Sun. Jan 26th, 2020

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Preseason Week 4 Redraft Waiver Wire Targets

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Donte Moncrief (11)

Donte Moncrief (WR-Pittsburgh Steelers) – 50% owned

Since we’re in the thick of fantasy draft season, most experts are overwhelmed with the shiny new toys. In Pittsburgh, we have Diontae Johnson and (last year’s model) James Washington. Don’t let them distract you from the player who sits second on the depth chart and, besides some injury risk, is the player most likely to grab what isn’t thrown in Juju’s direction: Donte Moncrief. Arguably enjoying his best quarterback situation since 2016, Moncrief is poised to live up to the hype surrounding him after an impressive 2015 season despite Andrew Luck missing half of it.

There are plenty of vacated targets in Pittsburgh with the departure of Antonio Brown and Jesse James. They can’t all go to Juju Smith-Schuster. Moncrief has speed and experience in his back pocket.

At 50% owned, you might just find him available in your league. In redraft, I would drop DK Metcalf, N’Keal Harry, Golden Tate, or Devin Funchess.

Waiver Wire Priority – Low

FAAB Budget Recommendation: Zero bid/minimum. It’s too early, there is no point in wasting FAAB on the unknown.

Jay Ajayi (RB-Free Agent (Houston Texans?)) – 5% owned

Do you have somebody on your roster that you’re just not that excited about? Perhaps you are a Lamar Miller owner? On Sunday Night Football, Al Michaels reported that Jay Ajayi had been signed by the Texans. It was later denied, but this is as likely a scenario as any. Jay Ajayi is an injury prone and very talented running back. On such a dynamic offense, he would certainly be a valuable add to your fantasy roster if he remains healthy.

As much as we would love to see Melvin Gordon get signed by the Texans, it’s not going to happen. There are plenty of trade options and a few free agents still available for the Texans to be choosy. If you absolutely do not want to pick up Jay Ajayi, throw your dart in another direction. If you’re a Lamar Miller owner, you have an open roster position now. The possibilities are endless.

If you happen to pick Ajayi up from the waiver wire and the Texans decide to pass on him, drop him immediately. It’s not like you spent any draft capital on him, right?

Waiver Wire Priority – Low

FAAB Budget Recommendation – Zero bid/minimum

Darren Waller (TE-Oakland Raiders) – 14% owned

The hype could be real. We all remember how Jared Cook was utilized last season. Could Darren Waller fill those shoes? If the preseason reports are any indicator, Yes and quite well! The coaching staff in Oakland is heaping praise upon this Tight End. Some reports have called him a cheat code at the fantasy position. At 6′ 6″ and 255 pounds, he could be a red zone threat should the Raiders find their way inside the 20.

Considering how outrageously weak the Tight End position is for fantasy, this could be the breakout candidate that we all dream about. Somebody that is late in ADP that he’s practically free AND could finish the season well inside the top 10 for the position? Sign me up!

If you already own Kelce, Ertz, Kittle, or Engram please disregard. I do not recommend owning two Tight Ends unless you have a large number of bench spots on your roster.

Waiver Wire Priority – Low

FAAB Budget Recommendation – Zero bid/minimum

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