NFL Week 4 Low-Cost DFS and Waiver Wire Targets

NFL Week 4 Low-Cost DFS and Waiver Wire Targets

Week 4 is fully wrapped up following the conclusion of Dallas’s win over Philadelphia on Monday night and it’s time to focus on what’s next. This article will cover The Professor’s low-cost options for DFS, who are also players who could be available on Waiver Wires to stream or keep for your season-long fantasy league. Their FanDuel average projection for Week 4 is listed in parenthesis.


There were no significant injuries at quarterback Week 3, which makes it unlikely that your league has long-term options available on Waivers. If you need to stream a quarterback there are multiple available options.

Jimmy Garoppolo, SEA @ SF, $7000 on FanDuel (17.97)

Jimmy Garoppolo had a strong performance in fueling San Francisco’s comeback from a 17-0 deficit against Green Bay, though the 49ers ultimately fell short. The 49ers will now host the Seattle Seahawks, whose defense has not stopped anyone this season. With receiver Brandon Aiyuk starting to regain his form next to receiver Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle, Garoppolo should be a good value this week.

For more on the potential value Jimmy Garoppolo brings this week, check out The Professor’s appearance this week on Razor’s RedZone!

Taylor Heinicke, WSH @ ATL, $7400 on FanDuel (16.43)

Matt Ryan (16.08) is another option as a $6700 quarterback, but as bad as Washington’s defense has been so far, there are concerns about Atlanta’s offensive line as they face off with a loaded Washington defensive line. Ryan may still shred the Washington secondary, but Atlanta’s defense doesn’t have the same talent level as Washington, which makes Heinicke the safer play this week.

Running Backs

Injuries have opened up potential opportunities for Chuba Hubbard in Carolina and Alexander Mattison in Minnesota. The starting backs for both teams could be back sooner than later, but both Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook have carried heavy loads early, which may make Hubbard and Mattison good stashes on your bench even if they aren’t starting.

Chuba Hubbard, CAR @ DAL, $6300 on FanDuel (10.0)

Chuba Hubbard Headshot

Hubbard came on for Christian McCaffrey on Thursday Night Football and had a solid performance, showcasing good short-area quickness and burst. Royce Freeman is likely to cut into Hubbard’s carry share more than Hubbard cuts into McCaffrey’s, but Hubbard should still be a solid play in the weeks where McCaffrey is out, particularly given the prowess he showed as a pass-catcher. Hubbard should be a popular target for season-long rosters, particularly given the injury issues McCaffrey battled throughout 2020.

Alexander Mattison, CLE @ MIN, $6800 on FanDuel (11.68 without Cook, 4.48 with Cook)

Mattison would face significantly stiffer competition than he did against the Seattle defense if Dalvin Cook can’t go, but would still be an attractive play given his volume of touches for a Minnesota offense that has posted a lot of points so far this season. If Cook can go, Mattison may handle more carries than usual, but would not be an attractive play at his price.

Trey Sermon, SEA @ SF, $5900 on FanDuel (9.83 without RB Eli Mitchell, 5.89 with Mitchell)

Fellow 49ers’ running back Eli Mitchell may be available for this game, but if he is not, Sermon gets a fantastic matchup against a bad Seahawks defense. San Francisco fell behind in Sunday Night’s game against Green Bay and did not run as much as usual as a result, but it should be a different story this week. Sermon was the lead back and should handle those duties if Mitchell can’t go.

Nyheim Hines, IND @ MIA, $5300 on FanDuel (7.51)

The Indianapolis offense may struggle against Miami, but Hines is an interesting play for two reasons. The first is that Miami’s corner tandem of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones will likely shut down the Indianapolis receivers and the second is that with quarterback Carson Wentz’s mobility compromised and star left guard Quenton Nelson on the shelf, Hines may catch a lot of short-area passes and checkdowns to rack up points in PPR or half-PPR leagues.

For more on the potential value Nyheim Hines brings this week, check out The Professor’s appearance this week on Razor’s RedZone!

