Week 4 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups to Help Your Fantasy Team Win

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Andrew Hawkins #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball in for the winning touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 23, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Redskins 38-31. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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It happens—sometimes even the best fantasy football managers get stuck on Sunday and need an emergency pickup. 

Whether you forgot about the bye weeks or a key player is declared inactive, circumstances often dictate a necessity to search the waiver wire.

Fortunately, there are a number of options that can help you win in Week 4. These men are available in more than 70 percent of ESPN leagues and should be acquired if needed.


Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings (owned in 15.6 percent of leagues)

Few would have predicted it, but the second-year player out of Florida State has been one of the most efficient passers in the NFL this season. 

Ponder has completed over 70 percent of his passes and has thrown four touchdowns with no interceptions so far. Against the tough San Francisco 49ers defense, the Vikings quarterback scored 24 fantasy points.

Opponents have the fourth-best quarterback rating against the Detroit Lions in the first three games. While Ponder might not put up enormous numbers, there is little chance he struggles in the upcoming matchup.


Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta Falcons (owned in 15.4 percent of leagues)

Andre Brown, Mikel Leshoure and Ryan Williams are all likely already on a team. If not, grab one of those players immediately. After that, however, there are not many appealing options.

On the other hand, Rodgers has a good chance of breaking out this week. The Falcons are slowly increasing his workload—he had 10 carries last week behind Michael Turner's 14—and has a favorable matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

This defense is giving up 139.3 rushing yards per game and allowed Andre Brown 24 fantasy points against them last week.

It would be risky to start the running back this week, but there could be a high reward if Rodgers gets the opportunity.


Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (owned in 24 percent of leagues)

Although it's risky to trust a player that relies on 50-yard touchdown passes to get fantasy points, the risk is removed if he can do it consistently. Hawkins has accomplished this feat in two straight games after catching eight balls for 86 yards in Week 1.

The speedster has a knack for making big plays and the Bengals are starting to get him more involved in the offense.

He is a similar player to T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts, who was able to total 113 yards and a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. With Hawkins facing the Jaguars on Sunday, it would not be out of the question for him to have a similar day.


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