Post Week Four Waiver Wire Pickups
One month is in the books. Are you sitting at 0-4 in dire need of a win like the Giants and Steelers? Ouch. Just like in the Pros you still have time to recoup for a winning streak. It’ll take an overhaul of trades and waiver wire acquisitions to do so. Here are some guys to take a flier on this week.
Hoyer was not just a game manager for the Browns Sunday. The running game for the Browns only managed 89 yards total. It was Hoyer that led key drives, including a back breaking touchdown drive that sealed the deal in the fourth quarter. Sorry Brandon Weeden but you’ll be seated on the bench for quite some time. Hoyer gets a nice matchup against the Bills Thursday.
I keep adding Woodhead’s name to the waiver wire field each week and he is still available in sixty percent of Yahoo leagues. Fantasy owners want a back who has a chance to carry the ball. Deviate from that mindset. Woodhead has a unique role as a tailback specialist similar to Darren Sproles role of a few years ago. He is getting catches every week, and caught two Sunday. Don’t wait any longer.
Gore is aging and declined a bit as the year wore on a year ago. Hunter had some nice solid runs with his eleven carries in Thursday night’s blowout over the Rams. Hunter is not more than a deeper league pickup at this point. Others just keep an eye on the 49ers running back situation. If Gore struggles you may want to think about adding him.
It doesn’t appear that the Bills are going to mandate a specific amount of carries to Spiller over Jackson. A year ago Jackson had a strong start only to get bumped out of favor with nagging injuries. He is up there in age but if he can avoid injuries there is no reason for him to be available in 28% of fantasy leagues.
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Jennings has filled in for spot duties before in Jacksonville. Darren McFadden just can’t avoid the injury bug. Even if he is back soon, Jennings is worth taking a flier on. McFadden’s track record proves that even a minor injury can derail him with other setbacks throughout the year.
Unlike the Giants pickup of Brandon Jacobs, McGahee figures to have a prominent role forthcoming as a Brown. He put up decent numbers in Denver a year ago and is going to see his role expand as a Brown. This past week he received fifteen carries against the Bengals. Yardage wise his numbers were not impressive. Don’t expect that to be the norm with the Browns passing game expanding.
Who knows if the Steelers will be able to mix in run plays with the holes they dig themselves in every week. Bell put on a strong debut fantasy wise with two touchdowns and over sixty yards total. That’s good enough to add him if you’re in one of the 28% of Yahoo leagues that he is available.
When an offense is clicking at the velocity of the Broncos, you want any player that sees action on the field. At the first part of this season it looked like Hillman would be the odd man out. But he has crept back in to a role a tad bit higher than Montee Ball. It looks like the Broncos want Moreno as their brute tailback and Hillman as their change of pace and out of the backfield threat.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
No one was involved in two crucial plays that won his team a game than Doug Baldwin. He made an outstanding grab on the edge of the sideline that was ruled incomplete initially. It was a third down play with the Seahawks down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They went on to score that drive. In overtime he made another quick hitch catch that drew a horse collar penalty. It seems that Baldwin’s appearance in the Seahawks offense is not going anywhere. Wilson will have much better passing days ahead, and Baldwin should be a key recipient of that.
Greg Jennings and Simpson benefitted from a more open passing attack with Matt Cassel. It may be short lived due to the ups and downs we have seen from Cassel as a Chief. But with AP in the backfield it should add a few notches to Cassel’s overall ability. Clearly the announcement and switch to Cassel permanetely will be made. That makes Simpson a strong pickup this week.
The Chiefs dink and dump offense is working…..for now. The game of Alex Smith getting those short routes picked off is only a matter of time. For now the Chiefs play calling is mixing it up just enough to play things safe. McGrath is just the latest of newly employed dink and dump route runners that can have prime interest for a fantasy owner.
Jeffrey is still available in over fifty percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues. That’ll decrease drastically after his show out performance against the Lions. Jeffrey’s is starting to emulate his fellow star receiver Brandon Marshall. They have the same type of physique, and all Jeffrey’s has to develop is more of a role in the Bears offense to flourish. That’ll be up to the Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who seems more willing to spread the football around.
Woods is an extremely polished and talented receiver coming out of USC. Buffalo likes his big play ability and quickness on quick screen wide receiver throws. One strong key that fantasy owners should like is that EJ Manuel targets him quite a bit. He had eight targets Sunday. Manuel is still developing but Woods can be a nice bench depth filler for one looking to upgrade their bench.