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Waiver Wire Week 4: Daniel Jones, Wayne Gallman, Dante Pettis and Top Pickups

Theo SalaunContributor IIISeptember 23, 2019

New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman carries the ball in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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They say that good things come in threes, so, hopefully, the third week of the 2019 NFL season has bequeathed some quality pickups upon our fantasy football waiver wires. Whether through injury, performance or miscellaneous happenstance, the Week 4 waiver wire has legitimate targets. 

With the New York Giants' prodigal running back, Saquon Barkley, in crutches, Wayne Gallman becomes a must-add for expected volume alone. With a game-winning touchdown, the San Francisco 49ers' Dante Pettis may have finally worked his way out of Kyle Shanahan's doghouse and into our lineups.

Those two highlight our list, but others deserve consideration depending on your needs. As always, for maximum utility, we don't include players who are owned in over 30 percent of Yahoo leagues. But, if you're in a shallower league, last week's waiver targets could be of use.

Headlined by Gallman and Pettis, here are Week 4's top waiver pickups, followed by some backing for each. 

                      

Week 4 Waiver-Wire Targets

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  • Kyle Allen, QB, CAR (2 percent owned)

  • Daniel Jones, QB, NYG (16 percent owned)

  • Rex Burkhead, RB, NE (24 percent owned)

  • Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG (4 percent owned)

  • Ronald Jones II, RB, TB (25 percent owned)

  • Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN (20 percent owned)

  • Tony Pollard, RB, DAL (17 percent owned)

  • Darrel Williams, RB, KC (6 percent owned)

  • Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, SF (4 percent owned)

  • Cole Beasley, WR, BUF (8 percent owned)

  • Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT (4 percent owned)

  • Dante Pettis, WR, SF (24 percent owned)

  • Preston Williams, WR, MIA (3 percent owned)

                  

Kyle Allen, QB, CAR

  • 2 percent owned

  • Week 3 passing: 19-26, 261 yards, four touchdowns

  • While most defenses aren't as lifeless as the Arizona Cardinals, Allen showed some legitimate promise and seems capable of capitalizing upon the Carolina Panthers' offensive talent that a hobbled Cam Newton was unable to.

                  

Daniel Jones, QB, NYG

  • 16 percent owned

  • Week 3 passing: 23-36, 336 yards, two touchdowns

  • Week 3 rushing: four carries, 28 yards, two touchdowns

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a deplorable secondary, but Danny Dimes comfortably took advantage in his first start, got the win and pulled off a fat stat line. New York's offensive line is atrocious, but Jones' ability to run still gives him serious upside.

                    

Rex Burkhead, RB, NE

  • 24 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: 11 carries, 47 yards, one touchdown

  • Week 3 receiving: seven targets, six receptions, 22 yards

  • There was no James White on Sunday, so take Burkhead's stat line with a grain of salt. But, he still got 18 looks (11 carries and seven targets) while Sony Michel got just 10. It's a committee, but Burkhead has impressed and could continue to do so if Michel or White ever miss time.

                   

Wayne Gallman, RB, NYG

  • 4 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: five carries, 13 yards

  • Week 3 receiving: one target

  • Saquon Barkley, seen on the sideline in a walking boot and on crutches, has been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain and has an MRI scheduled, per Adam Schefter. Saquon averages 21 looks a game (14.5 carries and 6.5 targets), so Gallman could step into a massive workload. He has averaged 4.0 yards per carry in his career and has receiving ability, so, depending on the severity of Barkley's injury, Gallman's talent and opportunity could overcome New York's miserable offensive line.

                     

Ronald Jones II, RB, TB

  • 25 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: 14 carries, 80 yards

  • Week 3 receiving: one target, one reception, 41 yards

  • Another committee, but Jones could overcome Peyton Barber with more performances like this.

                    

Alexander Mattison, RB, MIN

  •  20 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: 12 carries, 58 yards, one touchdown 

  • A high-end handcuff, Mattison proved he has the talent and situation to win leagues if Dalvin Cook ever misses time.

                   

Tony Pollard, RB, DAL

  • 17 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: 13 carries, 103 yards, one touchdown

  • Week 3 receiving: three targets, three receptions, 25 yards

  • The highest-end handcuff, Pollard similarly proved he has the talent and situation to dominate leagues if Ezekiel Elliott ever misses time.

                      

Darrel Williams, RB, KC

  • 6 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: nine carries, 62 yards

  • Week 3 receiving: five targets, five catches, 47 yards

  • Just as quickly as it arrived, the Darwin Thompson hype train has been replaced by the steady churning of Darrel Williams. The 24-year-old led the team in carries for Week 3 and showed off some versatility. The undrafted free agent out of LSU is worth monitoring because we now know that Williams is next in the pecking order if the fragile LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams get hurt.

                    

Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, SF

  • 4 percent owned

  • Week 3 rushing: eight carries, 18 yards, two touchdowns

  • Week 3 receiving: one target

  • There's an ugly committee in San Francisco, but Wilson is getting all of the red-zone work. Four touchdowns over two weeks is nothing to scoff at.

                    

Cole Beasley, WR, BUF

  • 8 percent owned

  • Week 3 receiving: 10 targets, eight receptions, 48 yards, one two-point conversion

  • After receiving nine targets in Week 1 and four in Week 2, Beasley established a stronger rapport with Josh Allen by earning double-digit looks in Week 3. He could turn into a starter in point-per reception leagues.

                

Diontae Johnson, WR, PIT

  • 4 percent owned

  • Week 3 receiving: six targets, three receptions, 52 yards, one touchdown

  • Week 3 rushing: one carry, six yards

  • Donte Moncrief was a healthy inactive, so Johnson is a starter for the foreseeable future. In his first start, he got the second-most targets on the team (after JuJu Smith-Schuster) and certainly capitalized. With third-round pedigree out of Toledo, Johnson has the talent to create plays and Pittsburgh seems to understand that as it even gave him a rushing attempt in Week 3.

                   

Dante Pettis, WR, SF

  • 24 percent owned

  • Week 3 receiving: five targets, four receptions, 20 yards, one touchdown

  • It hasn't been pretty for Pettis in 2019, but things may finally be turning around. After earning just one target in the first two weeks, Pettis got five in Week 3 (second-most on the team after George Kittle) and turned them into four receptions—including the game-winning touchdown. Pettis has serious talent and could live up to his second-round pedigree if he works his way back into Shanahan's good graces.

                  

Preston Williams, WR, MIA

  • 3 percent owned

  • Week 3 receiving: 12 targets, four receptions, 68 yards 

  • The Miami Dolphins are bad, and bad teams throw the ball a lot. Williams got 12 targets in Week 3,  averages 7.7 targets a game and is a prototypical 6'5" receiver. It feels weird, but this Dolphin could have some bite.