We saw several other marquee names go down in Week 3 with injuries, with managers retrenching for the second week in a row to fill the hole. But while on a hot summer day wire wires can look like a cold drink of water, our experts caution us in making silly decisions in our latest version of Waver Wire Mistakes to avoid:
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Q1. Which one wire should fantasy football players avoid in Week 4?
I have two thoughts on this week’s wire based on the results of this week’s three weeks.
First, Chris Carson is set to miss 1-2 weeks with a minor knee sprain. Based on that information alone, you might be thinking to yourself, “I’m going to wire wire and make a big bid on my backup Carlos Hyde!” Let’s take a step back and think about this. By the time you’re 0-3 and going to start Hyde this week, you should avoid overspeeding on the stopgap option, especially if it won’t be in your starting lineup. Let someone else run on a backup that has proved to be a near-heavy Seahawks attack.
Second, the Cowboys do not bid on WR Cedric Wilson. Sure, he threw 107 yards and two touchdowns in Week 4, but Dak Prescott threw the ball 57 times. It won’t happen on a weekly basis, and Wilson is still firmly entangled behind Ammi Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Sidi Lamb as the team’s 4th wide receivers on the depth chart. While he made up 29% of his snap share, this performance is more than likely his best of the season. Let no one else waste your precious FAAB on a wide receiver who can never see more than a handful of snacks in every game going forward.
– Adam Koffler (@AdamKoffler)
If your league’s waiver is running on the wire FAB system, don’t make up your budget to take on someone you don’t really need or start immediately.
In the league of nuggets that live in my house, I saw Darrell Henderson scooped for $ 42 FAB dollars to score 22 points on a man’s bench in Week 3? how? Say what you want about the matchup, but listen: if you’re bidding hard on a player, he’s probably doing a promising week or some such promising performance, right? If you don’t ride the streak right now, you can’t reach any of that action.
If you are waiting now and see what he is doing, what is the point of spending your FAB dollars on a free agent? Before you make a move you are about to do that research (or go with your stomach). There is nothing worse than wasting a boat load of flour on a man you are cutting after three or four weeks. This is a losing strategy and it can cost you dearly on the road.
If you are going to make a big splash on a hot free agent commodity, count it! Don’t waste a ton of your budget on a player that you won’t immediately enter in your starting lineup.
– Jim Columbo (@WideRightNBlue)
I will not keep “overtaking” or “slow and steady” spells the same this week.
From week 4 onwards, my best advice is not to ignore the QB situation. My top picks this week are Jeff Wilson, T Higgins and Justin Jefferson, but there are several quarterbacks that you need to keep on your radar. Nick Foles has shown what he can do when included in the starting lineup, and there’s no reason he won’t be Chicago’s starter for the rest of the season. He is a great long-term solution for those in need of help in the situation.
Looking for a short term ad? He is also on the wire of forgiveness. Kirk Cousins faces Houston, Seattle and Atlanta over the next three weeks and should be a QB1 streamer for those delicious matches – you like it?!?! I know I do. Want to take a chance on a cheater? No more saying, because Justin Herbert should have your wiring strings available. After throwing for over 300 yards in his first two matches, he has received a beautiful schedule from Week 5-9: NO, NYJ, MIA, JAC, LV.
Finally, do you need help for this week and want to appear calm in front of all your league mates? Yes, you guessed it. Your discount is also available on the wire. The Dolphins faced Seattle’s hardly pass defense in Weekly 4, and it’s possible that we get a little FitzMagic at the start of a tremendous opportunity. If you’re looking for a widely available and high-powered streamer this week then Ryan Fitzpatrick is your man.
You should always add quality backs and wideouts from wire to wire, but this week, don’t make the mistake of forgetting about quarterbacks.
– Zak Hansou (@Zakthemonster)
My advice for this week is not to restrain your soul. It is easy to get excited by a player’s breakout performance, but some breakouts are just due to teams’ temporary holes.
For example, Mike Davis looks like adding a great leeway over Devonte Freeman right now, but Davis will have no fancy relevance after McCaff returns. If you have invested almost all of your FAAB in Davis, then of course, he can help you win a few games now, but he probably won’t help you too late in the season. I am saying this because we have found many popular pickups that are just stop-gap this week.
I wrote discounted wire outlines about Brandon Ayuk and Greg Ward, and while I’m excited about both of them in the short term, neither of them has a long upside. Before claiming a bid or discount, you should always ask yourself how long you will be able to use the player. The short-term upside is always great, but don’t sync your season by investing too much capital in a stop-gap option.
– Isaiah Sirois (@is_sirois)
At the beginning of the season, it is important to beat the drum of long-term thinking with your relaxation.
A perfect example is between two players I wrote about this week, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Justin Jefferson. Wilson has a small window of immediate opportunity. Even if your team is completely thin on RB and you need someone to play this week, you’d be better off taking a higher claim in the long run or leaving a more FAAB budget on Jefferson, which is worth the rest. It maintains a high ceiling of value. Of the season.
If you don’t have an immediate fit for your roster on the wire this week that offers multi-week pricing, you can’t force it, and it’s not worth wasting money on a one-week rental. You would be better off stockpiling second place and aggressively exploring the trade market.
Wait for the discount to come up and take a chance on a free streaming option that will offer a similar bounce / bust appeal for free.
– John Ferguson (@ Fantasy Ferguson)
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