And with that, Week 4 is in the books.
There were many memorable performances this week, some could have been predicted…by me…in my Week 4 Waiver Targets article… *cough* Brandon Bolden *cough*. Fortunately, I’m not one to… *cough* Kalif Raymond *cough* …brag.
If you’re in need of a Tight End, there’s one who you will probably have to splurge on at this point, who – if you’d listened to me in my Week 3 Waiver Targets article – could have potentially picked up for $2 *cough* Maxx Williams *cough*.
All that and more… *cough* Cordarrelle Patterson is the entire offense check my Week 3 Waiver Targets article you could have had him for $13 good luck with that now *cough*… below, as I breakdown this week’s waiver targets. Note the stats are based on PPR, and the bid is based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Should I see a doc for that cough? Nah, I’m good…
Brandon Bolden – New England Patriots
Season totals 16.8 points
4 rushes, 4 yards rushing, 10 targets, 9 receptions, 74 yards receiving
As expected, Brandon stepped into the receiving back role for the Patriots with the season ending injury of James White. Week 4 saw Bolden post 6 receptions on 6 targets for 51 yards receiving. All of Bolden’s receptions have come in the last 2 weeks after the loss of White. With Bolden occupying an important role in the New England offense that should offer consistent production for the rest of the year, now is the time to go and pick up a guy who could be a sneaky flex play bordering on RB2 territory.
Jeremy McNichols – Tennessee Titans
Season totals 37.3 points
6 rushes, 47 yards rushing, 21 targets, 15 receptions, 134 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Jeremy was the leading receiver in Week 4 for the Titans with 13 targets, 8 receptions, and 74 yards receiving. McNichols also added 1 carry for 11 yards. The absence of A.J. Brown and Julio Jones left a lot of targets available and McNichols took advantage. With the uncertainty surrounding Brown and Jones’ return McNichols could be in for another big game next week. Even if both return Jeremy has shown he will be involved in the offense.
Darrel Williams – Kansas City Chiefs
Season totals 25.9 points
21 rushes, 72 yards rushing, 5 targets, 4 receptions, 27 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Darrel has seen his touches increase each week this season. In Week 4 Williams had 10 carries and 2 receptions for 58 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown. The trend is encouraging as is seeing Williams being the goal line back. Both of Darrel’s touchdowns have come on runs from inside the two-yard line. In an explosive Chiefs offense Darrel has carved out a complementary role to Edwards-Helaire. Grab Darrel and use him as a flex or bye week fill in.
Damien Williams – Chicago Bears
Season totals 25.4 points
16 rushes, 73 yards rushing, 10 targets, 8 receptions, 41 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
After going MIA in week 3 Williams took advantage of his touches in week 4. Posting 8 carries for 55 yards rushing, and a touchdown, as well as 2 receptions for 15 yards receiving. It was the second time this year Damien has recorded double digit touches. With the offense leaning run-heavy as Fields gets his sea legs, expect Williams to hover around 10 touches a game. Montgomery’s injury does not appear serious but is all the more reason to snag Williams cheap.
Alex Collins – Seattle Seahawks
Season totals 19.1 points
13 rushes, 77 yards rushing, 2 targets, 2 receptions, 34 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Alex stepped in and provided a spark in the running game. Starting back Chris Carson averaged 2.3 yards per carry compared to Collins’ 4.4 yards per carry. With his role steadily increasing after being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Collins could provide huge upside. If Week 4’s 10 carries, 2 receptions, 78 yards from scrimmage and 1 touchdown are any indicator of the future Alex is a solid pickup who could be a flex option.
Kalif Raymond – Detroit Lions
Season totals 45.1 points
1 rush, 9 yards rushing, 22 targets, 14 receptions, 182 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
I’m generally not one to say, “I told you so,” but I told you so. After last week’s game as the top performer in the passing game Raymond followed it up with 6 targets, 3 receptions, 47 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. Another promising stat is the 75% snap share Kalif has had in 3 out of 4 games this season including weeks 3 and 4. Expect Raymond to keep his spot as a starter even after Tyrell Williams returns from IR. Last week Raymond was cheap, this week he’s going to cost you.
Kendrick Bourne – New England Patriots
Season totals 39.7 points
1 rush, 16 yards rushing, 19 targets, 14 receptions, 181 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Remember all the big money the Patriots spent getting their playmakers in the passing game Agholor, Henry, and Smith? Well in a less high profile move Bourne was also brought in this year. Now it is Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick who have stepped up to be Mac Jones’ go to options. In the last two weeks, Bourne has been the most consistent receiving option for the Patriots with 13 targets, 11 receptions, 154 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown. In an offense that is pass heavy and with the development of Mac Jones, Bourne has high upside.
