Fantasy Football Week 4: Best Waiver Wire Pickups

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2012

Sep 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure (25) hurdles Tennessee Titans corner back Ryan Mouton (29) during the second half at LP Field. The Titans beat the Lions 44-41 in overtime. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Week 3 was absolutely bonkers. 

Teams that were supposed to lose came out victorious, players shined who weren't supposed to, and the New England Patriots have a losing record for the first time since 2003.

How does this affect your fantasy lineup?

In many ways.

There are a host of guys on the waiver wire worth your consideration. These, in my estimation, are the best players you can, more than likely, acquire right now. 


Quarterback: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals 

Dalton needs to be owned in every league. Plain and simple. Sure, in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens he only threw for 221 yards, had no touchdowns and a pick, but since then, the second-year pro has been on fire. 

He has recorded six passing touchdowns to only two interceptions in Week 2 and 3 combined, and although it doesn't count in the fantasy score book, he has a 105 QB rating on the season. 

Dalton exploded for 328 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Washington Redskins on Sunday and his No. 1-wideout A.J. Green is certainly emerging as one of the most complete and most dangerous receivers in the NFL

Add Dalton, now. 


 Running Back: Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions

Andre Brown is actually the back with the most future fantasy upside, but he was likely acquired in your league early Friday morning, if not earlier. 

But Leshoure, he's the next best running back to acquire. 

Coming off suspension, the 2011 second-round pick was impressive against a weak Titans run defense on Sunday. 

He carried the ball 26 times, which is an astoundingly high number for any Detroit Lions running back, and amassed 100 yards on the ground as well as a touchdown.

Leshoure displayed his versatility, catching four passes for 34 yards. 

The Lions face a stout Minnesota Vikings defense in Week 4, but it looks like Jim Schwartz's group could feature the running game with Leshoure more prominently than in the past. 


Wide Receiver: Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

Moore's been a boom or bust fantasy player early in his career, but he seems to be Carson Palmer's favorite target. 

Although he missed Week 1 and saw limited action in Week 2, he is tied with Darrius Heyward-Bey for second on the team with 18 targets. 

In Oakland's upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Moore looked to be fully recovered from his hamstring injury, and caught five passes for 45 yards and a score. 

Denver's secondary isn't horrible, but they've allowed an average QB rating of 98.5 through three games.

If you're a little desperate at the wide receiver spot, and are looking for a spark, look for Moore on the waiver wire.  


Tight End 

Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers


That's the deafening sound heard every time Miller catches the football, regardless of where the Steelers are playing. 

The eight-year veteran is on pace to have one of the best seasons in his career. 

Who would have thought? 

Miller is currently third on the team with 20 targets, he leads the team with four touchdown receptions and is fresh off another solid game in Week 3. He caught eight passes for 60 yards against the Raiders and was targeted 10 times. 

He won't give you Rob Gronkowski numbers, but actually, right now, the Steelers' tight end has better fantasy stats than the guy who broke records last season.