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After Week 1, when Raheem Mostert (knee) was lost for the season, it looked like Elijah Mitchell could be a league-winning Fantasy running back. Fantasy managers went all-in on Mitchell, with some spending all of their FAAB budget, hoping he would be the best 49ers running back this year.

So far, that hasn't been a great investment. Mitchell injured his shoulder in Week 2 and missed Week 3. He could return in Week 4, but now Trey Sermon might be San Francisco's best running back. Or it could be Jeff Wilson (knee) when he's able to play. Or JaMycal Hasty (ankle) when he's healthy.

Mitchell might still be great, but we told you to use caution when spending big on him. And now we're going to do the same when it comes to Chuba Hubbard.

The Panthers rookie is getting the chance to be the lead running back in Carolina after Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) was hurt Thursday night at Houston. There's no doubt Hubbard should be the top priority off the waiver wire. And he's worth a hefty amount of your FAAB if you need a running back.

But this is where you have to determine how much FAAB to spend on Hubbard relative to what you're getting. The initial NFL Network report on McCaffrey said he would "miss a few weeks," but Panthers coach Matt Rhule said McCaffrey is not headed to injured reserve. That would seemingly indicate he's back within three weeks, which is the minimum length of time on IR.

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that McCaffrey suffered less than a Grade 1 strain. As La Canfora reported, "a grade .50 as one source put it." La Canfora also reported that "one source estimated it would be an absence of at least a couple of weeks."

If we're going on a two-week timeframe then that would give Hubbard starts at Dallas in Week 4 and vs. Philadelphia in Week 5. We expect Hubbard to get the majority of work, but he could also share touches with Royce Freeman.

After McCaffrey went down in Week 3 against the Texans, Hubbard logged 40 of 73 offensive snaps (55 percent), while Freeman got on the field for 11 plays (15 percent). Hubbard finished with 11 carries for 52 yards, along with three catches for 27 yards on five targets. Freeman had five carries for 17 yards, along with one catch for 8 yards on one target.

The Panthers could also sign another running back, and they worked out Duke Johnson already. That said, we expect Hubbard to be the main running back in Carolina until McCaffrey is healthy, and hopefully Hubbard delivers like Mike Davis did in 2020 when McCaffrey was out for 13 games. Davis appeared in 12 games with McCaffrey hurt, and he had six outings with at least 15 PPR points.

If my Fantasy team were 0-3 or 1-2 and needed a running back then I would spend at least 50 percent of my remaining FAAB. You don't have much to lose at this point, and another loss could end your Fantasy season. Maybe Hubbard can save you.

Otherwise, if I have a winning Fantasy record and was just looking to speculate, I'd spend around 30 percent and just see if that gets it done. You don't want to be in a position where you overpay for Hubbard, and then he ends up being like Mitchell.

Ideally, McCaffrey is back soon and dominating again. But we know soft-tissue injuries like hamstring strains can linger, and then Hubbard could be an extremely valuable Fantasy asset for the rest of the season. It's a gamble to spend big on Hubbard if McCaffrey returns soon, but Hubbard might be worth it if McCaffrey misses a significant amount of time.

You also should put a small bid in for Freeman (under 10 percent) just in case the veteran has a bigger role than anticipated. We don't expect the Panthers to favor Freeman over Hubbard, but it's possible that could be the case.

Editor's note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 4 Waivers
WAIVER WIRE
Quarterbacks
  • Injuries: Justin Herbert (hand), Justin Fields (hand), Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) and Andy Dalton (knee)
  • Check to see if available: Kirk Cousins (82 percent rostered). Cousins has been a star with at least 26 Fantasy points in each game this season. He should continue to play at a high level, and he's worth trusting as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues in Week 4 against Cleveland -- and beyond.
  • Drop candidates: Trevor Lawrence (77 percent rostered), Baker Mayfield (66 percent) and Trey Lance (55 percent). Lawrence has struggled so far through three starts, and there's little reason to stash him in one-quarterback leagues. ... Mayfield doesn't have much upside as a Fantasy quarterback right now and has scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points in all three games. ... Lance is not worth holding in one-quarterback seasonal leagues while he's playing behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Add in this order:

