Fantasy Football Week 4: Top Waiver-Wire Targets That Will Make an Impact
As another week in the NFL ends, fantasy owners will be scouring the waiver wire, looking for the next big score as Week 4 approaches.
Whether you are dealing with injuries or certain players simply aren't producing, waiver-wire moves are vital to picking up your squad following a poor week for an individual player or the roster as a whole.
Are you still looking for that spark?
Well here are three waiver-wire targets for fantasy owners to consider in Week 4 in order to provide a boost to their ailing squads.
Kansas City Chiefs D/ST
Despite an incredible amount of success through the first three games, the Chiefs are only owned in about 42 percent of fantasy leagues.
So, you can either go ahead and pick them up as another option for your bench or as a replacement in your starting lineup, which enables you to trade your current defense for some added depth.
The Chiefs have done a great job in the takeaway department, as they lead the AFC with nine. That total should get a boost in Week 4, as the Chiefs host the New York Giants. The G-Men have been a mess thus far in the 2013-14 campaign, and they lead the NFL with an astounding 13 giveaways.
To go along with a talented secondary, Kansas City sports a stellar front seven and a defensive line that is scary, to say the least. The Chiefs have already compiled 10 sacks going into Week 4, and that's especially bad news for the Giants and their horrendous offensive line that allowed seven sacks a week ago.
With no rushing attack to speak of, the Giants' predictable offense will be forced to throw in order to succeed, and the Chiefs will have a field day with quarterback Eli Manning and his errant throws.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
After missing the first two games of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers eased tight end Heath Miller back into the lineup this week, and he caught three passes on four targets for 35 yards. That was not too much in terms of production, but Miller will undoubtedly continue to be a bigger part of the Steelers offense moving forward.
Miller was a huge part of the Steelers passing attack last season. He finished third on the team with 101 targets but first in catches with 71 and second in yards with 816.
The team's 2012 leader in targets and yards, Mike Wallace, is no longer with the team, so that should elevate Miller's role even more. Both Wallace and Miller also tied for the most touchdowns on the team with eight apiece last season.
Clearly, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been keen on making Miller a favorite target, and that should continue this season. The Steelers passing attack has been their sole means of offense this season, currently standing as the No. 10 passing offense in the league.
Expect Pittsburgh to air it out early and often due to no semblance of a rushing attack, and that should lead to more looks for Miller through the air. Not to mention, the Steelers Week 4 opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, are ranked No. 28 against the pass.
Miller is owned in under seven percent of leagues, so if the need for a tight end is there, Miller is a more than viable option to get the job done.
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
Washington established himself as a real threat in Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers, with eight catches on 10 targets for 131 yards. Quarterback Jake Locker continues to find his stride as the weeks progress, and that couldn't be better news for Washington.
The 30-year-old is tied for the team lead in receptions (15) and owns the best mark for targets (22) and yards (227). Washington also has a track record of success after catching 74 balls for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011.
Now that it seems receiver as though Kenny Britt is quickly falling out of favor in Tennessee, the way will be paved for Washington to get more looks in the offense. As a veteran target, Washington will be seen as a more reliable option for Locker.
The Titans will have a tough challenge in Week 4 against the New York Jets No. 7-ranked pass defense, but as long as they can keep their opponent's stellar front seven in check, Locker should be able to pick a questionable New York secondary apart, and that will benefit Washington greatly.
Washington's availability remains high, as he's owned in just under eight percent of fantasy leagues.
*All ownership percentages courtesy of ESPN.com.
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