Is there an echo in here, fake footballers… ballers… allers… lers? Many of the waiver wire sounds we heard last week are reverberating back at us in the Week 4 Waiver Wire, some seemingly amplified relative to what we heard previously. Meanwhile, a new earful of voices has joined the chorus and it’s our job to sort through the din and find the best possible additions to our fantasy teams. Plug that old-timey brass horn into your ear canal and read on.
The reflected sounds are strong at this position. Philip Rivers and Terrelle Pryor are still fine adds in standard leagues if available.
I touted Ryan Tannehill last week as a likely candidate to toss more touchdown passes and he delivered in Week 3 with 2 TDs and 236 yards. He has a potentially nice matchup this week against New Orleans, but temper your expectations because the Saints have been better against the pass this year. He’s still worth a look as a fill-in if your starter is someone like Eli Manning or Andy Dalton.
For managers in 2-QB leagues, all signal callers are typically owned, but Brian Hoyer might still be out there if your league slept on him last week.
Jake Locker broke out in Week 3 and scored the third-most fantasy points among QBs, thanks to 68 yards and score in the running game. Don’t overreact to that single performance, though. Locker’s match-up against the Chargers was soft and he won’t have that luxury in the coming weeks against the Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, and 49ers.
If you were waiting for the inevitable Chris Ivory injury before you bought in on Bilal Powell, the time has come. Ivory hurt his hamstring against the Bills, which clears a direct path for Powell to become the feature back. No more excuses – pick up Powell.
Jason Snelling & Jacquizz Rodgers each played decent games in Atlanta’s loss to the Dolphins. For the second week in a row, Rodgers touched the ball more, but Snelling found the end zone. All indications are that Snelling is the more talented runner, so he’s my preference of the two, but both backs will lose value when Steven Jackson returns.
Shane who? Brandon Bolden returned to action on Sunday and assumed the pass-catching role out of the backfield for the Patriots. Vereen won’t be back anytime soon, so go get Bolden and hope he makes the most of this opportunity.
Isaiah Pead was the Rams lead running back after Daryl Richardson exited Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a foot problem. The game was a blowout, so Pead saw most of his action in the passing game, grabbing all 7 of his targets for 43 yards. Richardson is back at practice this week, so don’t expect too much from Pead going forward, but he’s worth a speculative add on the chance that Richardson’s health woes continue.
Jonathan Franklin’s value was also boosted by a teammate’s injury on Sunday when James Starks went down against the Bengals. He displayed impressive skills in that game and likely earned more touches in the future, but Eddie Lacy should reinsert himself into the starting role when the Packers return from bye in Week 5.
Stephen Hill is another retread from last week. Everything I said about him then still applies, but he’s leapfrogged Robert Woods and Aaron Dobson since.
If you need evidence that pizza is bad for your health, look no further than the case of Nate Burleson. A sliding slice of pepperoni pie led Burleson to crash his car and break his arm on Monday night. Ryan Broyles, who returned to action for the Lions on Sunday, is the immediate beneficiary in Matthew Stafford’s aerial assault.
Hill and Broyles may rank ahead in waiver value this week, but Aaron Dobson is worth owning regardless. Dobson led the Patriots in targets (10) and catches (7, tied with Edelman) on Sunday and the eventual return of Rob Gronkowski will only open things up for the rookie wideout.
Jordan Reed… Reed… eed… ed… d…
If you’re in the market for a more boom-or-bust type of free agent tight end, give Scott Chandler a shot.