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Lions WR Calvin Johnson
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week 4 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Calvin Johnson
  2. Julio Jones
  3. Dez Bryant
  4. Antonio Brown
  5. Jordy Nelson
  6. Brandon Marshall
  7. Pierre Garcon
  8. Jeremy Maclin
  9. Alshon Jeffery
  10. Julian Edelman
  11. Randall Cobb
  12. DeSean Jackson
  13. Michael Crabtree
  14. Keenan Allen
  15. Mike Wallace
  16. Andre Johnson
  17. Steve Smith Sr.
  18. DeAndre Hopkins
  19. Victor Cruz
  20. Vincent Jackson
  21. Roddy White
  22. Marques Colston
  23. Golden Tate
  24. Reggie Wayne
  25. Cordarelle Patterson
  26. Kelvin Benjamin
  27. Brandin Cooks
  28. Terrance Williams
  29. Sammy Watkins
  30. Cecil Shorts III
  31. Markus Wheaton
  32. Torrey Smith
  33. Jordan Matthews
  34. T.Y. Hilton
  35. Eric Decker
  36. Kendall Wright
  37. Greg Jennings
  38. Jeremy Kerley
  39. James Jones
  40. Eddie Royal
  41. Mike Evans
  42. Anquan Boldin
  43. Brian Hartline
  44. Hakeem Nicks
  45. Malcom Floyd
  46. Justin Hunter
  47. Rueben Randle
  48. Kenny Stills
  49. Devin Hester
  50. Steve Johnson
  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Rob Gronkowski
  3. Antonio Gates
  4. Martellus Bennett
  5. Vernon Davis
  6. Zach Ertz
  7. Greg Olsen
  8. Delanie Walker
  9. Owen Daniels
  10. Jason Witten
  11. Larry Donnell
  12. Niles Paul
  13. Travis Kelce
  14. Dwayne Allen
  15. Charles Clay
  16. Ladarius Green
  17. Coby Fleener
  18. Heath Miller
  19. Andrew Quarless
  20. Jace Amaro
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

DeSean Jackson/ Pierre Garcon
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson
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The Giants' secondary was supposed to be the biggest improvement from last season but it has not performed that way. They have looked out of sync at times and have struggled against big and fast receivers. Garcon and Jackson both had huge games last week, each producing over 100 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Kirk Cousins provides a new threat for the Redskins because he can throw downfield and will exploit the Giants struggling secondary.

Julian Edelman
Patriots WR Julian Edelman
Edelman has 22 receptions this season and is easily Brady’s most trusted receiver. He's a versatile player that does it all - he can return kicks, he can rush, and he can catch. He's produced over 80 yards in each of his first three games. The Patriots will travel to Kansas City this week to face an underachieving Chiefs defense. Look for Edelman to break 100 yards this week and score a touchdown.

Alshon Jeffery
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery
Jeffery finally broke out of his slump on Monday Night Football against the Jets when he broke 100 yards for the first time this season. The Bears face the weak Packers defense this week and will throw it all over them. I expect this to be a very high-scoring game with Jeffery proving his worth yet again to his fantasy owners.

T.Y. Hilton
Colts WR T.Y. Hilton
The Colts face a Titans defense that has been great against the pass, allowing the 5th fewest points to wide receivers this season. Hilton was having a great game last week but was banged up in the second quarter and never returned. It looks like he will suit up against Tennessee but the Colts will jump out to a huge lead and run the ball often. Hilton has been waiting for his breakout performance and I think he will have to wait another week.

Dwayne Bowe
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
Not only are the Chiefs facing a Patriots defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to wide receivers in the league, but also Dwayne Bowe’s play has seemingly deteriorated. In two games he has just 72 yards, his chemistry with Alex Smith doesn’t look good, and he appears to be running routes in slow motion. I think New England's high-strung defense holds Bowe in check this week.

Eric Decker
Jets WR Eric Decker
Decker has been having hamstring problems for the past two weeks and was pulled out early against the Bears in Week 3. He had just one catch for 19 yards. He may or may not play against the Lions, which is a red flag in of itself, but also the Lions defense has been tremendous, as they have only allowed one touchdown to opposing wide receivers throughout the first three weeks of the season. Keep Decker on your bench this week.