Week 4 Priority List
CAR Carolina • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS QB
22nd
QB RNK
18th
ROSTERED
52%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
888
RUYDS
17
TD
6
INT
1
FPTS/G
23.1
Darnold has been a solid Fantasy quarterback through three games, scoring at least 21 Fantasy points in each outing. He might have to carry more of the offense with McCaffrey hurt, and he could be in a shootout with the Cowboys in Week 4. Darnold should be considered a potential starter in deeper leagues and is worth up to 5 percent of your remaining FAAB budget.
WAS Washington • #4
Age: 28 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL WAS -1.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
30th
QB RNK
19th
ROSTERED
13%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
670
RUYDS
44
TD
6
INT
3
FPTS/G
20.7
Heinicke has done well in two starts for Fitzpatrick, scoring at least 23 Fantasy points in each start. He has a great matchup in Week 4 at Atlanta, and he should be considered a streaming option in all leagues. In deeper formats, Heinicke is worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
ATL Atlanta • #2
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS WAS -1.5 O/U 48
OPP VS QB
32nd
QB RNK
15th
ROSTERED
64%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
707
RUYDS
10
TD
4
INT
3
FPTS/G
15.8
Ryan might not be a bad streaming option in Week 4 against Washington since the Football Team allows the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year. Ryan has scored at least 19 Fantasy points in each of his past two games against Tampa Bay and the Giants, but this could be his best game to date. He hasn't played well in three games, but the matchup is worth giving Ryan a shot for 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
MIA Miami • #14
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND MIA -1.5 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
27th
QB RNK
24th
ROSTERED
5%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
384
RUYDS
49
TD
1
INT
1
FPTS/G
8.7
Brissett could be useful in two-quarterback and Superflex leagues for as long as Tagovailoa is on injured reserve. Brissett has some favorable matchups ahead against the Colts, Buccaneers, Jaguars and Falcons if he starts all of those games. And Brissett showed you he'll use his legs with 37 rushing yards and a touchdown in Week 3 at Las Vegas. Brissett is worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
WAIVER WIRE
Running Backs
  • Injuries: Christian McCaffrey (hamstring), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Josh Jacobs (toe), Darrell Henderson (ribs), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), James White (hip), Giovani Bernard (knee), Tevin Coleman (illness), JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and Rashaad Penny (calf)
  • Check to see if available: James Conner (82 percent rostered), Alexander Mattison (81 percent), Nyheim Hines (74 percent), Zack Moss (71 percent) and Cordarrelle Patterson (68 percent). Mattison is a must-start option until Cook returns, and Moss might now be the lead back in Buffalo. Both are must adds across the board. ... Don't chase Conner's two touchdowns from Week 3, but he would be a must-start option if Chase Edmonds missed any time. ... Hines is going to have a roller coaster season all year, but he should be rostered in all PPR leagues. ... Patterson has 14 targets, 11 catches, 140 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. At running back or receiver, that's quality production in PPR.
  • Drop candidates: James White (84 percent rostered), Mark Ingram (81 percent) and Ronald Jones (77 percent). White isn't worth holding unless you have an IR spot because that's likely where he's headed. ... Ingram has combined for eight PPR points in his past two games after scoring 14 PPR points in Week 1. The committee in Houston is bad for all three running backs with David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay, and none of them should be rostered in most leagues. ... Jones might benefit if Bernard is out, but so far he's scored a combined three PPR points on the season and has one catch.
Week 4 Priority List
CAR Carolina • #30
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS RB
8th
RB RNK
31st
ROSTERED
48%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
62
REC
5
REYDS
31
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.8
You can read all about Hubbard at the top of the column, but he should be considered a flex option in non-PPR leagues for Week 4 at Dallas and a low-end starter in PPR formats. The Cowboys have yet to allow a rushing touchdown to a running back, but they have allowed at least seven receptions a game to opposing running back groups so far. Dallas is No. 3 in receptions allowed to running backs on the year with 26. As a reminder, you'll likely need at least 30 percent of your remaining FAAB budget to get Hubbard, but some needy Fantasy managers might spend more than 50 percent. You can also take a flyer on Freeman (1 percent rostered) for about 5 percent of your FAAB.
LV Las Vegas • #31
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS RB
21st
RB RNK
40th
ROSTERED
8%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
143
REC
3
REYDS
31
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.2
