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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Top 30 waiver-wire pickups heading into NFL Week 4


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BATSBY Sports places an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who are already becoming fixtures in the red zone

Here’s the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football’s top 30 free agents in advance of Week 4, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues — a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats (unless the red-hot asset has affiliation with Patrick Mahomes).

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Daniel Jones, Mason Rudolph, Kyle Allen, Andy Dalton, Marcus Mariota and Gardner Minshew are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But we also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who’ve already become fixtures in the red zone.


  1. QB Daniel Jones, Giants
  2. WR Phillip Dorsett, Patriots
  3. RB Wayne Gallman, Giants
  4. QB Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  5. QB Kyle Allen, Panthers
  6. WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  7. RB Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  8. WR Taylor Gabriel, Bears
  9. RB Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  10. WR Diontae Johnson, Steelers
  11. QB Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  12. RB Tony Pollard, Cowboys
  13. WR Trey Quinn, Redskins
  14. TE Jordan Akins, Texans
  15. RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  16. WR Auden Tate, Bengals
  17. RB Nyheim Hines, Colts
  18. TE Tyler Eifert, Bengals
  19. RB Jaylen Samuels, Steelers
  20. D/ST Houston Texans
  21. WR Adam Humphries, Titans
  22. PK Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  23. QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
  24. TE Dallas Goedert, Eagles
  25. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
  26. WR Geronimo Allison, Packers
  27. WR Darius Slayton, Giants
  28. PK Mason Crosby, Packers
  29. D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
  30. QB Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars

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Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out,,, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

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