Waiver Wire: Post Week Four

This week the team that has been revitalized from a fantasy perspective comes from Cleveland. They have a selection choice to fill a waiver wire spot from each major position. Take a look at who else is available based upon their week four performances.

Derek Anderson- Questioning Mangini’s back and forth decision making between Anderson and Quinn can come to rest. Mangini is a head coach and could have waited another three miserable performances from Quinn before being forced to make the move. By being proactive the Browns competed and looked good offensively. Anderson is still not in his 2007 form, but either is the go to target of that year in Braylon Edwards. Maybe Edwards will get back on track and give Anderson a target he desperately needs.

Kyle Orton- Orton is becoming the Kerry Collins of last year, seemingly dinking, dumping, and taking a chance rarely but getting results from them. He is as steady a performer you can have from the quarterback position with minimal risk. Right now the Broncos defense Is playing exceptional. When the rough periods begin for the defense that’s when we will see Orton have to display his arm more. The Broncos have enough talent for Orton to unleash his arm, but will Josh McDaniels let him?

Matthew Stafford- Stafford is day to day after a knee injury that looked like it could have been season ending. Thankfully it wasn’t anything to hamper his rookie season. He shouldn’t miss more than a game, and once he is back he should continue to progress steadily on his rookie campaign. Stafford seems to be getting more comfortable with his reads and NFL game speed. His arm is definitely there as he has been delivering some solid throws. A bonus is his ability to scramble with the football. The extra points he can get you as a scrambling quarterback will make up for the mistakes in the turnover department he’ll give you. Not worthy of being a fantasy starter but a solid consideration if matchups present themselves.

Running Backs

Rashard Mendenhall- Mendenhall has had the craziest two weeks an NFL player can have. He went from being benched too starting and having a breakout game. Owners that were quick to let him go a week ago have to be smacking themselves now. Mendenhall’s display will ultimately now turn more carries his direction even with Willie Parker bouncing back from turf toe. With Mendenhall running the ball he added a different element which Willie has been unable to provide this year. Mendenhall is available in 52 percent of Yahoo leagues and is the hottest default waiver wire move for sure heading out of week four.

Jerome Harrison- Still available widely in most leagues, Harrison outdid expectations with a solid week four performance. He did not cross the goal line but did rush the ball nearly thirty times for almost 130 yards. Jamal Lewis missed the game with a hamstring injury and will likely be questionable going into week fives matchup against the Bills. Insert Harrison this week as the Browns are facing a Bills team that is giving up huge chunks of yards on the ground. Against Miami they gave up around 250 yards.

Wide Receivers
Michael Crabtree- As his prognosis as a holdout lingers to a likely inevitable end, Crabtree will have to come into the fold with the 49ers slowly. We don’t envision Crabtree being a huge hit right away, but he could be of fantasy relevance when it matters most; the final stretch of the fantasy season. Crabtree will likely get involved with ten to fifteen plays a game to start, but should easily surpass current starters Isaac Bruce and Josh Morgan.

Mohammed Massaquoi- With the Browns needing a target to step up at wide receiver Massaquoi being a rookie without an ego has stepped up to the challenge. Braylon needs to get his Hollywood act together as Massaquoi appears ready to be the number one receiver on this team. It was Massaquoi’s first true chance to shine this season, as Brady Quinn never had the stats to deliver promise to any of his teammates. Massaquoi should be considered a fourth and possibly third receiver on your team via the waiver wire.

Johnny Knox- Knox continues to factor in weekly to the Bears offense even though Cutler is spreading the ball and not putting up high yardage totals. With Knox being a special teams factor as Hester was a few years ago it only adds to his value. We expect Knox to grow to be their number one option offensively before the season is done.

Kenny Britt- Seems to be Kerry Collin’s new favorite target. He struggled with a few drops against the Jets but made up for it this week against the Jaguars. Britt being a rookie will likely see his stats be erratic based upon woes rookies usually have. Plus the Jaguars are the worst pass defense in the league so Britt will have to show that he can be a factor against tough secondary’s.

Tight Ends
Mercedes Lewis- With Dirk Koetter expanding the offenses passing attack Lewis figures to balance in well with increased looks. He has never been a strong fantasy tight end but is coming off one of his best games in a long time. Lewis caught several balls from Garrard, including Garrard’s last scoring strike of the day. Lewis is worth a look at if you’ve been having a hard time with production at tight end.

Jermichael Finley- Finley is looking more like a decoy tight end lining up as a receiver for the Green Bay Packers. He had an incredible breakout performance against the Vikings, in which he had a few big plays to spark the Packers offense. After he showed what he can do, expect his role to expand and for the Packers to continue to spread him out for mismatches. With already two speedsters in Jennings and Driver, spreading out Finley as they did against the Vikings is going to be nightmares for opposing teams.