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Fantasy Football 2017: Week 4 Waiver Wire

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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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Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

Derrius Guice continues to ingratiate himself with Redskins fans with new fundraising effort

For most college players, being a part of the NFL Draft experience is a dream come true, but for Derrius Guice, it was becoming a nightmare. Originally projected as a first round pick, Guice saw his name falling fast on draft boards due to questions raised about his maturity and high-maintenance personality.

Two months removed from the Redskins selecting him 59th overall, Guice has erased any doubt regarding his character. Whether it be taking fans out to the movies, shooting the breeze while signing autographs, or even the occasional leap frog over two practice barrels and a trainer, Guice has ingrained himself as a Redskins fan favorite. He's done a great job at making himself popular, now he's focused on making change for others. 

On June 20th, a day before his birthday, Guice announced he would be running a fundraiser for the Mary Bird Perkins center, a cancer foundation in his hometown of Baton Rouge. Inspired by his best friend's mother who "rang that bell,"—an indication that a patient has beaten cancer—Guice wants to help others do the same. 

Guice has utilized his newfound popularity to entice other peope to donate. If you donate $5, you can play him in Fortnite. For $50, you guys can go bowling together. Anyone willing to donate $100 or more will be entered in a raffle for tickets to the Redskins Monday Night Football game against the Saints. 

If Guice can match his off the field popularity with on the field production, he'll be in contention for Rookie of the Year. Anyone interested in donating can click here

 

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

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Need to Know: Five Redskins on the bubble who could make the roster

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, June 21, 35 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

The first five off of the roster

Here are five players who are not on my projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster (offensedefense) but who are one injury or a few strong preseason game performances away from making it. 

G Kyle Kalis—Last year he lined up with the second team during most of training camp and he nearly made the roster as an undrafted free agent. The team did re-sign him after injuries struck the O-line in the middle of the season. He will push Tyler Catalina for a backup guard spot. 

RB Byron Marshall—He got a few touches last year before ending up on injured reserve. Marshall has looked good in practices so far, especially catching out of the backfield. Jay Gruden likely will play Chris Thompson sparingly in the preseason and that could give Marshall a chance to shine. Don’t sleep on him. 

WR Cam Sims—Right now, the undrafted rookie out of Alabama looks like the eighth wide receiver on the roster and they are only going to keep six. But if he continues to get the attention of Gruden with his play in practice and makes the most of his opportunities in preseason games, Robert Davis and Maurice Harris should look out. 

S Fish Smithson—The Redskins liked him a lot after they signed him as an undrafted free agent last year. But they didn’t like him enough to keep him on the 53-man roster; he spent the year on the practice squad, getting a late-season cup of coffee on the roster. He will push both Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke for a backup safety spot. If the Redskins have reason to be concerned about the health of Montae Nicholson they might figure out a way to keep Smithson on as a fifth safety. 

ILB Martrell Spaight—It looks like Spaight’s three-year tenure with the team essentially came to an end when they drafted Sean Dion Hamilton in the fifth round. But his play in offseason practices indicates he’s not going to go out without a fight. 

Next five off: OT T.J. Clemmings, QB Kevin Hogan, RB Kapri Bibbs, NT Phil Taylor, CB Danny Johnson

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline 

Redskins running back Derrius Guice was born on this date in 1997. 

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 35
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 49
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 72

The Redskins last played a game 172 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 80 days. 

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