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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Watch: Week Four

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Week Four marks the start of the bye weeks, and the need for our first round of plug-in options. Players with rising long-term value and sleeper potential will also be part of this week’s discussion.

NFL: Preseason-Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
Jordan Howard leads the list of fantasy options with skyrocketing value.
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The bye weeks are upon us, and injuries have already taken their toll across the fantasy football board. That means the waiver wire is your best friend this week, so let’s take a look at who you can grab as a fill-in option, or to take over permanently for a big-name loss.

QB:

Dak Prescott (QBDAL): The rookie has looked good in the place of injured veteran Tony Romo. He has 767 passing yards, a passing TD, two rushing TDs and no INTs on the season so far, not to mention one of the best offensive lines in the league protecting him.
(ESPN: 43% owned, Yahoo: 45% owned)

Carson Wentz (QBPHI): Wentz has stepped up in a big way for the Eagles, with 769 yards, five TDs and no INTs (though he does have two fumbles). The rookie QB should continue to be a legitimate fantasy option, though a Week Four bye makes him nothing more than a bench prospect this week.

WR:

Terrelle Pryor (WRCLE): Apparently Pryor can and will play any position the Browns need him to. He had a solid fantasy performance last week, but temper your expectations for a WR who will be competing for targets with Josh Gordon once he returns.
(ESPN: 28% owned, Yahoo: 25% owned)

Cole Beasley (WRDAL): Beasley looks like the new favorite target for rookie QB Prescott, as he has 20 receptions for 213 yards so far this season. Beasley has yet to get into the end zone, but he has been targeted more often and has more receptions than Dez Bryant.
(ESPN: 14.5% owned, Yahoo: 21% owned)

Jamison Crowder (WRWAS): The wideout has 175 yards and two TDs so far this season, and seems to be taking over the number two role from veteran Pierre Garcon. He is turning into a solid fantasy option, particularly in PPR leagues.
(ESPN: 11% owned, Yahoo: 18% owned)

RB:

Jordan Howard (RBCHI): In the wake of a Jeremy Langford injury, rookie Howard’s value skyrockets. The young RB has been a part of the run game even with Langford in, so if the veteran is sidelined for a while, Howard should be in line for a hefty workload.
(ESPN: 16% owned, Yahoo: 27% owned)

Kenneth Dixon (RBBAL): Dixon may not be helpful this week as he is still considered out with an injury, but he figures to be the star RB in Baltimore when he’s back at 100%. He’s worth a stash on your bench if you’ve got the room.
(ESPN: 14% owned, Yahoo: 13% owned)

TE:

Cameron Brate (TETB): Well, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a Buccaneer no more, and Brate will be the guy to step up in his place. He takes over the TE role in a pass-heavy offense, posting 46 yards and two TDs last week.
(ESPN: 1% owned, Yahoo: 2% owned)

Hunter Henry (TESD): The Chargers have already suffered an incredible amount of injuries to their passing game this season. Henry stepped up in place of veteran Antonio Gates (hamstring) and caught all five of his targets for 76 yards last week. If he continues to develop chemistry with Philip Rivers, or if Gates remains sidelined, Hunter could be a huge addition to your roster this season.
(ESPN: 12% owned, Yahoo: 6% owned)

Outside of the top options here, who else do you think is worthy of a waiver addition this week? Is there anyone not listed that you think will be a big performer in the coming months? Let us know in the comments section below, and feel free to ask or answer any fantasy football or lineup-setting questions you might have for Week Four.