Barber did great against the Dolphins in Week 3 with 23 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, along with three catches for 31 yards on five targets. He now has 26 carries in two games without Jacobs, and the Raiders apparently didn't want to change Kenyan Drake's role much while Jacobs was sidelined. You should put a small bid on Barber (around 5 percent of your remaining FAAB) because it appears like Jacobs could return in Week 4 at the Chargers. However, Barber could be a good stash candidate given Jacobs' injury history, and it's clear the Raiders will use Barber more as a rusher over Drake should Jacobs go down again.
NE New England • #42
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 49
OPP VS RB
10th
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
2%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
5
REC
2
REYDS
3
TD
0
FPTS/G
1.4
I honestly don't know what the Patriots will do with White out, so put small FAAB bids (up to 5 percent) on Taylor and Rhamondre Stevenson (32 percent rostered). It could also be Brandon Bolden (0 percent rostered) as a replacement, although he's usually only used in an emergency given his role on special teams. Ideally, Damien Harris takes on more work in the passing game, but we'll see what New England does to replace White. We might not fully know until after Week 4 against Tampa Bay, but someone will be catching passes from Mac Jones out of the backfield after White had 12 catches on 13 targets in two games. Taylor had 32 catches at Arizona in his final collegiate season in 2019, so he might be best suited to replace White for now.
PHI Philadelphia • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -7 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
29th
RB RNK
41st
ROSTERED
59%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
53
REC
7
REYDS
56
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.6
Gainwell didn't do much in Week 3 at Dallas with only four total touches, but neither did Miles Sanders (five total touches). Still, I want to stash Gainwell as a potential lottery ticket in case Sanders has to miss any time. And in deeper leagues, Gainwell could be a potential flex option in tandem with Sanders since he's scored at least six PPR points in every game this year. He's worth up to 5 percent of your remaining FAAB.
IND Indianapolis • #25
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -1.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
31st
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
9%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
16
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
1.6
The Colts are looking to trade Mack, so keep an eye on where he ends up. If he lands with the right team, Mack could have a decent role and be worth adding in all leagues. You might want to get ahead of that and add Mack now before a trade happens. He's worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
MIA Miami • #34
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs IND MIA -1.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
11th
RB RNK
NR
ROSTERED
12%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
68
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.3
In deep, non-PPR leagues you might want to stash Brown because every few weeks he's going to score a touchdown like he did in Week 3 at Las Vegas. There's no way to know when those weeks might happen, but he does have at least five carries in every game this year. For the season, he has 17 carries, with four of them coming inside the 20-yard line, three of them inside the 10-yard line and two inside the 5. And should something happen to Myles Gaskin, we could see Brown's role increase. He's worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
WAIVER WIRE
Wide Receivers
  • Injuries: A.J. Brown (hamstring), JuJu Smith-Schuster (ribs), Tee Higgins (shoulder), Diontae Johnson (knee), Antonio Brown (illness), Sterling Shepard (hamstring), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Jarvis Landry (knee), Michael Gallup (calf), Curtis Samuel (groin), Elijah Moore (concussion), Jamison Crowder (groin), T.Y. Hilton (neck), Russell Gage (ankle), Darius Slayton (hamstring), Tyrell Williams (concussion), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) and K.J. Hamler (knee).
  • Check to see if available: Michael Pittman (82 percent rostered), Henry Ruggs III (78 percent) and Christian Kirk (77 percent). Pittman has 24 targets in his past two games for 14 catches and 191 yards. He has a tough matchup in Week 4 at Miami, but he's the No. 1 receiver in Indianapolis until Hilton is back. ... Ruggs is looking better each week and has 14 targets, nine catches, 191 yards and a touchdown in his past two games. He's on the verge of a breakout. ... Kirk has scored at least 17 PPR points in two of three games and isn't going away despite the additions of A.J. Green and Rondale Moore. He should be added in all leagues and might be a viable No. 3 Fantasy receiver on a weekly basis.
  • Drop candidates: Jarvis Landry (73 percent rostered), Laviska Shenault (68 percent), Darnell Mooney (62 percent) and DeVante Parker (55 percent). Landry is only worth stashing if you have an IR spot. ... Shenault has been at 50 receiving yards or less in all three games, and his targets have been in steady decline. The addition of Dan Arnold will likely make things worse for Shenault as well. ... Allen Robinson is worth holding until the Bears figure out their offense. Mooney is not right now. Hopefully, better days are ahead. ... The Dolphins receiving corps is too crowded for Parker, especially with Tagovailoa out, and he has nine catches for 84 yards in his past two games, with no touchdowns on the year.
