Every week in fantasy football, there are players available who can help turn around your season or at least make a valuable impact in your next game. Week 4 of the NFL season is no different.
Various injuries or breakout performances help bring to light some players who had previously gone unnoticed.
Of course, it is also important to ignore big games that will simply end up being flukes. Fans should not expect Brandon LaFell to score two touchdowns on three catches very often.
However, the following players are worth an add in your lineup and could be started in Week 4 and possibly beyond.
Note: All league info courtesy of ESPN.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders (Owned in 17.6 percent of leagues)
The Raiders stood little chance of keeping up with the Denver Broncos on Monday night, but Terrelle Pryor looked impressive in the loss.
He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 281 yards and a long touchdown to Denarius Moore, proving he can do more than just run around the field.
Unfortunately, he sustained a concussion toward the end of the night, and his status for next week's game against the Washington Redskins is in jeopardy, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
If he does play, you should try to get him into your lineup. The Redskins have allowed the most yards in football this season, and quarterbacks have posted a quarterback rating of 120.1 against them, which is the highest in the league.
Pryor has the ability to put up huge numbers as both a runner and a passer if he is deemed healthy.
In reality, even Matt Flynn could have a quality game if the starting quarterback is unable to play.
Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons (Owned in 14.5 percent of leagues)
When Steven Jackson is healthy, Jason Snelling doesn't have much of role on the Falcons. They are too similar, and Jacquizz Rodgers is utilized as the change-of-pace back.
However, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports that Jackson could be out for three more weeks. This keeps Snelling in the spotlight for at least a little longer.
The veteran running back had a great game against the Miami Dolphins, totaling 111 yards on 15 touches. He had a big role as a receiver out of the backfield with five targets, and he is better suited as a goal-line back than the smaller Rodgers.
Next week, the Falcons face the New England Patriots, who are ranked only 24th against the run this season. With plenty of opportunities for big plays, Snelling should be able to have another big game for Atlanta.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (Owned in 59.1 percent of leagues)
Although a high percentage of fantasy owners already have Bilal Powell on their team, it is still surprising that he isn't owned in every league.
The Jets running back was splitting carries with Chris Ivory to start the year but was still effective when he was on the field. He totaled 70 yards from scrimmage against the Patriots in Week 2 and also scored on the team's only goal-line carry.
Between the two running backs, Powell was clearly the better fantasy option due to his receiving ability and his probability of scoring touchdowns.
However, the third-year player now has even more value, as Ivory will possibly be out for some time, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini:
Chris Ivory hamstring: Same one as camp, but injury in different spot. Given slow recovery the 1st time, team not expecting quick rebound.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 23, 2013
This gives Powell the starting job by himself—something he made count against the Bills last week when he ran for 149 yards on 27 carries. He is set to be a high-quality fantasy option for the rest of the season and should be added in all leagues.
Ryan Broyles, WR, Detroit Lions (Owned in 54.9 percent of leagues)
The Lions led the NFL in passing attempts last season and have not done much to change that strategy this year. That means there are plenty of opportunities to go around to players not named Calvin Johnson.
Nate Burleson proved that theory Sunday with his best game of the year, going wild for six catches and a team-high 116 yards. Unfortunately, the veteran receiver was injured in a car accident, as reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press:
Nate Burleson broke his arm in 2 places in an early morning car accident. Will undergo surgery. Obviously a huge loss for the #Lions.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 24, 2013
Ryan Broyles, who played 17 snaps last week in his first appearance of the season, takes over as the #Lions' primary slot guy.— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) September 24, 2013
Ryan Broyles takes over the job as the No. 2 target behind Johnson. The second-year player has shown plenty of ability out of the slot in his career at both the college and pro level, with a knack for finding seams in the defense.
The only issue for him has been a lack of opportunity to get on the field when healthy. He now has that chance, and he can put together a strong rest of the season.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (Owned in 7.6 percent of leagues)
Oh yeah, remember him? Heath Miller had the best season of his career in 2012, but an offseason knee surgery caused many to forget about him heading into this year.
However, he is already back on the field and had three catches for 35 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears.
After an 0-3 start in which almost everything has gone wrong, Ben Roethlisberger can look to Miller to help get things back on track. After finishing in the top five among tight ends last year in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, Miller could have another big season.
In Week 4, he will go up against a Minnesota Vikings defense that just allowed three touchdowns to Jordan Cameron. This could be a big week for Miller.
|Alex Smith||QB||Kansas City Chiefs||31.6|
|Andy Dalton||QB||Cleveland Browns||29.2|
|Marcel Reece||RB||Oakland Raiders||3.5|
|Brandon Bolden||RB||New England Patriots||0.4|
|Andre Ellington||RB||Arizona Cardinals||2.4|
|Stephen Hill||WR||New York Jets||2.8|
|Brian Hartline||WR||Miami Dolphins||43.4|
|Aaron Dobson||WR||New England Patriots||7.9|
|Charles Clay||TE||Miami Dolphins||11.9|
|Jordan Cameron||TE||Cleveland Browns||74.4 (should be 100)|
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