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Popular fantasy football waiver wire targets to avoid ahead of Week 4

Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell (32) wraps up Arizona Cardinals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Blowing big money on the wrong players during fantasy football waiver wire bidding is the fastest way to finish dead last. Not only do you ad players who won’t help your team, but you also waste valuable dollars that could be spent more efficiently elsewhere.


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It's important to aggressively add preferred targets, of course. (Here are my Week 4 waiver-wire targets.)

The following players are all garnering buzz on the Week 4 waiver wire, but their long-term outlook is not worth chasing. These players are more likely to be dropped after Week 4 than become fantasy-relevant.

A.J. GREEN, ARIZONA CARDINALS

Deciphering the Arizona Cardinals wide receiving corps has been no easy task this season because of how flat the target share has been. 

Cardinals pass-catcher usage in 2021
Player Routes run per dropback rate Target share Target rate per route run
Rondale Moore 44% 14% 29%
Chase Edmonds 66% 16% 22%
Christian Kirk 70% 16% 20%
A.J. Green 86% 17% 18%
Maxx Williams 55% 10% 17%
DeAndre Hopkins 97% 17% 16%

It’s stunning how little Hopkins has been featured to start the year, but his Week 3 dud was likely related to health: Hopkins was dealing with a rib injury and finished with only 3.6 fantasy points. 

The fact that Green happened to post his best stat line — 112 receiving yards, 76.6 PFF receiving grade — with Hopkins banged up suggests this is more likely an anomaly than an emerging trend for the 33-year old. 

Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk are both being targeted at a higher rate and have shown they can co-exist with a healthy Hopkins.

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Considering Green has the lowest PFF receiving grade out of the group (66.5), he’s not worth scooping up. He will have a much tougher time putting up numbers against the Los Angeles Rams secondary in Week 4 than he did against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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