There are some interesting waiver wire options heading into week 4 of the NFL season. Including a couple rookie running backs and, dare I say it, a Cleveland Brown. Here are the top must-adds for this upcoming week.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Dak is showing more and more each week that he is a solid quarterback in this league and is more than just his flash-in-the-pan preseason hype. Prescott carved up the Bears both in the passing game and with his legs and, with the exception of maybe Philly’s Carson Wentz, could be the best rookie QB in the league right now. Anyway he gets a solid matchup this week against the 49ers defence who have been subpar since shutting out the Rams in week 1. Prescott is an excellent streaming option for this week and every week until Tony Romo returns.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears
Yes, the Bears are a disaster, but Howard has looked pretty good in a small sample size filling in for the underwhelming Jeremy Langford. Howard will have a great chance to start and show what he can do this week as he is the likely choice to take over for the aforementioned Langford, who went down last week with an ankle injury that could put him out for four to six weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Howard needs to be owned in all leagues as even when Langford returns there is no guarantee he reclaims his starting job.
Kenneth Dixon, Baltimore Ravens
Dixon is another rookie running back looking to make some noise whenever he returns from the knee injury that has sidelined him for the first three weeks of the season. The Ravens running game could certainly use the spark, as Justin Forsett and Terrance West simply are not off to good starts. Dixon may not play this week, but he is on track to return soon. So pick him up now if you have room on your bench because he could payoff when he does eventually come back.
Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants
Darkwa is the Giants third-string back but with starter Rashad Jennings nursing a nagging thumb injury and Shane Vereen lost for the year with a torn tricep, Darkwa is in place to shoulder the Giants running game. The Giants schedule is not what you would call “friendly” with them taking on the Vikings this week, but Darkwa is still worth the add simply because of his potential workload.
Terrelle Pryor, Cleveland Browns
By now I’m sure we are all aware the Browns are not a good football team, heck, they may not win a game this year. However, do not let the teams struggles distract you from what Terrelle Pryor is capable of on a football field. We saw in last weeks loss to the Dolphins what the former Ohio State QB can do as he played receiver and quarterback (think Kordell Stewart). Pryor is a tremendous athlete who, as I have written about before, has worked hard on making it in the NFL. If he plays solid again this week against the Washington Redskins Pryor may work his way into starting lineups full time.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys
Dak made the list earlier, now we turn to arguably his favourite target. Beasley serves as the rookie QB’s safety net and leads the Cowboys in targets as a result. The diminutive receiver may not have any touchdowns this year, but his targets make him a very hot commodity in PPR leagues and, with Dez Bryant’s status yet to be determined for this week (MRI on his knee scheduled for Tuesday), Beasley is a solid streaming option this week against the Niners, especially if Bryant can’t go.
Zach Miller, Chicago Bears
Another Bear! Shocking, I know. Miller however seems to be benefiting from Jay Cutler’s injury as new starter Brian Hoyer looked Miller’s way early and often Sunday night. Miller responded with by far his best game of the season hauling in eight catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns. If Hoyer continues to seek the comfort of the sure-handed tight end there is no reason Miller can’t continue this turnaround (at least until Cutler comes back). He also has a nice matchup with the Detroit Lions this week