I’m admittedly struggling to muster the will to write about football right now. Not only are our beloved New York Giants 0-3, but my Montauk fantasy team is also winless. But like the Giants, my roster is showing signs of life, and the season is still young. And also like the Giants, the work is never done! On to Week 4 waiver adds that can bring hope and optimism to your fantasy squad.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, CLE
I never bought into the Isaiah Crowell early round draft pick hype, and that’s looking sharp so far. Cleveland habitually plays from behind, and Johnson is emerging as a top passing down back in the NFL. The Browns seem to finally realize that, and are creatively using Johnson all over the field. A PPR RB2 is still available in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Wendell Smallwood, RB, PHI
Darren Sproles is one of my favorite non-Giants players ever, and we may have seen his last NFL snap on Sunday. In his place, the Eagles will run with a RBBC, and I think Smallwood is the upside play. LeGarrette Blount looks slow and bored, and Smallwood should soak up the majority of the passing down work, which is a high percentage of their uptempo offense under Doug Pederson.
Geronimo Allison, WR, GB
The crapshoot here is Randall Cobb’s health, as we don’t know how many more games he will miss. But as we saw yesterday and in years past, the WR3 for Aaron Rodgers is always worth rostering in fantasy, especially on the cheap with an unknown like Allison. He’s flashed in the past, and if Cobb is out for an extended period of time, Geronimooooooooo.
Vernon Davis, TE, WAS
I don’t believe in handcuffing in most situations, but if you own Jordan Reed, you drafted him in Round 4 or 5. You insure upside picks with an injury history at that cost, and Davis always produces when given the chance. Own them both and start whoever starts. Simple.
Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU
The trust isn’t there yet, but one cannot ignore a rookie walking into Gillette Stadium and nearly taking down the evil empire. Watson has a lot of room to grow as a passer, but his running ability and competitiveness make him an intriguing fantasy QB. If you’re a streamer, and always looking for cheap options with good matchups, Watson may just be your man.