26 September 2023 • by Bryan Oldham
Another wild week in the NFL saw a rookie go for over 200 yards against a Sean Payton defense, while a Super Bowl favorite fell to a Caleb Williams favorite in Phoenix. If your lineup needs a spark or you’re still reeling from injuries, Rival Fantasy has got you. Here are our favorite adds for Week 4.
C.J. Stroud, HOU: Another likely last call. Even if you’ve got a solid QB option, Stroud is worth rostering. He’s setting rookie records and looks like an early ROTY favorite in Houston. It’s no secret that the Rival team loves Stroud, and he’s backing it up with good performances. If you’re wondering if there’s a guy on waivers that could become your weekly starter, this is the guy.
Joshua Dobbs, ARI: This feels a bit Twilight Zone-esq, but Dobbs has been a good field general for Arizona and led them to a win over Dallas in Week 3. His stats aren’t inspiring, but he’s taking care of the ball and not throwing INTs. If you’re desperate, reeling from injuries, or need a feasible option in 2 QB leagues, you could do worse than Dobbs.
Jameis Winston, NO: With Derek Carr week-to-week following a sprained AC joint, Jameis gets another shot at starting in Nola. We know he loves to sling the rock, and that could mean a huge day, or a day plagued by interceptions. However, with Chris Olave and Michael Thomas there to catch passes, one can’t help but think back to the ultimate Jameis years with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in Tampa. Maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle again.
De’Von Achane, MIA: drafted as a late-round rookie sleeper in a lot of leagues, he likely found his way back to waivers ahead of his 200+ yard performance in Week 3. Go get him, burn your priority, do what you can to get Achane on your squad and ride the hot hand. Don’t overthink it – Achane is the no-doubt number 1 pickup this week wherever available.
Roschon Johnson, CHI: the changing of the guard appears to be at hand. Roschon was one of only two active RB’s for the Bears in Week 3, and while the Bears got trounced by Kansas City, we saw Johnson take the majority of snaps over Khalil Herbert. Grab him now before he officially takes over and ride the wave.
Kendre Miller, NO: This week should mark the return of Alvin Kamara, but I think this backfield will be Miller’s to lose by the end of the season. Even if he’s splitting carries, he’ll likely remain involved enough to warrant a weekly flex consideration at worst.
Ezekiel Elliot, NE: Not the Zeke of old, but he’s starting to be a contributor in this revamped Patriots offense. He’s likely going to see some load management, but someone has to spell Rhamondre, and the Patriots love to run the rock. He won’t be an every week trustworthy start, but he should be on your roster in case of RB emergency.
Tank Dell, HOU: This is absolutely the last time you’ll be able to get Tank Dell off the wire, if he’s still there. There’s a world where Dell finishes as the Texans’ WR 1 this season, and worst case he’s C.J. Stroud’s number 2 option on a team that appears to want to throw the ball far more than recent seasons. Usage keeps creeping up, which is promising for Dell’s future.
Josh Palmer, LAC: Justin Herbert’s WR 2 is a good option, pretty much regardless of circumstance. The odds this is Palmer, the trusted commodity who has been on the Chargers’ team for years, are good. Palmer was in on 80% of plays following Williams’ departure, and signs point up for him.
Quentin Johnston, LAC: A lot of what’s in Josh Palmer’s favor also applies to Johnston. Accompany the opportunity with his draft pedigree (21st pick in the 2023 NFL Draft), and Johnston, who was widely expected to not see much time this season behind Williams, is primed for a potential rookie breakout.
Adam Thielen, CAR: Jonathan Mingo is in the concussion protocol, and we know Andy Dalton is slinging the rock for the Panthers for at least one more week. You could do worse than 11 catches for 145 yards and a TD. We know that stat line won’t be the norm, but Dalton can make Theilen more than worth a spot start.
Donald Parham, LAC: while his stat line wasn’t the most inspiring, it’s hard to not take notice of a 2 TD performance. Justin Herbert looks for the large targets in the red zone, and Parham continues to be a safety outlet for Herbert when he’s looking for a sure thing. Parham is likely a feast or famine, touchdown-dependent option, but TE waivers can’t always provide a high floor. Anticipate volatility here.
Jake Ferguson, DAL: 7 of Ferguson’s 18 targets on the season came in Week 3. As he takes the place of Dalton Schultz in this potent Dallas offense, Ferguson will likely become a check-down, safety valve favorite of Dak’s. Don’t expect flashy games, but know he’s solid in PPR and has weekly touchdown upside.
Luke Musgrave, GB: Musgrave is averaging 5 targets per game this season, but saw 8 of those in Week 3. He barely missed a touchdown, and he’s becoming a focal point of this young Packers offense. He’s a solid plug and play TE that you can likely rely on more than most options at the position on a weekly basis.
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