Fantasy Football: Early waiver wire pickups for Week 4


It’s never too early to think about your next matchup and the chance to bolster your fantasy football lineups. Here are two options to consider in posting a waiver before week 4.

Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (48 percent of participants)

Consider this your last challenge to Herbert, who not only replaced the wounded David Montgomery in week 3, but who absolutely SHOWED in the process.

Montgomery was ruled out early in the game with knee and ankle injuries, while Herbert – a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft – came in and took control of the game. Herbert eventually finished with a monster line: 20 carries, 157 yards and two touchdowns (he also caught two balls at 12 yards).

Running back Khalil Herbert #24 of the Chicago Bears has a growing value in the fantasy realm.
Try adding Khalil Herbert to fantasy leagues. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

It had long been suspected by certain segments of the football community that Herbert might actually be a better running back than Montgomery; his workout stats really sing compared to Monty’s. If the incumbent starter misses any period of time, we’re going to find out just how good Herbert really is as part of the Bears’ super-heavy offense. Herbert is likely to be the best pickup of the week – don’t leave him on the line.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (54% of participants)

While we usually always keep this column for players under 50 percent of the roster, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include Alexander Mattison, who may be available in one of every two leagues.

Dalvin Cook was ruled out against the Lions in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, an ailment that has plagued him throughout his career. Enter Mattison, one of fantasy football’s most valuable backup runners.

Mattison took over from Cook and ran for 28 yards seven times, throwing a hard touchdown.

There isn’t much to say here; we’ve already seen Mattison’s show and know how good he can be at full load. We’re not sure if Mattison will miss out on time or if he’ll be able to equip in Week Mattison should be well represented in the fantasy leagues.

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