The fourth week of the NFL season is over and many team owners are starting to panic. No, I’m not talking about the owners of professional franchises, I’m talking about the owners of fantasy football teams, the imaginary franchises that millions of Americans run from September to December to keep them committed to the league even after their real team was eliminated from the playoffs.
If your fantasy team started their season 1-3 or-God forbid-a 0-4 without a win, you may need to make some changes. Your season isn’t doomed, but you can’t just rely on your team as it’s currently structured to make a run for the playoffs. This is where the trade market and waiver thread come in handy.
Running back is one of the hardest positions to improve in fantasy due to its shallow depth – true workhorse backs who don’t give up more than 30% of their runs to their saves. As a result, it’s hard to trade here without significant costs, and it becomes nearly impossible to find usable production through free agency. If you are looking to make a high risk, high reward trade, Alvin Kamara is your best bet.
Although he has been among the top scorers since entering the league in 2017 due to his usefulness as a rusher and receiver, Kamara has yet to eclipse eight points by scoring PPR this season in the two games he has played. played. His lack of production has caused growing frustration among many owners, making him a worthy risk in the trade market. If you have a consistent running back who puts up good numbers, like James Connor, you could probably use them as a centerpiece for potential league-winning talent.
Melvin Gordon of the Denver Broncos and Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs are other players buying top talent on the trade market. Gordon is due for an increased workload following a season-ending injury to backfield partner Javonte Williams. Gordon will provide consistent value, if only because of his snap count, but it’s important to keep in mind that he’s 29. He’s been durable so far in his career, but the explosiveness is hard to sustain for running backs late in their careers. , so its value in the commercial market is probably at its peak right now. As for Edwards-Helaire, his teammate Isaiah Pacheco regularly pleaded to get more opportunities with his game on the court. Pacheco had 11 carries for 63 yards against the Buccaneers on Monday night. Edwards-Helaire is averaging nearly 19 points per game in PPR formats, but that pace is unsustainable if Pacheco continues to perform and eat into Edwards-Helaire’s instant tally.
Waivers are hard to find talent, but if Gordon has already been picked up, your best bets are Tyler Allgeier (Atlanta Falcons) and Raheem Mostert (Miami Dolphins). Atlanta has a lackluster offensive line and poor passing, which doesn’t bode well for a rookie running back’s success, but it’s made the most of its opportunities so far, averaging more five meters per stroke. With Cordarelle Patterson placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, Allgeier will carve out the lion’s share of runs, giving him a higher cap than other options. Mostert has the opposite problem – the Dolphins offensive line looked solid and their passing game exceeded expectations, but Chase Edmonds provided competition for the limited ranges available. Still, Mostert gradually took more touches for himself, including a season-high 17 against Cincinnati on Thursday night. He remains available in just under half of the fantasy leagues on ESPN and is worth picking up if you need depth at the position.
Quarterback is a position where there are a lot of players who can keep you in the game, so it’s not worth reinforcing unless you feel confident with the rest of your team or you have a surplus of talent at a position to be traded.
Kyler Murray is a player worth targeting in trade talks right now. It’s highly regarded, so it might not come cheap, but it should start producing more than its inconsistent debut. The main reason for this is the return of Deandre Hopkins in Week 7. Murray averaged nearly 26 points per game last year when Hopkins played, but that number dropped to 21 after Hopkins was injured. While some attribute this lack of production to non-football distractions – such as allegations that Murray would forgo studying the film in favor of playing the new Call of Duty – it would be foolish to think that Murray’s game won’t improve with the addition of a wide top-10. Target it now while its price is still reachable without emptying your list.
When it comes to waiver thread pickups, your best bet is probably Jared Goff. Against the Seahawks last week, Goff finished QB1 overall without his top two receivers, Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark, and without D’Andre Swift, who plays a major role in the Lions passing game. You can’t expect Goff to come out and give you a fantastic 33 points every week, but the Lions offense has been explosive and pass-happy enough that you can expect him to consistently net you more 18 dots.
Catch of the day
Today’s passing offenses lead to an abundance of usable wide receivers, many of whom are still on derogation. The best option to pick up if you want a player with a high ceiling is Romeo Doubs. The rookie receiver has seen eight targets in each of the last two games, and that number should go up as he develops chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. He won’t pass Allen Lazard for the top-string position, but he will provide flexible value with WR2 upside down. Isaiah McKenzie also deserves a look at the disclaimer thread. Jamison Crowder broke his ankle, potentially ending his season, leaving plenty of short-term targets up for grabs. When combined with Gabe Davis’ questionable durability early in the season, McKenzie could find himself frequently in the WR2 tier later in the season.
In the opposite vein, Deandre Hopkins’ impending return from injury will significantly reduce Hollywood Brown’s target share in Arizona. Brown has been sixth among wide receivers in points so far this year, topping 20 points each of the last two weeks. He will be a worthy starting player even after Hopkins returns, but now is your last chance to sell high and maximize his value in the trading market.