Well another weekend of football is over as we head into Week 4 of the NFL season. Hopefully your fantasy squad is performing well, but with a few teams already having their bye weeks this week you may need a little waiver wire magic. Here’s a look at a few of my hidden gems for the week.
**Note the owning percentage is based off of ESPN Fantasy Leagues**
Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – Owned in 45% of leagues
You wouldn’t think it, but Taylor is proving himself to be a valuable fantasy quarterback. He’s now had back-to-back three touchdown games and proving why he beat out Cassel and E.J. Manuel for the starting gig. If he can duplicate his stellar performance against Miami like this past weekend – watch out.
Michael Vick – Pittsburgh Steelers – Owned in .6% of leagues
I wouldn’t necessarily start him this week in a rivalry match up against the Ravens (although history has proven that Steelers’ backup quarterbacks have performed modestly against Baltimore), but he should be on your radar. For anyone who drafted Big Ben he might be a worthwhile pick-up. After all he has control of a dynamic offense for the next month; he is bound to put up fantasy numbers during Ben’s absence.
DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers – Owned in 76% of leagues
With Le’Veon Bell back, his role has diminished significantly. However, with Ben’s injury and a tough AFC North match-up against the Ravens Thursday night, I’d expect the Steelers to focus on controlling the clock with their ground game as much as possible. Williams proved very capable the first two weeks filling in for the suspended Bell (led the NFL in rushing yards after Week 2) and with their star quarterback injured I’d expect Todd Haley and Co. to utilize their backfield tandem heavily and often.
Karlos Williams – Buffalo Bills – Owned in 24% of leagues
Didn’t I warn y’all last week? He got my vulture award last week and he has now produced a touchdown in each game this season. Even when Shady comes back 100% Williams has carved out a significant role for himself in this offense. He’ll look to spearhead the Bills ground game this week against the New York Giants.
Lance Dunbar – Dallas Cowboys – Owned in 13% of leagues
Dunbar is only a worthwhile flex play in PPR leagues and PPR leagues only (for now). He caught 10 passes for 100 yards this past weekend as Brandon Weeden seemed confident in him as a check down receiver. Going against a rather soft New Orleans defense should be an intriguing match-up for Dunbar, but be wary. Being a pass-catching running back can be feast or famine – just ask Shane Veeren owners.
Rishard Matthews – Miami Dolphins – Owned in 16% of leagues
I was waiting to see what Matthews did this past week before deciding to put him on my waiver wire wonder list and he did not disappoint. The Dolphins’ receiver now has back-to-back six catch, 100-yard games and has proven to be a reliable target for Ryan Tannenhill. He’s a legitimate WR2 option at this point, especially in PPR formats.
Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars – Owned in 5% of leagues
Interestingly enough Hurns is tied with Allen Robinson with a team-best eleven receptions. He’s more of a big-play threat than a consistent weapon like his teammate, but if you are hurting with New England or Tennessee’s bye weeks than he might be a worthwhile flex option for you. He’s going against a weak Indianapolis defense that is surrendering 27 points per game.
Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – Owned in 33% of leagues
He is proving to be a solid fill-in for the injured Pettigrew. He hasn’t exploded on the fantasy scene by any means, but he has been a consistent target in Detroit’s passing game. If you need a quick fix at tight end this week, Ebron wouldn’t be a bad fit.
**Keep an eye on, Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns (Owned in .3% of leagues) – he had six catches for 65-yards and score last week and seems to have good chemistry with both Cleveland quarterbacks. If he can continue to get good looks he could be an effective play at tight end as the season progresses.
As always good luck this week and let me know how your #waiverwirewonders work out!!