Week 4 sees an interesting shake up in waiver wire activity, especially among RB’s. For owners of Reggie Bush or CJ Spiller, their injuries were luckily not devastatingly serious. Similarly, Alfred Morris and Mikel LeShoure owners are still sitting pretty, although Ahmad Bradshaw is coming back for the Giants this week, and has been proclaimed the starter over the highly impressive deputy, Andre Brown. Don’t be too hasty to drop Brown, however, as he has clearly taken over the #2 spot from rookie, David Wilson, who has endured some rough performances thus far. With Bradshaw’s horrid injury record, Andre Brown remains one of the better handcuffs in the league, and will no doubt still get some work, even with Bradshaw on the field. Here are some players worth looking at on the waiver wire for week 4.
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB – Atl) vs Car: Michael Turner continues to struggle, and may face disciplinary repercussions from his recent DUI. Rodgers has been putting up solid numbers, even with Turner playing, and looks to be next inline to replace the longstanding mainstay Atlanta runningback (who is 30 years old, and has seen his share of bumps and bruises in his long career… sound a little like Fred Jackson?) Worst case scenario, Rodgers is an incredible handcuff for the old, overworked, and potentially suspended, Turner. If he falls into the starting role, he has incredible hands, game-breaking speed, and will fit in perfectly with the new-look Falcons offense under Dirk Koetter.
Daniel Thomas (RB – Mia) @ Ari: Reggie Bush is going to miss some time, and you always have to be hesitant when a runningback of his agile nature hurts his knee. Daniel Thomas is another necessary handcuff, who will certainly see some action in the upcoming weeks. While he may not offer as much value as a guy like LeShoure, he should certainly see at least 15 carries in each of the upcoming weeks. He may struggle against the Cardinals’ stout defense this week, but he stands to put up quality numbers against the Bengals in week 5. Hope for Reggie Bush setbacks.
Andrew Hawkins (WR – Cin) @ Jax: Hawkins has taken the #2 receiver role in Cincinnati Andy Dalton has looked like a stud as of late. The Bengals are going to continue to pass the ball, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis will take carries and goal line scores, but does not offer any real explosiveness to the offense. Don’t be surprised to see defenses start paying a little more attention to AJ Green in the upcoming weeks, and Hawkins stock should only rise because of it.
Christian Ponder (QB – Min) @ Det: Christian Ponder has continued to build off his stellar performances at the end of last season. Has looked like an absolute stud this season, including a highly impressive shredding of the 49′ers defense last week. Who would have thought he would’ve had more fantasy points than QB’s like Mike Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, and Tony Romo going into week 4. Additionally, has a highly favorable matchup against the struggling (in spite of my prediction) Detroit defense.
Jerome Simpson (WR – Min) @ Det: This one is more of a flier. Simpson returns from his drug suspension this week, and hopefully his sobriety-fueled return is just as successful as LeShoure’s was last week. If you have been paying attention to Minnesota recently, while they have been having success, there haven’t been many people catching balls aside from Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. If all goes according to plan, Simpson could go along way to open defenses up for that offense, and put up quality numbers himself in the process. The only downside is that the Vikings are one of the more conservative teams with the football. He is definitely worth the gamble if you need a WR, and have roster space, though.