Fantasy Football: Playing the waiver wire for Week 4

Moving now to Week 4, here are some fantasy football waiver wire adds to hone in on.

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TE Luke Musgrave, Green Bay Packers

Musgrave had six receptions (on eight targets) for 49 yards against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3, and a better throw from Jordan Love would have given him a long touchdown too. He has basically been an every snap player through three games, and that role is not going away even when Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (hamstring) is able to play.

In Week 4, Musgrave gets a great matchup against the Detroit Lions. Detroit has allowed 19 receptions for 220 yards to tight ends over their last two games. It's worth noting multiple Seahawks and Falcons tight ends have combined to put up those numbers, but Musgrave's role as Green Bay's clear No. 1 tight end lines him up for plenty of work.

A tight end with Musgrave's level of involvement is automatically on the fantasy radar. He'll be a high-end streamer for Week 4, and the landscape at the position makes him a must-add overall this week.

ESPN Ownership: 13.3%
Yahoo! Ownership: 18%

WR Josh Palmer/Quentin Johnston, San Diego Chargers

Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury, and on Monday morning it was reported to be a torn ACL. His season is of course over.

After Williams left the game against the Vikings, Palmer played 11 of 13 snaps (and every passing play, via PFF) as he finished with four receptions (on seven targets) for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Johnston hasn't done much over his first three NFL games, with five catches for 26 yards on eight targets, as he has become an easy early drop in fantasy. But he also hasn't played a whole lot, a total of 48 offensive snaps. He played more on Sunday than he did in Week 2 though, even before Williams' injury exit.

Of the two, Palmer would be the better waiver wire add over Johnston this week ahead of a good matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 4. But both are on the radar to be added in 12-team leagues.

Palmer ESPN Ownership: 0.7%
Palmer Yahoo! Ownership: 3%

Johnston ESPN Ownership: 46.2%
Johnston Yahoo! Ownership: 32%

QB Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints

All indications are Derek Carr avoided a worst-case scenario, but he is headed for some missed time with what may be a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. Winston went 10-for-16 for 101 yards after Carr left Sunday's game against the Packers, and he has been a useful fantasy quarterback before.

How long Carr will be out is unclear, and to be determined by swelling and how quickly he gets mobility in his shoulder back. But for this purpose, let's say he'll be out as long as until the Saints' Week 11 bye. The only particularly tough matchup for Winston up until then in is Week 5 against the New England Patriots on the road.

Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston's former team, is not especially daunting. Week 6 against the Houston Texans isn't the pillow soft matchup it has been, but it's not stifling either. Week 7-10 features nice matchups against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings.

At minimum, Winston is lined up to start the next few games for the Saints, with some nice weapons around him and running back Alvin Kamara coming back in Week 4. So based only on that, he's at least worth adding in two-quarterback/superflex leagues this week.

In a best-case scenario (for him, and now Carr-less fantasy owners for however long he's out), Winston steps right in as a legitimately startable fantasy signal caller. The possibility he gets some really nice matchups a little bit down the road is enticing.

ESPN Ownership: 0.1%
Yahoo! Ownership: 0%

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