2021 Season: A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 3 Moves for Week 4

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor

Okay. Now we have some results to work with.

Week 2 was rough for most of the recommendations I made two weeks ago. Things started well with Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continuing his top-12 season with a good performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Everything else though was an epic failure, aside from the Green Bay Packers, who finished as DST13 with six fantasy points. I am calling that one a push, as DST scoring varies wildly, and a borderline top-12 team per FantasyData could finish inside the top-12 in some leagues. No passes anywhere else though. Week 3 should be better, other than continuing to ride Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet.

Anyway, you know the drill. These are waiver adds to make now for next week's games. Their Week 3 outlook has no impact on these recommendations.

A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 3 Moves for Week 4

Bye Weeks: None

Week 2 Successes: QB11 Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos)

Week 2 Failures: RB55 Giovani Bernard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), WR117 Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cleveland Browns), TE57 Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears), K15 Evan McPherson (Cincinnati Bengals)

Week 2 Pushes: DST13 Green Bay Packers

Record: 1-4-1


Key Matchup: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets (Sunday 1 pm)

Who to add: Zach Wilson (New York Jets) [11.3% ESPN/12% Yahoo]

After last week, nobody is dying to roster Zach Wilson. With only 2.3 fantasy football points scored and four interceptions against the New England Patriots, it is easy to see why. However, in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans, the rookie quarterback should have a chance to bounce back. First, only the Atlanta Falcons currently have allowed more fantasy football points to the quarterback position. Second, Week 2 was always going to be rough for Wilson. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is 21-6 vs rookie quarterbacks. Just last year, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback had the worst performance of his NFL career against Belichick in Los Angeles. Buy the dip on Wilson if you need a streaming quarterback in Week 4.

Running Back (PPR)

Key Matchups: Detriot Lions at Chicago Bears (Sunday 1 pm)

Who to add: Damien Williams (Chicago Bears) [16.1 ESPN/7% Yahoo]

Full disclosure, this was really hard. There are only so many running backs currently viable for fantasy football. Most that are viable are currently on rosters. So full disclosure, there is a real chance that this pick misses. However, there are some reasons why it will not.

It basically boils down to the fact that Damien Williams is the clear backup to running back David Montgomery. So in case there is an injury to Montgomery, you will have the handcuff already on your roster. This is good because the Chicago Bears running backs have an excellent matchup in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions. Even if Montgomery stays healthy (which he should), Williams's 33.5% snap share and 12.7% target share could be enough to make him a valuable FLEX.

Wide Receiver (PPR)

Key Matchups: Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (Sunday 1 pm)

Who to add: Quintez Cephus (Detroit Lions) [4.2%ESPN/14% Yahoo]

Top-four Week 4 matchup. Currently a top-36 fantasy football wide receiver. Leads his team's wide receivers in targets. Averages 14.2 PPR fantasy football points per game and has yet to have a game with less than 12.2 PPR fantasy football points. What is there not to like about Detroit Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus? The fact that he plays for the Detroit Lions and that Jared Goff is his quarterback? Probably will not matter with a matchup this good unless the Lions somehow end up in a positive game script for most of the game. You should already be rostering Cephus if you have room, but you will definitely want him for Week 4.

Tight End (PPR)

Key Matchups: Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers (Sunday 4:25 pm)

Who to add: Pat Freiermuth (Pittsburgh Steelers) [4.7% ESPN/7% Yahoo]

Pat Freiermuth was already my waiver recommendation earlier in the week due to his draft capital and increased usage. Add in the great matchup he will have when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Week 4, and he should definitely be on your roster. Given the mess tight end has been this year, it will pay to be early on a tight end that could be top-12 as the season progresses. Freiermuth has that potential.

Defense/Special Teams

Key Matchups: New York Giants at New Orleans Saints (Sunday 1 pm)

Who to add: New York Giants DST [7.6% ESPN/6% Yahoo]

Are the New York Giants an elite defense? No. Are they playing a quarterback that threw two interceptions and just over 110 passing yards in Week 2? Yes, they are. Betting against Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints is definitely a boom or bust proposition. This is a team that absolutely dominated in Week 1 and was equally dominated in Week 2. However, if you need a streaming defense, why not take the chance?


Key Matchups: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets (Sunday 1 pm)

Who to add: Randy Bullock (Tennessee Titans)

Randy Bullock finished as the number two kicker in fantasy football last week. This was a huge relief to Tennessee Titans fans, who just the week before watched Michael Badgley struggle. Bullock's job is likely safe for now, and he did dominate over three weeks last season. Combine all those factors with a likely offensive shootout against the New York Jets, and you have a very streamable kicker.

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