Week 4 Priority List
DEN Denver • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL DEN -1.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
14th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
60%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
13
REYDS
174
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.8
Patrick will be at least the No. 3 receiver for the Broncos all season with Hamler now out, and he's still the No. 2 option for now until Jeudy returns. Patrick scored at least 12 PPR points in all three games this year, and we'll see if his targets rise with only 13 for the season. But he has either a touchdown or 90-plus yards in all three games, and his role is now secured with Hamler out. Patrick is worth 10-15 percent of your remaining FAAB budget.
BUF Buffalo • #1
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU BUF -16.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
8th
WR RNK
45th
ROSTERED
60%
YTD Stats
REC
11
TAR
20
REYDS
194
TD
2
FPTS/G
14.1
The Bills' two receivers behind Stefon Diggs have been solid so far with Sanders and Cole Beasley (62 percent rostered) playing well. Sanders just had five catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns on six targets in Week 3 against Washington, and he has at least six targets in all three games. Beasley had 11 catches for 98 yards on 13 targets against Washington, and he now has two games with 13 targets on the season. Beasley is the better PPR option, but he's likely already rostered in those formats. Sanders might be the better add here across the board, and he's worth 10 percent of your remaining FAAB. The same goes for Beasley where available in PPR.
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -6.5 O/U 49
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
40th
ROSTERED
59%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
29
REYDS
176
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.2
Meyers was a drop candidate last week in non-PPR leagues, but we said to hold him in PPR. And you saw why in Week 3 against New Orleans when he had nine catches for 94 yards on 14 targets. He should benefit with White out, and he's also going to be good when the Patriots are chasing points, which should happen in Week 4 against Tampa Bay. Meyers is worth 10 percent of your remaining FAAB where still available in PPR leagues. In all leagues, you can take a flyer on Kendrick Bourne (1 percent rostered), who just had six catches for 96 yards and a touchdown on eight targets against the Saints.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
5th
WR RNK
41st
ROSTERED
20%
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
22
REYDS
204
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.1
Renfrow should be considered a weekly No. 3 PPR receiver based on his role with the Raiders. He has at least 13 PPR points in two of three games, along with at least five catches and six targets each week. He only has one touchdown on the season, so his upside is limited in non-PPR leagues, but he's clearly a favorite target for Derek Carr. And you can also take a flyer on Bryan Edwards (22 percent rostered) in deeper leagues. As for Renfrow, he's worth 5-10 percent of your remaining FAAB.
ARI Arizona • #18
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAR LAR -6 O/U 54.5
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
26%
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
18
REYDS
181
TD
1
FPTS/G
11.4
Green might not be what he once was with the Bengals, but he's doing a decent job with the Cardinals so far. He had three catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota and five catches for 112 yards in Week 3 at Jacksonville. He has six targets in all three games, and Kyler Murray is leaning on Green enough to be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues. He's worth 5 percent of your remaining FAAB.
NO New Orleans • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG NO -7.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
15th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
50%
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
11
REYDS
63
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
I had Callaway as a drop candidate last week, so I'm not overly excited about him again just because he scored a touchdown in Week 3 at New England. But if you want to pick him up where available you can, and hopefully his performance against the Patriots is the start of a good stretch run until Michael Thomas (ankle) is back, which could be in Week 7. Callaway had season highs in targets (five), catches (four), receiving yards (41) and the touchdown in Week 3. We'd like to see Jameis Winston lean on Callaway more, and hopefully that happens in Week 4 against the Giants. He's worth up to 5 percent of your remaining FAAB.
BAL Baltimore • #12
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -1.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
9th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
