Fantasy Football: 15 Waiver Wire Targets for Week 4
Are players like Detroit Lions’ quarterback, Matthew Stafford, killing your fantasy team? How about the measly offerings of Eddie Lacy and Frank Gore as of late? Are you wringing your hands in frustration over starting an under-appreciated Larry Fitzgerald each week? Or, are your players getting arrested or riding off on the injury cart before your eyes?
— FanSided GIF (@FanSidedGIF) September 21, 2014
With Week 4 bringing fantasy owners the first bye-week of the season, eliminating players from Arizona, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, and St. Louis. Therefore, you may be finding yourself examining the waiver wire options this week.
Note that Miami Dolphins’ quarterback, Ryan Tannehill is in hot water and might be benched in Week 4. If he is your backup to Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson, you could be in trouble. Luckily two rookies just became starters and they may have to be called to fantasy duty as your starter as well.
Dolphins noncommittal about Tannehill starting http://t.co/GWCIJwLMy2
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) September 22, 2014
Without further ado, here are some players who might be able to spruce up your lagging team.
1. Blake Bortles has been called to starting duty due to the inefficiency of Chad Henne. For taking over late in the third quarter against Indianapolis, Bortles managed two touchdowns and 233 yards in limited play time. Two interceptions came as well, but he outscored Stafford by 12 fantasy points in partial game.
2. Teddy Bridgewater came onto the scene after Matt Cassel broke some bones in his foot. He had a clean game without any picks and passed for 150 yards. Bridgewater is recommended in deeper leagues, but as he develops with his team and gets more field time, he’s worth stashing if your quarterback isn’t exactly Mr. Dependable.
3. Drew Stanton makes a great pickup to use after the Cardinals’ bye week. Stanton put up awesome stats against the 49ers in yesterday’s game, making us hope that Carson Palmer takes his sweet time to heal. He currently ranks seventh in fantasy points for QB’s in Week 3.
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4. Lorenzo Taliaferro is a rookie running back who showed up big time for the Ravens in Sunday’s game. He had 91 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown to boot. With the whole Ray Rice deal and the other running backs not exactly performing up to par, stash Taliaferro and he may just pay off.
5. Donald Brown, if he is still available, he’ll be leaned upon more than ever with Danny Woodhead now likely out for the season. Even when Mathews returns, Brown will get his fair share of the load.
6. Alfred Blue is a smart add, because guess what? It’s only Week 3 and Arian Foster is already sitting out. Blue had 78 yards on 13 carries rushing for six yards per rush. If your current running backs are failing, Blue is a handy guy to have waiting on the sidelines.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 22, 2014
7. LeGarrette Blount went off for 118 yards and a touchdown against what was supposed to have been a threatening Carolina Panthers’ defense. Next up for Blount is Tampa Bay who could clearly struggle leaving Blount with clock time to eat up and if you’re lucky, a red zone opportunity.
8. Jordan Matthews had a bomb of a day as we finally got to see what the rookie wideout brings to the table for the Eagles. How does 59 yards on eight of nine attempted passes and two touchdowns sound? It’s a heck of a lot better than what Riley Cooper is offering.
TOUCHDOWN EAGLES!! Nick Foles with a dart to Jordan Matthews who does a great job getting 2 feet inbounds. Eagles take a 21-20 lead.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 21, 2014
9. John Brown The Cardinals have a bye week next week, so some people might not waste a waiver pick on him. If you want to add depth to your receiving roster, Brown has looked awesome so far. This season he has nine receptions, 109 yards and three touchdowns to boast. Sorry Larry Fitzgerald, but you’re being out-scored by Brown.
10. Eddie Royal So far Philip Rivers hasn’t been looking Keenan Allen’s way much. Royal is a risky waiver pick up who could pay off if he keeps making big plays like he just did in Buffalo scoring twice.
Kyle Rudolph has a sports hernia, Dennis Pitta took a disheartening fall on his surgically repaired hip, and Vernon Davis is hobbling around, so where to turn?
THIS JUST IN: Ravens coach John Harbaugh announces TE Dennis Pitta underwent hip surgery and is out for the season. pic.twitter.com/mQ3Npig7zo
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 22, 2014
11. Travis Kelce has 10 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown so far for the Kansas City Chiefs. He makes the most of those catches as you can see averaging 16.6 yards per catch.
12. Owen Daniels will be the man in Baltimore with Pitta sadly out for the season after undergoing another surgery on his hip.
Dennis Pitta and Danny Woodhead out for the season. Owen Daniels and Donald Brown should be high on the waiver list this week.
— FFWarriors (@RotoWarriors1) September 22, 2014
13. Niles Paul may still be free on some waivers. While he’s on a bye next week, he faces Seattle in Week 5. The Seahawks are horrible in defending tight ends and have allowed five touchdowns to the position in the last three weeks.
14. San Diego Chargers make a sneaky play against the Jacksonville Jaguars while they’re getting comfy with their new quarterback.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who were complete and utter disaster in Atlanta last week. This matchup could score you some bank defense points in Week 4.
— Jus' Rich (@jusrich70) September 19, 2014