Fantasy Football: Bonus Week 4 Waiver Pick-ups

by Ryan Lester of

We always weigh in early on waiver wire Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em pick-ups. There are, however, some more options based on injuries and such. Here are some additional options to consider.

Davone Bess, WR, Miami Dolphins:  The Patriots have struggled to stop the pass this season. Bess had 16 catches for 173 yards and a score against them last year. He makes a decent spot start this week if you have issues at WR.

LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Cadillac Williams is not producing like we expected him to (139 yards, 2.5 ypg, 0 TDs). Meanwhile Blound had six carries for 27 yards and a score against the Steelers. The Bucs are on bye this week, which should help your chances of landing him.

Kenneth Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams:  Steven Jackson’s groin could force him out of action against Seattle. There won’t be a mad dash for Darby like there was a couple of weeks ago for Brandon Jackson following Ryan Grant’s injury, but he could be a starting RB if you were hurting.

Aaron Hernandez & Rob Gronkowski, TEs, New England Patriots:  With Witten, Shiancoe, Winslow, and the surprising Tony Moeaki on bye this week, the Patriots’ TE duo make interesting plays against Miami. Hernandez is the yardage guy (211 yards), and the one to target first. He could possibly stick around on your roster depending on your TE situation. Gronkowski is the TD threat (2 TDs).

Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens:  Ray Rice is banged up. He could miss the Steelers game. It’s far from a dream match-up if McGahee gets the start, but in bye weeks sometimes you’re desperate..

Maurice Morris, RB, Detroit Lions:  Jahvid Best is dealing with turf toe. That is a very debilitating injury (just ask Darren McFadden). Morris could be thrust into the starter roll if Best can’t give it a go against Green Bay. Kevin Smith could also share the load, but I doubt the Lions would give him too many touches in his first game back from his ACL injury.

Louis Murphy, WR, Oakland Raiders:  I didn’t mention Murphy in the Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em article because he’s been so productive  (15 catches, 238 yards, TD). If he happens to be available in your league, you should snatch him up quickly.

Ryan Torain, RB, Washington Redskins:  It’s still Clinton Portis’ job in the nation’s capital, but Torain played well in his debut with seven carries for 46 yards. His value would soar if Portis were to go down.

Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys:  Like Murphy, Williams was too far on the radar to mention in the Get ‘em article, but I can’t omit him from a second article just in case he’s floating out there in your league.

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One comment

  1. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Since you mentioned Bess, what about Brian Hartline? I actually think he is not just the better spot-start option than Bess, but he probably will have more long-term value than Bess. He is Wes Welker Jr to the Randy Moss Jr (aka Brandon Marshall) in Miami. Given Marshall’s incredible showing against the Jets, you have to imagine that unless a true shutdown corner (ie Asomugha, Champ Bailey, a healthy Revis) is shadowing him all day, that defenses will have Marshall in double-covers on most, if not all, pass plays. With Marshall stretching the field, and Bess most likely to be covered by the 2nd Cornerback in 3-WR sets, this leaves Hartline as the slot guy to be paired up against either a Lineback, Safety or a Nickelback. In all cases this will be a mismatch. Hartline has 2 more targets than Bess, and even though Bess has the better overall numbers, I think the last game against the Jets showed the real potential of Hartline (11 Targets, 5 Rec, 84 yds). Hartline should be able to rip through the Pats soft secondary for similar, if not better, numbers.

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