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Week 4 waiver-wire pickups and fantasy targets

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Sep 26, 2017

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CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals jumps over Eddie Pleasant #35 of the Houston Texans during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on September 14, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

It isn’t a standout week on the waiver wire, but there’s plenty of depth to scoop up. This is the time of year to keep cycling your bench and stashing high-upside players. Don’t waste your bench spots on low-ceiling underperformers or backup team defenses. There’s no value in that sort of strategy. Instead use your bench spots wisely with high ceiling options.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parenthesis.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow Leagues (8-10 teams)


Deshaun Watson, HST (10-15%) — Watson took advantage of a soft matchup this past week, but he still offers plenty of upside going forward thanks to his dual-threat ability.

Running back

Joe Mixon, CIN (50-75%) — Don’t miss your window on Mixon. The Bengals fed him 21 touches in Week 3 and is poised for a big game against the Browns this week.

Wide receiver

Marqise Lee, JAX (15-30%) — Despite Allen Hurns finding the end zone in each of the last two weeks, Lee is still dominating the target share in Jacksonville.

Sterling Shepard, NYG (10-20%) — The Giants offense showed signs of life in Week 3 and Shepard flashed major upside with 100-plus receiving yards and a score.

Brandon Marshall, NYG (10-20%) — Marshall didn’t have a massive game in Week 3, but he did rack up double-digit targets.

Tight end

Jared Cook, OAK (7-10%) — With 13 receptions through the first three games, Cooks is proving to be a consistent option at tight end this season.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


Eli Manning, NYG (5-8%) — Was Week 3 a sign of things to come for the Giants offense or an indictment of the Eagles secondary? Perhaps a bit of both, and Manning should be scooped up.

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