Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week 4: Working the Waiver Wire

If you listened to me two weeks ago, then you’re probably pretty happy with the addition of RB Peyton Hillis to your roster. Two weeks ago I also had RB Kenneth Darby listed as a “sneaky pick-up” after Steven Jackson underwent an MRI for his knee. As injuries begin to stack up for teams across the NFL, it’s important to start positioning yourself for a mid season run. Also, teams are entering bye weeks and depth on your fantasy football team gets very important. Here are some players that may help you fill out your roster as the season goes on.

Peyton Hillis – RB Cleveland
This is the last time I’m putting him on this list. Go get him right now if he’s still available. He is the clear-cut starter in Cleveland and looks to be headed for a solid season.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis – RB New England
I will add a warning with this pick-up, Green-Ellis is the hot runner right now in New England, but knowing Bill Belichick, that could change at any moment. But for right now Green-Ellis is the most intriguing of the four RBs for the Patroits (Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Danny Woodhead). If you need a RB, Green-Ellis is a good option.

Kenneth Darby – RB St. Louis
Darby stepped in nicely when Steven Jackson went down with a groin injury Sunday. Darby looks to be in line for more carries this week when St. Louis hosts the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson's groin injury isn't serious, but couple that with his on-going knee problems, and that tells me Jackson may miss some time if he can't get healthy. Darby is a good guy to have on your roster just in case.

Ryan Torain - RB Washington
After starting the season on the practice squad, I had a feeling Torain would crack the Redskins 53-man roster at some point this year. However, I didn't expect it to be this soon, and I certainly didn't expect Torian to lead Washington in rushing. With Portis slowing down, Torain is the Skins best young RB. He's worth a solid look.

Marshawn Lynch - RB Buffalo
The reason Lynch lands on this list is because I see him getting traded soon. I'm not sure if the reports are true that the Buffalo Bills are listening to offers, but it makes sense. The Packers would be a great fit for Lynch. If the Packers land Lynch, he instantly becomes a solid starting fantasy football RB. Are you willing to role the dice? I am.

LaGarrette Blount - RB Tampa Bay
You may not recognize his name, but you know who LaGarrette Blount is. He's the guy who was suspended for his entire senior season at Oregon for punching a Boise State player in the face. Before that incident, Blount was thought of as a promising NFL RB. After that incident he went undrafted. Blount is now the goal line RB in Tampa and is expected to be more of a contributor for the Buccaneers. It wouldn't surprise me if Blount started eating away at Cadillac Williams' carries. Keep an eye on Blount.

Louis Murphy - WR Oakland
Like Hillis, this will be the last time Murphy is on this list. Murphy is coming off back-to-back solid games and has had good chemistry with new QB Bruce Gradkowski. Murphy is a great option this week against the Houston Texans and should be on some one's roster before Sunday.

Brandon Lloyd - WR Denver
The pass-happy Denver Broncos have a stable full of nice WRs, and Lloyd may be the least known of the bunch. He's getting recognized now, especially after his 169 yard/1 TD game against Indianapolis in week 3. The Broncos have a good thing going with their offense and Lloyd looks like a solid fantasy football WR going forward.

Lance Moore - WR New Orleans
I'm not as high on Moore as some people, but he's still worth a look. Moore was huge in week 3, catching 6 balls for 149 yards and 2 TDs. The reason I'm not sold on Moore is because he plays on the Saints. You would think that's a good thing considering how often New Orleans throws the ball. But Drew Brees spreads the ball around so well, it's hard to pick which WR is going to have the best game week-to-week. If you're desperate, Moore is a good option, but don't expect him to repeat his week 3 output every week.

Dustin Keller - TE NY Jets
Keller is fast becoming Mark Sanchez's go-to guy. The TE ran wild on Sunday night, catching 6 balls for 98 yards and 2 TDs against the Miami Dolphins. A week earlier against the New England Patriots, Keller grabbed 7 balls for 115 yards and a TD. He's in line for another good showing this week against the Buffalo Bills. Keller should get even more looks once Santonio Holmes comes back for the Jets.

Blair White - WR Indianapolis
Whoever is lining up as the Indianapolis Colts third WR, pick him up. That role has produced some great WRs, and White is now that guy (for the moment). White caught a TD against the NY Giants in week 3 and faces a poor Jacksonville defense in week 4. White is a good pick-up if you need a bye week WR fill-in. But don't expect White to unseat Pierre Garcon or Austin Collie as the team's #2 and #3 WRs.

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