Fantasy Football: Week 4 Best Waiver-Wire Targets

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Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after making a catch on a two-point conversion attempt during the third quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images

Three weeks of the NFL season are in the history books and a clearer picture of the current state of play is beginning to emerge.

As the campaign approaches its first quarter mark, chances are that players who have looked like major busts in the opening three games are probably exactly that.

At the same time, there's still time to find some great value on the waiver wire.

Wide Receiver

Tyler Boyd—Cleveland Browns (17.5 fantasy points on average, owned by 24.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

After a subdued Week 1, Boyd has exploded in the last two games, recording six reception and a touchdown in each game for a combined 223 yards. The former Pittsburgh student is rapidly emerging as Andy Dalton's second-favorite target and could see even more action depending on A.J. Green's fitness.

Despite the loss, @Bengals WR Tyler Boyd (@boutdat_23) showed out. Highlights! #CINvsCAR pic.twitter.com/PD1Iy1x8sG

— NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2018

John Brown—Baltimore Ravens (15.4 fantasy points on average, owned by 47.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Brown didn't score on Sunday but recorded five receptions on nine targets for 86 yards. His speed has added a new dimension to the Ravens offense and while the Steelers will be a tough opponent in Week 4, Brown remains worth adding.

Calvin Ridley—Atlanta Falcons (19.1 fantasy points on average; Owned by 41.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Ridley went off against the Saints, recording seven receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns, adding to the three catches and one score he had in Week 2. While it's unrealistic to expect him to keep up a similar production, the Falcons' offense is firing on all cylinders and Ridley will have more opportunities to shine.

🚨 BALLER ALERT 🚨

CALVIN RIDLEY IS GOING OFF. pic.twitter.com/UQvg5f1n8M

— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 23, 2018

Quarterback

Baker Mayfield—Cleveland Browns (3.3 fantasy points on average, owned by 7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Mayfield's NFL debut could have hardly gone any better as he completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards as the Browns finally ended their winless streak and Browns coach Hue Jackson confirmed the number one overall pick of this year's draft will start in Week 4. Considering Mayfield will face a Raiders defense that has conceded 8.7 yards per pass this season, he could be a great pickup.

The Baker Special! 😱😱😱#Browns #NYJvsCLE

📺: @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/qtSMlVsA5P

— NFL (@NFL) September 21, 2018

Ryan Tannehill—Miami Dolphins (19 fantasy points on average, owned by 7.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Tannehill has flown under the radar so far this season but has thrown seven touchdowns in the first three weeks of the season, throwing for over 230 yards in two of those games. He averages 9.3 yards per pass and only three teams have a better completion rate than the Dolphins so far. Miami's Week 4 matchup on the road against the Patriots looks difficult but Tannehill has thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last four meetings against Tom Brady.

Case Keenum—Denver Broncos (13.1 fantasy points on average; Owned by 17 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Keenum's roster percentage has fallen by almost nine percent, a sign many fantasy football players are beginning to lose patience with him. The Broncos quarterback has struggled, throwing three touchdowns—all of which came in Week 1—and five interceptions so far. However, in Week 4 he comes up against a Chiefs defense that has already conceded 362.7 passing yards this season, the joint-most in the entire league.

Running Back

Javorious Allen—Baltimore Ravens (15.7 fantasy points on average, owned by 39.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Allen appeared on this list last week after scoring in the first two games of the season. He touched down again on Sunday and while he has only carried for 32 yards over 16 combined carries this season he has made those count. His roster percentage has jumped by 20.5 percent.

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Javorius Allen #37 of the Baltimore Ravens dives into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown after catching a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23 in Baltimore, Maryland. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Chris Ivory—Buffalo Bills (8.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 5.1 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Ivory makes the list as good back-up option to have should LeSean McCoy be out in Week 4. McCoy sat out the Bills' surprising win against the Vikings on Sunday and was replaced by Ivory, who had three reception for 70 yards and rushed for 56 yards—albeit over 20 attempts at a meager 2.8 yards per attempt. He could find himself starting again if McCoy fails to recover.

Ty Montgomery—Green Bay Packers (7.4 fantasy points on average, owned by 40 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Montgomery has put up solid figures so far this season, rushing for 54 yards at a 4.9 yards clip that matches his career average. He has also added nine receptions for 79 yards at an average of 8.7 yards per reception, which sits above the 8.1 he has averaged so far his career. His involvement through the air and on the ground makes him a good option in PPR leagues.

Tight End

Dallas Goedert—Philadelphia Eagles (7.2 fantasy points on average, owned by 1.7 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

With half of their roster banged up, the Eagles had limited options at the weekend but Goedert stepped up impressively. He safely received all the seven passes aimed at him for 73 yards and a touchdown. While he is primarily a back-up, the lack of options in the tight end position means he is one to watch.

Ricky Seals-Jones—Arizona Cardinals (7 fantasy points on average, owned by 9.6 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Eight receptions for 71 yards in the first three games of the season are solid enough figures, considering the Cardinals' offense has struggled badly so far this season. With Josh Rosen starting at quarterback against Seattle, Seals-Jones could see his volume increase.

Austin Hooper—Atlanta Falcons (9.9 fantasy points on average, owned by 25.3 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Hooper's had another solid display in Week 3. He has now completed 11 receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown in the first three games of the season and his roster percentage increased by 7.8 percent before last week.