15%
Bateman is expected to practice this week after opening the season on IR with his groin injury. We'll see how he does finding targets behind Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews and Sammy Watkins, but he's worth stashing for his potential. He could end up as a viable No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues and is worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
TEN Tennessee • #15
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ TEN -7.5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
3rd
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
6
TAR
7
REYDS
69
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.6
Westbrook-Ikhine could see an increased role with A.J. Brown hurt, and he stepped up in Week 3 against the Colts with four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown on four targets. We hope Brown is back soon, and keep an eye on Julio Jones' status as well after he was on the sidelines at the end of Week 3, although he's reportedly fine. Westbrook-Ikhine is worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
ATL Atlanta • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS WAS -1.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
31st
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
10
REYDS
54
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.5
With Gage out, Zaccheaus had a bigger role in Week 3 at the Giants with three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown on six targets, and Gage could be out again in Week 4 against Washington. Zaccheaus could be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues and is worth adding for 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
LAR L.A. Rams • #1
Age: 34 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI LAR -6 O/U 54.5
OPP VS WR
23rd
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
5%
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
7
REYDS
141
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.4
The Rams talked about getting Jackson more involved in Week 3 after he had just two targets in the first two games, and he delivered against Tampa Bay. Jackson had three catches for 120 yards and a touchdown on five targets, and he once again is a boom or bust Fantasy receiver. In deeper leagues, he's worth adding in case he connects with Matthew Stafford more regularly, but don't get overexcited about Jackson just because of his 21 PPR points against the Buccaneers. He's only worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #15
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -7.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
20th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
7
REYDS
51
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.1
The Giants could be without Shepard and Slayton, which might give Johnson a chance to step up for a bigger role. Ideally, it would be Kadarius Toney (6 percent rostered) filling in for Shepard, which might be the case, but Toney only had two catches for 16 yards on three targets against the Falcons in Week 3 when everyone got hurt. Johnson, meanwhile, had five catches for 51 yards on seven targets, and we'll see what happens with his role moving forward when it comes to the injuries in New York. Johnson and Toney are only worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
PIT Pittsburgh • #3
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -16.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
2nd
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
6
REYDS
20
TD
1
FPTS/G
12
Miller is worth a flyer in deeper leagues with Danny Amendola (thigh) and Nico Collins (shoulder) out, and Miller did OK in Week 3 against Carolina in his first game with the Texans this year with four catches for 20 yards and a touchdown on six targets. He could prove to be the No. 2 receiver moving forward opposite Brandin Cooks, and Miller is worth adding for 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
PIT Pittsburgh • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -6.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
10th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
2%
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
8
REYDS
30
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.7
The Steelers could be down Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster this week, which should give Washington a bigger role opposite Chase Claypool. In Week 3 against Cincinnati, Washington had three catches for 20 yards on five targets. It's hard to expect much with Ben Roethlisberger under center for the Steelers, but Washington is worth a look in deeper leagues for 1 percent of your remaining FAAB if Johnson and Smith-Schuster will miss extended action.
WAIVER WIRE
Tight End
  • Injuries: George Kittle (calf), Rob Gronkowski (ribs) and Anthony Firkser (knee).
  • Check to see if available: Tyler Higbee (83 percent rostered) and Mike Gesicki (67 percent). Higbee has at least 11 PPR points in two of three games this year, and he should be used as a low-end starting tight end in all leagues. ... Gesicki might be a go-to guy for Brissett after his performance in Week 3 at Las Vegas with 10 catches for 86 yards on 12 targets. Gesicki is worth adding again if you dropped him last week.
