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There may be no more banged up receiving corps in the NFL than the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Thursday we received both positive and negative updates about their injury statuses.

The positive was that Diontae Johnson got a full practice in, which means we're ranking him as if he'll play at full strength in Week 4. That makes him a must-start receiver in full PPR and a low-end No. 2 receiver in non-PPR. 

More positive news came with JuJu Smith-Schuster getting in a limited practice. We still aren't ranking him yet, but he's definitely trending in the right direction. Which is more than you can say for Chase Claypool.

Claypool popped up on the injury report with a new hamstring injury. That, combined with the potential return of the Steelers' top-two receivers, has dropped Claypool outside of my top-36 receivers.

In relation to the Thursday night guys, I would start the top five receivers in that game over Smith-Schuster. Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Marvin Jones are the only three I'd start over Claypool as long as I have a replacement available for Sunday. If not, I'd start Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark over him as well.

Here is the rest of the Week 4 WR Preview:

Week 4 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 4 at this time. Here's what it means:

PIT Pittsburgh • #19
Age: 24 • Experience: 5 yrs.
If Smith-Schuster is out we could see another high-volume week for Chase Claypool and Najee Harris.
TEN Tennessee • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Julio Jones should see increased volume without Brown, but he hasn't practiced yet this week either.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
If Kenny Golladay can get healthy he could be in line for a lot of targets in Week 4.
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Numbers to Know
  • 37.6% -- Brandin Cooks leads all receivers with a 37.6% target share.
  • 3.56 -- Ja"Marr Chase has scored 3.56 Fantasy points per target through his first three games. There's major regression coming, but hopefully a lot more targets as well.
  • 151 -- Jakobi Meyers has now seen 151 career targets without a receiving touchdown.
  • 91.2 -- Cooper Kupp leads all non-quarterbacks with 91.2 PPR Fantasy points.
  • 31 -- Mike Williams has 31 targets through three games. It looks like he's going to smash his career high of 90.
  • 6.2 -- Stefon Diggs' 6.2 yards per target is the lowest of his career. It's such a small sample size that I'd bet on regression in the coming weeks. Buy low.
  • 8.8 -- Calvin Ridley's aDOT in 2021. The past two years it has been above 13.
  • 18% -- DeAndre Hopkins' 2021 target share. The Arizona Cardinals' passing attack has been much less concentrated.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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WAS Washington • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL WAS -1.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
18.1
WR RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
25
REYDS
231
TD
1
FPTS/G
16
CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET CHI -3 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
16.5
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
21
REYDS
86
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.2
TEN Tennessee • #2
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ TEN -7.5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
18
REYDS
204
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.8
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL DEN -1.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
13.7
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
20
REYDS
210
TD
0
FPTS/G
12
BAL Baltimore • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -1.5 O/U 44
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
23
REYDS
235
TD
2
FPTS/G
17
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 4 Waivers
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -7 O/U 49
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
33rd
ROSTERED
66%
YTD Stats
REC
19
TAR
29
REYDS
176
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.2
Meyers should be universally started as a No. 3 receiver in full PPR, but there's some hope for his non-PPR value as well. Eventually, he's going to get into the end zone and the loss of James White could mean even more targets for Meyers. So could Jonnu Smith's struggles.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
5th
WR RNK
38th
ROSTERED
37%
YTD Stats
REC
16
TAR
22
REYDS
204
TD
1
FPTS/G
14.1
Renfrow should be in a shootout with the Chargers on Monday Night Football. He's still Derek Carr's favorite wide receiver to target and he's getting a few more downfield targets than he has in past years. He's a solid No. 3 in full PPR.
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LV Las Vegas • #89
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -3.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
5th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
22%
YTD Stats
REC
10
TAR
13
REYDS
210
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.3
Edwards' target share is way too low to consider starting, but he's been awesome and he looks like a future star. If Carr starts targeting him more, Edwards could take off. That's exactly the type of guy you should be stashing.
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DFS Plays
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IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -1.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
15.1
WR RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
17
TAR
28
REYDS
220
TD
0
FPTS/G
13.2
Pittman has 24 targets over his past two games and looks to be emerging as a true No. 1 receiver for the Colts. But he's priced more like a low-end No. 3 .
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CAR Carolina • #2
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
18.1
WR RNK
5th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
31
REYDS
285
TD
1
FPTS/G
19.3
I think the matchup with Trevon Diggs will keep Moore's roster rate low, I'm just not sure matchup matters all that much to Moore. That's partially because of his skillset and partially because of the Panthers' creativity.
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Heath's Projections

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