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Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Thankfully Week 3 had fewer major injuries to big names, but there were still a few. The Dennis Pitta injury for Baltimore is unfortunate and will open the door for Owen Daniels to see more looks. Going into Week 4 here’s a look at some players to target on the Waiver Wire.

Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington Redskins)

This week’s list features several repeats, but that’s largely because they’re still available in many leagues. Cousins is the first of the repeats. He had a good first full outing of 2014 for the Redskins in Week 3 as he was 30-of-48 for 427 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Cousins and the ‘Skins will face a suspect Giants defense in Week 4, so he could have another solid week.

Donald Brown (RB, Sand Diego Chargers)

Another repeat, Brown is a must add at this point. With Ryan Mathews out and now Danny Woodhead injured, Brown will see a lot of work in the coming weeks. In Week 3 he had a whopping 31 carries and 5 receptions. His YPC wasn’t so good, but he’s going to get the volume that should lead to good numbers. He’s still available in many leagues and is a very nice add and start for Week 4.

Lorenzo Taliaferro (RB, Baltimore Ravens)

With Bernard Pierce out, the rookie got extra work along with Justin Forsett in Week 3. Forsett is a journeyman that can do a serviceable job, but Taliaferro is the player with greater upside. He could be earning his way into an expanded role after putting up a solid performance in Week 3. He’s a nice add with upside down the stretch.

Khiry Robinson (RB, New Orleans Saints)

Though he didn’t have a particularly good day, Robinson saw the majority of the carries with Mark Ingram out. In fact, he had more carries in Week 3 than he had in the first two weeks combined. Obviously, Pierre Thomas will be the bigger threat as a receiver out of the backfield and possibly in goal line situations, but Robinson’s role is expanding. He has some upside as long as he’s getting the carries. At least until Ingram returns.

Jordan Matthews (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)

Matthews had 8 catches on 9 targets for 59 yards and 2 touchdowns in a breakout Week 3 performance. Matthews is showing that he has the skills for an expanded role in the offense, and he could very likely surpass Riley Cooper as the team’s #2 wideout. He’ll have bumps along the way, but by season’s end Matthews could be one of the top rookie receivers in the NFL. He’s available in just about all leagues at this point, and could be a nice pick up.

Andrew Hawkins (WR, Cleveland Browns)

The void left by Josh Gordon’s suspension needs to be filled, and it looks like Baby Hawk is up to the task. In Week 3 he had 7 receptions on 10 targets for 87 yards. He hasn’t found the endzone yet in 2014, but he’s certainly getting the lion’s share of targets. With the volume he’s seeing it’s only a matter of time before the touchdowns start showing up.

Allen Robinson (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars)

Robinson had 7 catches on 10 targets for 79 yards in Week 3. It’s nice to see Robinson get significant targets in his starting opportunity opposite Cecil Shorts. He’s going to be competing for the starting job with fellow rookie Marquis Lee, so don’t expect him to see 10 targets each week. But, he could be a factor and is worth considering.

Eddie Royal (WR, San Diego Chargers)

Royal had 4 catches on 6 targets for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns in Week 3. It’s nice to see him getting involved after a slow start. While he’s not going to see the endzone every week, he’s worth consideration. At the very least, he’s worth stashing for a rainy day.

Owen Daniels (TE, Baltimore Ravens)

With Dennis Pitta out for the season Daniels is going to see an expanded role in the Ravens offense. He didn’t do much in Week 3, but he did put up a solid Week 2 performance in terms of fantasy production. Going forward he could be a Top 10 TE option.



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