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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets (Week 4)

Waiver wire pickups are crucial to make a championship run in any fantasy football league, especially in the first few weeks. They can offer a great bridge player until someone returns from injury, or their season could take off and they could earn a full time starting spot. Players may start making repeat appearances on my lists, and that is because they are still relatively unowned in most leagues. Below are 6 players to target this week on the waiver wire.

1. Travis Benjamin, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Travis Benjamin had a relatively quiet first two weeks, but he blew up last week against the Chiefs. He caught five passes for 105 yards, and was a touchdown away from being one of the top receiving options in the league. The speedy receiver looks to tear up the Eagles injury plagued secondary this week from the slot. He is a good start this week, and worth an add, especially if the injury prone Keenan Allen goes down. (Percent owned: 4.6 NFL, 1.0 ESPN)

2. Paul Richardson, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Paul Richardson has caught a touchdown pass in back to back weeks. Combined with the fact that they are playing the Colts this week, and starting receiver Doug Baldwin suffered a groin strain on Sunday, Richardson is poised for a big week. If Russell Wilson can get him the ball, look for at least one big play out of the young receiver. (Percent owned: 2.4 NFL, 2.6 ESPN)

3. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

The Giants finally got their passing game going last week and Sterling Shepard was a big beneficiary. He scored a 77 yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and scored 26 fantasy points (PPR). They play Tampa Bay this week, who is going through a myriad of defensive injuries. This should pan out well for Shepard and the entire New York Giants. (Percent owned: 15.1 NFL, 34.3 ESPN)

4. Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Due to Darren Sproles’ traumatic ACL tear/broken arm combo, Wendell Smallwood is in for a big uptick in touches. LeGarrette Blount should get short yardage and goal line carries, but Smallwood should take care of most passing downs and play more downs that Blount. (Percent owned: 2.1 NFL, 2.9 ESPN)

5. Jamaal Charles, RB, Denver Broncos

Jamaal Charles finally reached the end zone last week against a stout Buffalo defense. Although C.J. Anderson plays more, they both received ten touches last week. Although one good week does not mean that Charles is back to his All Pro form, it does not hurt to add him in case he breaks out. (Percent owned: 22.3 NFL, 23.1 ESPN)

6. Branden Oliver, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Branden Oliver saw less carries compared to starter Melvin Gordon last week (33-31). However, Gordon aggravated a knee injury and could miss time. If he does, Oliver will see a lot more touches. He is a must add for any Gordon owners in case he cannot play Sunday. (Percent owned: 0.2 NFL, 0.5 ESPN)

 

Photo Credits: Chargers
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