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker has been the surprise of the season at the tight end position. With over 200 yards and two touchdowns, he has been a reliable pass catcher for Jake Locker. The Colts struggle against opposing tight ends and Walker should dominate this match up. He is a top ten tight end this season so start him comfortably.

Antonio Gates
Chargers TE Antonio Gates
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Gates didn’t do anything in Buffalo last week, catching just one pass for 8 yards. Back up tight end Ladarius Green did much better with four receptions for 64 yards. However, look for Gates to turn it around and have a monster game against the defenseless Jaguars. They have allowed 293 yards and 4 touchdowns to opposing tight ends so far. This is a cupcake of a matchup. Don’t hesitate putting Gates in your lineup this week.

Charles Clay
Dolphins TE Charles Clay
Clay has been a huge disappointment this year for Miami with just 79 yards and no touchdowns in three games. While I think that his numbers will improve, I don’t see it happening this week. Clay has struggled with a knee injury and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has struggled with accuracy. Until those two issues can be resolved, I’d keep Clay on my bench.

Coby Fleener
Colts TE Coby Fleener
Fleener had his first solid game of the year with 49 yards and a touchdown in Week Three. However, Dwayne Allen appears to be the slightly favored target. The Titans secondary has played well this season and the Colts will likely run the ball against Tennessee’s weak front four. Fleener won’t be doing anything special this week other than blocking.

Golden Tate
Lions WR Golden Tate
Tate has recorded at least five receptions in each of his first three games as a Lion. He will face the Jets depleted secondary this week and should have a breakout performance. He has yet to score a touchdown but I expect that to change this week. Look for him to gain 65 yards and a touchdown as he establishes his role as the Lions No. 2 receiver beside Calvin Johnson.

DeAndre Hopkins
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins had a great game against the Giants last week, producing six receptions for 116 yards. He should have had an even bigger game but an unreal 53-yard one-handed catch was called back after a penalty. The Texans host the Bills this week and I think there is a possibility that Hopkins scores his third touchdown of the season.

Jordan Matthews
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews
Jordan Matthews had the best performance of his short career last week with 59 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles are playing on the road in Week Four against a tough San Francisco team that is excellent against the run. I expect Foles to throw the ball all day long and Matthews could be one of the beneficiaries. If you picked him up this week and don’t have a better option at wide receiver, start the rookie.

Owen Daniels
Ravens TE Owen Daniels
With Dennis Pitta out for the year, Owen Daniels has moved up the depth chart as the Ravens No. 1 tight end. Daniels was already playing more than half the offensive snaps and is known for his pass catching ability. Look for him to emerge as one of Joe Flacco’s top weapons in the passing game against a very good Carolina Panthers defense.

Larry Donnell
Giants TE Larry Donnell
The Giants always seem to hope and pray that their tight end will come out of nowhere and perform well. Larry Donnell is making General Manager Jerry Reese look very good. He's become one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets and has 182 yards along with a touchdown. He did fumble the ball in the red zone last week but I expect him to hold his own against the Redskins secondary on Thursday night.

Chargers WR Eddie Royal
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By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Eddie Royal
Through four weeks, Royal is on pace to produce 68 catches, 944 yards, and a whopping 16 touchdowns. There is no way that he will fulfill these projections but Royal is becoming one of Philip Rivers’ favorite targets. Royal has been targeted at least six times in each of his first four appearances this season and is ranked 8th at his position in fantasy points. At home against the Jaguars, Royal caught 5 passes for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also has some nice matchups coming up against the depleted Jets secondary in week 5 and on the road in Oakland in week 6. If you are in need of a receiver, Royal is a high risk/high reward addition to your squad.

