Published: Sept. 23, 2018 at 11:58 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 24, 2018 at 12:22 a.m.

2018 Week 4 fantasy football waiver-wire targets

Week 3 was ridiculous. The Browns won for the first time in 635 days. The road-tripping Bills made easy work of the Vikings. Detroit and Matt Patricia thoroughly beat Belichick, Brady, and the Patriots. The Jags lost at home to a half-strength Marcus Mariota. Washington upset Green Bay. And, some golfer named Tiger won for the first time in over five years. Now, we get to recap the crazy slate that was and look ahead to Week 4 in our weekly Waiver Wire column. If your fantasy football teams need a jolt at receiver, you’re in luck this week:

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  • Jones made his season debut in Week 3, carrying the rock a team-leading six times for 42 yards. Game script got out of hand for Green Bay early -- they were down 21-3 by the time the Packers had their fifth possession -- but we saw another small sample taste of excellent running from Jones. Over the past two years, Jones has averaged 4.99 yards after a defender closes within a yard of pursuit while Williams is well behind him (3.36 YGAC), per Next Gen Stats. Williams out-snapped Jones against Washington (43 to 25 percent), but Jones' superior rushing efficiency should force a featured role this season. 10

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    Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers

    Jones made his season debut in Week 3, carrying the rock a team-leading six times for 42 yards. Game script got out of hand for Green Bay early -- they were down 21-3 by the time the Packers had their fifth possession -- but we saw another small sample taste of excellent running from Jones. Over the past two years, Jones has averaged 4.99 yards after a defender closes within a yard of pursuit while Williams is well behind him (3.36 YGAC), per Next Gen Stats. Williams out-snapped Jones against Washington (43 to 25 percent), but Jones' superior rushing efficiency should force a featured role this season.

  • This one is obvious. Brown is still just over 70 percent available in NFL.com fantasy leagues, and the new Raven has a more valuable role than Michael Crabtree. Through two weeks, Brown has seen 19 percent of team targets and 41 percent of the Ravens' air yards. Crabtree's target share is 21 percent, but he's only seen 20 percent of Joe Flacco's air yardage. If "Smokey" is still on your league wire, remedy that this week. 9

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    John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

    This one is obvious. Brown is still just over 70 percent available in NFL.com fantasy leagues, and the new Raven has a more valuable role than Michael Crabtree. Through two weeks, Brown has seen 19 percent of team targets and 41 percent of the Ravens' air yards. Crabtree's target share is 21 percent, but he's only seen 20 percent of Joe Flacco's air yardage. If "Smokey" is still on your league wire, remedy that this week.

  • Boyd's third-year accession in the Bengals' aerial attack is real. Through three games, Boyd has hit receiving lines of 3/26 (five targets), 6/91/1 (nine targets), and 6/132/1 (seven targets). Additionally, Boyd (18 percent) is second only to A.J. Green (22 percent) in Bengals' target share. Boyd's 104 pass routes lead the team, and is miles ahead of clear No. 3 receiver, John Ross (73). Now a full-time slot wideout, Boyd has been a source of high-efficiency, high-upside targets in Weeks 1-3. He's over 90 percent available in fantasy football leagues. 8

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    Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

    Boyd's third-year accession in the Bengals' aerial attack is real. Through three games, Boyd has hit receiving lines of 3/26 (five targets), 6/91/1 (nine targets), and 6/132/1 (seven targets). Additionally, Boyd (18 percent) is second only to A.J. Green (22 percent) in Bengals' target share. Boyd's 104 pass routes lead the team, and is miles ahead of clear No. 3 receiver, John Ross (73). Now a full-time slot wideout, Boyd has been a source of high-efficiency, high-upside targets in Weeks 1-3. He's over 90 percent available in fantasy football leagues.

  • It didn't translate into the box score (4/20 receiving), but Antonio Callaway supported a monster Week 3 role in his first game without Josh Gordon on the roster. On Thursday Night Football against the Jets, Callaway was second (10) only to Jarvis Landry (14) in targets while he led the Browns in team share of air yards (44 percent). If it weren't for a poor drop on a well-placed Baker Mayfield ball, Callaway's Week 3 stat line would have likely been closer to a respectable 5/55 receiving. Tyrod Taylor also missed a wide-open Callaway on a 52-yard bomb early in the game. With Mayfield now at the controls, Callaway has legitimate WR3/4 fantasy appeal in Week 4 against the Raiders' woeful secondary. 7

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    Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns

    It didn't translate into the box score (4/20 receiving), but Antonio Callaway supported a monster Week 3 role in his first game without Josh Gordon on the roster. On Thursday Night Football against the Jets, Callaway was second (10) only to Jarvis Landry (14) in targets while he led the Browns in team share of air yards (44 percent). If it weren't for a poor drop on a well-placed Baker Mayfield ball, Callaway's Week 3 stat line would have likely been closer to a respectable 5/55 receiving. Tyrod Taylor also missed a wide-open Callaway on a 52-yard bomb early in the game. With Mayfield now at the controls, Callaway has legitimate WR3/4 fantasy appeal in Week 4 against the Raiders' woeful secondary.