Tony Pollard, CAR @ DAL, $5600 on FanDuel (9.43)

Tony Pollard and the Dallas offense face a tough defense in Carolina, but Pollard has gotten a lot of touches in a two-back heavy offense and has the explosive traits to capitalize with the ball in his hands. He’s been a key part of a high-powered Dallas offense and is a solid play in DFS and roster option if he is still available in your season-long league.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Aiyuk, SEA @ SF, $5700 on FanDuel (9.55)

Aiyuk was a limited part of the receiver rotation early this season but got in the endzone on Sunday Night and appears to be rounding back into form. The 49ers have a favorable matchup and Aiyuk’s price makes him an attractive FanDuel target. If someone dropped him in your season-long league, he is a prime target.

Henry Ruggs, LVR @ LAC, $5900 (8.12)

Ruggs has continued to refine his route-running and his explosive speed is starting to translate to more production. Ruggs is an attractive addition for season-long as he could add value as the year progresses and is also an interesting FanDuel addition if you’re going through Monday Night at $5900. On the Monday Night Special his price will be different but Ruggs is a high-ceiling addition to a lineup.

Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ DAL, $5000 on FanDuel (7.66)

Marshall is coming off an impressive Thursday Night game for a Panthers offense that will need to throw the ball more with running back Christian McCaffrey out. Dallas cornerback Trevon Diggs is likely to follow D.J. Moore, and with fellow receiver Robby Anderson struggling early in the season, Marshall could have a prime opportunity for a big night. Marshall’s talent gives him season-long value if he is available on waivers.

For more on the potential value Terrace Marshall brings this week, check out The Professor’s appearance this week on Razor’s RedZone!

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, TEN @ NYJ, $5300 on FanDuel (7.86)

Westbrook-Ikhine posted four catches for 53 yards and a touchdown after A.J. Brown exited Tennessee’s game with a hamstring injury and will have an opportunity to build on that this week against a weak Jets defense. Veteran journeyman Chester Rogers is another option for the Titans, but Westbrook-Ikhine has more upside as a season-long add, as well as for the upcoming week.

Olamide Zaccheaus, WSH @ ATL, $4800 on FanDuel (5.5)

Zaccheaus could have an opportunity for another productive day if Russell Gage can’t go for the Falcons again this week. Atlanta’s offense has struggled this season, which makes Zaccheaus a less attractive season-long option, but he is a very cheap roster piece on FanDuel who could post numbers this week.

Kalif Raymond, DET, Collin Johnson, NYG, James Washington, PIT

Of this group, Kalif Raymond is the most attractive add given his target volume last week, but I would prefer to pass on all three given the state of their respective offenses. Collin Johnson appears slated to get targets ahead of rookie Kadarius Toney while Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard are injured and James Washington got some opportunities with Diontae Johnson out for Pittsburgh, but the Giants have a tough matchup with the New Orleans defense and the Pittsburgh offense continues to struggle.

Tight End

Tommy Tremble, CAR @ DAL, $4800 on FanDuel (6.79)

Tremble showed how well he moves on his two touches on Thursday Night Football and it was enough for the Panthers to ship veteran Dan Arnold out of town. Tremble profiles as a potential matchup nightmare at the tight end position and should be added by anyone who needs a season-long upgrade or high-ceiling gamble at tight end. He faces a tough matchup against Dallas but could be an excellent value at $4800.

Tyler Conklin, CLE @ MIN, $5300 on FanDuel (6.53)

Conklin has seen his role in the Minnesota offense grow in two straight weeks. He has the athleticism to contribute at the position as a receiver in addition to his inline blocking duties and is a solid backup option in season-long. The Cleveland defense is not an easy matchup, so Conklin may not be a great play this week in DFS, but he is a name to keep an eye on.

Pat Freiermuth, PIT @ GB, $5000 on FanDuel (4.77)

Freiermuth has gotten more opportunities than fellow tight end Eric Ebron, in part because Freiermuth’s versatility as a blocker lets him stay on the field more often. Freiermuth is also showing a rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but Pittsburgh’s offensive struggles limit his value in season-long. He may be an option against a Green Bay defense that has not played great against tight ends, but only as a value play on DFS or a streaming option in season-long.


This article covered players The Professor believes could be DFS value plays, fantasy season-long adds, or fantasy streaming options. For more fantasy content from The Professor check out his weekly appearance on Razor’s RedZone and the rest of his content on BeerLife Sports!

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Steven Clinton, better known as "The Professor", is a former D-1 Quality Control Assistant (Northwestern, Toledo) who holds a B.A. in Economics and M.S. in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University. He maintains an end-to-end NFL game projection model and is a film junkie who breaks down the tape of every NFL game.