John Ross – New York Giants
Season totals 16.7 points
4 targets, 3 receptions, 77 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Ross returned with a roar in his first game of the year. Connecting with Daniel Jones on a 52-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Ross provides the speed at WR that has been lacking for the Giants. With uncertainty around Shepard and Slayton, it is hard to predict where Ross will fall on the pecking order. I expect Ross to continue to be utilized as he provides a skill set the other receivers lack. Expect Ross to be a popular pickup this week but don’t blow the bank on him.
Randall Cobb – Green Bay Packers
Season totals 33.8 points
1 rush, 1 yard rushing, 11 targets, 9 receptions, 127 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
The Cobb and Rodgers connection has finally produced after being ineffective the first 3 weeks of the season. After lots of questioning about why Rodgers wanted Randall back on the team so badly we may have some answers. Cobb was targeted 6 times for 5 receptions, a team high 69 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. Both touchdowns came in the red zone. With an extreme need for someone to step up as a viable option across from Davante Adams and Rodgers affinity for him, this could be the start of something beautiful for Cobb.
Deonte Harris – New Orleans Saints
Season totals 35.5 points
1 rush, 1 yard rushing, 15 targets, 11 receptions, 164 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Seeing 8 targets in Week 4, Harris saw more balls thrown his way than the previous three weeks combined. Turning those 8 targets into 5 receptions and 53 yards receiving. Harris should continue to play alongside Marquez Callaway with Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith on IR. Harris needs to show more consistency in his play, but he is worth a spot on your bench.
Chester Rogers – Tennessee Titans
Season totals 33.3 points
19 targets, 12 receptions, 153 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
With Brown and Jones missing at wide receiver for Tennessee in Week 4, Rogers got the start. Posting a solid game with 6 targets, 5 receptions, and 73 yards receiving Rogers was a reliable if not spectacular option for Tannehill. Chester has 5 or more targets in 3 out of 4 games this season. Spending a couple dollars for Rodgers is worth it especially for teams looking for a bye week fill in.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – Tennessee Titans
Season totals 21.8 points
15 targets, 9 receptions, 98 yards receiving, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost
Despite a poor showing in the points column with 5.9 points in Week 4 there were two very encouraging signs for Westbrook-Ikhine. Nick played 81 percent of snaps and was targeted 8 times. Keep an eye on the health of Jones and Brown, if either or both are out Westbrook-Ikhine should have another opportunity to be a big part of the Titans offense.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
Season totals 19.4 points
11 targets, 8 receptions, 114 yards receiving
The first three weeks of the season were lackluster for Higgins, totaling 4 targets, 4 receptions, and 51 yards receiving. Week 4 saw Rashard best his season totals with 7 targets, 4 receptions, and 63 yards receiving. Tying Odell Beckham Jr. for targets and leading the team in receptions and yards receiving Higgins was a key cog in the offense. With Jarvis Landry still on the IR Higgins should continue to start alongside OBJ. Temper expectations however as the Browns’ offense will continue to be run heavy.
Maxx Williams – Arizona Cardinals
Season totals 46.4 points
16 targets, 15 receptions, 179 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
After a ho hum performance in Week 3, Williams had another huge game in week 4. Posting 20.1 points on 5 targets, 5 receptions, 66 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown. After week 1 where Maxx was targeted once and had zero catches he has 15 receptions on 15 targets over the last three weeks. Williams sure hands and athleticism are assets for the Cardinals. I expect Kliff Kingsbury to scheme some plays and continue to use Williams for the rest of the year.
C.J. Uzomah – Cincinnati Bengals
Season totals 38.9 points
11 targets, 9 receptions, 134 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
After being virtually absent through the first three weeks of the season Uzomah had a huge game in Week 4. He was targeted 6 times resulting in 5 receptions, 95 yards receiving, and 2 touchdowns. Higgins is expected to return in week 5 and should see his fair share of targets. With so many mouths to feed in the receiving game it is unlikely C.J. has another big game like this. Having said that, he is worth a low cost flyer.
Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts
Season totals 28.4 points
11 targets, 6 receptions, 74 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Alie-Cox had 5 targets in Week 4, in the previous three weeks he had 6 total. He also matched his reception total for the year with 3 receptions and had more yards receiving in week 4 with 42 yards than he had in the previous 3 weeks where he had a total of 38 yards. With the tight end situation up in the air in Indianapolis I would not trust Mo. He is fine as a dart throw to fill the end of the bench but don’t look too much into this game.
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