It wasn’t the heavyweight bout everyone was hoping for, but last night was a reminder of how damn good Patrick Mahomes and this Chiefs offense is as they manhandled the Ravens 34-20 on Monday Night Football.
The Chiefs spread the ball around—almost frustratingly so (what’s up Anthony Sherman)—showcasing their full range of weapons as Tyreek Hill, Clyde Edwards-Elaire (that’s “eeeeeelaire” as we learned repeatedly last night), Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, and Sammy Watkins all made an impact.
Lamar Jackson never got in a rhythm passing-wise, despite breaking off some explosive runs from the read option. Mark Andrews had a devastating (I say devastating because I drafted him everywhere) drop in the end zone and an all-around bad game with multiple drops. Hopefully we see these two teams in the AFC Championship for the rare sequel that’s better than the original.
This looks to be a pretty thin week on the waiver wire, but let’s see what we can dig up...
TOP 5 WAIVER ADDS FOR WEEK 4
- Brandon Aiuyk - Only rostered in 16.6% of ESPN leagues, the versatile rookie in San Fran should be added everywhere after he caught 5 passes for 70 yards and rushed 3 times for 31 yards and a TD on Sunday. The Niners desperately need playmakers and his role will continue to grow, even with Deebo Samuel returning in a week or two.
- Carlos Hyde - Even though it sounds like Chris Carson has a chance to play, Hyde should be added on the off chance he can’t go this week vs. the Dolphins. He’d be in line for 10+ carries and the juicy goal line work.
- Rex Burkhead - Not dealing with the headache of Belichick RBs is a popular refrain in the fantasy sphere and Burkhead’s production obviously benefited from James White’s absence, that said...we can’t simply ignore the chance that his role continues to grow in a meaningful way after a breakout performance (remember James Robinson and Miles Gaskin after Week 1?). Don’t empty the clip, but he should be rostered in more than 21% of leagues.
- Justin Jefferson - Jefferson smashed in Week 3 with 7 catches for 175 yards and a TD. We know being the WR2 in Minnesota can be unkind in terms of consistent targets (it’s why Stefon Diggs is now in Buffalo), but Jefferson will continue to face one-on-one coverage with defenses focusing on Thielen and the run game.
- Nick Foles - Foles immediately looked like a big upgrade on Trubisky, granted that is a low bar to clear. This is more of a play for those of you in superflex or 14-team leagues, but Foles has adequate weapons and a fantasy-friendly game with his willingness to push the ball down the field.
Honorable mentions: Tee Higgins, Greg Ward, Scotty Miller
Tarik Cohen tore his ACL and is done for the season...Deebo Samuel is expected to practice today...Jimmy Garoppolo might practice too...Raheem Mostert and George Kittle will be further evaluated...Jordan Reed could be out 6-to-8 weeks...There’s concern about Henry Ruggs (hamstring) missing another week...Chris Godwin (hamstring) could miss some time...Jamison Crowder could play Thursday, but Breshad Perriman won’t...Michael Pittman (lower leg) is going to miss some time...Phillip Lindsay (turf toe) is on track to play Thursday...Dallas Goedert does not have a timetable for his return...Desean Jackson is nursing a minor hamstring strain...DJ Chark (chest/back) is getting more tests.
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