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Fantasy Football: Week 4 waiver wire targets

Every week the NFL gives us new twists and turns. And just like NFL teams, fantasy players must be nimble and ready for anything. Work the waiver wire, win more weeks; it's that simple.

Karlos Williams
Karlos Williams
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I can't recall a crazier FF week than what we just experienced. The theme of the week was TOUCHDOWNS...and I don't  mean one. I mean touchdownSSSS. Devonta Freeman, Joseph Randle, Randall Cobb, LeGarrette Blount and Jamaal Charles all had THREE touchdowns!! That's crazy time. I mention Devonta Freeman first, because he was listed in this article last week, and it illustrates the power of the waiver wire.  If you added Freeman last week and started him, you won the week. Period.

Now let's get to our Week 4 waiver wire picks. These are based on matchups, injuries, and opportunities.

Karlos Williams, RB, BUF

Williams started his career as a LB at Florida State, which shouldn't surprise any of us when you watch him run.  There aren't too many humans on this planet that can run a 4.48 forty time at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds..He has scored a TD in his first three NFL games, and Shady McCoy is still suffering from his hamstring injury. If Shady keeps playing, Williams is a good FLEX play.  If they gave him a few weeks to fully heal, Karlos is an RB1.

Derek Carr, QB, OAK

When is the last time a QB for Oakland was a good FF asset? The youth movement going on in Oak town looks like the real deal, and Carr gets the hapless Bears defense this week.  With Amari "the truth" Cooper and a revitalized Michael Crabtree, Carr appears like a season long QB streamer that will have a handful of QB1 weeks.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, ATL

I have always loved Roddy White as a player.  Tough, ex-wrestler, and a massive FF asset during his prime. Those days are gone. Roddy just went two weeks in a row without a catch. OUCH. Hankerson has been a polarizing prospect for years, but looks to finally have the opportunity to become a solid Robin to Julio's Batman.

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA

Beast Mode hasn't had a good start to the year, and is now injured.  Fred Jackson was brought in as an insurance policy, but it was Rawls who got the most touches in relief against Da Bears on Sunday, and proceeded to turn 16 touches into 104 yards. The rookie is built like Lynch, and a decade plus younger than Jackson. If Lynch misses time, SEA will implement a timeshare, but Rawls is the upside play here.

Antonio Gates, TE, SD

Gates comes off of suspension after Week 4 ends, but if you want him, you should grab him this week. Ladarius Green has had two concussions in two weeks, and is underperforming to boot.  I fully believe that Rivers will show respect to his future HOF TE by peppering him with targets upon his return. Gates athletically is a shell of his former self, but he's like that older guy at pickup basketball that nobody can cover near the end zone. If you've been streaming mediocre TEs, then Gates is a fantastic top 10 TE play from Week 5 on.