Waiver and Free Agent Pickups Week 4
Byron Lambert, Rosterwatch.com
If by some stroke of luck these guys are still on your waiver wire pick them up immediately:
Andrew Luck, QB IND
Mikel LeShoure, RB DET
Andre Brown, RB NYG
Danny Amendola, WR STL
Martellus Bennett, TE NYG
Dennis Pitta, TE BAL
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB BUF
He has scored between 16-21 points each of the first three weeks.
Christian Ponder, QB MIN
18 and 26 points the last two weeks. He’s athletic and can get a few rushing yards.
Jake Locker, QB TEN
Through three games he shows a 10 point floor with 25 point upside. Kenny Britt is back and Locker, like Ponder, is fast and can get you some rushing yards.
Carson Palmer, QB OAK
17,17,20 are his points totals through three games. Good for 8th amongst QBs in total fantasy points on the season. Some weeks, he would have been a better start that Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Matt Stafford, Tony Romo, or Mike Vick.
Tashard Choice, RB BUF
He rushed for 91 yards after C.J. Spiller went down. All RBs look good in this offense. Fred Jackson and Spiller may both be out this week. Could be a big game for Choice.
Daniel Thomas, RB MIA
Reggie Bush may be out. He made a move that literally tore Darrelle Revis’ ACL last week.
Lamar Miller, RB MIA
A big play threat. If Bush misses time, the rookie is the guy I really like.
Ryan Williams, RB AZ
He hasn’t looked very good, but as usual Beanie Wells could miss some time. It makes him a lead back on an improving offense.
Bilal Powell, RB NYJ
The most talented RB on the Jets roster. Shonn Greene underwhelms. If that continues expect him to give way to Powell who was already in on 44% of the snaps this week. Posted a respectable 69 yards on 12 touches in Week 3.
If Willis McGahee misses time or is limited, his backups are worth a look. Early in the season it was Knowshon Moreno. Last week it was Lance Ball and Ronnie Hillman. We prefer Lance Ball.
Shaun Draughn, RB KC
Peyton Hillis stinks. He also has a bum ankle. Draughn has averaged 8.25 PPG through three weeks. He could see some goal line action.
Jacoby Jones, WR BAL
He looks terrific in Baltimore and Joe Flacco loves him. Jones is emerging as the #2 WR in an offense that is starting to open it up. Jones has scored 9 fantasy points each of the last two weeks.
Brian Hartline, WR MIA
Nine more targets on Sunday. He is a solid #3 fantasy WR.
Andrew Hawkins, WR CIN
Averaging a consistent 69 yards/game so far. Touchdowns in the last two games. The Bengals are utilizing the shifty WR as one of their go-to playmakers.
Donnie Avery, WR IND
Only 28 yards on Sunday but he did get 9 more targets from Andrew Luck.
T.Y. Hilton, WR IND
8 targets on Sunday. We aren’t sure exactly who to trust in Indy behind Reggie Wayne. One thing we know is Andrew Luck chucks it around with regularity. The Colts drafted the speedster to be a DeSean Jackson type playmaker. The rookie showed it with a 40 yd. TD in Week 3.
Jeremy Kerley, WR NYJ
The Trashman recommended him in last week’s Garbage Grab and he came through. Kerley has posted 18, 6,14 fantasy points in his first three games. Great production and #2 NYJ WR Stephen Hill is looking unlikely to play in Week 4. Figures to be more action for Kerley.
Nate Washington, WR TEN
He does what he does. Washington leads the NFL in yards/reception at 26.4. Averaging 10 PPG so far in 2012. He has a good connection with Jake Locker so I am not too worried about Kenny Britt or Kendall Wright cutting into his production.
Nate Burelson, WR DET
12 targets and 10 catches on Sunday. Always a decent fill in option who is somewhat inconsistent. Averaging a very respectable 8.25 PPG through 3 weeks.
Jon Baldwin, WR KC
Don’t hold your breath but the Chiefs seem to be getting him more involved. Supremely athletic, he was within a hair of a freakish TD on Sunday. A better stash than a bye week play.
Ramses Barden, WR NYG
Hakeem Nicks is optimistic about a Week 4 return. If he isn’t, Barden is a good stop-gap. He stepped in big for Nicks in Week 3, recording a team high 138 yards on 10 targets.
Brandon Stokley, WR DEN
Not a great option but Peyton Manning still seems to look at him as a security blanket. That’s not such a bad thing
Leonard Hankerson, WR WAS
In Pierre Garcon’s absence, he led Washington in WR targets. Hankerson did get a little banged up though. Check out his and Garcon’s injury status heading into Week 4.
Heath Miller, TE PIT
Always a poor man’s Jason Witten. It looks like with the arrival of Todd Haley, Miller has gotten a whole lot richer. 4 TDs in 3 games and 10 targets on Sunday. Miller should be owned.
Brandon Myers, TE OAK
Averaging a respectable and very consistent 6.8 PPG through three games. If you are in a TE bind, you could do much worse.