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Fantasy Football 2018: Week 4 Waiver-Wire Options

- Updated: Monday, September 24th

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

Week 4 begins bye season as both Carolina (Cam Newton) and Washington (Alex Smith) have byes this week.

Fortunately for owners who need a bye-week replacement or those that stream, there are several quarterbacks likely to be on your league's free-agent pool with plus matchups. In fact, the five best matchups for Week 4 are for quarterbacks currently owned in less than half of Yahoo! leagues.

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With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 4 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Eli Manning, New York Giants (18 percent)

Manning had his best game of the season on Sunday as he completed 25-of-29 for nearly 300 yards (297) and two touchdowns. (In his first two games, Manning had just one touchdown and one interception.) Hosting his hometown team in Week 4, Eli and the Giants will have a chance to build upon their momentum.

Through Sunday's games, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Saints, who have allowed a pair of five-TD performances from Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1 and Matt Ryan in Week 3. In fact, there have been three 40-point fantasy performances this season and the Saints have allowed two of them; their own Drew Brees has the other.

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Fantasy Football Week 3: Start'em, Sit'em

- Updated: Saturday, September 22nd

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 37 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Fitzpatrick, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Fitzpatrick.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SF)

It would be difficult for things to go much better for Mahomes so far in 2017. Throwing six touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2, the second-year quarterback has started the season with 10 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Here's the list of quarterbacks (in NFL history) that have thrown at least 10 touchdowns in the first two games of a season: Mahomes. End of list.

Going into the season as a high-upside, fringe top-12 quarterback, Mahomes is now the QB1 in my Week 3 rankings. If you own Mahomes as a backup with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or another elite quarterback, I'd sit Brady, Rodgers or any other high-end quarterback in favor of Mahomes. In what should be one of the highest-scoring matchups of the week, Mahomes and the Chiefs have the highest implied total of the week based on Week 3 Vegas odds.

- Continue reading our Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Start'em, Sit'em

Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

Not sure who to start in Week 3? Check out our latest weekly fantasy football rankings: The rankings above are from EDSFootball.com owner Kevin Hanson.

Want a second or third opinion? Check out our Week 3 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings.

2018 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Our fantasy football strength of schedule helps fantasy owners determine which teams and players have favorable (or unfavorable) schedules for the 2018 season.

Based on each team's scheduled opponents through Week 16, which is the championship round in most fantasy leagues, we have tallied the average fantasy points allowed by each of their opponents to the position.

While strength of schedule should not be the sole factor in determining who to add via trade or waiver wire claim, it could help potentially break a tie between two players that you may view as comparable.

Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS)

The top-five fantasy strength of schedules for quarterbacks are below:

RankTeamPlayerAverage PPGFantasy Playoffs
1Baltimore RavensJoe Flacco22.2278.3
2Los Angeles RamsJared Goff20.4457.33
3Cleveland BrownsTyrod Taylor19.8756.61
4Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan19.8662.44
5Cincinnati BengalsAndy Dalton19.7949.83
2018 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

- Note: Average PPG are based on Weeks 3 to 16; Fantasy playoffs based on Weeks 14 to 16.

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