NFL Waiver Wire Pickups Week 4 | Football Player Rankings
Last weeks waiver wire was all about the Giants young receivers in Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. This week brings us a new bunch of players that are hot on the waiver wire as injuries are mounting up around the league.
Waivers for the next seven weeks are going to be vitally important to most fantasy owners as they will have all their key players out on bye weeks at different times. This week the Cardinals, Falcons, Eagles and Panthers are all off so you will need to rely on your depth to win.
Below we have the top players you might want to pay attention to, for waiver pickups. Even if you don’t select a waiver (or have already done so) it’s good to keep these names in mind for the future weeks.
Dolphins- Chad Henne- Bye Week 6
Ok, Chad Henne has not proven a darn thing in this league yet, and he may not be all that great in the end. However, if your desperate for a starting quarterback this week ( if you have Kurt Warner, Eagles quarterback, or Matt Ryan) you could do worse with no quarterback.
Ted Ginn Jr tore up the Bills’ defense last year at home, and maybe he will do it again. In the end, Henne is a starting quarterback, and he should give you some points while your starter is out.
Browns- Derek Anderson- Bye Week 9
It’s getting to that point in time that Derek Anderson will probably see his opportunity to start once again. The Browns pulled Brady Quinn out of last weeks game and outside of Anderson’s interceptions, the coaching staff liked what they saw.
Quinn may get another chance to prove himself this week against the Bengals, but if he should falter in the first half, Anderson will get the call.
49ers- Glen Coffee- Bye Week 6
With Frank Gore out the next two games, rookie runner Glen Coffee makes for an excellent waiver pick up this week. This weekend the 49ers play at home against the Rams and one would have to figure Coffee will have a solid day.
What I like most about Coffee is that the 49ers coaching staff is committed to using him as a feature runner. Last week against the Vikings, Coffee had 22 carries. Look for Coffee to have a fine day for your fantasy football team this week.
Cowboys- Tashard Choice- Bye Week 6
If for some reason, Tashard Choice is still on your waiver wire you should strongly consider picking him up. Marion Barber’s status for this week is up in the air and Felix Jones is out for the next three weeks with a knee injury.
If Choice should get the start he will be a fine play against, the Broncos defense.
Steelers- Rashard Mendenhall- Bye Week 8
Today the Steelers announced that Willie Parker has a turf toe injury. At this point in time, the team is saying he could still play this week against the Chargers. If the team is smart they will hold him out as this injury usually makes runners ineffective.
If a player does not rest on this injury it can bother them for the rest of their career (Hello LaDainian Tomlinson). Look for Rashard Mendenhall to get the bulk of work in the Steelers offense this weekend.
Jaguars- Mike Sims-Walker- Bye Week 7
You might have heard of Mike Sims-Walker before when he didn’t have the Sims attached to his name. In August, Walker changed his name to Sims-Walker in honor of his father passing away from colon cancer last December.
Every week Walker is becoming David Garrard’s go to guy in the passing game. In the past two weeks Walker has had 12 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown. Look for Walker to continue his strong play in the offense as he is now a starter.
This week Walker should continue his success against the Titans poor pass defense (feels weird saying that) and should catch at least another 5 balls.
Titans Nate Washington- Bye Week 7
Nate Washington was slowed up by a hamstring injury week one but has since come back and scored each of the last two weeks. Look for Washington to continue being a factor in the Titans’ offense as he is their new Derrick Mason.
Panthers- Daunte Rosario- Bye Week 4
The Panthers are finally waking up and getting the football to their receiving tight end Daunte Rosario. In the last two games Rosario has had three catches and a touchdown and Jake Delhomme looks comfortable throwing the ball his way.
Carolina is desperate for someone other than Steve Smtih to step up and help in the passing game and Rosario looks like a good fit.
Unfortunately, Rosario is on a bye week this week but all that means is that you can pick him up within the next two weeks.
49ers- 49ers Defense/ Special Teams- Bye Week 6
It’s time to give the 49ers defense it’s do as the team looks like a contender this season. Right now the 49ers are leading the NFC Western division and Mike Singletary has his defense playing some inspiring football.
This defense may always be a risk when they go on the road against a good team but this week they play at home against the Rams. This is a great week to have the 49ers in a pinch.
NFL Fantasy Football Information writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com