Week 4 Waiver Wire: Four For Now, Four For Later
You sort of know it is going to be a bizarre week in the NFL when you attend a Buffalo Bills game in Buffalo and the heat index is in the upper 90’s. Pretty much the entire stadium is in the sun at that time of the day. The concession stands near our seats ran out of water in the fourth quarter. Overall, they sold over 50,000 bottles of water on the day. I really thought I had heat stroke when they were showing out of town scores and I saw that the Bears were beating the Steelers. It was the third hottest game in Bills history. Now that I recovered, here a few players to pick up on the waiver wire.
PLAYERS TO PICK UP NOW
Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Smallwood becomes a valuable pick-up due to the season-ending injury to Darren Sproles. Smallwood played 43-of-76 snaps in Week 3 against the Giants compared to 22 for Blount, and he finished with 12 carries for 71 yards and one catch for 9 yards. He has legitimate upside this week against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that got torched by Kareem Hunt in Week 3.
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
With Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olson out, Funchess becomes the number one option for Carolina. He has 16 targets in the two games since Olsen and Benjamin got hurt, and he finished with eight catches for 126 yards over that span. His quarterback has not been that good but someone has to catch the ball for the Panthers so it might as well be Funchess.
Geronimo Allen, WR, Green Bay Packers
With a home game Thursday against the Bears, it might be worth it to consider Allison. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, the second-year player from Illinois caught six passes for 122 yards including a 72-yard pass in overtime. This is why the Packers kept him on the roster after signing him last year as an undrafted free agent and Aaron Rodgers has no problem getting him involved in the offense.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
Last week Shepard played well with seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown at Philadelphia. Shepard has added appeal this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary.
PLAYERS TO STASH FOR LATER
DeShaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson threw for more than 300 yards against the Patriots while adding 41 yards on the ground. He is the number one quarterback in Houston and with bye weeks coming up, he might be a nice replacement or even someone to consider starting if other quarterbacks like Cam Newton don’t start playing better. Like a younger Newton, his running ability gives him a higher floor than most rookie quarterbacks and definitely a higher ceiling.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos
Last week against the Buffalo Bills, Charles ended up leading the team with 56 rushing yards and a touchdown. He has looked good in three games as the second running back in Denver with 28 carries for 142 yards and with CJ Anderson’s injury history this could lead to even more playing time for Charles.
Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
Kamara is quickly becoming a favorite of head coach Sean Payton. Even as a part of a three-way timeshare in New Orleans, expect the Saints to give Kamara more snaps in the future. In Week 3 against the Panthers, Kamara played 15-of-58 snaps and finished the game with two carries for 37 yards and a touchdown and three catches for 5 yards. That should increase as the season progresses.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
Burkhead is a player the Patriots will find more and more ways to use. Burkhead has gotten a touch or been targeted on a staggering 66.6 percent of his offensive snaps this year while Dion Lewis has only gotten a touch or a target on 35 percent of his snaps. If he can get healthy, his role should improve for a high-scoring offense.