Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

By MV September 28th 2015

A whole lot of injuries and with the first round of byes upon us it is important to be active on the waiver wire. Here is a look at the best pickups for week four.

Remember not to over spend your FAAB on anyone player. Again the basic rule of thumb is to keep the cost beneath 20% of your total FAAB for anyone player. There are always exceptions in this rule and it is contingent upon a ton of variables; what week we’re in, situation, opportunity, etc.


Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ – Mr. Consistency? 283 yards and 2 TD’s help his cause for again making the list. That is 2 touchdowns each of the first three games for Fitzy and his beard. Brandon Marshall really makes this whole thing work.

Derek Carr OAK – He has been playing lights out the last two weeks and has had the best 2 game Raider performance since, well, I can’t remember. Derek threw for over 300 yards two weeks in a row with a total of 5 TD’s. He is shaping up to be a bright young star for the Nation.

Tyrod Taylor BUF – This offense continues to surprise in the first three weeks and it is beginning to look like Tyrod has the goods to be fantasy viable. He is definitely worth adding in leagues where your starting QB is not named Aaron Rodgers.

Mike Vick PIT – He is not who he was a few years back for one game, but he takes over for a number of weeks with the best offensive weapons in the NFL.

Joe Flacco BAL – After a pathetic Week 1 Joe has managed to have back to back 300+ yard games with a pair of touchdowns in each contest. We love Joe in Marc Trestman’s offense, we just hate his weapons. Still, the mediocre skill players will become more in sync with additional reps with Flacco and they will improve as a unit.

Brandon Weeden DAL – I feel like I stand alone on this one. Brandon slings the ball and has a good arm, he just makes a lot of mistakes. So far he is 29 of 33 with 305 yards in about 6 quarters of football. If he keeps his job over Matt Cassel (he should) he will be a decent fill in spot start quarterback.

Running Backs

Dion Lewis NE – Just in case he is still available in any leagues. Standard or PPR he should be rostered and starting.

Lance Dunbar DAL – Lance caught all ten of his targets and figures to be a PPR dynamo going forward.

Karlos Williams BUF – LeSean McCoy is more hurt than he and the team is leading on and is likely to miss Week 4. He also does not seem to be the best fit for Greg Roman’s play calling. Karlos has impressed with every opportunity he has been given and has scored in his first three games.

Thomas Rawls SEA – Well, I don’t believe this is much of much because Beast Mode was just taking a Bears rest, but this seems to be the next man up if Marshawn does miss time. Still Thomas showed off his ability rushing for over 100 yards on only 16 carries.

Jeremy Langford CHI – Chicago could be the worst teams in the NFL says the 49ers fan, but with the recent news of management shopping everybody on the roster; Matt Forte could be in a different jersey in the next couple of weeks. The rookie Jeremy Langford would then get a crack at being an NFL starting running back.

Alfred Blue HOU – A lot of owners cut bait on Blue after the first couple of abysmal performances and he shined in Week 3. I am not overly excited with Alfred as a player, but if Arian Foster has any kind of setback when he finally returns then Blue could settle in to the position. Starting running backs are hard to come by.

Wide Receiver

Leonard Hankerson ATL – Roddy was shut out for a second straight week. Hankerson will be a good wide receiver three this year.

Reuben Randle/Victor Cruz NYG – Some owners have dropped Reuben over the past couple of weeks. Victor may also be floating out there in some leagues. Both of these guys will prove to be inconsistent but could strike on any given week. You could do worse with a bye week flex option.

Rishard Matthews MIA – Rishard did it again with some garbage time stats. I have to believe that the Dolphins will do better than they have and Rishard should continue to get action. So far he has performed like a #2 fantasy wide out. He is currently 13th in yards and 8th in receiving touchdowns.

Dorial Green-Beckham TEN – His role has increased in each of the first three weeks and he will continue to get red zone looks and he has the ability to make big plays. I am confident that he will be a big time fantasy player at some point in his career and he may flash some of that greatness this year.

Ty Montgomery GB – Davante Adams reinjured his ankle Monday night and Montgomery slides in as the 3rd WR. The rookie from Stanford scored once and could develop into a nice bye-week flex option in an offense that can support a third fantasy wide receiver.

Deeper League Wide Receiver

Devin Smith NYJ – The rookie had 9 targets in Eric Decker’s absence and figures to work in even upon his return.

Willie Snead NO – Willie has been playing a lot better in the first 3 games than the preseason darling Brandon Coleman. He had 7 more targets in Week 3.

Tight End

Eric Ebron DET – Even though Pettigrew is back Eric is looking like a big target in this bad football team that will be playing from behind for much of the year. He is a great own in PPR leagues.

Gary Barnidge CLE – This week’s Crockett Gillmore award goes to: Gary Barnidge who had a 6 catch 105 yard performance on Sunday.

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