Week 4 Waiver Wire: Hidden Gems That Will Produce This Weekend

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 24, 2013

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a touchdown pass during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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As is the case virtually every weekend, there are a number of unheralded commodities available in a good chunk of the nation's fantasy leagues, including some that are due for big Week 4 performances. 

Some will be thrust into the spotlight due to injuries to more prominent teammates. Others are simply going to feast on favorable opponents. Yet, all of these guys are bound to produce this weekend. 

Here's a look at the most valuable hidden gems on the market in many fantasy leagues—all worth picking up in preparation for Week 4. 


Aaron Dobson

As the newest receiver to benefit from playing alongside Tom Brady, Aaron Dobson redeemed himself after a disappointing Week 2 performance against the Jets. 

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Aaron Dobson #17 of the New England Patriots celebrates as he runs to score on a 39-yard catch in the first quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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During that game, Dobson managed just three catches despite being targeted 10 times. However, in Week 3, the 2013 second-rounder bounced back for 52 yards on seven catches against Tampa Bay, establishing himself as a legitimate target for Brady. 

With the Patriots set to face the Atlanta Falcons and their 25th-ranked pass defense, Dobson is a lock to put up solid numbers this week. 

And, given that he's owned in just under eight percent of ESPN fantasy leagues, this guy is a worthy wire pickup for Week 4.  


Bilal Powell

The New York Jets have been pounding the ball so far this season, and that bodes well for third-year running back Bilal Powell, who emerged as Rex Ryan's top rushing option during Week 3. 

After Chris Ivory went down with a hamstring injury in the first quarter of Sunday's tilt against the Bills, Powell exploded for 149 yards on the ground and managed another nine yards on two catches. 

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets hands the ball off to running back Bilal Powell #29 in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Ph
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Now, regardless of whether or not Ivory returns for the Week 4 clash with the Titans, Powell has cemented himself as a quality backfield threat for the Jets. If he's available in your league, he'd be a very valuable waiver wire addition. 


Brian Hartline

The Miami Dolphins are 3-0, but No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace has been a total non-factor in two of those wins, as the two-time 1000-yard man is currently third on the team in receiving yards. 

With Wallace struggling to fit in with Miami, Brian Hartline has been Ryan Tannehill's favorite target. The 26-year-old has hauled in 18 catches for 236 yards during the Dolphins' three games.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - AUGUST 24: Wide receiver Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins cannot make a catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sun Life Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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No—Miami's Week 4 clash with New Orleans isn't the ideal matchup for the team's passing game, as Rob Ryan has the Saints playing stingy defense, but Hartline has been productive regardless of whom Miami's played. 

Heading into the Saints game, Hartline has managed at least 56 yards in each of Miami's three games, grabbing two touchdown catches along the way. It's a wonder that he isn't owned in more than 44 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues