception, a pick and just under two sacks a game. Buy low on this DST now, and enjoy when the schedule gets easier after Week 5.

K: Randy Bullock (4.6% rostered ESPN/5% rostered Yahoo)

Bullock is the top projected ESPN kicker for Week 4 who is rostered less than 50% of leagues, is currently K3 through 3 games, and is on a very active offense. So far he only missed one field goal in Week 1, and that felt fluky. Should be a solid play against the Jacksonville JAGs.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Justin Jefferson (312,431 adds)
2. Denver Broncos DST (214,206 adds)
3. Rex Burkhead (206,310 adds)
4. Carlos Hyde (196,826 adds)
5. Los Angeles Rams DST (187,911 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Mike Davis (837% increase)
2. Myles Gaskin (47.1 increase)
3. Devonta Freeman (43.2% increase)
4. Jerick McKinnon (40.6% increase)
5. Rex Burkhead (39.1% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Younghoe Koo (86,024 drops)
2. Los Angeles Chargers DST (61,359 drops)
3. Cleveland Browns DST (41,554 drops)
4. Dion Lewis (40,267 drops)
5. Jason Myers (37,463 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Saquon Barkley (49.1% decrease)
2. Courtland Sutton (46.4% decrease)
3. Parris Campbell (41.8% decrease)
4. Benny Snell Jr. (39.7% decrease)
5. Tarik Cohen (31.5% decrease)

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