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Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Each week throughout the 2017 season PDW will be posting a list of those players worth targeting on your weekly waiver wire. These lists will be made up from PDW contributors as well as fantasy partner content. Please check back weekly for the hot pickups. 

This week’s Waiver Wire Targets courtesy of our friends at numberFire.

J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals

ESPN Ownership: 55%

Yahoo Ownership: 79%

After catching 5 of 7 targets for 120 yards and his second touchdown of the season in Week 2, J.J. Nelson was one of last week’s most-added players. However, he is still owned in barely over half of ESPN leagues (though his Yahoo ownership is much higher).

Obviously, Nelson hasn’t yet played in Week 3, making this a liquid situation, but with John Brown missing two straight weeks of practice, it would appear Nelson will continue to have a chance to shine for the Arizona Cardinals for the foreseeable future. With David Johnson also out, the Cardinals are starved for playmakers alongside Larry Fitzgerald, so Nelson can be a key cog for the foreseeable future.

After a Week 3 Monday Night Football clash against the Dallas Cowboys, Nelson gets two straight plus-matchups against a San Francisco 49ers team that gave up 41 points to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3 and a Philadelphia Eagles defense that just gave up three passing touchdowns to the previously with-a-pulse New York Giants‘ offense.

Nelson has a chance to be a fantasy starter for the next few weeks, and he may carve out a regular role for himself if he continues to thrive. He should be owned in all leagues.

Cincinnati Bengals D/ST

ESPN Ownership: 58%

Yahoo Ownership: 19%

The Cincinnati D/ST didn’t put up big fantasy totals in the first two weeks, but they were set up for failure by the inept play of Cincy’s offense, which kept them on the field too much, often times in poor field position. However, Cincy’s D is a talented unit, something they displayed in Week 3, when they made life tough for Aaron Rodgers for most of the first half.

Things should be much easier for the Bengals in the immediate future. Their defense profiles as a top-notch option for both of the next two weeks. In Week 4, they will be a streaming delight as they face the Cleveland Browns, and in Week 5, they’ll get a home matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

ESPN Ownership: 42%

Yahoo Ownership: 76%

Chris Carson broke out as the clear starter for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2, out-snapping Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, logging 50 snaps to their combined 33. He also out-touched them 21 to 7, finishing with 100 scrimmage yards.

In Week 3, he was again the clear lead back, gaining 52 yards and a touchdown on 13 touches, while Prosise handled 7 touches and Rawls didn’t see a single look.

Carson gets back-to-back advantageous matchups in Week 4 and Week 5, as Seattle will take on the Indianapolis Colts and Rams, making Carson a flex-worthy option in most leagues. He should be owned in all leagues.

Branden Oliver, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

ESPN Ownership: 0.3%

Yahoo Ownership: 2%

With Melvin Gordon getting banged up in Week 3, Branden Oliver becomes a name to monitor.

Gordon exited the Los Angeles Chargers‘ Week 3 game with a knee ailment, although he did return. But Gordon entered the game with a questionable tag due to a knee injury, so clearly something isn’t right with him.

The Chargers’ unquestioned lead back, Gordon has accounted for 44 of the team’s 62 rushing attempts, with Oliver getting 15 carries while no other player has more than 1. So, if Gordon ends up on the shelf for any amount of time, it would appear that Oliver would step into a huge role.

Oliver isn’t a priority add as of now, because it looks like Gordon escaped serious injury, but he could be a must-add later this week if we get some bad news regarding Gordon’s knee.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks

ESPN Ownership: 34%

Yahoo Ownership: 41%

After catching 6 of 9 targets for 64 yards in Week 2, it was a bit disappointing to see just 3 targets head Tyler Lockett‘s way in Week 3. Russell Wilson was locked in on Doug Baldwin, feeding him 15 targets. However, Baldwin was forced to exit in the fourth quarter due to a groin injury, and that held him out for the remainder of the game.

If Baldwin were to miss any time, a huge market share of targets would be opened up. Lockett would presumably receive a crack at more volume, and it couldn’t come at a better time than in a Week 4 matchup against the Colts.

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