Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: Top 5 Players Available in Most Leagues

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent ISeptember 24, 2012

Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: Top 5 Players Available in Most Leagues

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    Worried about Reggie Bush and C.J. Spiller's Week 3 injuries? Still having trouble finding a replacement tight end for Aaron Hernandez?

    You have nothing to worry about. Whenever a fantasy football stud goes down with an injury, it means that someone has to step up to fill in for him.

    Here is a list of fantasy football players that should be available in your league's waiver wire that will make a huge fantasy impact.

Tashard Choice, Buffalo Bills, RB

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    With no C.J. Spiller or Fred Jackson, it looks like Tashard Choice is going to be the man in the Buffalo Bills backfield.

    The severity of Spiller's injury has yet to be determined, but the fact that he could not return to game is not a good sign.

    Choice filled in and the Bills made him an integral part of the offense, as he carried the ball 20 times for over 91 rushing yards.

    The significant amount of touches will continue for him, so if Spiller is out for an extended period of time, Choice will make a great No. 2 fantasy running back or flex option.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE

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    After Percy Harvin, it is clear that Kyle Rudolph is Christian Ponder's second-favorite receiving target. 

    In three games, Rudolph has scored three touchdowns, including two touchdowns this past weekend. What is even more impressive is that when the Minnesota Vikings are in the red zone, Ponder is often targeting Rudolph.

    Rudolph is not going to put up huge numbers like Jimmy Graham or Vernon Davis, but if he continues to perform at this level, then he will become a top-10 tight end by the end of the season.

Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins, RB

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    Durability has always been a problem for Reggie Bush, so it is no surprise to see him already getting injured three games into the season.

    If Bush has to miss any time, then you have to pick up Daniel Thomas. As soon as Bush left the game, Thomas carried the load for the Miami Dolphins. He finished the game with 19 carries, 69 rushing yards and one touchdown.

    Thomas will have great value as a No. 2 fantasy running back or flex option because he should see at least 20 touches per game.

Ramses Barden, New York Giants, WR

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    When it was announced Hakeem Nicks was not going to be able to play, no one knew which New York Giants wide receiver was going to step up and replace him.

    Ramses Barden made the most of his opportunity and after his impressive performance against the Carolina Panthers, he will remain an important part of the Giants offense. Barden finished the game with nine catches for over 130 receiving yards.

    The Giants have always used their No. 3 wide receiver, whether it has been Mario Manningham or Steve Smith. Domenik Hixon was supposed to fill in that position this season but he has not been able to stay healthy and even when he is, he has very little impact.

    When Nicks returns, Barden's role in the Giants offense will decrease, but he will still see a fair amount of targets that will make him a No. 4 or 5 fantasy football wide receiver.

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers, TE

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    Three games in and Heath Miller has been an absolute fantasy football beast.

    Miller has already caught four touchdown passes and it appears he is going to play a major role in the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

    Against the Oakland Raiders, not only did Miller catch two touchdowns, but he was also targeted 10 times.

    He has scored in each of the Steelers' games so until Miller doesn't, he should be your starting fantasy tight end.