Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Calvin Ridley in Week 4


Fantasy football waiver wire: Target Calvin Ridley in Week 4

It was a bad week for injuries in fantasy football. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's season appears to be over after a knee injury, while top options like Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (groin) and Giants tight end Evan Engram (knee) left their respective games with injuries.

Then again, it's never a good week for fantasy football injuries. Thus, it's always important to stay on top of the waiver wire, and keep your team ready in the inevitable event that injuries strike. To that end, here's who you should target going into Week 4. 

Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins QB (Owned in 7.8 percent of ESPN leagues)

Tannehill continued to improve in Week 3. He threw for 289 yards and three touchdown passes, and added 26 more yards on the ground. He faces a tough task in New England against the Patriots in Week 4, but there's hope for the Dolphins signal-caller.

While Tannehill is winless in five starts at New England, the Patriots have been porous against opposing fantasy QBs this season. Plus, the Texas A&M product has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three starts in Foxboro. Give Tannehill a look, especially if you need Jimmy Garoppolo insurance. 

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons WR (40.8 percent of ESPN leagues)

Let's get this out of the way: It's unlikely the rookie will haul in seven catches for nearly 150 yards, plus three touchdowns, every week from now on. But, the No. 26 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has arrived as a legitimate fantasy option. 

He was targeted eight times on Sunday, surpassing Julio Jones as Matt Ryan's favorite target against the Saints. Ridley will have a favorable matchup, too, against a Bengals defense that has given up two receiving touchdowns each week. There will be downs, but the potential for ups like his monster performance Sunday make Ridley a must-target.

Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals WR (23.7 percent of ESPN leagues)

Boyd caught a touchdown for the second straight game in Week 3, and crossed the 100-yard threshold for the first time in 2018. He was targeted seven times, tying for fourth on the team. That doesn't sound like a lot, but Boyd is likely in line for mroe looks. 

With Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis unsure if A.J. Green (groin) will play in Week 4, Boyd could become Andy Dalton's most-targeted wide receiver. He's got plenty of big-play ability, too, so you should make the third-year pro a priority on the waiver wire this week.

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers WR (33 percent of ESPN leagues) 

Williams caught four passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams Sunday, leading the Chargers in targets (seven) just one week after he was only targeted twice. But, Williams has now caught touchdowns in back-to-back games, and has scored double-digit points in standard PPR leagues every week. 

Even if the 23-year-old can't reach the ceiling of his Week 3 breakout, he still has a decent floor. Williams will have a good opportunity to keep it up in Week 4 against a 49ers defense that's given up at least 300 passing yards each of the last two weeks.

Aside from Jimmy G injury, 49ers' loss to Packers is worst 2018 moment


Aside from Jimmy G injury, 49ers' loss to Packers is worst 2018 moment

Editor’s note: The 49ers break for the bye week with a 2-8 record. This is part of a series that recaps the first 10 games with an eye to the future. In this installment, we look at the team's worst moment after 10 weeks. 

With the 49ers holding on to just two wins thus far, there are quite a few choices for the worst moment of the 2018 season. The obvious choices, of course, are losing Jerick McKinnon and Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending ACL injuries. 

Looking at actual football plays, one moment led to a proverbial stake being driven into the hearts of 49ers players and fans alike.

With 1:13 left on the game clock at Lambeau Field in Week 6, 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard threw a deep pass intended for Marquise Goodwin down the middle of the field. A similar play earlier had successfully produced a 49ers touchdown in the second quarter.

This time, the outcome was markedly different. Packers cornerback Kevin King intercepted the ball, and Green Bay took over at its own 10-yard line. 

Aaron Rodgers then used the remaining 1:07 of the game to drive the Packers nearly the length of the field to set up kicker Mason Crosby for the game-winning field goal. The 49ers left Green Bay with their fourth loss of the season.

[RELATED: 49ers' best moment of the 2018 season involves George Kittle]

There are three other honorable mentions of heart-breaking 49ers moments:

-- In Week 4 against the Chargers, the 49ers had a chance to regain the lead in the fourth quarter after they led 14-0 earlier in the game. With 2:38 left on the clock, Beathard threw a short pass intended for Alfred Morris, but Chargers defensive end Isaac Rochell picked off the throw, and the 49ers subsequently lost 29-27.

-- Week 8 provoked similar feelings when Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen threw to five different receivers in his TD drive to put Arizona ahead 16-15 late in the fourth quarter. The ensuing two-point conversion to Larry Fitzgerald took the wind out of the 49ers' sails, but their last offensive play of the game was the most heart-dropping.

With seven seconds left on the clock, the 49ers were at Arizona’s 45-yard line. Center Erik Magnuson, who was in for Weston Richburg, fumbled the snap and lost any chance the 49ers had of tying the score.

-- Eli Manning’s game-winning touchdown drive in Week 10 with the 2:46 left on the game clock put the Giants ahead 27-23. The 49ers got the ball back with 53 seconds left in the game but couldn’t produce, and suffered their eighth loss of the season.

George Kittle 82-yard catch-and-run TD is 49ers' play of 2018 thus far


George Kittle 82-yard catch-and-run TD is 49ers' play of 2018 thus far

Editor’s note: The 49ers break for the bye week with a 2-8 record. This is part of a series that recaps the first 10 games with an eye to the future. In this installment, we look at the best moment from the first 10 weeks.

The 49ers have just two wins, so it could be argued their best moments so far this season have come when the game clock hit 0:00 at the end of those two games.

But if you're really taking only one singular moment, there’s no comparison as to which to chose.

It happened in Week 4, with a little less than three minutes left on the clock in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers. That's when 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard found tight end George Kittle wide open 20 yards downfield with a pass. Kittle did the rest, running 60 yards diagonally to the left edge of the end zone for a touchdown.

It still stands as the 49ers' longest pass play of 2018. It also was the longest play in the NFL this season until Cleveland Browns rookie running back Nick Chubb ripped off a 92-yard run in Week 10.

Beathard and Kittle’s incredible play marked the first time the Iowa stars had connected for a touchdown in their football careers. They have played together since they were freshmen for the Hawkeyes.

After the game, Kittle explained the 49ers had been working on the play for a while. He was just waiting for it to be called.

“Safeties playing on the opposite hash, the guy drops me because he thinks I’m running vertical, C.J. finds me," Kittle said, "and [I] got a good cut on the safety. He kind of stumbled, and just got a run from there.”

While the game didn’t end how the 49ers wanted -- the Chargers won 29-27 -- Kittle explained the play did give them momentum toward a comeback after trailing by nine points. It gave the fans hope, too.

“After I caught my breath, yes. I was ready," Kittle said. "The defense got a three-and-out, and we got a field goal the next time to put us in the lead. I was pretty excited about that.”

Kittle has enjoyed an extremely productive season, with 50 catches for 775 yards, putting him on pace to break 1,200 yards for the season. His 15.5 yards per reception ranks third among NFL tight ends behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' O.J. Howard (16.8) and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Jesse James (15.6). It also lands Kittle 18th among wide receivers and tight ends combined.