Waiver Wire: Week 4 “Come and Get It!”

Week 3 is over and done. Thankfully, especially in a few of my leagues. Bye weeks are now upon us, and hopefully you’ve drafted teams with enough depth to get you through. As there is every week, there were a few performers who rose to the top of the waiver wire targets, and some of them may even be worthy of playing fill in for some bye week players. If you have trouble dropping an under-performing bench player for one of these guys, that’s fine, just remember they are on your bench for a reason. None of these guys really have a high ceiling, but could be nice plays going forward.

Some things I will certainly be watching and hoping for are the return of top round picks C.J. Spiller and Stevan Ridley to fantasy relevance. Who knows if and when that will happen.

Good luck to everyone this week. Also, please look forward to seeing our Weekly Positional Rankings later this week over at dynastysportsempire.com to help with any lineup questions you may have.

Ok, let’s ring that triangle and “Come and Get It!!!!”

Waiver Wire Targets: Week 4

September 11, 2013 - Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America

September 11, 2013 – Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America

1. Bilal Powell: RB NYJ (Owned in 60% of leagues) Overlooked for many weeks now because he is on the” horrible?” Jets offense, and the man of glass Chris Ivory sharing time with him. Well, he had himself quite a game in week 3, and has in reality been productive all year. He’s the 12th ranked back currently, and only owned in 60% of leagues why not take a flyer on him. 

September 11, 2013 - Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America

September 11, 2013 – Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America

2. Kenbrell Thompkins: WR NE (Owned in 34% of leagues) Something finally clicked with the much hyped receiver. He had ownership rates over 60% week 1, and then plummeted after a couple of disappointing performances. He didn’t dazzle hauling in 3 passes for 41 yards, but the kicker was the 2 touchdowns. He is clearly a favorite red-zone target for Tom Brady. Could be used even more against Atlanta this week.

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Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America

3. Jonathan Franklin: RB GB (Owned in 1.6% of leagues) He is on a bye this week, and Eddie Lacy or James Starks could be back with the extra weeks time. If you have a bench spot, and not desperate for a plug n play guy, Franklin could pay off big in week 5. He looked good aside from the game changing fumble this week. Here’s to hoping I don’t have to list another running back next week for Green Bay.

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Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America

4. Heath Miller: TE Pit (Owned in6.7% of leagues)  Ok, so the Steelers have really stunk this year both on offense and defense. Yet, in week 4 they play my favorite squad the Vikings. He’s Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite target, and the Vikings can not stop Tight Ends. Look at the stats for Jordan Cameron (24.6 pts) , Joseph Fauria (8 pts), and Martellus Bennett (19 pts) when they faced MN. Plug him in with confidence.

Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America)

5. Nate Burleson: WR Det (Owned in 4.4% of leagues) 9 targets last week, second to Calvin Johnson (of course). The talented Ryan Broyles is always a threat too, but in this pass-heavy offense you have a guy who is likely floating on the waiver wire who has caught 6 passes each week, has a nice connection with Stafford. He’s going up against the Bears this week so temper expectations, but he may be a sneaky flex play if Calvin get’s a lot double teams.

Reported this morning he has a broken arm from a car accident and could miss significant time… 

5. Ryan Broyles (Owned in 54.9% of leagues)- Should see more targets by default now that my previous target is out for an extended period.

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Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

6. Andre Roberts (owned in 29.3% of leagues)   Tasty matchup vs Saints and if Larry Fitzgerald is hurt next week, he should continue to see plenty of targets. This game could be a legitimate shoot-out. I like all of Arizona’s receivers, especially this week.

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Source: Norm Hall/Getty Images North America)

7. Andre Ellington: RB Ari (Owned in 2.7% of leagues) Rashard Mendenhall’s toe allowed the rookie back to get more carries last week, and he can catch the ball out of the backfield and make things happen. This is more of a jumping the gun pickup and I wouldn’t start him against Tampa Bay this week, but if Mendy goes down, he could be a valuable guy to have stashed.

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Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

8. Charles Clay: TE Miami (Owned in 12.8% of leagues) He’s been a name tossed around more and more lately. He’s seeing plenty of targets (6 last week) and appears to perform just fine carrying the ball in the red-zone as well. If you have a mediocre or frustrating tight end, or need a fill in for bye weeks this week Clay could be a nice option.

Some other potential targets I didn’t cover or covet too much: Leonard Hankerson, Brandon Bolden, and Donnie Avery.

Signing Off

Well that’s it for now. Please feel free to comment, dispute, send any fantasy related questions (Adds/drops, trade questions, start/sit) or discussion points to me at fantasychillpony@gmail.com or @fantsychillpony on Twitter, and I will more than likely add them to the upcoming piece. Also, feel free to utilize the DSE mailbag/Forums.

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