Week 4 NFL Waiver Wire Advice: Fantasy Football Get 'em or Don't Sweat 'em

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 24, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills throws down field during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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There were some unusual heroes on Sunday. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

Fitpatrick, a sleeper option last week, threw for just 208 yards, but he tossed three touchdown passes. He also added 10 yards on the ground. He has thrown multiple TDs in each game this year and is a solid QB2 option.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit Lions

Hill came in for the injured Matthew Stafford and threw for 172 yards and a pair of scores. If Stafford is out, Hill is worth adding.

Ruling:  TBD based on Stafford injury

Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings

Ponder threw for 198 yards and had two TDs for the second straight game. He also ran for 33 yards and a score. With Percy Harvin, Kyle Rudolph and Jerome Simpson returning, Ponder looks like a decent QB2. He has yet to throw a pick this year.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Tashard Choice, RB, Buffalo Bills

C.J. Spiller went down, and Fred Jackson isn’t quite ready. Choice, who ran for 91 yards and added eight receiving yards, is a nice short-term replacement.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions

LeShoure should be the top waiver wire pick this week. He ran the ball 26 times for 100 yards and a score. He added four catches for 34 yards.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins

Thomas took over for Bush and had 69 yards and a touchdown. He added 11 receiving yards. If Bush misses any time, Thomas is the guy to own.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Ryan Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Williams took advantage of Beanie’s toe injury for 83 yards rushing and 12 receiving. He’s worth grabbing.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Ramses Barden, WR, New York Giants

Exploded on the scene filling in for Hakeem Nicks. Was targeted 10 times, catching nine passes for 138 yards. The Giants are prolific enough to produce multiple fantasy options. I just don’t know what role he plays when Nicks returns, which will likely be next week.

Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Caught three passes for 63 yards and a score. Last week he caught five passes for 66 yards, so he’s worth a look, but I would pass on him.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions

Caught 10 passes for 69 yards and a score. Consistency will be an issue, but he is useful for WR depth.

Ruling:   Get ‘em.

Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Hawkins produced for the third straight game. He only caught two passes for 66 yards, but got in the end zone for the second straight week.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Caught four passes on eight targets for 113 yards and a score. Reggie Wayne is the only consistent option in the passing game.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Damaris Johnson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Caught five passes for 84 yards filling in for Maclin. Not a good long-term option.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets

Kerley caught two passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He has been solid in all three games. I just don’t trust the Jets’ offense outside of Santonio.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Brandon Stokley, WR, Denver Broncos

Stokley caught six passes for 73 yards and a score. At this stage, he’s not a good option.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans

Walter caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. He was quiet in the first two games and isn’t a reliable option.

Ruling:  Don’t sweat ‘em.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Caught two touchdown passes among his eight grabs for 60 yards. He has four TDs on the year and has scored in every game.

Ruling:  Get 'em.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Rudolph scored a pair of touchdowns, giving him three in the past two games. He has been solid every game this year and is a tough cover with all the attention AP and Percy command.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

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