Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups
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One week of action left in the month of September and already we have a backup quarterback to pay attention to as Matthew Stafford is rehabbing a leg injury. While Shaun Hill doesn’t have the physical tools of Stafford, we watched him lead the Lions to being one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFC just two years ago.
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QB. Shaun Hill -
We know Hill can get it done when called upon and he actually performed like a better quarterback, over Stafford against the Titans. Stafford has struggled to get the football in the end zone and Hill didn’t seem to have a problem leading this offense right down the field on three consecutive (if you count the Hail Mary) drives.
If Hill should play he makes for a respectable low-end QB1 against the Vikings secondary.
QB. Christian Ponder -
A big game for Ponder last week and a win this franchise needed to get some confidence after a couple of close loses to the Jaguars and Colts. Ponder has the tools to be an effective fantasy quarterback, and if the Lions struggle to pressure him this week, he will have a field day. A worthy hold as a backup in twelve team leagues, look to Ponder as a respectable start if you have your regular option injured or on a bye week.
RB. Ryan Williams -
What a difference a week makes as it looked like Ryan Williams was headed towards the dog house after a key fumble almost cost Arizona a win in New England. Not only did Williams play well against the Eagles but fellow tailback Beanie Wells admitted after the game he might have turf toe.
Williams is a solid flex play this week if Wells is out and is now worth rostering again.
RB. Tashard Choice -
Fred Jackson started working out again last week and we will have to keep an eye on his situation heading into Sunday. Even if he’s on the field, expect Choice to see the majority of touches as Jackson will probably be eased back into action.
Spiller unlikely to play with a shoulder injury, so look to Choice as likely a one-week option as the Bills travel to San Francisco week five.
RB. Daniel Thomas -
If Bush should miss time because of a knee injury, Daniel Thomas figures to start. I like Lamar Miller as a better option long term, but Thomas seems to have earned the backup job to Bush in the eye’s of the coaching staff, for now anyway.
RB. Bilal Powell -
Rex Ryan admitted after the Jets win to the Dolphins that Shonn Greene is likely to lose some work to other running backs. Look to Bilal Powell as a worthy addition and while he may not be worth starting in the next week or two, I like his odds of taking over as the starter, soon.
RB. Lance Ball -
If Willis McGahee should miss the Broncos matchup against the Raiders, it will be Lance Ball that starts in Denver. Much like Daniel Thomas’s situation I like the rookie behind him in the long run and in Denver that is Ronnie Hillman.
Last week Hillman was activated for the first time as it appears the Broncos are done with Knowshon Moreno as he was a healthy scratch. If Ball should start, expect Hillman to get some work, but Ball would be a worthy flex-play start.
WR. Ramses Barden -
Barden didn’t seem to have much of a problem beating the Panthers secondary but then again, that’s not saying much. If Barden should start this week, he will get a much bigger test against the Eagles corners. I like Barden as a stash as he’s proven to be a trust-worthy option for Eli Manning, through one start.
WR. Andrew Hawkins -
I’ve talked about Hawkins over the past few weeks and if he’s still sitting on the waiver wire he’s a must pickup. Still only playing in about half of the snaps each game, Hawkins is primarily a slot option, but the Bengals will probably be in a lot of shootouts this season, as their defense continues to struggle.
D. Cardinals Defense -
Off to a terrific start the Cardinals have a tasty matchup against the Dolphins this week. This is a defense worth holding for more than one week and they should finish as one of the top ten defenses in the NFL this year.
Keep An Eye On
RB. Joique Bell -
It wasn’t Kevin Smith who backed-up Mikel Leshoure as Detroit opted to use Joique Bell instead. Bell has played well in his short time on the field, and has produced well over the years for the Lions and Saints during the preseason.
As we’ve seen from Smith and Leshoure, any running back that gets a chance to start in this offense can be productive. Keep an eye on Bell going forward.
RB. Lamar Miller -
Miller will overtake Thomas as the backup in Miami at some point. It’s just a matter of understanding all the situations on the field, pass protection, the full playbook and so on. As the season moves along, I believe Miller will make an impact in fantasy leagues.
RB. Ronnie Hillman -
Much like Miller above, there will come a day when Hillman is the No.2 tailback on his team and will likely make a big impact on fantasy leagues. McGahee is an old running back that will likely breakdown as the season progresses. Hillman will be a potential RB2 if he should get a chance to start at any time.
WR. Nate Burleson -
Outside of the Hail Mary catch by Titus Young the second-year receiver has had a lack luster start to the season. If this should continue Burleson’s role in this offense will expand.
WR. Jacoby Jones -
Not sure whether Jones will be worth rostering outside of deep leagues this season, but I like what he’s doing in the Ravens offense. If Torrey Smith or Anquan Boldin should go down, Jones would be worth owning.
TE. Brandon Myers -
A concussion against the Steelers may set Myers back from being a fantasy option for a week or two but he’s going to be a factor at some point. The Raiders are desperate for pass catching help and Myers has proven to be a reliable target, early in the season. This is a great situation for Myers and he will be worth a pickup soon.
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