Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets
Welcome to Week 4! If you have survived to this point with your roster unaffected by some kind of injury, you are extremely lucky. For everyone else, we must be scrambling to find viable options to keep our fantasy seasons afloat. Fear not!!! We still have some quality options that should be available to you. Let’s go over some of them, and see if we can plug that leak in your fantasy boat on the way to the playoffs.
QB Sam Darnold, Carolina
Sam Darnold showed off his wheels on Thursday night, as he ran for two touchdowns. He now has three running touchdowns on the season, which should be considered a bonus near the goal line with CMC hurt. In every game this season, he has tallied at least 18 fantasy points, which should only rise as the Panthers lean more on Darnold as the focal point of the offense. He has some young weapons at his disposal, and the emergence of Terrace Marshall and Tommy Tremble should only serve to help out Darnold in the weeks ahead.
QB Taylor Heinecke, Washington
Heinecke has proven that he can be a viable fantasy starter at his point if you need someone in a pinch. He is not gonna blow the doors off of anyone, but he will be a solid, 20 point a game QB that won’t sink you if you start him. He has a great matchup next week against the Falcons, so if you are in need of a spot start, you could do much worse.
RB Nyheim Hines, Indy
Don’t look now, but Hines has begun to out-snap Jonathan Taylor in Indy. After a team-high eight targets in Week 1, Hines has seen at least six targets in two games this season. The game script is going to keep him involved for the remainder of the season, as it seems the Colts are lacking some legit outside weapons and Carson Wentz is a question mark. He was an RB2 last season and seems poised to continue to be in that range, and should be someone you acquire with all the RB injuries going on in fantasy.
RB Chubba Hubbard, Carolina
Welcome to the world of CMC backup, Chubba Hubbard. Here are the expectations for you: the Panthers’ No. 2 running back in 2020 played 12 games and finished as the No. 12 PPR RB with 642 yards and six touchdowns on the ground and 373 yards and two touchdowns on 59 catches. That’s the kind of production that the people dumping all their FAAB into rostering you will be expecting. Hubbard was a college star and should be talented enough to carry the load until CMC returns from injury.
WR Terrace Marshall Jr., Carolina
Terrace Marshall Jr. has surprisingly gotten a bigger piece of the target pie in Carolina than was originally expected. He has out-targeted Robby Anderson 14 to 11 in three games and leads the Panthers with three red-zone targets. The trading of Dan Arnold and injury to McCaffrey may even open up more opportunities for the rookie wideout. Scoop him up now if he’s still available, and see if he continues trending as a viable piece of the Panthers offense.
WR Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas
Welcome to the newest PPR slot WR stud. Renfrow has been taking advantage of Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards’ defense-stretching abilities, exploiting coverage flaws and vulnerable areas for short receptions on quick-hitting plays. Renfrow has a relatively safe floor on targets, as most of the attention is paid to Darren Waller. While not flashy, he is the exact kind of player that you plug into your flex spot, he gets you 12 points and you thank him for doing his job. If you have room or you have receivers with bigger names that are disappointing you (AJ Brown!!!!!), scoop up Renfrow where available.
TE Tommy Tremble, Carolina
Tremble showed off his outstanding agility and flexibility, scorching Houston’s defense for a 30-yard reception, and also chipping in a rushing TD to boot. Tremble should easily out snap Ian Thomas, and the door has opened up for him to start. The Panthers traded Dan Arnold earlier in the week, so Tremble should take up a lot of Arnold’s responsibilities going forward. Arnold received 11 targets in three games with Carolina, and you can expect that to be the floor for the amount of work that Tremble is capable of handling. Combined with creative use at the goal line, Tremble might be the latest in TE streaming options for those that don’t have an elite player at the position.
TE Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh
Injuries have ravaged the Steelers receiving corps the past couple of weeks, and Freiermuth took advantage of that this past week. He saw 5 targets and grabbed a touchdown to boot. Roethlisberger isn’t the QB he used to be, so look for him to continue targeting the TE, at least until the injury bug clears up. Eric Ebron isn’t posing a threat to the rookie tight end’s participation, so you should grab Freiermuth off waivers if he’s still available, as he should be able to help you out at a position thin with viable options.