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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Waiver Wire


Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Waiver Wire

Here are the best Week 4 waiver wire pickups for NFL fantasy football.

— Quarterbacks, assuming Trevor Siemian, Andy Dalton and Carson Palmer aren’t available…
Deshaun Watson – Think about this. Watson came within seconds of beating Nick Saban and Bill Belichick coached teams in two of this last starts. Even though Houston fell short against New England, the rookie came up large 301 passing yards and two touchdowns. Next up is a Titans defense allowing the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. For those thinking stash, Watson has another promising start against the Browns in Week 6.

Others:  Jared Goff (Rams) at Cowboys, Blake Bortles (Jaguars) at Jets

Be concerned: Cam Newton lost tight end Greg Olsen in Week 2 and might not have top receiver Kelvin Benjamin at New England in Week 4. The Patriots haven’t been very impressive defensively, but Newton isn’t exactly dominating. With limited weapons, owners should consider other options and view Newton as a low-end QB2.


— Running backs
Wendell Smallwood – The pre-draft sleeper only had seven carries thru Week 2, but went 12 for 71 against the Giants after Darren Sproles suffered knee and arm injuries. Even if LeGarrette Blount handles goal line duties, note that Smallwood played more snaps in Week 3. Either way, he’s the best bet to replace Sproles and that’s not nothing.

Jamaal Charles – This recommendation is about the name, but the production. C.J. Anderson is the clear lead option in Denver. After three games, Charles is carving out a nice role

Branden Oliver – Melvin Gordon owners probably didn’t view any San Diego backup as a clear handcuff. That ended Sunday when Oliver stepped in while Gordon dealt with a knee injury. While the pain doesn’t sound significant, Oliver could be in play for some work and perhaps plenty of it if Gordon sits against the Eagles.

Others: Chris Johnson (Cardinals) vs. 49ers, Jamaal Williams (Packers) vs. Bears


— Wide receivers
Kenny Britt – The free agent addition finally looked like a No.1  option for the Brown with 54 yards and a touchdown on three catches with 10 targets against the Browns. Cleveland’s passing game won’t be a steady source for points, but there could be plenty of throws in the second half of the Week 4 matchup against a desperate Cincinnati team.

Josh Doctson – This recommendation is a combination of Doctson’s impressive 52-yards touchdown Sunday night and the early season struggles for Terrelle Pryor. Even though Doctson has just the one reception this season and limited playing experience on the NFL level, he might be Washington’s most talented outside receiver. The package of size, speed and legitimate hops makes Doctson a strong stash, though probably a tad risky for a Week 4 starts at the Chiefs on Monday night.

Sterling Shepard – We were waiting for the Giants passing attack to join the 2017 season. They did Sunday and Shepard did work (7-133-1) playing alongside Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall. His weekly numbers might fluctuate with those other receivers and tight end Evan Engram receiving ample targets. Then again, Shepard is arguably the second best receiver of the bunch. They’ll all get a chance to shine against a Tampa Bay secondary that had no luck against Minnesota’s wide outs in Week 3.

Others: Paul Richardson, Robert Woods, Geronimo Allison


— Tight ends
Cameron Brate – The New York Giants haven’t stopped a starting tight end this season. They’ve also allowed a touchdown in all three games. Enter Brate, who found the end zone in Week 3. Don’t force Brate into your lineup considering his limited targets to date, but he’s the type of talent that can take advantage of the situation.

Vernon Davis – Father time certainly lost the battle with this veteran. Filling in for the injured Jordan Reed, Davis looked all kinds of spry in the Week 3 win over Oakland, both as a route-runner and with the ball in his hands. Reed (chest) might play this week. If not, Davis is worthy of a start.

Others: Evan Engram (Giants) vs. Bucs


— Defenses
Streamers: Jaguars at Jets, Bengals at Browns

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks


2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.


The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.


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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

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Five things that aren't being talked about enough from the Redskins-49ers game

Did you guys know C.J. Beathard is related to former Redskins general manager Bobby Beathard?

Of course you do, because that storyline, as well as others like the Vernon Davis fumble(?) and Pierre Garçon penalty have been talked about plenty following the Redskins' 26-24 W over the 49ers on Sunday.

But there are other angles that have been under analyzed from the Week 6 matchup. So as fun as it is to celebrate Chris Thompson's brilliance, put that on hold for a minute and think about these five discussion points.

1) A big recovery by a big man 

One of the most underappreciated plays in football is a fumble recovery by an offensive player. Most of the time, players and fans are just mad that the offense fumbled and ignore the fact that the outcome could've been a whole lot worse.

Do you remember Trent Williams falling on a Chris Thompson fumble early on the Redskins' first drive? Maybe some of you do, but plenty of others probably don't. But because Williams was aware and smothered the ball before a Niner defender could, the Redskins were able to continue their possession and eventually finish it with a touchdown.


2) Kirk's questionable decision

Kirk Cousins provided what proved to be the game's deciding points with his fourth quarter read option touchdown. But it was an earlier run that could've been much more important, and not for the right reason.

On Washington's previous possession — which concluded with a 21-yard field goal — Cousins scrambled for an 18-yard gain, but instead of sliding at the end, he decided to take on San Fran safety Jimmie Ward. The two collided and thumped each other pretty hard, and while the QB may have earned some respect, he also said postgame that Williams immediately reminded him that he should've slid instead.

Was it entertaining to watch a signal caller try and run over a safety? Sure. But was it smart? Not at all. The Packers saw their star quarterback come out on the wrong end of a punishing hit Sunday, and the Redskins just as easily could be feeling their pain.

3) Samaje's second effort

Samaje Perine has a long way to go before he becomes the player many hoped he'd be when the Redskins snagged him in April's draft. But it was him traveling a short distance in the fourth quarter against the 49ers that was a crucial yet overlooked play.

Six snaps before Cousins' rushing TD, the rookie barely converted on a third-and-2 by pushing the pile and refusing to be brought down short of the sticks. Again, his first year as a pro hasn't been excellent, but that was one he deserves credit for.

4) A way too powerful punt

The Redskins' execution after recovering that late onsides kick wasn't just bad on offense. Tress Way's touchback was unsightly, too.

Even after Washington took a delay of game penatly to give their punter more room, Way booted his kick well into the end zone instead of forcing the Niners' returner to fair catch or giving his gunners a chance to down it. Next time, Way needs to use a little less club and force the opposing offense to start farther back than their own 20.


5) Dunbar delivers

Perhaps because of all the injuries in the secondary, as well as an abundance of other things to chat about, a really strong performance from Quinton Dunbar isn't getting the necessary recognition. 

The visitors threw at Josh Norman's replacement often — 14 instances, to be specific — but he more than held his own, ending the contest as PFF's highest-graded 'Skin. Jay Gruden said earlier in the week Dunbar thinks he can cover "anybody, anywhere, anytime," and for the most part on Sunday, No. 47 did just that.