Fantasy Football Week 4: Waiver-Wire Pickup Suggestions

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 24, 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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The bye weeks are here. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts will take the week off in Week 4 of NFL play, so that means Ben Roethlisberger and his receiving crew as well as Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and Donald Brown will be unavailable for fantasy football duty.

The following players should be scooped up off of the waiver wire this week. Some of them may be good spot starters for the aforementioned guys. They also could fill in while disappointing players get their legs under themselves as the season continues.

All of these players likely should be owned in more leagues than they currently are. I don't need to write much more about Thursday's stars for the New York Giants, Andre Brown and Martellus Bennett; go get those guys if they're out there.

Here's the rest of the list.


Jake Locker, QB (Tennessee Titans)

With the running game in Tennessee struggling as it has, the Titans have relied on the arm and legs of Jake Locker to move the football. He's got the weapons to do so with Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Jared Cook and Chris Johnson.

(Johnson can still move the ball as a receiver out of the backfield.)

Locker threw for 378 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions' problematic defensive backfield in Week 3.


Mikel Leshoure, RB (Detroit Lions)

Leshoure has taken a stranglehold on the starting RB job in Detroit after serving his two-game suspension. The power back took 26 handoffs in Week 3 for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The former occupant of the position for the Lions, Kevin Smith, didn't get a single carry.


Jacquizz Rodgers, RB (Atlanta Falcons)

Rodgers is a start in my "Start 'Em, Sit 'Em" column this week.

To be a starter for your fantasy team, Rodgers has to be on your fantasy team.

He may be in line for a decent amount of work against the Carolina Panthers, who have been very weak against the run (and running backs catching the ball) throughout the season.

If Michael Turner misses any time for his Sept. 18 DUI arrest, Rodgers becomes an even better pickup.


Tashard Choice, RB (Buffalo Bills)

Choice got 20 carries last week in the absence of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller after Spiller left the game early due to injury.

Jackson may be back in Week 4, but if he isn't, Choice should see the majority of backfield touches for Buffalo.


Andrew Hawkins, WR (Cincinnati Bengals)

Hawkins has had three good fantasy performances to begin the season. His usage has been down in the past two games (two catches each compared to eight in the first week). However, he scored touchdowns in each of the last two contests.

Hawkins also has gained at least 56 yards receiving in each game this year.


Dennis Pitta, TE (Baltimore Ravens)

Pitta might be the de facto No. 1 receiver for quarterback Joe Flacco. Torrey Smith makes plays on the outside, but Pitta has been thrown at more than 10 times per game and has scored two touchdowns on the year.


Dallas Cowboys D/ST

The Cowboys have been handling their business on the defensive side of the ball. The number of passing yards allowed has decreased in each of the last two games for Dallas.

They also have forced three turnovers on the season and will face Jay Cutler's Chicago Bears at home on Monday night.


Jason Hanson (Detroit Lions), Justin Tucker (Baltimore Ravens) and Greg Zuerlein (St. Louis Rams), K

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