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Jefferson, Higgins highlight Week 4 waiver wire

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We knew the 2020 wide receiver class was special, it was just a matter of time before a few of the draftees began to pop. After Week 3, we're rapidly approaching that point. 

As we look toward the waiver wire heading into Week 4, there are three rookie wideouts fantasy owners should keep their eye on. If these players haven't been scooped already, you might want to submit your claims now. 

Justin Jefferson: WR, Minnesota Vikings

Jefferson was seemingly drafted into the perfect situation in Minnesota. He excelled as a slot receiver with Joe Burrow at LSU and that's exactly where the Vikings put him to begin his pro career with a quarterback in Kirk Cousins who likes to use the middle of the field. 

Jefferson started slow out of the gate but erupted in Week 3 with seven receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown. 

With Stefon Diggs gone and most of the attention going to Adam Thielen, Jefferson has a shot to be an extremely valuable player moving forward, especially in PPR formats. 

Tee Higgins: WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Higgins showed exactly why several teams were high on him during draft season despite his lack of explosiveness on the outside. The man scores touchdowns. 

In a Week 3 tie with the Eagles, the Clemson product caught five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns. He showed good chemistry with Burrow and was a problem for the Philadelphia secondary all afternoon. 

Tyler Boyd is seemingly Burrow's first option with AJ Green providing a veteran presence on the outside and in the red zone, though Higgins may be making a case for a regular role in the Bengal offense. As Burrow acclimates himself to NFL competition, each Cincy receiver becomes more dangerous. 

 

Brandon Aiyuk: WR, San Francisco 49ers

Aiyuk was slated for a significant role in Kyle Shanahan's offense but injuries kept him from showcasing his skills early on. In his first week fully healthy, the rookie balled out, catching five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. 

Aiyuk is an ideal fit for the 49ers scheme and should only get better as the season goes along. 

That's also assuming that San Francisco can stay healthy enough to field a competitive team out there. 

Alan Lazard: WR, Green Bay Packers

Sticking with the receiver theme, Lazard flashed why some had him as a fantasy sleeper this season as the presumed second option for Aaron Rodgers behind Davante Adams.

He finished six receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, who boast a formidable pass defense. 

Receivers who play with quarterbacks like Rodgers need to develop trust to maintain steady production. The more passes Lazard catches, the more Rodgers will look his way during the season. 

Rex Burkhead: RB, New England Patriots

We had to give you at least one running back, right?

With James White out for an unspecified amount of time following the death of his father, it appears Burkhead has picked up the workload as New England's receiving back alongside between-the-tackles specialist Sony Michel. 

Burkhead finished with seven receptions for 49 yards and a receiving touchdown while running for 49 yards and two touchdowns. It's hard to forecast which Patriots running back to play on a weekly basis, but when the depth chart forces certain players into roles like Burkhead here, it's easier to pull the trigger.