The running back position got beat up in Week 3 when D’Andre Swift (shoulder), David Montgomery (ankle), Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Joe Mixon (ankle) were all injured. It sounds like Cook and Mixon will be fine for Week 4, but there are running backs now available on the waiver wire who could be impactful for your Fantasy roster.
Depending on the size of your league, you might find Alexander Mattison (71 percent rostered on CBS Sports), Jamaal Williams (70 percent), Khalil Herbert (56 percent) and Samaje Perine (12 percent) on the waiver wire. All could be potential Fantasy starters in Week 4 if the starters in front of them are out.
We’ll address all of these backfields below, including some other running backs to add in deeper leagues like Trestan Ebner (1 percent) and Craig Reynolds (1 percent). These are now the short-term handcuffs in Chicago and Detroit, and you might want to invest in them now if you have an open roster spot.
Other players at other positions of note that you might find on the waiver wire include Romeo Doubs (34 percent), Greg Dortch (27 percent) and Zay Jones (8 percent) at wide receiver and David Njoku (38 percent) and Tyler Conklin ( 22 percent). And we’ll have streaming options at quarterback, DST and kicker who could be difference makers for you in Week 4 and beyond.
Unfortunately, the injuries are starting to mount up, which should lead to a busy week on the waiver wire. It might be time to spend some of that FAB that you’ve been saving.
Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.
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Week 4 Waivers
- Injuries: Dak Prescott (thumb), Tua Tagovailoa (back), Mac Jones (ankle) and Zach Wilson (knee).
- Check to see if available: Dak Prescott (83 percent rostered), Trevor Lawrence (82 percent) and Jared Goff (66 percent). Prescott said he can return in Week 5, which is encouraging, and he’ll be a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues when healthy. In the interim, you can use Cooper Rush (7 percent) as a streaming option against Washington in Week 4, and Rush is averaging 14.5 Fantasy points in two starts for the Cowboys this year. … Lawrence is off to a hot start, and he scored 52 Fantasy points in his past two games against the Colts and Chargers. He has a tough test in Week 4 at the Eagles, but he should be rostered in 100 percent of leagues and has the chance to be a weekly starter moving forward. … Goff is my favorite streaming quarterback for Week 4 where available, and he’s averaging 22.3 Fantasy points through three games. He’s a borderline starter in all leagues this week with his matchup against the Seahawks.
- Drop candidates: Jameis Winston (61 percent rostered) and Justin Fields (56 percent). Saints coach Dennis Allen is staying with Winston as the starter, but Allen might reconsider his stance if New Orleans loses to Minnesota this week in London. Winston is playing through a back injury, so letting him rest might make sense to get healthy. If Winston is benched, Andy Dalton (1 percent) would likely take over, so you might want to add him now in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues if you have an open roster spot. … The Bears are 2-1, so changing their style on offense doesn’t seem likely now. That being said, they seem to have little faith in Fields, who averaged just 15 pass attempts per game this season. He’s also averaging just 9.3 Fantasy points per game this year, so keeping him on your roster in one-quarterback leagues doesn’t make sense at this moment.
Week 4 Waiver Priority List
- Injuries: Dalvin Cook (shoulder), D’Andre Swift (shoulder), David Montgomery (ankle), Joe Mixon (ankle), Elijah Mitchell (knee), Brian Robinson (knee), Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) and Damien Williams (ribs ).
- Check to see if available: Alexander Mattison (71 percent rostered), Jamaal Williams (70 percent) and Brian Robinson (70 percent). Mattison would be a must-start option if he starts for Cook in Week 4 against the Saints. In three games without Cook in 2021, Mattison scored at least 21 PPR points in each outing. Even if Cook plays in Week 4 as expected, we got a reminder of how fragile he can be at times, so Mattison should be stashed in all leagues. … Williams will be a must-start running back for as long as Swift is out. He just had 22 total touches in Week 3 at Minnesota, and he scored 24 PPR points with 107 total yards and two touchdowns. He has four rushing touchdowns on the season, and the Lions have been fantastic at running the ball. Williams has top-10 potential in Week 4 against Seattle. … Robinson could return in Week 5, and Washington could easily insert him as the starter ahead of Antonio Gibson. He should be rostered in all leagues at this point, especially if you have an IR spot.
- Drop candidates: Raheem Mostert (75 percent rostered), Darrell Williams (64 percent) and Kenneth Gainwell (64 percent). Mostert just isn’t getting the work to justify stashing him in the majority of leagues. He has two games this season with eight total touches or less, and the Dolphins don’t appear to be morphing into a ground and pound team anytime soon. As long as Chase Edmonds is healthy, Mostert could have minimal impact this year. … Williams went back to being the No. 3 running backs in Week 3 against the Rams behind James Conner and Eno Benjamin, and Williams will only seemingly have fantasy value if Conner is hurt. That could happen again, but for now you don’t need to stash Williams in most leagues. … Gainwell is worth stashing in PPR leagues, but he’s not a must hold across the board. He only has three catches on the season and just six total touches in the past two games. As long as Miles Sanders is healthy, Gainwell likely won’t do much to help Fantasy managers.
