Week 4 Waiver Wire: Buying and Selling Potential Pickups for Your Fantasy Roster

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2013

Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA;  Green Bay Packers running back Johnathan Franklin (23) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.  Cincinnati won 34-30. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Whether you rode the leg of Matt Prater to a come-from-behind victory or watched as a Drew Brees-Jimmy Graham nightmare pummeled your team into submission, there's an underlying truth to understand about fantasy football as we move to Week 4. 

The waiver wire waits for no owner. 

Odds are that you've already been scouring the list of available players in your league after the events of Week 3 in the NFL, and depending on the format and competitiveness of your league, time might not be of the essence. 

Keeping that in mind, we'll buy and sell some potential pickups for fantasy rosters everywhere below. 

Players to Buy

New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins

Thompkins' stats prior to Week 3 weren't pretty. ESPN's Stats & Info surely scared away more than a handful of owners tempted to start the Cincinnati product at a flex position:

Three catches, 41 yards and two touchdowns later, Thompkins trolled those who decided to keep him on the bench. 

While the jury is out on ball distribution in New England over the next few weeks, don't miss out on an opportunity to pick up Thompkins right now. Owned in under 50 percent of ESPN leagues, there's no reason why he shouldn't grace a slot on your roster if wide receiver is a position of need. 

Rob Gronkowski's return will cut into the fantasy prospects for several of the Pats' current go-to options on offense, but Brady has shown early confidence in Thompkins despite the rookie not doing much to warrant that attitude, ranking second only to Julian Edelman in targets with 28.

As he continues to get better this season, so will his fantasy numbers. Pick him up now, and thank me when he puts it all together in the latter half of the year. 

Miami Dolphins K Caleb Sturgis

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 17:  Caleb Sturgis #9 of the Miami Dolphins  kicks a field goal against the Houston Texans during a preseaon game at Reliant Stadium on August 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

If you're waiting on your kicker to turn things around after a rough three-week stint, maybe it's time you gave Caleb Sturgis a call instead. 

The Florida product is averaging a cool 11.0 fantasy points per game while being owned in just 9.1 percent of ESPN leagues, hitting all six field goals and eight extra points he's attempted. 

Miami has been a pleasant surprise on offense heading into its Monday night showdown with fellow undefeated foe New Orleans. The Saints and Rob Ryan's defense pose a stiff threat to his fantasy prospects for Week 4; the unit has surrendered just seven fantasy points to kickers through three games.  

That said, Sturgis is a guy you want to nab now before other owners catch on. 

As noted by OnlyGators.com's Twitter account, Sturgis has been fantastic all over the field:

Patience is often rewarded at this position, but the combination of a growing offensive attack and Sturgis' noted consistency should force you to fully examine whether or not you want to leave this young man off your roster. In leagues with more than 10 teams, he's a must-add at this point. 

Others to Buy: Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling, Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles, New York Jets RB Bilal Powell, Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener, Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers

Players to Sell

Green Bay Packers RB Johnathan Franklin

Franklin exploded for the Packers against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, as Eddie Lacy and James Starks were nowhere to be found due to injury, but his late fumble cost Green Bay a victory. 

His 103-yard, one-touchdown performance raised some eyebrows among owners in need of running back help, but the situation in the backfield behind Green Bay is still fluid. 

NFL.com's Michael Fabiano explains:

Franklin capitalized on his opportunity when called upon, but don't take that as a sign of him being ready to carry an RB spot on your roster. If he's already on said roster, now would be a good time to try to sell high. 

If he's still on the waiver wire, let another owner take a risky chance on his services while you look for help elsewhere. The Packers have a bye in Week 4, and that means extra time for Lacy and Starks to heal up and start stealing carries.

Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks and running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks watch from the sidelines as the clock winds down during the fourth quarter of the game against the Jacksonville J
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Rice is owned in a majority of fantasy formats, and on paper, it makes sense. He's the No. 1 target for an offense centralized around Marshawn Lynch; one-on-one matchups should be coming for Russell Wilson and his receivers. 

However, Rice is not a steady weekly start. 

That might be a bold assertion, but through three games, I see Rice as a matchup-oriented fantasy player rather than a weekly lock to start. He feasted on Jacksonville's corners, sure, but will the same be true when tougher defenses are staring him down?

My guess is no.     

A number of users might have sent Rice to the waiver wire after his Week 2 dud. You can certainly make a case to add him to any roster, but you won't be tempted to insert him into a crucial slot in your lineup. 

At this point, Rice is more dangerous in your lineup than he is as a fantasy opponent. That may change, but don't expect a consistent double-digit output over the next few weeks against the underrated defenses of the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans. Avoid the temptation to give him a chance. 

Others to Sell: Philadelphia Eagles WR Jason Avant, Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller, Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub, Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker, Baltimore Ravens D/ST, Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya

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