Week 4 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks Who Played Themselves into Fantasy Relevance

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans scrambles out of the pocket from Shaun Phillips #95 of the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Week 3 of the NFL season was a quarterback coming out party in fantasy football.

Quarterbacks who normally would be readily available in the waiver wire came up big on Sunday and throughout the weekend, as they stuffed the stat sheets and many willed their teams to improbable victories.

With so many young quarterbacks that are still growing in the league, it's evident that there will be a huge shift of power in the fantasy quarterback position. 

Let's take a look at the guys who stepped up big and are now worthy of picking up in your league.

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

After not scoring a first-half touchdown in the first two games, the Titans were hungry to get off to a strong start in this one. They couldn't score on offense at first, but got a shot in the arm when Music City Miracle II gave the team an early lead.

Locker's fire and tenacity resulted in a career day. He finished with 378 yards and two big-time touchdown tosses—and no interceptions. Locker proved that he's capable of putting up big numbers against solid defenses, and while the Lions may not be supreme at the secondary position, they put pressure on the young QB and he stepped up to deliver.

Long touchdown passes to Jared Cook and Nate Washington were in the works for Locker, and he also did a good job of getting Kenny Britt involved in his second game back and first as a major contributor. Rookie Kendall Wright had a good day as well, and all of this was due to Locker.

If the Titans offense can roll like they did in the second half at home on Sunday, then there will be many components of their passing game that will become relevant. Locker is the prime component, so pick him up as insurance for what should be an offensive revival in Tennessee.

Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings

A second-year quarterback shined Sunday, and this one wasn't in Tennessee.

Christian Ponder delivered against arguably the most tenacious defense in the NFL as he brought his Vikings to a victory over San Francisco.

His running skills reigned supreme as he scampered in for a 23-yard score that put his team up big and gave them an early lead that they wouldn't relinquish. He also finished with nearly 200 yards passing and two touchdown passes on the goal line.

Ponder showed that he can be a great quarterback in the league, and expect him to pass a lot of quarterbacks in the rankings by the time the season is over.

Ponder is an absolute must-pickup in the waiver wire after this weekend.

Kevin KolbArizona Cardinals

When his Arizona Cardinals took the field for Week 1, Kevin Kolb wasn't even expected to be a fantasy relevance as he sat on the bench behind John Skelton. 

Now he's one of the hottest QBs in the league.

The victory over the New England Patriots in Week 2 did a ton for Kolb's confidence, and more importantly, his team's confidence in him. There's no doubt that they'll roll with Kolb the rest of the way, assuming he keeps up any sort of pace similar to the one he's at now.

Throwing for 222 yards against a daunting Eagles secondary that is one of the most feared in the league is solid for fantasy owners, and he added two touchdown passes on the day. While it's not eye-popping numbers by any means, it's a great performance against a stingy defense.

Just wait until this offense faces the Miami and St. Louis defenses in the coming weeks. Kolb will have even more success against these teams even if he makes a mistake or two.

At the very least, he's worth a spot on your bench after Week 3.