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 fantasy football players to add week 4.
(Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers
Carolina drafted Hubbard in the fourth-round of the 2021 NFL Draft as insurance in case Christian McCaffrey was injured. McCaffrey left the game against the Texans on Thursday night with a hamstring injury. It will sideline him for a few weeks, so Hubbard is going to get his shot to fill in.
Hubbard filled in well for McCaffrey, getting 11 carries and three receptions for a total of 52 rushing yards and 27 rushing yards. Going forward, Hubbard should get most of the work out of the backfield for the Panthers. Hubbard is rostered in 11.3 percent of ESPN leagues currently.
2. Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos
The Broncos had a lot of talent at wide receiver to start the season. While that is still true, Jerry Jeudy is out for a few more weeks while K.J. Hamler tore his ACL and is now out for the season. Outside of Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick is the other Broncos’ wide receiver that should be rostered in all fantasy football formats as a result of the injuries.
Patrick is the 22nd-ranked fantasy receiver (before Monday Night Football) and has produced in every game. He has 12 catches for 174 yards and two touchdowns in three games. With Hamler and Jeudy out, Patrick’s opportunity should increase drastically. With Teddy Bridgewater pushing the ball downfield this year, Patrick can benefit. He is available in 86 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Peyton Barber, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders were expected to get production out of two running backs this season. Josh Jacobs looks solid when he is on the field, but he is injured and missed week 3 against the Dolphins. Instead of Kenyan Drake stepping up in his absence, journeyman Peyton Barber was the player that impressed.
In week 3, Barber rushed for a touchdown and 111 yards on 23 carries. He also had three catches for 31 yards. If Jacobs’ foot injury keeps him out any longer, it looks like Barber will get more work than Drake. Jon Gruden will likely go with the hot hand and Barber has that right now. Barber is rostered in just 11.3 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Collins wasn’t figuring to get too much work this season, but has found himself getting snaps for the Seahawks. Rashaad Penny is the backup, but has had a calf injury. Chris Carson left the game due to injury in week 3, but was able to return to the field. Collins got some of the work in his absence.
In week 3, Collins had two carries for eight yards. He will be competing for snaps with Travis Homer if Carson’s injury makes him miss any time. Collins should be seen as a handcuff to Carson for the time being and should not be started unless Carson is out. He is available in over 99 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Bryan Edwards, WR, Las Vegas Raiders
After week 1, it looked like Darren Waller was going to be the only Raiders’ pass-catcher to get any targets. The Raiders are throwing the ball a lot and other receivers have started to produce. Bryan Edwards has started to get more involved in the offense during his second season in the league.
Edwards has 10 receptions for 210 yards this season. He has not found the end zone yet, but that should change soon. In week 3, he had three catches for 89 yards. With more time getting on the same page with Derek Carr, Edwards could turn into a good fantasy asset by the end of the season. He is rostered in just 13.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
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