Injuries are already starting to mount up and that has opened the door for some players to come in and make their mark. At the quarterback position, Donovan McNabb’s rib injury has allowed Kevin Kolb to come in and play. Kolb hadn’t played well in spot duty previously, but in the last two games, he’s thrown for 741 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Injuries have also allowed guys at the running back and wide receiver positions to get opportunities too. Some examples of these players are: Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles, and San Francisco 49ers running back Glen Coffee, all of whom saw extended amounts of playing time in week three. Some of these players are now relevant in fantasy football, while others are not. To find out which ones made the “Pick Them Up” list week continue reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Four Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up.
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QUARTERBACKS - PICK THEM UP
Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia Eagles)
As of now it appears Donovan McNabb will be ready to go for week five as the Eagles have a bye next week. If, for some reason, that is not the case, then Kolb is a serviceable replacement. He has a good grasp of the offense, which has weapons all around him, and he has demonstrated he can throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns. Be warned though. He’s also thrown three interceptions in two starts so he is a bit turnover prone. The Eagles play against the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week five, so if McNabb experiences a set back and Kolb starts, he would make a good spot starter in any league.
Mark Sanchez (New York Jets)
It is with some trepidation that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is on this list. After all, he is a rookie starting on a team that doesn’t have an elite receiver. But, in the first three games, Sanchez has played well not only from a statistical perspective, but on the field itself as he’s led the Jets to a 3-0 record. In those three wins, Sanchez has thrown for 606 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions (He has also added a rushing score). For now, Sanchez should only be considered an option in very deep leagues because he has been a bit turnover prone (losing three fumbles in addition to his two interceptions thrown).
RUNNING BACKS - PICK THEM UP
Glen Coffee (San Francisco 49ers)
Frank Gore, San Francisco’s starting running back, had question marks surrounding his ankle injury heading into week three and it didn’t take long to see why. Gore reaggravated his ankle just minutes into the Niners’ tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, paving the way for rookie Glen Coffee to take over. Gore reportedly has a high ankle sprain and will be out at least a couple more weeks. After Coffee took over, he had a day to forget as he gained just 54 yards on 25 carries, an average of just 2.2 ypc. Keep in mind though, Coffee was going against a tough Vikings rush defense. He has flashed his potential before, and he’ll get at least 20 touches per game while Gore is out. So for those needing a running back, if available, Coffee's your guy.
Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns)
A hamstring injury kept Cleveland Browns starting running back Jamal Lewis out of the game this past week. Though had he not been hurt, the Browns would’ve wanted him to give some of his carries away anyway as he has been terrible this season. Harrison got the start and rushed 16 times for 52 yards and caught five passes for 33 yards. He’ll get the start again next week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Harrison has some value in deeper leagues, but until the Browns offense starts clicking that value is limited.
LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles)
Westbrook’s ankle was bad enough that though he was originally expected to play some in week three he was eventually ruled out. McCoy stepped in and rushed 20 times for 84 yards with one touchdown. He also caught one pass for nine yards and you can expect him to get more involved in the passing game moving forward. However, once Westbrook returns, McCoy only carries value in deeper leagues unless you want to stash him on your bench.
Fred Taylor (New England Patriots)
Though New England running back Fred Taylor is already owned in the majority of 10-team leagues, he is still available in some. After rushing for 105 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in a win over the Falcons, he likely won’t stay a free agent too long. Taylor is a great talent and on a team like the Patriots could enjoy some good games even though he’s nearing the end of his career. The problem with the Patriots is that they rarely stick to just one running back, so if you do decide to pick up Taylor, be careful about deciding to start him.
WIDE RECEIVERS - PICK THEM UP
Andre Caldwell (Cincinnati Bengals)
Heading into the season it was assumed that Chris Henry, and not Andre Caldwell, would be the Cincinnati Bengals third receiver this season. Through three games, however, it has been Caldwell that who has stepped up as he’s caught 14 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown. Caldwell has been targeted often by quarterback Carson Palmer, including during clutch moments like the week three win over the Steelers. In fact, it was Caldwell who caught the game-winning touchdown. For now, Caldwell should only be a target in deeper leagues, but he has some good potential and is definitely a guy to keep your eye on.
Mike Wallace (Pittsburgh Steelers)
The Steelers took wide receiver Limas Sweed in the second round of the draft last year and it appeared he would fit right in as the No. 3 receiver for Pittsburgh. Sweed, however, has struggled, and the few times he has been thrown the ball he’s had a bad case of the dropsies. In the meantime, rookie Mike Wallace has stepped up when called upon and has pretty much solidified the third receiver spot for Pittsburgh. He caught five passes combined in the first two games, but had seven receptions for 102 yards in a loss to the Bengals. For now, he should only be considered in deeper leagues unless you feel like stashing him on your bench.
TIGHT ENDS - PICK THEM UP
Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)
San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis had just 72 yards and no touchdowns combined in the first two weeks, but he came up big in week three with seven receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Considering the lack of talent at wide receiver in San Francisco, if the 49ers want to continue their winning ways it would be wise for quarterback Shaun Hill to continue to get the ball to Davis. Considering that Davis has never shown he can be a consistent option, he should only be considered in deeper leagues where you can keep him on the bench until he proves otherwise.
KICKERS - PICK THEM UP
Matt Prater (Denver Broncos)
Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater hit two field goals in each of the first two weeks and also connected on three extra points in week two. In week three, he was 3-for-3 on field goals and hit two extra points. He’s never scored less than nine points in a week this season and that’s the kind of consistency we like here at Bruno Boys. At the very least, being a kicker behind the Denver offense should be interesting.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS - PICK THEM UP
San Francisco 49ers D/ST
A lot of defenses that were considered to be strong this season have been anything but, such as the Tennessee Titans. The San Francisco defense isn’t particular strong in any one area, but the 49ers are a solid fantasy option as the defense has averaged 10 points a week in the first three weeks. In the loss to the Vikings in week three, a game in which they gave up a season-high 27 points, the 49ers had their best fantasy performance. With the San Francisco defense, there’s also the added bonus that the 49ers get to play against a horrible St. Louis Rams offense twice on the year.
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