Fantasy Football: Top 30 Waiver-Wire Pickups Heading into NFL Week 4

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 26, 2012

Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas (123 total yards, 1 TD in 2012) is a good bet for 200 combined yards and one touchdown for Weeks 4 and 5—if Reggie Bush (knee) remains sidelined by injury.
Dolphins tailback Daniel Thomas (123 total yards, 1 TD in 2012) is a good bet for 200 combined yards and one touchdown for Weeks 4 and 5—if Reggie Bush (knee) remains sidelined by injury.Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

Here's my listing of the top 30 free agents (12-team, standard-scoring leagues) heading into Week 4—a countdown that sometimes values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Jake Locker, Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But I would also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end...ahead of a quarterback who may only draw one start all season (a star QB's bye week).

For an in-depth slideshow of the top 10 waiver-wire pickups, click here.

 

Top 30 Free Agents

1. RB Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
2. WR Jerome Simpson, Vikings
3. RB Tashard Choice, Bills
4. QB Christian Ponder, Vikings
5. QB Jake Locker, Titans
6. TE Dennis Pitta, Ravens
7. RB Jackie Battle, Chargers
8. WR Ramses Barden, Giants
9. TE Heath Miller, Steelers
10. RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
11. WR T.Y. Hilton, Colts
12. K Greg Zuerlein, Rams
13. D/ST Arizona Cardinals
14. QB Matt Cassel, Chiefs
15. K Justin Tucker, Ravens
16. D/ST Tennessee Titans
17. D/ST Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. TE Scott Chandler, Bills
19. RB Shaun Draughn, Chiefs
20. WR Leonard Hankerson, Redskins
21. K Blair Walsh, Vikings
22. QB Brandon Weeden, Browns
23. RB Lamar Miller, Dolphins
24. K Jason Hanson, Lions
25. WR Jeremy Kerley, Jets
26. WR Kendall Wright, Titans
27. QB Kevin Kolb, Cardinals
28. QB Shaun Hill, Lions (injury fill-in for Matthew Stafford)
29. WR Armon Binns, Bengals
30. WR Golden Tate, Seahawks


Jay Clemons
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