Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 4. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
It took a few weeks to get used to the NFL, but Justin Jefferson had his first big game in week 3 against the Titans. He finished the game with seven receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. The Vikings will want to get him more involved, as their offense was much better this week when they utilized Jefferson.
The Vikings are 0-3 and are going to need to throw the ball to keep up with other teams this season. Adam Thielen and Jefferson can both get a lot of targets in this offense. Jefferson is definitely worth the pickup if he is available, as he looks like he will be a big part of the offense moving forward. He is owned in 38 percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Aiyuk is another rookie receiver who makes this list. The rookie broke out against the Jets with five receptions for 70 yards. He also had three rushes for 31 yards and a touchdown. It looks like they will use Aiyuk much like they used Deebo Samuel last year, which bodes well for his fantasy value.
The 49ers have had so many injuries at receiver this year, so Aiyuk is seeing a bigger role than he probably would have otherwise. Samuel returning from injury could cut into his value, but Aiyuk is still worth the pickup this week. Aiyuk is available in almost 80 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Adrian Peterson, RB, Detroit Lions
This weekend was a good indication of what the Lions want to do with their backfield. Against the Cardinals, Adrian Peterson had 22 carries for 75 yards and also had one reception for 10 yards. The seasoned veteran still looks to be running well.
Kerryon Johnson was healthy and only had three carries. D’Andre Swift had just six snaps played. Peterson is the back to own in Detroit for the time being. While he is worth picking up, he may not be worth starting until he gets consistent touches for a few weeks in a row. He is owned in 36.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Carlos Hyde, RB, Seattle Seahawks
On a dirty play by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten HIll, Chris Carson suffered a sprained knee. There is a chance he still plays this week, but the Seahawks will want to be cautious with their star running back. His backup, Carlos Hyde, should be picked up and possibly played if Carson misses any games.
Hyde will likely split time in the backfield with Travis Homer if Carson misses games, but Hyde is the on to add. He had over 1,000 rushing yards last season and can run well when given the opportunity. He is available in over 85 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins
Through three weeks, it is apparent that the Dolphins prefer to give Myles Gaskin carries over Jordan Howard and Matt Breida. Against the Jaguars on Thursday Night Football, Gaskin had 22 carries for 66 yards and also had five catches for 29 yards. Although he hasn’t found the endzone this season, that will likely come soon.
There aren’t many players available that are getting over 25 touches per game, but Gaskin did get that opportunity against the Dolphins. He will be a player that can fill in when a team is faced with injuries or bye weeks and worth rostering for that reason. Gaskin is still available in about 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
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