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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 4

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 


First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Keelan Cole, JAX (74%/+55%)

Antonio Callaway, CLE (33%/+27%)

Tyler Boyd, CIN (16%/+13%)

Austin Hooper, ATL (29%/+12%)

Baker Mayfield, CLE (13%/+5%)

Ito Smith, ATL (6%/+4%)

Corey Grant, JAX (5%/+3%)

Dede Westbrook, JAX (20%/+3%)

Josh Rosen, ARZ (2%/+1%)

Marcus Murphy, BUF (2%/+1%)

Josh Allen, BUF (3%/+1%)

Mark Walton, CIN (1%/+1%)

Mark Andrews, BAL (1%/+1%)

James Washington, PIT (4%/+1%)






Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Ian Thomas, CAR (3%/-4%)

Vance McDonald, PIT (11%/-4%)






1)        Baker Mayfield, CLE (12%)

2)        Jameis Winston, TB (10%)

3)        Josh Rosen, ARZ (2%)

4)        Josh Allen, BUF (3%)

5)        C.J. Beathard, SF (0%)


Last Thursday, we finally got to see rookie QB Baker Mayfield in action. Unfortunately, he entered the game after an injury to veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, but it is now clear that this is Mayfield’s team. The former Heisman winner led the Browns to a comeback victory, their first win in more than 600 days. If you play in a shallow league with Mayfield on the waiver wire, change that now…While veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to play well for the Bucs, despite an interception-filled Week Three game, QB Jameis Winston is set to return from a suspension. It is unlikely he will regain the job in the next couple of weeks, but Winston should certainly be on dynasty rosters and some have given up after the hot start by Fitzpatrick…Week Three also brought us the debut of Cardinals rookie QB Josh Rosen, who understandably struggled when inserted into the game in the closing minutes needing an 80-yard drive to take the lead. Not the ideal spot to see your first NFL action. Rosen will be better and should be on the radar this week…The talk of the NFL in Week Three was the major upset of the Vikings by rookie QB Josh Allen and the Bills. Allen threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more, dispelling many criticisms he endured all offseason. Allen is still no sure thing but should be on the radar of dynasty players…If you’re in a 2QB league or simply a deep dynasty league, you might have to reach for QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s replacement second-year QB C.J. Beathard. Although he saw action in six games last season, Beathard managed just one top 12 performance. He’s a desperation play only…


Running Backs


1)        Chase Edmonds, ARZ (2%)

2)        Chris Ivory, BUF (6%)

3)        Ito Smith, ATL (6%)

4)        Kyle Juszczyk, SF (0%)


Despite seeing decreasing snaps each game this season, rookie RB Chase Edmonds continues to play an important role for the Cardinals behind starting RB David Johnson. If you own DJ, rostering Edmonds is a must…With veteran RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) out, his backup RB Chris Ivory played well in the Bills upset, totaling 126 yards on 23 touches, good for RB18 for the week. McCoy is expected to be back soon, but off-field concerns could threaten his availability moving forward…Another veteran who continues to miss time is Falcons RB Devonta Freeman and rookie RB Ito Smith has served as the primary backup. In Week Three, he was active in the passing game, catching three balls for 41 yards. He’s not stealing many touches from RB Tevin Coleman, but is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues…The 49ers just lost starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, which likely means they’ll be playing from behind more often. Their best pass-catching RB is Kyle Juszczyk, who happens to be available in nearly every dynasty league out there… 




Wide Receivers


1)        Tyler Boyd, CIN (16%)

2)        Cole Beasley, DAL (16%)

3)        Taywan Taylor, TEN (2%)

4)        Cameron Meredith, NO (11%)

5)        Albert Wilson, MIA (1%)

6)        Jakeem Grant, MIA (3%)

I am shocked Bengals WR Tyler Boyd was not targeted more in Yahoo fantasy leagues following his big Week Two performance, but that could be good news for some of you. In Week three, Boyd stepped up when WR A.J. Green went down, finishing as a top-five WR for the week with a 6/132/1 line. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues…Well, someone has to catch the ball, right? That’s the thinking in Dallas where the passing game continues to struggle, but slot man WR Cole Beasley leads the team in targets, receptions, yardage and snap rate and is still available on many waiver wires. With bye weeks beginning next week, he’s a safe replacement in your flex spot…Titans WR Taywan Taylor is seeing his role grow. After playing just 13% of the snaps in Week One, he was up to 52% in Week Three. His four receptions for 80 yards also marked new career-highs, though I expect those to grow soon…WR Cameron Meredith made his Saints debut in Week Three and while he only recorded one catch, it went for a touchdown. QB Drew Brees and the Saints need a third option in the passing game and that could be Meredith…Miami WRs Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant each made huge plays in the Dolphins come from behind victory in Week Three. Each responsible for a pair of touchdowns, the two speedy receivers are better options in a best ball league as their targets and usage are unlikely to remain consistent…


Tight Ends


1)        Dallas Goedert, PHI (2%)

2)        Mark Andrews, BAL (1%)

3)        Antonio Gates, LAC (5%)

After playing sparingly in the first two games, it was encouraging to see Eagles rookie TE Dallas Goedert up his on-field time to 67%. This coincided with the return of QB Carson Wentz, who targeted seven times. Goedert caught all seven for 73 yards and a score…Ravens rookie TE Mark Andrews continues to make a subtle impact. In Week Three, Andrews hauled in a 30-yarder, part of his two grabs for 59 yards in Baltimore’s win. Things could change once fellow rookie TE Hayden Hurst returns, but that date is still unclear…Chargers veteran TE Antonio Gates played a season-high 42% of the snaps and hauled in three passes for 45 yards. At this point, he’s not much more than a desperation play but with so many TE injuries, including Giants TE Evan Engram going down in Week Three, you just might need Gates…


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Adam Shaheen, Delanie Walker