Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4

Wayne Gallman and Phillip Dorsett are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
September 23, 2019 - 8:11 pm

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy leagues for Week 4 of the NFL season.

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1. Wayne Gallman (RB, New York Giants) – Giants starter Saquon Barkley exited with a high ankle sprain Sunday. It’s an unfortunate injury that is expected to keep him out four to eight weeks, with the longer timeline more likely. So in steps Gallman, who saw 100 percent of the running back snaps after Barkley left. Gallman is stepping in at the right time, as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones just gave the organization and his teammates hope after pulling off an improbable comeback win against the Buccaneers.

2. Phillip Dorsett (WR, New England Patriots) – With Antonio Brown gone, Dorsett moves back into the third receiver role in the Patriots' offense. Without a tight end of consequence, that role is more valuable than in years past. That has been evident in the team's two games without Brown this season, as Dorsett played on at least 87 percent of the snaps and saw 11 targets, which he turned into 10 catches for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Dorsett isn't going to keep up that pace, but he’s a nice WR3 with big-play upside moving forward. Also, Julian Edelman is nursing sore ribs. 

3. Darrel Williams (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) – It's unclear how long starter Damien Williams' knee injury will keep him out. That means Darrel Williams is a nice addition, given his usage with LeSean McCoy active. While McCoy scored two touchdowns Sunday, Williams led the backfield in snaps (54 percent), touches (14) and yardage (109). Darrel Williams will be involved as long as Damien Williams is out, and if he continues with his recent performances, he could unseat Damien Williams, who has been less than efficient in his fair share of opportunities. I’d have Darrel Williams at No. 2 on this list if we knew more about Damien Williams' injury heading into Week 4.

4. DJ Chark (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) –  Just add this Chark already! Drafted in the second round, he has shown off his ability with multiple quarterbacks throwing to him. Chark has no fewer than four catches and 55 yards in each of his three games this season and has a touchdown in all three as well. Chark has played at least 70 percent of the snaps, and he’s making an impact at all levels of the field as Gardner Minshew continues to look his way. 

5. Rex Burkhead (RB, New England Patriots) – Quietly, Burkhead is second on the Patriots with 37 touches through three weeks. He had 17 touches as his snap share bumped to more than 70 percent Sunday as James White the game. White will be back, but Burkhead will be involved in the offense regardless. He has outperformed Sony Michel, and his versatility provides the offense a nice balance. I’m stashing Burkhead, because you can throw him in as a flex play through the bye weeks and he has significant upside if anything were to happen to White or Michel.

6. Mecole Hardman (WR, Kansas City Chiefs) – It's the same story with Hardman as it was last week. He’s playing in the NFL’s most explosive offense, Tyreek Hill is still injured and Hardman is playing at least two-thirds of the snaps weekly. He’s a big play waiting to happen and scored on a long touchdown again Sunday. Although he caught only two balls, he saw five targets and needs to be owned, especially with bye weeks starting.

7. Golden Tate (WR, New York Giants) – Now would be the time to add Tate, as there's life in the Giants' offense with Jones taking over. Tate will remain suspended through Week 4, but if you wait to add him next week, you’ll likely have to pay a lot more than you would now. Tate is a playmaker who's usually good for racking up receptions, and the Giants made it a priority to add him in the offseason. A player of Tate’s ilk is going to have plenty of opportunity in this offense, especially with Barkley out.

8. Ronald Jones (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – If you’re thin at running back, you might as well add Jones. After a promising season opener and a poor Week 2, he rebounded with 121 yards on 15 touches while playing 30 percent of the snaps Sunday. In the two weeks that Jones has been relevant, the backfield timeshare was split in thirds. It’ll be difficult to predict when he will be usable, but the hope is he continues to look good and will emerge as a fantasy factor going forward.

9. Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay Packers) – The Packers' running back situation is still unsettled, and it makes Williams worth owning. After Aaron Jones led the team in snaps and touches through the first two weeks, coach Matt LaFleur stated he wanted a more even timeshare moving forward. Jones still scored two touchdowns Sunday, but he crawled his way to 19 yards on 10 carries while playing just 39 percent of the snaps. Meanwhile, Williams played 61 percent of the snaps and tallied 14 touches for a solid 86 yards. Williams is averaging 11 touches per week, and we know Jones has had his fair share of injuries in recent years as well. Add Williams now and see how this situation plays out going forward. 

10. James Washington/Diontae Johnson (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers) – Pittsburgh had a tough go in San Francisco while Mason Rudolph didn't look like anything special, but it’s early and both of these receivers should be considered as a waiver addition. As Oklahoma State products, Washington has the college connection with Rudolph, and they lit it up in the preseason. They almost connected on a couple of deep balls Sunday too, which would've changed people’s minds about who should be added first. That being said, Johnson saw more targets (six to four) and found his way into the end zone on a nice catch and run of 39 yards. He finished the day with three catches for 52 yards and a score, while Washington posted two catches for 14 yards. I’d still lean Washington for now, but I can understand if you decided to go with Johnson.

Just missed: Daniel Jones, Kyle Allen, Tevin Coleman (if dropped), Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, Jeff Wilson, Deebo Samuel, Cole Beasley, Kenny Stills, Will Dissly and Chris Herndon.

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