Week 4 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups Worth Starting

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Tashard Choice #30 of the Buffalo Bills rushes during their NFL game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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If you're scrambling to fill out your fantasy football lineup using the waiver wire in Week 4, you've come to the right place.

With bye weeks, injuries and chronically under-performing players (cough Chris Johnson cough) finding the right player to plug into your lineup can be a daunting task. However, there are a few options that are available in more than half of ESPN leagues that can keep your team humming along this week.

Some of these options have long-term upside, some of them are probably a temporary fix but these players are more than capable of scoring quality points this week and can make you look like the smartest guy (or gal) in the room.


Tashard Choice, RB, Buffalo Bills

If you missed out on picking up New York Giants running back Andre Brown after his massive Thursday night performance last week, Choice will offer you a shot at a little bit of redemption this week.

The Bills have both C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson listed as questionable for this game and either could wind up not playing at all. With both Spiller and Jackson on the mend, Choice is the only viable option on the roster that is relatively healthy.

Choice stepped in for an injured Spiller early against the Cleveland Browns last week and carried the Bills' rushing attack with 91 yards on 20 carries.

If either Spiller or Jackson can suit up, we probably can't expect Choice to get 20 carries again, but he should see enough touches to do some damage against the New England Patriots defense.


Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

If you really want to walk on the wild side, Lamar Miller is a huge risk/reward play this week at running back.

Miller is averaging an astounding 5.9 yards per carry and scored 12 points against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2 when he scored his first career touchdown. Last week he saw nine carries and turned it into 48 yards showing the explosiveness that he was known for coming out of Miami.

With Reggie Bush dinged up, the Dolphins won't be able to rely too heavily on him, which leaves Miller and Daniel Thomas to spell Bush to keep him fresh. Thomas has shown ability to grind yards out between the tackles, but so far it has been Miller that can create the big play.

Given the stout Cardinals defense that the Dolphins will see Sunday, Miller is more likely to take carries from Bush as he has a better chance to get in the open field and make plays in space, racking up a respectable fantasy performance in the process.


Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins

Santana Moss has failed to put up impressive numbers with Robert Griffin III at the helm, but that doesn't mean he isn't due for a monstrous performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week.

Moss scored his first touchdown of the season last week and should have the opportunity to score again as the Buccaneers have given up more fantasy points to receivers than any team other than the Redskins.

With an extremely favorable matchup and an injury to Pierre Garcon, Moss could remind owners that he used to be a reliable option from week to week.

It may be a one time thing, but Moss should return to relevance this week and makes a great option for those needing spot-help at receiver.