Last week’s edition of the Early Waiver Wire was a banger, as we highlighted Zack Moss, Tank Dell, and Jayden Reed. Hopefully, you listened, and you won’t be forced to engage in a league-wide battle for Dell, who looks like a possible league-winner. However, we may have another league-winner on our hands with the electric De’Von Achane, who put up half a hundred fantasy points on Sunday.
The waiver wire continues to be strong, and Week 4 will be no different.
FIRST CHECK: Jaylen Warren (56% rostered), Roschon Johnson (48%), Tutu Atwell (60%), Rashid Shaheed (48%), Romeo Doubs (41%), Matthew Stafford (55%)
TANK DELL, WR, HOUSTON TEXANS (31% ROSTERED)
Why the hell is Tank Dell still available in 69% of leagues!? We’ve highlighted him numerous times over the last few weeks and even wrote about him again on Friday afternoon. Now, it’s no guarantee that Dell will be available for you to bolster your receiver corps. On Sunday, Dell caught five of his seven targets for 145 yards and a score and he is now CJ Stroud’s no-brainer WR1. Blow your FAAB on this stud because he’ll be worth every penny.
DE’VON ACHANE, RB, MIAMI DOLPHINS (41%)
The rookie running back broke the slate on Sunday by posting over 50 fantasy points. He registered an absurd 212 rushing yards on 18 carries and 30 receiving yards on four receptions. Oh, and he scored four times. De’Von Archane proved he’s more than just a speedy gadget player and is an actual baller with contact balance and vision. Achane is fully healthy after dealing with a shoulder injury, and Mike McDaniel will find ways to utilize this weapon. Spend all the FAAB on Achane.
TYJAE SPEARS, RB, TENNESSEE TITANS (24%)
Derrick Henry is about to fall off the cliff, and it’s time to stash Tyjae Spears. The rookie running back out-snapped Henry 27 to 17 in the Titans loss to the Browns. Yes, it was due to the score and game flow, but it’s intriguing that he still had significant snaps on early downs and short yardage.
Spears did not impact the game with only eight total touches, but the snapshare is eye-opening.
JAYDEN REED, WR, GREEN BAY PACKERS (21%)
Rookie wideout Jayden Reed continues to command targets with Christian Watson out of the lineup with a hamstring injury. Although he hasn’t broken out from a reception standpoint quite yet, he’s seen 15 targets over the last two games and put up a career-high 63 yards on three receptions this week. It’s clear he’s developed a rapport with Jordan Love. As long as Watson is sidelined, Reed has startability.
JOSHUA PALMER, WR, LA CHARGERS (2%)
QUENTIN JOHNSTON, WR, LA CHARGERS (31%)
The annual Mike Williams injury occurred on Sunday afternoon amid a shootout with the Vikings. Williams put together a great game until he suffered a potentially significant left knee injury that required him to leave the stadium on a cart with his knee in a brace. The team said he will undergo an MRI on Monday.
Old friend Joshua Palmer saw seven targets in his place and caught four for 66 yards and a touchdown. However, we know what Palmer brings (and doesn’t bring), to the table. On the flip side, first-round rookie Quentin Johnston added two receptions for 10 yards on three targets and could bring a similar skill set to the Chargers’ offense. Both receivers are viable options if you can’t get your hands on Dell. However, Johnston has more upside than the veteran wideout.
MARVIN MIMS, WR, DENVER BRONCOS (27%)
All Marvin Mims does is make plays, but he never touches the field. Even in the blowout, Mims played roughly 25 percent of the snaps but was targeted on nearly half of his routes. In return, he registered 73 yards on three receptions and scored on a 99-yard kick return. Mims is a certified electric factory, yet Sean Payton does not want to utilize this weapon right now. He’s a solid bench stash for the time being.
CJ STROUD, QB, HOUSTON TEXANS (20%)
It’s not often that fantasy managers can find a borderline QB1 off the waiver wire, but here we are with rookie CJ Stroud. The former Buckeye currently sits at QB13 overall after back-to-back 20-point games. At 17.2 fantasy points per game, he’s above the likes of Geno Smith, Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones, and Dak Prescott. The Texans have full confidence in Stroud, and they’re letting him rip it on a weekly basis.