Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 4 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench, or are simply just players to add to your watch list. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Dwayne Washington DET | RB

I am a huge fan of Washington and it’s only a matter of time before he is the starter for the Lions. Theo Riddick is a great player and he will continue to have a big role on the Lions offense, but he just isn’t built for early down work. Washington has big play potential and he should see close to 15 touches a week moving forward. When you combine that with the fact that he is the favorite for goal line work, then you have to be excited about this rookie running back. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all all leagues

Jordan Howard CHI | RB

The reports on Jeremy Langford aren’t great and it looks like he will miss at least a month. This is going to be a huge opportunity for the rookie Howard and this makes him a must add in all leagues. No matter what Howard does while Langford is out I expect there to be somewhat of a timeshare upon his return, but there is a great chance that Howard wins the starting job. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all all leagues

Wendell Smallwood PHI | RB

There were some question marks as to who would fill in if Ryan Mathews were to go down with injury and those questions were answered Week 3. It looks like Smallwood is next in line for touches and he looked decent filling in after Mathews left with an injury. The Eagles have a bye Week 4 so Mathews should be able to get healthy, but Smallwood is worth an add in deeper leagues as a high upside handcuff. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Kenneth Dixon BAL | RB

The Ravens running game hasn’t been great this year and they desperately need Dixon to get healthy. He is probably at least a couple weeks away from being 100%, but there is a legit chance he takes over as the leader of that committee when he returns. I think Dixon has interesting long term potential and if you don’t grab him now someone else will. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Orleans Darkwa NYG | RB

The Giants lost Shane Vereen for the season and this leaves an already thin backfield with one less talented running back. Darkwa is the favorite to benefit the most from this injury and he could be a decent spot start if Rashad Jennings misses any more games. Darkwa has a limited overall upside though so don’t do anything crazy to get him on your team. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

DeAndre Washington OAK | RB

Washington lead the Raiders backfield in rushing yards Week 3, totaling 57 yards on just six carries. Latavius Murray has looked solid this year, but Washington continues to impress as well and should see more and more touches as the year goes on. If Murray were to go down with injury than Washington could have huge value, as long as they are both healthy though then they will just cut into each others value. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Cameron Artis-Payne CAR | RB

Artis-Payne lead the Panthers running backs with 12 carries Week 3 and he is clearly the handcuff to Jonathan Stewart. The only issue is the Panthers are content with spreading the carries around and even with Stewart out Artis-Payne is hard to trust from week to week. Even with all that said I think Artis-Payne does have flex appeal until Stewart returns. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Terrelle Pryor Sr. CLE | WR

The Browns got creative with Pryor Week 3 and he had a monster game. He ended up playing some quarterback completing three passes, he rushed the ball four times and he caught eight passes for 144 yards. After it was all said and done he had around 200 total yards and he was by far the biggest part of the Browns offense against the Dolphins. Until McCown comes back I would expect Pryor to continue to have a big role and he could have some solid games over the next few weeks. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Victor Cruz NYG | WR

Cruz only had three targets Week 3, but he still managed to have 70 receiving yards on the day. The Giants have an amazing receiving corp and to this point they have found a way to keep them all involved. Cruz looks to be healthy and I think he should be owned in all leagues moving forward. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Adam Humphries TB | WR

Humphries is shaping up to be an interesting fantasy receiver. Even in his old age the fantasy world assumed that Vincent Jackson would be the number two passing option for Jameis Winston, but that role has been filled by Humphries. The second year undrafted receiver is an interesting fantasy option moving forward and with 25 targets in three weeks I especially like him in PPR leagues. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Steve Smith Sr. BAL | WR

Smith Sr. got off to a slow start this year, but he looked like his normal self Week 3 against the Jags. He looked faster and really close to 100% and I think he might be on the verge of breaking out. I wanted to see Smith Sr. get his speed back before I recommended picking him up and I think it’s time to grab him before someone else does. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues


Trevor Siemian DEN | QB

Siemian looked great Week 3 and he shut up many of his critics. The Broncos didn’t need to throw much the first couple of weeks, but Week 3 they had a hard time moving the ball on the ground. That’s when Siemian started to air things out and showed the fantasy world that he is a capable NFL quarterback. Even though the Broncos will win some games with good defense and running the ball, I still think Siemian could be a top 20 quarterback this year. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Carson Wentz PHI | QB

The Eagles are the real deal and they have found a special player in Carson Wentz. They are playing with confidence on both sides of the ball and it’s impressive how poised Wentz looks in the pocket. He has a bye Week 4, but it looks like Wentz could flirt with having value in deeper one quarterback leagues this season. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight End

Dennis Pitta BAL | TE

Last week I said that as long as Pitta is healthy then he is a top ten fantasy tight end and he showed us again Week 3 why that is the case. Joe Flacco loves this guy and Pitta is an absolute target monster. He has a nice matchup Week 4 against the Raiders and I expect his hot start to continue. (about 65% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Zach Ertz PHI | TE

There is a good chance that Ertz returns for the Eagles after their Week 4 bye and if he is available in your league it’s time to pick him back up. The Eagles offense has looked great in his absence and he will only help that them put even more points on the board. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Kyle Rudolph MIN | TE

Whenever a team has an injury to a major star other players need to step up and it’s not always players from the same position that do it. When you look at the Vikings running game after the Adrian Peterson injury it doesn’t look all that great and the Vikings might need to become more of a passing offense. This could clearly benefit Rudolph who had ten targets Week 3. I expect him to be inconsistent and somewhat touchdown dependent, but Rudolph’s stock is certainly rising. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Zach Miller CHI | TE

I was high on Miller coming into the season, but he let me down after the first two weeks. He came alive Week 3 though and had a monster game for the Bears. Sometimes a change at quarterback is all a tight end needs to be fantasy relevant, so I do expect a potential decline once Jay Cutler is able to return to action. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues


Washington WAS | DEF

The Redskins play the Browns Week 4 at home and I like their chances for their defense to score some fantasy points. The Browns looked decent Week 3, but I expect the Skins to be more prepared for Terrelle Pryor than the Dolphins were. The Skins looked decent against the Giants Week 3 and they should have an even easier time against the banged up Browns. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play