As injuries begin to mount and bye weeks get underway, the waiver wire is going to become a fantasy football owner's best friend. Keeping a team competitive will rely heavily on well-timed additions.
Although the number of game-changing players available on the waiver wire during the course of a season is limited, there's usually a steady stream of solid contributors for owners to target. Those depth players always possess value.
So let's take a glance at some of the best options available ahead of Week 4 for each position, followed by a breakdown of the top players to claim before the waiver deadline.
Week 4 Waiver Targets
|QB||EJ Manuel||Buffalo Bills|
|RB||Danny Woodhead||San Diego Chargers|
|WR||Kenbrell Thompkins||New England Patriots|
|TE||Heath Miller||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|K||Ryan Succop||Kansas City Chiefs|
Fantasy Week 4
Breakdown of Best Options
Danny Woodhead, RB, San Diego Chargers
Woodhead generated some fantasy hype early in the preseason. However, it faded as Ryan Mathews assumed his usual spot atop the Chargers' running back depth chart and was virtually eliminated after the versatile back put up just one fantasy point in Week 1.
Over the last few weeks, though, the former New England Patriots role player has shown why he was worth monitoring. He's caught 15 passes this season, giving Philip Rivers the underneath option the offense has been lacking in recent seasons.
When you add in the fact Mathews hasn't exactly been tearing it up on the ground—averaging less than four yards per carry—Woodhead should continue to see more snaps.
Now's the time to grab him before his value rises—especially in PPR leagues.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots
A lot of fantasy owners probably gave up on Thompkins after two weeks. Understandably so, as he had just eight total points and was struggling to get on the same page with Tom Brady.
But Week 3 showed that things might finally be starting to click.
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The undrafted rookie caught three passes for 41 yards and two touchdowns. While it's impossible to rely on touchdown production to carry a player's value from week to week, the breakout game is a positive sign for Thompkins' value.
Ultimately, the Patriots are still a team that's going to pass a lot. Thompkins remains one of the most talented receivers on the team, which means he'll continue to get chances after averaging more than nine targets per week through three games.
This makes him worth roster spot.
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller just returned from a knee injury. Even though it will likely take a couple of weeks for him to get back to full strength, owners who need some help at the weak tight end spot shouldn't hesitate to grab him now.
The veteran has never attracted much fantasy attention. He's never topped 1,000 yards or 10 touchdowns in a single year, but he's always been a reliable target for Ben Roethlisberger.
Last season, he caught 71 passes for over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.
Those aren't monster numbers by any means, but when you consider the lack of depth at the position, they are definitely on a starting level. Miller's stats should steadily improve in the coming weeks and prove worth the investment.