Week 4 Waiver Wire: Ramses Barden and Other Surprises Sure to Disappoint

Chris StephensCorrespondent IISeptember 25, 2012

Ramses Barden had fantasy success because Hakeem Nicks was out with an injury.
Ramses Barden had fantasy success because Hakeem Nicks was out with an injury.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Ramses Barden is not worth picking up on the Week 4 waiver wire in fantasy football.

Barden had nine catches for 138 yards for the New York Giants last week. Scores of fantasy owners will try to grab him off the wire. Some think one good week will translate into long-term fantasy success.

What you may have missed from Week 3 is that the Giants were without Hakeem Nicks. With Victor Cruz surrounded most of the night, it was obvious where quarterback Eli Manning was going to go.

While Barden does deserve credit for a good game, it's not going to last long. In fact, according to giants.com senior writer/editor Michael Eisen, Nicks doesn't plan on sitting out again. "I definitely anticipate playing," Nicks said today.

With Nicks expecting to play, Barden will be relegated to the No. 3 receiver position. While not a bad spot to be in, it's not where fantasy owners need him to be.

In three games this season, Manning has rarely targeted other wide receivers outside of his top two. This year, Manning has completed eight passes to receivers outside of his top two.

If Nicks is playing, how do you justify starting Barden?

He's nothing more than a player to have on your bench just in case Nicks gets injured again this year. However, Barden isn't the only surprise you should avoid on the waiver-wire.


Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks

It's time for the biggest laugh in potential waiver-wire pickups.

Tate caught the game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers. Most football fans use that term lightly after Monday.

Tate scored 18 fantasy points (ESPN standard formats) with three receptions for 68 yards and two touchdowns.

Some owners think Tate will be able to duplicate that effort every week.

Prior to the Green Bay game, Tate had three receptions for 38 yards on the season. If that's not enough, Tate had 35 catches for 382 yards in 2011 and 21 catches for 227 yards in 2010.

Duplicate his one-game effort? Maybe he will over a three-game period.


Arizona Cardinals Defense/Special Teams

Nothing against the Arizona Cardinals defense, but it's hard to buy into what they've done so far.

The Cardinals scored 21 points against the Philadelphia Eagles. Then again, these aren't your daddy's Eagles.

Philadelphia's offense has been horrible this year, committing 10 turnovers in three games. In one play on Sunday, Michael Vick was sacked (two points) and fumbled (two points), with his fumble recovered and returned 93 yards for a touchdown (six points).

The Cardinals would have scored 11 points against the Eagles without that play.

The Cardinals had 15 total points in the first two weeks of the season, which is closer to what should be expected.

The 21 points put up against the Eagles were exactly that—put up against the Eagles.

Put it this way, the Cleveland Browns defense scored 14 points on the Eagles in Week 1.