By Jamal Murphy, OFN Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Waiver Wire Pick-ups (Week 4)
Week 3 produced many interesting developments league wide, including the customary season-ending injury, as well as bounce back and break out performances.
Heading into Week 4, here are some players you should grab off of your league’s waiver wire.
WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers…The undrafted second year pro out of Illinois caught six balls for 122 yards in Week 3 versus Cincinnati. He was targeted eight times by Aaron Rodgers, thanks in part to the absence of Randall Cobb. Allison did have five targets in Week 2 while Cobb was active, which suggests that Allison could have value regardless of Cobb’s status. He has surely built a chemistry with A-Rod and that never hurts.
RB LeGarrett Blount, Philadelphia Eagles…Many owners in smaller 10-team leagues pulled the trigger quickly and dropped Blount after his one-carry showing against Kansas City in Week 2. After bouncing back with a 12-carry, 67-yard, one touchdown performance last week, those same owners are violently kicking themselves. It seems clear that Blount is back in the coaching staff’s good graces and with Darren Sproles out for the season with a torn ACL and a broken arm, Blount will likely figure into the Eagles offense even more prominently moving forward.
WR Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons…The Falcons and, more importantly, fantasy owners have been waiting for Gabriel to become a bigger part of Atlanta’s offense. That happened in Week 3, as the speedy Gabriel caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. He had five catches for 50 yards the previous two weeks combined. Now that Ryan has figured out how to get the ball to such a dangerous weapon, don’t expect Gabriel to revert to his old ways.
WR Brandon Marshall, New York Giants…Marshall was another small league owner panic special, since he smelled like a bust after only two receptions on nine targets coming into Week 3. He showed there is life in those 33-year-old legs by catching eight passes for 66 yards on a whopping 11 targets from Eli Manning versus the Eagles. It looks like Manning does indeed have confidence in the old man, so owners with WR needs should surely take note.
RB Wendell Smallwood, Philadelphia Eagles…Smallwood is another beneficiary of Sproles’s misfortune. Smallwood was little used and ineffective in the Eagles’ first two games, but broke out for 71 yards on 12 carries on Sunday versus the Giants. He is likely to see the bulk of touches left on the field because of Sproles’s absence, so he is a must pick up in deeper leagues.
QB Deshawn Watson, Houston Texans…It’s time for fantasy owners as well as the rest of the NFL to stand up and take notice. Watson was solid and showed great leadership ability in Week 2, but he broke out and showed star potential and real fantasy production capability in Week 3. The rookie from Clemson completed 22 of 33 passes for 301 yards, while throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions versus the Patriots. Though Watson added 41 yards rushing, it wasn’t enough to avoid the obligatory Tom Brady heartbreaking comeback that ensued. Of course, fantasy owners care not about that last part, it’s the point producing production that will carry the day.
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