Week 4 – Waiver Wire Pickups
While there were we still some wild games around the league, the injuries are starting to add up as receiver Kenny Britt is likely gone for the year, and Frank Gore is down with an ankle injury. Michael Vick is likely to miss some time as well after suffering another injury this past week against New York. Let’s take a look at some players who can help your squad now, and in the future.
Mike Kafka -
With Michael Vick suffering a broken right hand (left-handed handed thrower) and still showing ill-effects from his concussion last week, it’s likely the Eagles will go with Mike Kafka against the 49ers. This is a solid matchup for Kafka, and he shouldn’t have a problem exploiting San Francisco’s suspect secondary.
Jason Campbell -
The Raiders are for real and Head Coach Hue Jackson has the Raiders looking like an offense that is ready to emerge as the weeks go by. With Darren McFadden looking like an All Pro running back, expect the Raiders to finally use an effective deep passing game with rookie Denarius Moore looking like one of the better young receivers in the game.
All this success and Jacoby Ford hasn’t been on the field since a week one hamstring injury sidelined him. It’s time to get Campbell on your depth chart and if your hurting for a quarterback, Campbell makes for an interesting upside play against the Patriots week four.
Bernard Scott -
With Cedric Benson set to serve a three-game suspension the Bengals will go with Bernard Scott as the team starting tailback. This week the Bengals face off against the Bills. Scott makes for a flex play option, especially in PPR leagues.
Kendall Hunter -
Frank Gore injured his ankle against the Bengals and rookie Kendall Hunter came in a scored the 49ers game-winning touchdown. Hunter looked good and is shifty running style could make him an interesting flex play against the Eagles if Gore should be sidelined this week.
Keep Hunter on your squad, as he’s the teams No.2 back and with Gore’s injury-prone ways, Hunter will see more opportunities this year.
Torrey Smith -
Wow! Torrey Smith received a chance to start with Lee Evans out as his ankle injury has plagued him since the middle of August. Smith went on to post three touchdowns in the first half of the game against the Rams, and it will be interesting to see if the Ravens give Evans extra rest this coming week.
Smith may have consistency issues but if Evans or Boldin should go down for an extended amount of time, Smith would make for an option as a WR-3 play.
Victor Cruz -
With Mario Manningham out of the lineup after suffering a concussion against the Rams, Victor Cruz stepped up in a big game against the Eagles for over 100 yards and two long touchdown receptions. We’ve seen Cruz play well in the preseason for a couple of years now, but it looks like he’s ready to make a regular impact for the Giants, and will up Eli Manning’s fantasy value.
Consider Cruz a respectable WR-3 play against the Cardinals next week, even if Manningham is back. That is basically because the Cardinals are horrible against the pass, and I expect the Giants to have a big offensive weekend.