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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4 in Fantasy Football (2021)

| September 28, 2021 9:07 am PDT

The 3rd NFL Week has concluded, and this season is already flying by. There probably is still an undefeated team or two in your fantasy league, as well as teams who have yet to win.

If you are at the top of your standings, you should feel good about your team so far and you should probably save your waiver wire position for the future.

There are a couple of players that are going to be on everyone’s waiver wire list, but whoever has the first spot is going to be really happy this week.

Here are the best waiver wire pickups for Week 4, who could potentially help your team win a fantasy championship.

Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (25% Owned)

This will be the player that everyone puts their waiver wire bid in on. Star running back Christian McCaffrey went down with a hamstring injury against the Texans on Thursday Night Football and that leaves a ton of work for his replacement.

Hubbard got the majority of the work (14 touches total in Week 3) after McCaffrey went down and will be the heavy favorite to replace him until he gets back.

Now the timeline for McCaffrey is not exactly clear as he is projected to miss “a few weeks.” It is not a season ending injury, which makes Hubbard less of an absolute need, but he is still going to be a solid fantasy option until McCaffrey gets back.

The Panthers take on two NFC East teams in the Cowboys and Eagles in their next two matchups. He should be able to have a better game against the Cowboys, but the Eagles have a tougher defense and he could struggle more.

Luckily, he is involved in the passing game as well so he can still have value.

Remember last year when CMC got hurt and Mike Davis took over? Hubbard is this year’s version of Davis, but hopefully McCaffrey doesn’t miss as many games as last year.

Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (22% Owned)

Another Panther on my list for this week.

Darnold seems to be in a way better spot than he was with the Jets and his stats reflect that. He has passed for over 300 yards in 2 of his 3 games so far this year, and in the only game he didn’t hit 300, he passed for 279 yards.

He also has 3 passing touchdowns and has been getting in the endzone on the ground as well with 3 more touchdowns rushing.

He isn’t going to be the next Patrick Mahomes, but he should be a solid option for two QB and deeper leagues for now. His next matchup is with the Cowboys, so he could be a solid fill in and DFS option as well.

Look for Darnold to continue his newfound success with the Panthers, as the blame goes to Adam Gase for Darnold’s struggles in New York.

A.J. Green, WR, Arizona Cardinals (15% Owned)

You might have seen Rondale Moore on my waiver wire pickups for last week, but that doesn’t mean Green can’t be one this week.

The Cardinals pass the ball a lot with Kyler Murray so this offense could have 2-3 viable fantasy receivers. It may be riskier considering Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore are solid receivers as well, but Green has been on the field for 81% of the Cardinals’ offensive plays.

He also has 6 targets in each of his first three weeks, with the past two weeks being very solid. He caught just 2 passes in Week 1 for 25 yards, but Week 2 he caught 3 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.

His third week was even better with 5 catches for 112 receiving yards. He figures to be getting more comfortable in the Cardinals offense and maybe he can still produce like the great receiver he once was in Cincinnati.

Jakobi Meyers, WR, New England Patriots (58% Owned)

Mac Jones and the Patriots were down big against the Saints and ended up attempting 51 passes in their last game. Jakobi Meyers ended up having his best game of the season because of it, and has hit several targets this year.

He has had 9, 6, and 14 targets in his first 3 weeks of 2021, while being on the field for more than 90% of offensive snaps in each game.

He has entrenched himself as the WR1 in the Patriots offense and is a solid waiver wire pickup moving forward.

The Patriots matchup with the Bucs on Sunday Night Football this week, and Dallas in Week 6. Those two matchups could lead to more targets for Meyers, because the Patriots offense may struggle to keep up with those two teams.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Buffalo Bills (26% Owned)

The Bills took it to the Washington Football Team in Week 3, with Emmanuel Sanders having a huge game.

Sanders caught 5 passes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns against the tough defense and he and Josh Allen’s connection is getting stronger.

Sanders probably won’t get as many targets as Cole Beasley or Stefon Diggs, but he is carving out a solid role in the Bills offense.

Good thing the Bills attempt a ton of passes anyways, so Sanders should be a solid option moving forward.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Advice for Week 4

Chuba Hubbard is going to be on everyone’s waiver radar this week, so the team with the highest waiver order may be the winner there.

Hubbard is a great pickup for McCaffrey owners or a team who could use a solid running back for at least the next week or two.

If you can’t grab Hubbard, these other players have also been gaining steam and could be great pickups as well.

You can never have too much depth on your fantasy team, since injuries can hit at any time. Look to add these players to help give a nice boost to your team.

Be sure to look for next week’s Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5, as well as our other fantasy sports related articles.

Anthony Haage

Anthony is a sports writer for GamblingSites.com covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and more. He also covers other various topics such as entertainment, general sports betting tips, and more.

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