Kelvin Benjamin/ Terrance Williams
Both of these young receivers play for high powered offenses and have shown an ability to produce at a high level with consistency. In most leagues they are owned but on NFL.com, they are both available in about 22% of leagues. Benjamin has been Cam Newton’s most trusted target as he has recorded 21 receptions on 36 targets for 329 yards and a trio of touchdowns. He has emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate and is the No. 1 receiver in Carolina. Williams has a modest 14 catches but has turned that into 179 yards and four touchdowns. With opposing teams focusing on the coverage of superstar Dez Bryant, Williams should continue to see opportunities. Both of these guys should be owned in all leagues.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Justin Hunter
Hunter has failed to put up any numbers thus far with just 9 receptions for 138 yards and a big bagel in the touchdown department. Hunter caught just one pass for 12 yards in the Titans blowout loss to the Colts. With the quarterback issues that Tennessee is having, I don’t trust anyone on that offense other than Delanie Walker. Hunter has a few drops and let the ball bounce off his hands before Colts safety Mike Adams grabbed it out of the air for an interception. I wouldn’t waste a roster spot on this bust.

Mike Evans
Despite putting up his best game of the season in Tampa Bay’s shocking win over the Steelers, Mike Evans should be dropped if you are in immediate need of a wide receiver. If you are deep at the position, you might want to hold on to him but there are many good options still available in the majority of leagues. Evans was forced to exit early last Sunday after recording 65 yards receiving and his first touchdown of the year. This was the first game that Evans reached double digit scoring. Now that he has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury, he will likely miss the next few games. Evans put up three less than decent performances to start the season and after the first quarter of the season, he has 203 yards and just one touchdown. Even without the injury, he is on pace to produce 812 yards and four touchdowns, which is nothing special. Take into account that he will miss a few games and Evans probably isn’t roster worthy anymore.

Tight Ends to Add

Travis Kelce
The rookie tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs is owned in just 36.3 % of leagues on NFL.com, 37.1% on ESPN.com, and 69% in Yahoo leagues. Kelce has developed as a top option in the passing game for Alex Smith, using his speed, vision, and incredible strength to gain yards after the catch. On Monday Night Football, Kelce racked up 93 yards on 8 receptions including a touchdown against the New England Patriots. The best thing about it is that he did that while playing only about 50% of offensive snaps for the Chiefs. Kelce is on pace for 72 catches, 1,036 yards, and 8 touchdowns. He should continue to see his playing time increase and is already the 7th ranked tight end in fantasy football. The rookie should be owned in all leagues.

Larry Donnell
I told you to add him last week but he is still available in 73.2% of ESPN.com leagues and 80.6% of NFL.com leagues. If you listened to me last week when I told you to add him and listed him as a sleeper pick, you were rewarded with 7 receptions for 54 yards and THREE touchdowns totaling 23.4 points in standard leagues. Donnell is perfect for the west coast offense that the Giants are running and Manning seems to use the tight end as his security blanket and go-to option in the red zone. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound product out of Grambling State is averaging about 12 points a week for his fantasy owners. I’m not quite sure why he isn’t owned in more leagues but if you are lucky enough to be in one of those, pick him up immediately.

Tight Ends to Drop

Dennis Pitta
Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. He underwent surgery and is officially out for the year. If Pitta was on your roster, pick up his backup Owen Daniels who has 70 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Charles Clay
The Miami Dolphins tight end came into the season with high expectations but has been unable to follow through. Clay has gained just 111 yards through the first quarter of the season and has yet to find his way into the end zone. Clay has yet to produce over 32 yards in a game and is averaging an abysmal 2.77 points per outing. He is clearly behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline as Ryan Tannehill’s most targeted options and the running backs are also getting more looks than him. Even backup tight end, Dion Sims scored a touchdown in Week 4 against the struggling Raiders while Clay has failed to do so through four games. Clay has a buy week coming up and it might be time to unload him for someone with more upside.

Trade Bait
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Vernon Davis
Davis got off to a hot start recording 44 yards and two touchdowns in the first game of the season. Since then, he has failed to do anything as he is battling a variety of ailments. Davis is a solid player but he may be a little overrated as he depends entirely on reaching the end zone to be a productive fantasy option. He is now 30 years old and seems to have the injury bug. Try dangling him out there and see what you are offered for him. His big name alone should bring in some solid offers.