  • It may be boring, but targets are the lifeblood of scoring for fantasy receivers. We want to chase targets in fantasy football, and Quincy Enunwa is seeing a ton of Sam Darnold's passing looks. In fact, only four receivers have a higher target share through three games than Enunwa (32 percent). Enunwa is running 64 percent of his routes from the slot, providing Darnold a trusted target that he can see clearly over the middle. Enunwa needs to be on a fantasy roster in every league. 6

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    Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets

    It may be boring, but targets are the lifeblood of scoring for fantasy receivers. We want to chase targets in fantasy football, and Quincy Enunwa is seeing a ton of Sam Darnold's passing looks. In fact, only four receivers have a higher target share through three games than Enunwa (32 percent). Enunwa is running 64 percent of his routes from the slot, providing Darnold a trusted target that he can see clearly over the middle. Enunwa needs to be on a fantasy roster in every league.

  • The Cards' offense is in shambles and desperately needs a re-design, but Ricky Seals-Jones' peripheral usage has been fantastic. Seals-Jones only caught one ball for a 35-yard score in Week 3 against the Bears, but he's played on 91 percent of Cardinals snaps this year and has been split off from Arizona's formation as a receiver on 62 percent of his routes this season. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) remains limited (17 snaps in Week 3). Seals-Jones is a big wide receiver functioning as a tight end, and he may benefit greatly when Josh Rosen takes over as the full-time starter. 5

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    Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona Cardinal

    The Cards' offense is in shambles and desperately needs a re-design, but Ricky Seals-Jones' peripheral usage has been fantastic. Seals-Jones only caught one ball for a 35-yard score in Week 3 against the Bears, but he's played on 91 percent of Cardinals snaps this year and has been split off from Arizona's formation as a receiver on 62 percent of his routes this season. Meanwhile, 30-year-old Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) remains limited (17 snaps in Week 3). Seals-Jones is a big wide receiver functioning as a tight end, and he may benefit greatly when Josh Rosen takes over as the full-time starter.

  • After a quiet preseason and slow Week 1 (0/0 receiving on two targets), the rookie Ridley has exploded in Week 2 for 4/64/1 (five targets) and Week 3's monster 7/146/3 performance. Ridley has a promising 13 targets (21 percent share) over the last two weeks while Matt Ryan has a perfect passer rating (158.3) when targeting Ridley over this hot stretch. Check to see if Ridley was dropped early in your league. 4

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    Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons

    After a quiet preseason and slow Week 1 (0/0 receiving on two targets), the rookie Ridley has exploded in Week 2 for 4/64/1 (five targets) and Week 3's monster 7/146/3 performance. Ridley has a promising 13 targets (21 percent share) over the last two weeks while Matt Ryan has a perfect passer rating (158.3) when targeting Ridley over this hot stretch. Check to see if Ridley was dropped early in your league.

  • The production has come fairly quietly, but Williams has started the year with a touchdown and/or 80-plus yards receiving in each contest so far. However, Williams has only seen 11 targets (13 percent share) in the Bolts opening three games. Williams' production will assuredly regress some unless his volume comes up soon. Still, Williams' hot-start is a welcomed sight after his lost rookie season (11 receptions total). Make sure he's stashed on your bench. 3

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    Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

    The production has come fairly quietly, but Williams has started the year with a touchdown and/or 80-plus yards receiving in each contest so far. However, Williams has only seen 11 targets (13 percent share) in the Bolts opening three games. Williams' production will assuredly regress some unless his volume comes up soon. Still, Williams' hot-start is a welcomed sight after his lost rookie season (11 receptions total). Make sure he's stashed on your bench.

  • Allison is off to a great start to the season, hitting 5/69/1 (eight targets), 6/64 (six targets), and 2/76/1 (four targets) in the Packers first three games. Granted, Allison is only fourth on the team in targets (18), but volume is not created equally in football. A target from Aaron Rodgers is worth more than one from Blake Bortles. In his career, Rodgers has supported two top-24 fantasy receivers in 6-of-8 full seasons. Pending Monday Night Football, Allison is fantasy's WR25 through three games in PPR leagues. 2

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    Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers

    Allison is off to a great start to the season, hitting 5/69/1 (eight targets), 6/64 (six targets), and 2/76/1 (four targets) in the Packers first three games. Granted, Allison is only fourth on the team in targets (18), but volume is not created equally in football. A target from Aaron Rodgers is worth more than one from Blake Bortles. In his career, Rodgers has supported two top-24 fantasy receivers in 6-of-8 full seasons. Pending Monday Night Football, Allison is fantasy's WR25 through three games in PPR leagues.

  • While Marlon Mack continues to deal with a nagging hamstring injury, Nyheim Hines has played 45 and 71 percent of the Colts' snaps in Week 1 and Week 3 without Mack in the lineup. In those games, Hines has seen 14 targets -- catching 12 for 58 yards. Hines is worth a dart in PPR formats if you're desperate in Week 4 with Christian McCaffrey, Chris Thompson, and Adrian Peterson all on their bye. 1

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    Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts

    While Marlon Mack continues to deal with a nagging hamstring injury, Nyheim Hines has played 45 and 71 percent of the Colts' snaps in Week 1 and Week 3 without Mack in the lineup. In those games, Hines has seen 14 targets -- catching 12 for 58 yards. Hines is worth a dart in PPR formats if you're desperate in Week 4 with Christian McCaffrey, Chris Thompson, and Adrian Peterson all on their bye.