Waiver Wire—Week 4


The fantasy season is one-third over and many rosters are due for a shakeup.  This has certainly been an injury-filled season and most fantasy owners don’t have the luxury of sitting on potential at this point.  It’s a pretty safe assumption that the Waiver Wire recommendations will dwindle as the weeks go by, so now is the time to make a move.    
Zach Smith, QB-Baylor
After taking over at quarterback two weeks ago, Smith has attempted 84 passes and has thrown for seven touchdowns.  Given Baylor’s struggles, Smith will likely be flinging the ball around often now that the Bears have started conference play.


Caleb Evans, QB-UL Monroe
Saturday night against UL Lafayette, Evans passed for 343 yards, while rushing for 129 yards and five touchdowns.  UL Lafayette does have one of the worst defenses in the FBS, but Evans has dual-threat ability and potential future matchups on the schedule to be a fantasy factor in Full-FBS leagues.


Trey Woods, RB-Wyoming
If you subscribe to the 2017 exclusive email, you were given Woods’ name before the weekend.  After rushing for 135 yards and a touchdown at home against Hawaii, the converted linebacker will get some attention on your league’s waiver wire.
Malik Davis, RB-Florida
In a 28-27 win over Kentucky, Davis led the Gators rushing attack with 93 yards on 21 carries.  Will Davis continue to get that kind of workload in the future?  That’s not certain.  However, Florida’s style is to play stout defense and pound the rock, so Davis may be worth a roster spot in Power 5 or deep FBS leagues.


Morgan Ellison, RB-Indiana
Ellison was the Hoosiers’ leading rusher in a Week 2 win at Virginia, so it was no surprise that he carried the ball 25 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns in Indiana’s win over Georgia Southern on Saturday.  The freshman was a preseason camp revelation and he could provide fantasy owners much needed depth at running back in the weeks ahead.


Kahlil Hebert, RB-Kansas
While it doesn’t seem that Kansas is any more competitive than they were a season ago, Herbert has emerged as a legitimate fantasy option after rushing for 428 yards and four touchdowns in the Jayhawks’ last two games.   


Diontae Johnson, WR-Toledo
Johnson has been one of the best fantasy receivers among Group of 5 players so far in 2017.  Partnering up with Cody Thompson, Johnson has caught at least four passes in each of Toledo’s first four games, has topped the 100-yard mark twice, and has scored five touchdowns in the past three games.


Denzel Mims and Chris Platt, WRs-Baylor
Since Zach Smith took over at quarterback, the Bears’ passing game has looked much improved in the past two weeks.  After catching 11 passes for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns, Mims has topped the 60-yard mark and scored at least one touchdown in each of Baylor’s firs four games, while teammate Chris Platt has topped 90 yards and scored a touchdown in three of four games.
Others to Consider
Troy Williams, QB-Utah
Until we get word on the severity of Tyler Huntley’s injury, Williams should take over as the Utes starter.
Steven Williams, QB-Old Dominion
The youngster has taken over at quarterback and should improve as the Monarchs head into conference play.
AJ Ouellette, RB-Ohio
Ouellette opened the season splitting time with Dorian Brown, but has gone over 100 yards in the Bobcats last two games.
Xavier Johnson, RB-South Alabama
Johnson is picking up steam after rushing for 155 yards against Idaho and scoring four TDs in the past two games.
Brittain Brown, RB-Duke
Brown has topped the 80-yard mark in three of the last four games and has scored a TD in two of Duke’s four games.
Travis Etienne, RB-Clemson
Etienne has 80-plus yards and a touchdown in three straight games and has yet to get ten carries in a game this year.
AJ Dillon, RB-Boston College
The Eagles offense may not score a lot, but Dillon has gotten at least 15 carries in three straight games.
Taj McGowan, RB-Central Florida
McGowan scored two touchdowns taking over for injured starter Jawon Hamilton.
Brad Anderson, RB-Middle Tennessee
The freshman running back topped 100 yards rushing and added 98 yards on six receptions in MTSU’s win over Bowling Green.
Terence Williams, RB-Baylor
Williams returned to action on Saturday against Oklahoma, but could only generate 26 yards on eleven carries.
Ke’Mon Freeman, RB-SMU
Freeman has carried the ball at least 12 times in each of SMU’s four games and has scored a TD in three of four games.
David Williams, RB-Arkansas
We’re not sure what to think of Devwah Whaley at this point, but Williams seems to be a safer option.
Derrick Gore, RB-UL Monroe
Gore and QB Caleb Evans form a solid 1-2 punch on the ground for the War Hawks.
Bryan Edwards, WR-South Carolina
Edwards topped 100 yards in Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech in the absence of playmaker Deebo Samuel.
Ke’Mon Freeman, RB-SMU
Freeman has carried the ball at least 12 times in each of SMU’s four games and has scored a TD in three of four games.
Trevon Brown, WR-East Carolina
Brown has topped 90 yards receiving in three of four games and has scored in two of four.
Davon Grayson, WR-East Carolina
Grayson has at least five receptions and 75 yards receiving in three of four games and has scored four touchdowns in the past two games.
Andre Levrone, WR-Virginia
Levrone is trending upward after catching three touchdowns and at least four passes and 120 yards in UVA’s last two games.
Alfonso Onunwor, WR-Idaho
In the Vandals past two games, Onunwor has caught at least four passes, topped 90 yards receiving, and scored a touchdown.


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