Week 4 Pickups: Waiver-Wire Targets Who Will Thrive with Favorable Matchups

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 24, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball in the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Unhappy with a certain position on your roster or have a key player with a bye week? Have no fear because there are plenty of great options on the waiver wire with favorable matchups who can fill the void.

If you haven't gotten much production from your quarterback this season, Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith is ready to be grabbed.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to fly under the radar in fantasy leagues, and picking them up could not only prove to be a seriously impactful addition to your team, but Kansas City could also make your current defense expendable in a trade.

Brandon Bolden burst onto the scene in Week 3 for the New England Patriots and helped give a major boost to their rushing attack.

While digging a little deeper into each of these options, we'll discover exactly why these waiver-wire targets will benefit from their Week 4 matchups.


Kansas City Chiefs D/ST

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a catch against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Orchard Park, New York.New England won 23-21.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Chiefs' Week 4 matchup couldn't be a better one against the New York Giants.

Kansas City has proven to have a great defense to start the season with its last two games against the Dallas Cowboys and fast-paced Philadelphia Eagles being examples. Head coach Andy Reid's squad allowed just 16 points in each game and excelled at getting to the quarterback and forcing turnovers.

Granted, the Chiefs run defense is ranked No. 25 in the NFL through three games, but their pass defense has been stellar with a No. 5 ranking. Considering the Giants are awful running the ball, that shouldn't be much of a concern this week.

The Giants are also mistake-prone with a league-leading 13 giveaways. On the flip side, the Chiefs lead the AFC with nine takeaways, and their four interceptions will create more issues for quarterback Eli Manning, who leads all quarterbacks with eight picks.

Not to mention, the Chiefs have a stellar front seven that will no doubt abuse the Giants weak offensive line en route to sacking the quarterback. Last week against Carolina, the Giants allowed seven sacks and looked lost to say the least.

Everything the Giants do wrong on offense will play right into the hands of the Chiefs, and that makes Kansas City's defense a must-grab going into Week 4 and beyond. ESPN.com shows that the Chiefs are owned in just under 42 percent of leagues, so pick them up while you can.


Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Keeping with the Chiefs theme gives us a solid option behind center for owners looking to add some consistency to the quarterback position.

Smith has done a great job taking care of the ball this season as he has yet commit a turnover while throwing for a respectable 669 yards with four touchdowns. The Chiefs QB has also shown some versatility with 23 carries for 114 yards.

It must be noted that the Giants are ranked No. 17 against the pass, but are even worse against the run with a No. 27 ranking. Running back Jamaal Charles should have no problem softening up the Giants defense and once New York is entirely focused on stopping the run, that will help open things up for Smith through the air.

The Giants are also dealing with injuries to their already questionable secondary after losing safety Stevie Brown for the season with a torn ACL. Adding to that is the injury to cornerback Corey Webster, which forced him to miss the Week 3 game against the Panthers.

Even if Webster plays on Sunday, he may not be 100 percent if his problems linger and that will make things even tougher for the Giants and that much easier for the Chiefs.

According to ESPN.com, Smith is owned in just 32 percent of fantasy leagues.


Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 15:  Eric Berry #29 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs down the field after picking up a fumble against the Dallas Cowboys in the third quarter on September 15, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Riv
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Bolden is a guy to keep an eye on after making a huge splash for the Patriots in Week 3. Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bolden carried the ball three times for 51 yards and also caught five passes for 49 yards.

Do your math and that's 100 yards on just eight touches with a 46-yard run play being the icing on the cake. Clearly Bolden has an explosive ability in his game and the fact that neither Stevan Ridley (3.4 yards per carry) nor LeGarrette Blount (3.6 yards per carry) have been very effective through three games means Bolden could see an increase in action.

Against the Falcons in Week 4, the Patriots will be up against the No. 5 run defense in the NFL. However, the Falcons are coming off a week in which they allowed 90 yards on 15 carries on the ground to the tune of six yards per carry versus the Miami Dolphins and their No. 19 rushing attack.

The Falcons numbers against the run are also a bit misleading with Atlanta facing two lackluster ground games the first two weeks of the season in the New Orleans Saints (No. 24) and the St. Louis Rams (No. 29).

Bolden's skills through the air will also give him an opportunity to thrive as the Falcons are ranked No. 25 against the pass and his performance last week is a good sign for owners in points-per-reception leagues.

A stellar showing last week should earn Bolden more looks in both facets of the offense. Even with limited touches, Bolden has shown he can make the most of them. The Pats running back couldn't be more available as he's owned in less than one percent of fantasy leagues, per ESPN.com