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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 4: Last call on Khalil Herbert and other top pickups

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If your lists are filled with little red O’s, Q’s, and IR’s after week 3… well, you’re definitely not alone. It was a tough weekend. We can’t promise to fix all your fantasies, but we can suggest a few potentially helpful additions ahead of Week 4. Below you’ll find a collection of approved pickups, all available in at least 50 percent of Sportzshala’s leagues. Let’s start with the running back, who, frankly, should have been picked up a few weeks ago…

Priority adds when running backwards

Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears (with 50%)

If Herbert stays in your league, it’s time to finally fix this oversight. He took up a position behind Chicago lines after David Montgomery got injured on Sunday and almost immediately found the end zone:

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It was the first and perhaps the most impressive of Herbert’s two touchdowns against the Texans. He finished with 157 yards on 20 carries. Last season, during the four games that Montgomery was on the sidelines, Herbert averaged 97 rushing yards and 22 touches per week. There is no doubt about his ability to act on a fantasy level despite the grim state of the Bears’ attack. Herbert deserves a significant role, even when Montgomery is in full health.

Recommended opt-out offer on a $100 budget: Officially $31. But if you have an urgent need, be aggressive.

Samage Perine, Cincinnati Bengals (6%)

Joe Mixon again was ineffective on Sunday (12-24-0) and he raised an ankle problem, resulting in a larger-than-expected dose of Perin, who gained 61 yards on 11 touchdowns. Cincinnati will have a fast and scary turn this week as the team faces Miami on Thursday night, so any lingering issue for Mixon is worrying (although the ankle should not be a major concern). Perine is likely to share duties in the background to some extent; we already know he is a capable receiver and a determined no-frills runner. He’s back on the radar, deserving of the league’s close attention.

Offer: $6

Other runners to add: Tyler Allgaier (he poses no threat to the 31-year-old Cordarrell Patterson at the moment, but he sees the regular touches as a rotational backward movement), Justice Hill (in the long-awaited return of J.K. Dobbins, Hill actually outplayed him 29-26; moreover, just look at this ridiculous piece of running), Rex Burkhead (he’s not the most dynamic ball player you’ve ever seen, but Dameon Piercerecent ball safety issues should keep the vet on the lookout), JD McKissick (in the last two weeks he has 13 catches on 16 targets), Craig Reynolds (you probably can’t add Jamal Williamsbut Reynolds is certainly available and will probably work for a while D’Andre Swift is out of the game due to a shoulder injury).

Wide receivers on the wire

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers (26%)

After an unusually tumultuous pre-season, Doubs rotated as host to Green Bay to open the year. His snaps were few in the first two weeks of the season – 35 in the first game, then 25 against the Bears – but at least he participated.

However, at week 3 Christian Watson as well as Sammy Watkins both injured and inactive, Dobes’ services were sorely needed, and the rookie produced a nearly flawless performance. He caught all eight of his targets for 73 yards, including an early hit:

It was like a breakthrough of sorts that could change the receiving hierarchy for the Packers. Daubs rarely left the field against Tampa, playing 55 of 62 offensive snaps. The rookie has sticky hands and is tied to the quarterback with high accuracy, so his situation is close to ideal. Goals won’t be a problem if he continues to perform the same as on Sunday. It’s hard to believe that no somebody in every fantasy league, who should take a rookie flier.

Offer: $16

George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers (40%)

If you were unhappy with the level of Pickens’ fantasy production in the early weeks, that’s understandable. Just please don’t question his receiving abilities:

Pickens drew seven goals of the season Thursday night, scoring three for 39 yards and delivering the catch of the year. He combines size and speed and rarely leaves the field for Pittsburgh, having played more than 70% of the team’s offensive snaps in each of the first three weeks. At some point, the breakout game is about to start. We may need Steelers to finally switch to Kenny Pickett in QB to unlock Pickens, but the rookie’s talent and potential is clear.

