Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 4 of the NFL season. These players are available in many leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Bishop Sankey TEN | RB

Sankey’s role continues to slowly grow and I still think it’s only a matter of time before he takes over as their lead running back. The coaching staff mentioned that he needs to work on his foot work before he gets more playing time and I am sure after a few more weeks of practicing they will be able to figure that out. Sankey was drafted to play a big role in the Titans offense and it’s going to happen, so pick him up before someone else grabs him. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Lorenzo Taliaferro BAL | RB

Bernard Pierce can’t seem to stay healthy and the veteran Justin Forsett has never really been more than a change of pace guy. Taliaferro was impressive Week 3 and the messy running back situation just got a little messier for the Ravens. There is a good chance that Pierce takes the starting job back over once healthy, but Taliaferro is worth owning in case the Ravens decide to go with the rookie. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Matt Asiata MIN | RB

I know Asiata isn’t the most exciting runner, but he is the Vikings best option at running back right now. At this point it doesn’t look like the coaching staff has much trust in Jerick McKinnon and until further notice Asiata is clearly the running back to own. Even though the overall upside for Asiata is limited, he is still a starting running back that should get plenty of touches. For that reason alone he needs to be owned in all leagues. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Alfred Blue HOU | RB

I talked about Blue last week as being a must own for all Arian Foster owners and now you see why. Foster is over the hill in terms of age for a NFL running back and there is no way he stays healthy for the rest of the season. Blue looked decent in relief Week 3 and he needs to be picked up in all leagues at this point. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Antone Smith ATL | RB

I have been high on Devonta Freeman since the preseason, but it’s possible that I have liked the wrong backup running back. Freeman has not been that impressive so far this year and if Steven Jackson were to go down with injury, then I am not sure Freeman would be the guy to own. If Jackson were to go down then I would imagine the role of Jacquizz Rodgers to stay roughly the same and I would expect Antone Smith to own in fantasy. All Steven Jackson owners need to take notice and consider picking up Smith as a handcuff. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Isaiah Crowell CLE | RB

It’s looking like Crowell is earning the trust of the coaching staff and this undrafted rookie is starting to get more touches. With Ben Tate still banged up, this should mean that Crowell will continue to have some value in the fantasy world. Once Tate comes back though this timeshare is going to be even harder to figure out, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about picking him up. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Branden Oliver SD | RB

Donald Brown isn’t that good at football and someone else is going to have to setup with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead injured. Branden Oliver is an undrafted rookie out of Buffalo and he now finds himself in a great situation for playing time. His college stats were solid and I think there is a real chance of him taking touches away from Brown. If you are desperate for a running back with an upside for your bench, then you might want to give him a look. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Brian Quick STL | WR

I think owners are afraid to pickup Quick because of the bad offense he is on, but at this point this youngster has to have your attention. He has had three straight solid games and he is quickly becoming one of the only Rams players worthy of being owned. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jordan Matthews PHI | WR

Matthews was a guy we liked coming into the season, but he got off to a slow start and was dropped in many leagues. I drafted him myself in a few leagues and unfortunately I dropped him before the games Week 3. Matthews found the end zone twice against the Redskins and it’s time for owners to try to pick this young receiver back up. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Marvin Jones CIN | WR

The Bengals have their bye Week 4 and there is a good chance that Jones will be ready to play when they come back. He had a solid 2013 season and was on many a sleeper list before he got hurt in the preseason. The Bengals appear to be the real deal this year and a healthy Marvin Jones makes them an even scarier team. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Quarterbacks

Kirk Cousins WAS | QB

Cousins was solid for the Redskins Week 3 and it’s very possible that he could be the starter for the Skins for the rest of the season. There are a ton of weapons on that offense and Cousins could be exactly what they needed to get them going. If you at all need help at quarterback then you need to check your waiver wire for this guy. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Teddy Bridgewater MIN | QB

Matt Cassel broke his foot Week 3 and it’s now time for the Teddy show in Minnesota. That offense has looked terrible since Peterson left the team and maybe Bridgewater can get them going again. Anytime a quarterback can add in some rushing yards he needs to have the fantasy world’s attention and Bridgewater is a guy that can do just that. He is an interesting add in any type of really deep league or two quarterback league. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Blake Bortles JAX | QB

It’s possible that the Blake Bortles era has begun for the Jags and it’s time to think about picking up this rookie quarterback. Jacksonville is a terrible team, but Bortles looked good during the preseason and I think he could have some big games this year. Deep leagues and any two quarterback leagues need to pay close attention to the news coming out of Jacksonville this week. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Tight Ends

Niles Paul WAS | TE

I know Jordan Reed will be back at some point and this could hurt the value of Paul, but I think there is a chance that Paul is the better football player. Reed can’t seem to stay on the field and Kirk Cousins has already shown a chemistry with Paul. The 4th year tight end is having a career year and at this point the potential of him ending the year as a top 10 fantasy tight end isn’t out of the question. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Travis Kelce KC | TE

Kelce’s fantasy production has gotten a little better each week and he is certainly someone that should be on the TE1 radar. He is seeing plenty of time out on the field and so far on the young season he is averaging 5 targets each week. The tight end position is getting a bit thin with the recent injuries and Kelce could be your solution if you aren’t liking your tight end. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jared Cook STL | TE

Cook has consistently been a part of the Rams offense this season he had another solid game Week 3. He has a bye week 4, but I still think he is worth an add in most leagues for his long term potential. He could easily be a top 10 tight end this year and he needs to be owned in more leagues. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

Washington WAS | DEF

The Redskins will host the Giants Week 4 and even though the Giants offense is looking better, I still like the chances for the Skins to force some turnovers. When healthy the Skins have decent weapons on the defensive side of the ball and I expect them to get some pressure on Eli Manning and force a mistake or two. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Pittsburgh PIT | DEF

I have a new strategy when picking my defense each week, pick whoever is playing Tampa Bay. The Bucs are terrible this year and the Steelers shouldn’t have much trouble getting pressure on whoever the quarterback is for Tampa Bay. If you are looking for a pickup and play defense then you need to give the Steelers a look. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play