Week 4 Waiver Priority List
- Injuries: Stefon Diggs (lower body), Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), Michael Thomas (toe), Jaylen Waddle (groin), Tee Higgins (toe), Keenan Allen (hamstring), Chris Godwin (hamstring), Hunter Renfrow (concussion), Jarvis Landry (ankle), Julio Jones ( knee), Jacoby Meyers (knee), Michael Gallup (knee), Sterling Shepard (knee), Kadarius Toney (hamstring), Rondale Moore (hamstring), AJ Green (knee) and Christian Watson (hamstring).
- Check to see if available: Chris Olave (79 percent rostered), Julio Jones (76 percent) and Treylon Burks (72 percent). Olave has been awesome the past two weeks against Tampa Bay and Carolina with 14 catches for 227 yards on a whopping 26 targets, and he leads the NFL in air yards with 321. And he could continue to be a target hog in Week 4 against Minnesota in London with Michael Thomas and Landry banged up. Olave should be 100 percent rostered in all leagues. … Jones is expected to return from the knee injury that sidelined him the past two games, and he’s worth adding in all leagues with the hope that he can stay healthy. In Week 1 at Dallas, Jones had three catches for 69 yards on five targets, along with two carries for 17 yards. He could emerge as a weekly No. 3 Fantasy receivers, even when Godwin is back. … I had high hopes for Burks in Week 3 against the Raiders, and he was a huge letdown with one catch for 13 yards on two targets. That said, I still expect him to play a prominent role this season, and he should be stashed in all leagues. Once things start to click for Burks, he could emerge as a weekly starter in all formats.
- Drop candidates: Darnell Mooney (81 percent rostered), Chase Claypool (68 percent), Sterling Shepard (55 percent), Robbie Anderson (52 percent) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (51 percent). … Mooney will hopefully have some big games once the Bears allow Justin Fields to throw, but that hasn’t been the case through the first three games of the year. Mooney only has 11 targets on the season, and he produced four catches for 27 yards and no touchdowns. That’s not what we hoped for this season. … The Steelers passing game isn’t going to support five guys being involved with Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, Claypool, Pat Freiermuth and Najee Harris, and Claypool isn’t producing enough to warrant stashing him. Through three games, he’s averaging just 7.0 PPR points per game, and Pickens looks destined for a bigger role moving forward. Things could change if Kenny Pickett takes over at quarterback, but Claypool can be dropped in most 10-team leagues and even shallow 12-team formats. … As of Tuesday morning, we’re waiting to find out the status of Shepard after he hurt his knee in a non-contact injury Monday night against Dallas. There’s a chance he could be out for the season, which is why he’s on this list. It’s a shame given that he looked good in his comeback from last year’s Achilles tear. … Anderson popped in Week 1 against Cleveland with five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. In two games since then, he has four catches for 46 yards on nine targets. He’s not worth stashing in most leagues. … I had high hopes for Valdes-Scantling with his move to the Chiefs, and hopefully better days are ahead. But right now he’s not producing since he’s averaging just 6.1 PPR points per game. He does have seven targets in each of his past two outings, but he’s come down with only six catches for 61 yards over that span.
Week 4 Waiver Priority List
- Injuries of note: Dalton Schultz (knee), Taysom Hill (ribs), Hayden Hurst (groin) and Brevin Jordan (ankle).
- Check to see if available: Tyler Higbee (84 percent rostered). Higbee only saw four targets in Week 3 at Arizona, but he scored at least 10 PPR points in back-to-back games. And he had at least nine targets in each of his first two games. He’s yet to score a touchdown, but he’s a quality No. 1 PPR tight end in all leagues until further notice.
- Drop candidates: Dawson Knox (80 percent rostered) and Mike Gesicki (49 percent). Josh Allen attempted 63 passes in Week 3 at Miami, but Knox only had four targets. He has 11 targets on the season for nine catches, 71 yards and no touchdowns, and he’s combined for just 15 PPR points. There are better options out there. … Gesicki had 14 PPR points in Week 2 at Baltimore with four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown on four targets. In his other two games, he has two catches for 7 yards and no touchdowns on two targets. It’s unlikely he’ll be consistent enough to trust in most leagues this year.
Week 4 Waiver Priority List
- Broncos (59 percent rostered) at LV
- Eagles (59 percent rostered) vs. JAC
- Vikings (40 percent rostered) vs. NO
- Colts (39 percent rostered) vs. TEN
- Cardinals (16 percent rostered) at CAR
- Harrison Butker (57 percent rostered) at TB
- Jason Sanders (24 percent rostered) at CIN
- Brett Maher (9 percent rostered) vs. WAS
- Matt Prater (36 percent rostered) at CAR
- Chase McLaughlin (1 percent rostered) vs. TEN