Another week in fantasy, another top tier player goes down. This week it is Kenny Britt. Hopefully this will slow down before we end up with M.A.S.H unit type teams in our fantasy line ups. Savvy fantasy owners plan for these types of events though, and so they scour the depths of the waivers in search of their week 4 gem. On that note, here’s our week 4 waiver hot pick ups.
Nate Washington – Another week, and another stud has gone down. The latest casualty is Kenny Britt, who has been confirmed to have a torn ACL and MCL. That boosts Washington to the number 1 receiver position with the Titans. As I posted earlier, run to your computer or smartphone and grab Washington who is, for now, the man in Tennessee. We will have to wait to see how he performs with an iffy match up this week against Joe Hayden and the Browns, and also it will be important to see if the Titans bring anyone else in to replace the vacancy created by Britt. Available in 62% of leagues currently.
Lance Moore - I didn’t think I would have to put Moore on the list this week, but he is surprisingly available in a good number of leagues. He was easily Drew Brees’ favorite target late in the game, grabbing all 9 passes coming his way. He is money in PPR leagues. Available in 40% of leagues. Grab him now.
Stevan Ridley – Another player who I spoke of in the preseason, where he showed great potential, Ridley provided a spark in the Pats’ loss to the Bills that had to have fantasy owners’ ears perk up. He only put up 44 yards on 7 carries, but was more explosive than both the Law Firm and Danny Woodhead. Truth is that the Patriots have been using Green-Ellis and Woodhead as stopgap or situational players, but not a long term solution and both are liabilities in one form or the other. Ridley gives them better versatility, providing power, speed, good hands, and decent blocking. He probably won’t see feature back carries yet, but over the next few games we can expect to see Ridley’s touches increase. Available in 97% of leagues currently.
Torrey Smith – After playing so bad in the preseason that the Ravens went and traded for Lee Evans, Smith started his first game only to grab 5 catches for 155 yards and 3 TDs, and a tweaked hammy. It is yet to be disclosed if the injury is serious, but never the less he’s a big play threat and is worth an add and stash in most leagues. Available in 81 % of leagues currently.
Michael Bush – This one is pretty simple. Darren McFadden had a injury scare that sent shivers across the plains of the fantasy world when his groin tightened up at the end of the Jets game. As of now everything looks pretty on the outside, but it’s enough to suggest grabbing Bush as a handcuff if you;re a McFadden owner. Available in 54% of leagues currently.
Roy Helu – I mentioned him last week, but I want to reiterate that Helu could be money were anything to happen to Tim Hightower, who takes a good deal of heavy hits. Just a reminder if your a Hightower owner, it might be a good idea to handcuff. Available in 66% of leagues currently.
Victor Cruz – With Mario Manningham out, Cruz took over against the Eagles and took advantage of the Eagles’ focus on Hakeem Nicks. Cruz grabbed 3 receptions for 110 yards and 2 TDs, both while being covered by Nnamdi Asomugha. He’s probably worth a look for this week if Mario Manningham cannot return, but will only have value as a deep threat at best with some upside or if Manningham has any setbacks or further injuries. Available in 89% of leagues currently.
Steve Smith (PHI) – The other Steve Smith, could see a bump in snaps with Jeremy Maclin hurting his hamstring. He hasn’t shown any flashes of his former pro bowl caliber type of play, but moving up in the ranks makes him worth a speculative add in the event that Maclin can’t play, especially in a pass heavy offense. Available in 87% of leagues.
Kendall Hunter – Frank Gore hurt his ankle this week, but was able to play through it. Gore hasn’t been the pinnacle of health over the past few years and Hunter has shown flashes of big play ability. He’s worth a stash and grab, and especially a handcuff for Gore owners. Available in 91% of leagues currently.
Bernard Scott – Cedric Benson is facing suspension this week for up to 3 games for his arrest over the off-season. Benson is appealing the suspension, but if he is out Scott will be the starter and a decent flex play versus the Bills this next week. Available in 87% of leagues.
Randy McMichael – News just keeps getting worse and worse for Antonio Gates owners. There are reports suggesting that Gates could sit out for another 3-5 weeks. It might better to seek other options for tight ends if you’re a Gates owner, but if the market is barren McMichael is worth a speculative add in the event that Gates does sit out. Available in 98% of leagues.
Dan Bailey – A player I picked as a start’em this last week exploded for 6 field goals Monday night. He is on an offense that is struggling to run the ball, and is a capable passing team, though they have a beat up QB. Perfect storm for field goals. Just keep in mind that his BYE week is after this week. Available in 96% of leagues.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.