Digging Down Deep – Waiver Wire Week 4
HMJ will start to have more coverage of fantasy football from my friend Jim Day from Football Whiz
Another week in the books and players are dropping like flies. This week we lost Miami QB Chad Pennington and St Louis WR Laurent Robinson for the year, and Pennington’s career may be over. Not quite as bad as that, but some others that will be lost for any period of time include San Fran RB Frank Gore, Dallas RB Felix Jones, St Louis QB Marc Bulger and maybe even Detroit RB Kevin Smith. Now add to all that the fact that this is the week that bye weeks start and I just know that some of you are in a pickle as to who to pick up to fill these holes that have suddenly appeared on your roster. Here are some players that should just leap off the page and drag your team kicking and screaming into the playoffs. Okay well maybe that is a slight exaggeration, but who really knows???
Now on to this week’s saviors…
Kyle Boller STL – Bulger left the game in week 3 with a shoulder injury and Boller came into the game and threw for 2 touchdowns, more than Bulger had in the 1st 2 games. They are reporting that Bulger’s injury is just a bruised rotator cuff and he is being listed as day to day. He may be back in week 4, but for how long. The team is 0-3 and hasn’t generated any offense until Boller came in. This could become Boller’s job soon.
Josh Johnson TBB – Johnson has been named the starting QB in Tampa Bay starting week 4. That’s enough to pick him up this week, especially if you have bye week or injury issues.
Josh Freeman TBB – While Johnson was named the starter, Freeman was named as his backup, relegating Byron Leftwich to probably being inactive most Sundays. With Tampa off to an 0-3 start, we may get to see what the rookie can do sooner rather than later, especially if Johnson falters out of the gate.
Chad Henne MIA – Henne is another new starter, but this time it’s because Chad Pennington injured his shoulder and is now out for the season. Pat White is definitely not ready to be a full time starter, so Henne should be the starter for at least the rest of the year, but expect the Dolphins to integrate even more of the Wildcat offense going forward.
Derek Anderson CLE – The “Mighty” Quinn has not been so mighty and was benched in week 3. Anderson quickly came in and threw 3 completions, although they were to the guys in the dark blue uniforms (Baltimore). Head Coach Mangini has already said he would make his choice of starter “some time this week”, so there is no guarantee that Anderson gets the start this week. Heck, there is no guarantee that Quinn is the week 4 starter either. It could very well be….
Brett Ratliff CLE – Ratliff is the wild card here. Ratliff was with the Jets when Mangini was the HC and Mangini brought him to Cleveland with him. In last season’s preseason Ratliff was the stud QB for the Jets and many thought he would start if the Jets hadn’t signed Brett Favre. This is definitely more of a long shot, but the team is also 0-3 and anything can happen.
Maurice Morris DET – Here is another player that is probably available in your league and may be handed the starting role because of an injury to starter Kevin Smith. Smith came out of week 3’s game with a shoulder injury. As of this writing there is no updates available, but the injury itself did not look very good for Smith.
Aaron Brown DET – Brown is the other back in Detroit’s backfield and should see extended action if Smith misses any time. He is not a player that you should drop an experienced, but underachieving player for though, as Brown still hasn’t proven he can run at this level.
Rock Cartwright WAS – Last week there were some rumblings that the team hasn’t been happy with backup Ladell Betts and with Portis being one continual injury, Cartwright might be worth a stash on your bench. It also helps if your league awards points for return yardage as Cartwright is also the primary kick returner.
Jerome Harrison CLE – With Jamal Lewis injured and out in week 3, most fantasy pundits declared James Davis the interim starter, except no one told Harrison. Harrison carried 16 times for 52 yards and added 33 yards on 5 receptions, while Davis only accounted for 11 total yards. When you consider this was against a tough Baltimore defense, it was not a bad game for Harrison.
Glen Coffee SFR – Coffee is gone in most leagues, but if he is available in yours, then go out and get him. Gore is injured once again and there are reports he might miss a couple of games with a high ankle sprain. Coffee did not look very good when he came in for Gore in week 3, only averaging 2.2 yards a carry, albeit against a tough Minnesota rush defense. It gets better going forward, as San Fran plays St Louis and Atlanta in the next 2 games.
Mike Sims-Walker JAC – If by chance Sims-Walker slipped through the waivers cracks last week, don’t let it happen again. He was the most targeted receiver for both teams in week 3’s game with 10 targets and completed 6 of them for 81 yards. This is after a 6-106 yards and a touchdown performance in week 2. Sims-Walker is quickly becoming Garrard’s go to guy and is someone very much worthy of a pickup and a start until he calms down.
Mike Wallace PIT – Wallace seems to have a solid hold on the WR3 spot in Pittsburgh. While he will not always put up solid fantasy stats in this supposed “run-first” offense, which seems to be throwing more and more, Wallace will have some very good games like he did in week 3. He was targeted 8 times in week 3 and caught 7 of them for 102 yards.
Keenan Burton STL – In yet another injury chance, Burton should slide into the starting role with Laurent Robinson lost for the year with a fractured fibula. With the team playing from behind consistently Burton could become a decent bye week or injury starter. Grab him now.
Danny Amendola STL – Amendola is a recent addition to the team and was supposed to play mostly on special teams, but that probably will change with the injury to Robinson. He won’t take your league by storm by any stretch of the imagination, but he could be useful in deeper leagues, especially if you get return yardage.
Pierre Garcon IND – Another player unlikely to be available in most leagues, but if he is that won’t last through this week’s waivers. Garcon seems to be good for one long pass a game and the last 2 weeks that long gain has also been a touchdown.
Austin Collie IND – Collie only had 3 catches for 47 yards in week 3 but he was targeted 6 times. As long as that continues, and I think it will, then Collie will become a decent spot starter for the rest of the year. I also think that Collie will stay in the slot even when Gonzalez comes back from injury, so he may have more long term value than Garcon.
Andre Caldwell CIN – Caldwell seems to have passed both Laveranues Coles and Chris Henry on Palmer’s hit list. He was targeted 10 times and caught 6 of them for 52 yards and a touchdown, his 1st as a pro. If Palmer continues to lean on him this way, he will become a decent WR3 or good WR4 for your team.
Bryant Johnson DET – Johnson is probably the most overlooked WR starter in the league and most times rightly so, but he can have decent weeks as he had in week 3 when he caught 4 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. With Kevin Smith probably out for a little bit, I look for the Lions to have to throw even more and this should result in more weeks like this for Johnson.
Dante Rosario CAR – Carolina is not usually a hotbed of Tight End activity, but for the last 2 weeks, Rosario had been a big part of the Carolina offense. In week he was targeted 5 times and caught 3 of them for 58 yards and a touchdown. That’s average per catch of 19.3 yards per catch. Very good numbers for a Tight End. Delhomme is looking for anyone that will make him feel comfortable, that may be Rosario. And with Rosario being on a bye in week 4, it is a decent move to try and grab him now, as most others won’t.
Written by: Jim Day
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