2013 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice: Get 'Em or Don't Sweat 'Em Week 4

Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 23, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the fourthd quarter in a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bills 27-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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There were some unusual heroes this week. There always are. Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer threw for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He got his numbers because of volume, but he had a 68.5 passer rating and was fortunate that the Minnesota Vikings had injuries in the secondary. He’s not worth a roster spot.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker showed a little promise with 299 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 68 yards and another score. I’m not ready to label him viable just yet.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets

Geno Smith threw for 331 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. He also ran for 14 yards and another score. He looks solid.

Ruling: Get ‘em.

Johnathan Franklin, RB, Green Bay Packers

Johnathan Franklin had 126 total yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Franklin is only worth grabbing in hopes that Eddie Lacy and/or James Starks aren’t available after next week’s bye.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Jason Avant caught five of eight targets for 87 yards and a touchdown. He’s worth some consideration in points-per-reception leagues, but he only has 10 touchdowns in his past 95 games, and he’s never had 700 yards in a season.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Donnie Avery, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

Donnie Avery caught all seven of his targets for 141 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had just four receptions heading into the game. The short passing game employed by Alex Smith suits his game, but I don’t see him consistently having big games. The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t built to have an explosive offense. Plus, on most weeks, Dwayne Bowe will have more than four yards.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions

Nate Burleson caught six of nine targets for 116 yards. He has 19 receptions on the year, making him a solid choice for PPR leagues. With 239 yards through three games, he has value in standard leagues, too.

Ruling: Get ‘em.

Ted Ginn, Jr, WR, Carolina Panthers

Ted Ginn, Jr. caught three of his four targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. It was his second straight game with a score. I’m still not buying.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets

Stephen Hill caught three of six targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. He had 86 yards last week and has a nice rapport with Geno Smith.

Ruling: Get ‘em.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets

Santonio Holmes caught five of 10 targets for 154 yards and a touchdown. He’s coming around and has new life with Smith at quarterback.

Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers

Brandon LaFell caught three of five targets for 53 yards and two touchdowns. He had just four catches for 13 yards prior to this game. I would to see more before adding him.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots

Did Kenbrell Thompkins get dropped in your league after his slow start? He’ll be a popular guy this week after catching three of seven targets for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has upside.

Ruling: Get ‘em

Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans

Nate Washington caught eight of 10 targets for 131 yards. He now has 15 catches for 227 yards. He’s worth some consideration, but I still don’t think I’d add him to most fantasy lineups.

Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em

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