Offer: $13

Isaiah McKenzie, Buffalo Bills (42%)

With the exception of everything that was out of bounds (which may not have been an easy task) at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, McKenzie excelled in the Miami heat. He caught seven balls for 76 yards and one TD with nine chances. We were expecting a significant target from slot receiver Buffalo; now that it’s happened, he really needs to move up a few more leagues. Investing in Bills’ crime seems like a worthy idea.

Offer: $11

Isaiah McKenzie has many fantasy advantages as he is a key figure in the Buffalo Bills' walkthrough.  (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Isaiah McKenzie has many fantasy advantages, which are a key part of the Buffalo Bills passing game. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Zay Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars (11%)

We’ve all had jokes about Jacksonville’s wide receiver spending decisions during free agency days, but the early results were excellent. Jones hit 10 of 11 targets in Sunday’s playoff win over the Chargers, including a 14-yard goal. The Jaguars are averaging 28.0 points and 375.7 yards per game, so this is an offense that can support several fantasy weapons. Trevor Lawrence made exactly the leap we should have expected from a real coaching staff. Jones should be considered a respectable PPR option going forward; when goodbye is hit, he is likely to be considered a solid starter.

Additional wide receivers to consider: Mack Hollins (we already have three games in his season and he’s already hit a record high in receiving yards; in theory he’s no more than a 4th option, but he’s seen 18 targets in the last two weeks) Michael Gallup (we appear to be very close to seeing him debut in 2022 and it won’t take him long to re-establish himself as a clear second welcome option in Dallas) Van’Dale Robinson (well worth picking up after Sterling Shepherd’s knee injury on Monday night; New York clearly had big plans for the rookie going into the season) Russell Gage (he ends a 12-shot heroic game battling injury, but he has almost no chance of seeing that kind of workload when Tampa’s full receiving corps is healthy and active) Greg Dortch (he caught 20 balls in three games, and Arizona continues to deal with injury and suspension problems at the receiver).

And a small batch of serviceable ends: Jelani Woods (the giant rookie rarely appears on the field, but on Sunday he scored twice from his 16 snaps), Evan Engram (touchdown was wiped out repeat review blatant replay to win over the Chargers), Robert Tonyan (Total yards so far has been abysmal, but he did see seven on Sunday against the Bucks) Logan Thomas (yes, he was a notable underdog in week 3, but he’s a talented wide receiver who plays two-thirds of the snaps for Washington).

Stream or stash quarterbacks

Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (22%)

Well, of course, Mariota turns the ball at an unacceptable speed, and at some point he may lose the starting position to the third round rookie. But if we can put those questions aside for a moment, let’s try to focus on the positive aspects of Mariota’s profile. He’s a guy who can quit Drake London as well as Kyle Pitts, which is nice. He is also a double threat QB who rushed for 92 yards and scored a couple of points in his three games. Atlanta is heading home to face Cleveland’s perfectly average defense that doesn’t draw conclusions, so the upcoming game shouldn’t scare you. Mariota is a reasonable streaming option for those who can’t single out a single QB for an entire season.

Offer: $4

Also on the approved QB list: Jared Goff. (he averages 250 and 2 TDs every week and hasn’t had a flop yet, and Seattle is next) Geno Smith (Hey, he’s a guy who can quit DK Metcalfe as well as Tyler Lockett), Matt Ryan (if you feel like it’s the same QB scam gallery here every week… well, you’re not wrong).

For those who protect streaming

Miami Dolphins (15%)

The undefeated Dolphins did pretty well against the Bills on Sunday, all things considered (with a huge helping hand in the scorching heat in Miami). That defense gets a tough job in Cincinnati on Thursday night, but they’re up against a quarterback who’s been fired 15 times. Joe Burrow is a side player, but he also puts the ball at risk as much as any top-level QB. Miami has a decent chance of three or more sacks with a turnover or two.

Offer: $2

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