  • Drop candidates: Jonnu Smith (67 percent). Smith is being outplayed by Hunter Henry, and Smith just had one catch for 4 yards on six targets in Week 3 against New Orleans. He also bobbled a pass from Mac Jones that led to a pick-six. Smith has limited upside right now in most Fantasy leagues.
Week 4 Priority List
DAL Dallas • #86
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR DAL -5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS TE
5th
TE RNK
17th
ROSTERED
6%
YTD Stats
REC
14
TAR
15
REYDS
143
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.4
Schultz will hopefully separate from Blake Jarwin and become the best tight end for the Cowboys, and Schultz was a star in Week 3 against the Eagles with six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets. It's his second game this season with at least six targets, and he should have the chance for another decent outing in Week 4 against Carolina. Schultz is worth adding for 5 percent of your remaining FAAB budget.
MIN Minnesota • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CLE -2 O/U 53
OPP VS TE
13th
TE RNK
14th
ROSTERED
4%
YTD Stats
REC
13
TAR
16
REYDS
126
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.5
Conklin looked good in Week 3 against Seattle with seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. Kirk Cousins is locked in right now, and Conklin could be the third-best option in the passing game behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. K.J. Osborn will have a say in that, but Conklin could be a low-end Fantasy starter in all leagues moving forward, including Week 4 against Cleveland. He's worth 5 percent of your remaining FAAB.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #88
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO NO -7.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
9th
TE RNK
15th
ROSTERED
55%
YTD Stats
REC
2
TAR
6
REYDS
21
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.1
Engram is only worth a look in deeper leagues with the injuries to the Giants receiving corps. If Shepard and Slayton are healthy, I would avoid Engram, who struggled in Week 3 against Atlanta with just two catches for 21 yards on six targets, with a lost fumble. Maybe he was shaking off the rust in that game after missing the first two games of the year with a calf injury, but Engram will be tough to trust in Week 4 at New Orleans unless Shepard and Slayton don't play. Engram is only worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
BUF Buffalo • #88
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU BUF -16.5 O/U 48
OPP VS TE
30th
TE RNK
NR
ROSTERED
9%
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
12
REYDS
107
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.9
Knox will struggle for targets if everyone remains healthy in Buffalo, but he has two touchdowns in his past two games and plays in an explosive offense with Josh Allen. He had five targets for four catches and 49 yards with the touchdown in Week 3 against Washington, and hopefully he can stay hot in Week 4 against Houston and score for the third week in a row. He's worth 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
PIT Pittsburgh • #88
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -6.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS TE
22nd
TE RNK
24th
ROSTERED
19%
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
10
REYDS
82
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.4
Freiermuth could benefit the most with Smith-Schuster hurt, and Freiermuth has nine targets in his past two games. In Week 3 against Cincinnati, Freiermuth had three catches for 22 yards and a touchdown on five targets. He's playing ahead of Eric Ebron, and Freiermuth is worth adding with 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
JAC Jacksonville • #85
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN CIN -7.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS TE
6th
TE RNK
NR
ROSTERED
4%
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
11
REYDS
84
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.1
The Jaguars acquired Arnold in trade from Carolina, and we'll see if he can connect with Lawrence right away. It's a crowded receiving corps in Jacksonville, but Lawrence is averaging at least five targets a game to his tight ends prior to Week 4. In deeper leagues, Arnold is worth taking a flyer on with 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
CAR Carolina • #82
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS TE
31st
TE RNK
NR
ROSTERED
YTD Stats
REC
1
TAR
1
REYDS
30
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.6
With Arnold getting traded to Jacksonville, Tremble should have the chance to be the lead tight end in Carolina. He just had one catch for 30 yards on one target in Week 3 at Houston, but he also had a 7-yard touchdown run. He's worth taking a flyer on with 1 percent of your remaining FAAB.
WAIVER WIRE
DST
  • Bengals (4 percent rostered) vs. JAC

    Packers (27 percent rostered) vs. PIT

    Dolphins (41 percent rostered) vs. IND

    Titans (17 percent rostered) at NYJ

    Bears (31 percent rostered) vs. DET

WAIVER WIRE
KICKERS
  • Randy Bullock (4 percent rostered) at NYJ

    Greg Joseph (18 percent rostered) vs. CLE

    Chase McLaughlin (5 percent rostered) at MIN

    Evan McPherson (14 percent) vs. JAC

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