Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4

Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
September 25, 2018 - 12:33 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues as Week 4 in the NFL is upon us.

1. Calvin Ridley (WR, Atlanta Falcons) – Ridley has totaled a combined 11 catches for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the last two weeks. It's clear that he's taking advantage of single coverage while Julio Jones fights off double teams and has seen 13 targets in that span. There are several key starters injured for the Falcons' defense, which means we can expect Atlanta to be in a lot of shootouts, which bodes well for Ridley's fantasy prospects. 

2. Tyler Boyd, (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) –  Boyd continues to impress, averaging seven targets per game and becoming the clear No. 2 receiver behind A.J. Green, who went down with an injury Sunday. If Green doesn't play next week, that would make Boyd even more attractive as Andy Dalton's top passing target. With back-to-back six-reception games and two scores, Boyd should be owned everywhere. 

3. Mike Williams, (WR, Los Angeles Chargers) –  Many of us were ready for the Hunter Henry breakout, but instead we're seeing Mike Williams flourish with additional opportunities. He's third on the team in targets with 15 and leads the way with three receiving touchdowns. Williams will continue to see plenty of targets in a high-powered passing attack and a lot of red-zone work as the only big-bodied receiver other than Antonio Gates.

4. Chris Godwin, (WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Godwin is quietly second on the team in targets, with only Mike Evans having more. He saw 10 targets on his way to a 74-yard, one-touchdown Monday evening, with another 56-yard score called back. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to look Godwin's way often, especially in the red zone. We'll see what happens with Jameis Winston due back next Sunday, but one way or the other, Godwin is too good to not stay heavily involved in this offense.

5. Antonio Callaway, (WR, Cleveland Browns) – Callaway played 90 percent of the snaps and saw 10 targets last Thursday. With Baker Mayfield at the helm, the Browns' offense is receiving an injection of life, and Callway will be a direct beneficiary as a top-two receiver in it. I'm a big fan of Mayfield and therefore a big fan of his passing weapons, and Callaway has buckets of talent. 

6. Javorius Allen, (RB, Baltimore Ravens) –  Allen isn't going to score a touchdown every week, even though it seems like it with four touchdowns in three games, but his receptions and targets will keep him in the mix as a viable RB3 in PPR formats. He has seen 17 targets over the first three games and will be a factor in games whether Baltimore is leading or behind. If you're in need of a running back, Allen is your guy with what's left on waivers.

7. Marlon Mack, (RB, Indianapolis Colts) – Mack has been dropped in a lot of leagues due to his lingering hamstring injury and his mediocre performance in the one game he did suit up. That being said, no one has seized control of this backfield, and Mack still has the highest ceiling. If you can scoop him up now and hold him, I'd do so. There aren't many running backs you can snag at the moment who have the opportunity to lead their team in rushing without an injury occurring. Mack provides that upside.

8. Duke Johnson (RB, Cleveland Browns) – Johnson is in a similar boat to Mack. He's been dropped in a lot of leagues due to his limited work and production over the first three weeks, but with Mayfield starting now, he breathes life into Johnson's fantasy value. It's not much, but Johnson had his best game of the year with Mayfield under center last Thursday. Add him and see how its shakes out with Mayfield under center. The entire Browns offense is on the rise.

9. Geronimo Allison (WR, Green Bay Packers) – Allison is averaging six targets per game, and those are important and efficient targets when coming from Aaron Rodgers. Allison caught just two balls Sunday, but they went for 76 yards and a touchdown. He has two touchdowns this year and is averaging about four receptions and 70 yards receiving while playing 75 percent of the snaps. Pick him up already.

10. Christian Kirk, (WR, Arizona Cardinals) –  Josh Rosen has been named the starting quarterback, and we have to hope the Arizona offense sees an uptick in production. The Sam Bradford-led Cardinals were atrocious, and Rosen came in with four minutes to go Sunday. Kirk came out of that game seeing eight targets, catching seven of them for 90 yards, all of which were team-highs. The Cardinals are in need of someone to take the pressure off of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, and Kirk can do that.

Just missed: Ito Smith, Chris Ivory, C.J. Anderson, DeVante Parker, Taylor Gabriel, James Washington, Rashard Higgins, Cameron Meredith and Dallas Goedert.

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​