Week 4 Pickups: Overlooked Skill-Position Players You Must Add
Three weeks of NFL football are in the books and while several big-name players have left fantasy football owners high and dry, others have emerged as reliable waiver-wire additions.
With plenty of more fantasy matchups on the horizon, the time is now to make some key pickups for your lineup.
Below, we'll highlight a handful of skill-position players fantasy owners must look to add in Week 4.
*All availability stats according to ESPN Fantasy Football.
Kenbrell Thompkins, New England Patriots, WR
Patriots rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins finally found the end zone in Week 3, taking two of his three receptions to the house against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Kenbrell Thompkins has caught 2 TD passes. He's 1st Patriots rookie WR with at least 2 receiving TD since Clarence Weathers in 1983 vs Bills— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 22, 2013
With Danny Amendola still out with a groin injury, Thompkins, who is owned in just 35 percent of all ESPN leagues, has an excellent shot to become Tom Brady's No. 1 target in the coming weeks. He proved himself to be a dangerous weapon during the preseason, and now we're finally seeing him live up to expectation when it matters most.
The bottom line is that Brady isn't going to stop throwing the ball regardless of who is running the routes, and that means guys like Thompkins and Aaron Dobson will continue to have big games moving forward.
Bilal Powell, New York Jets, RB
The Jets' Bilal Powell has been a fantasy stud over the past two weeks and is still only owned in 59 percent of all ESPN leagues (Hurry!).
After rushing for a touchdown against the Patriots in Week 2, Powell came back to rush for 149 yards in Week 3 against the Bills. The third-year running back out of Louisville has also seen his rushing attempts steadily increase since Week 1 against Tampa Bay.
He carried the ball 27 times against Buffalo this past weekend and should receive a similar amount of touches in Week 4 at Tennessee.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns, WR
Among wide receivers, only Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown had a bigger fantasy day than Cleveland's Josh Gordon in Week 3.
Making his debut following a two-game suspension, Gordon was targeted 19 times and caught 10 balls for 146 yards and a score. Despite his incredible return, he's still available in a number of fantasy leagues heading into Week 4.
While you shouldn't expect another 140-plus-yard outing this weekend against Cincinnati, you can still rely on Gordon to score for your lineup week in and week out. He's averaging nearly 16 yards per catch for his NFL career and already appears to be a favorite of Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons, RB
Falcons backup running back Jason Snelling won't do a ton of damage on the ground, but he is a serious fantasy threat when it comes to his ability to dominate as a receiver out of the backfield.
Snelling put up 16 fantasy points in standard-scoring ESPN leagues in Week 3, catching four passes for 58 yards and a score while also rushing for 53 yards on 11 carries. Surprisingly, the veteran is only owned in 14.5 percent of all ESPN leagues.
Sure, Steven Jackson will take some of Snelling's reps when he returns from a hamstring injury, but for now, Snelling is getting plenty of touches and being targeted by quarterback Matt Ryan more often than Roddy White.
EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills, QB
Of the two top-performing rookie quarterbacks in the AFC East in 2013, EJ Manuel is the better option over Geno Smith.
The reason: Consistency.
Manuel is averaging 16 fantasy points per week in ESPN leagues and has yet to score fewer than 14. He posted 19 in Week 3's loss to the New York Jets, and is clearly picking up steam with each and every outing.
If you're relying on a guy like Eli Manning or Carson Palmer heading into Week 4, Manuel makes a lot of sense for your roster. He has a tough matchup against Baltimore this weekend but will have a chance to produce huge numbers in Week 5 against Cleveland.
Santonio Homes, New York Jets, WR
Following a quiet two weeks to start the year, Jets veteran Santonio Holmes exploded in Week 3 to the tune of 154 yards and a touchdown on just five catches.
Which Jets player will pay off more for fantasy owners in 2013?
Fantasy owners shouldn't have a difficult time picking Holmes up off waivers either. He's owned in less than nine percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues and is coming off a 2012 season in which he missed all but three games after suffering a severe foot injury.
Plus, rookie quarterback Geno Smith looks to be gaining confidence with every week that goes by, and Holmes owners are sure to benefit.
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