Waiver Wire Week 4: Top Pickups, Adds & Fantasy Rankings

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Sterling Shepard is one of the top waiver wire adds for Week 4.

We’re going to level with you. This week’s waiver wire group leaves a lot to be desired. Depending on who is available in your league, this may be the week to sit out the initial round of waivers, and pick up a player one of your opponents drop.

It is also a good week to upgrade your defense or kicker if either of those areas has been lacking so far this season. While we will only list the waiver wire options that are relatively un-owned, you can always reach out to me on Twitter @JonDAdams for tips for your specific league.

Despite the lack of depth, there are a few players worth your time. Eli Manning and the Giants offense appear to have resurrected. Manning threw for 366 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Giants stocked up on offensive weapons this off-season, and Manning could be a good fantasy option if the Giants have finally found their footing.

On a similar note, Sterling Shepard is worth a look. Shepard notched a whopping 26 fantasy points in PPR leagues this past week. This makes two out of three weeks Shepard has hit double-digit points (in PPR). Shepard showed flashes of fantasy potential during his rookie season.

Here’s a look at my rankings for waiver wire pickups. The ownership percentages comes courtesy of ESPN, but is applicable across platforms.


Waiver Wire Week 4 Rankings

RANKPLAYEROwnership %
1RB Chris Carson, Seahawks45
2RB Wendell Smallwood, Eagles1
3WR Sterling Shepard, Giants30
4RB Chris Johnson, Cardinals94
5QB Eli Manning, Giants8
6K Greg Zuerlein, Rams6
7K Ryan Succop, Titans7

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