Doing Moore With Less: Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Review

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2010

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Last week, I wrote a waiver-wire article highlighting New Orleans Saints WR Lance Moore.  As he did in 2008 when Saints' RB Reggie Bush was out with a knee injury, Moore stepped up on Sunday.  

And then some.

Of course, you shouldn't expect Moore to post an incredible stat line of six receptions, 149 yards, and two touchdowns every week.  Although he had not shown it prior to Week 3, Moore is clearly a part of the offense, at least while Bush recovers from his broken leg.  Most importantly, QB Drew Brees trusts him.

During the four-game stretch in 2008, Moore averaged six receptions, 95 yards, and over one touchdown per game.

There is a 96 percent chance that Moore is available on your waiver wire.  So if you are having consistency issues with your wide receiving corps, you should consider investing in some Lance Moore stock.

Still not buying Lance Moore as a viable pick up in your league? Then let's take a look at some of the other options that may be available to you as well.


Kyle Orton, DEN - Orton is only owned in 60 percent of leagues, but has put up better fantasy numbers than Brees, Tom Brady, Matt Schaub, and Tony Romo.  On Sunday, he proved his value again posting another great line of 476 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. 

The Broncos are a passing team.  With or without RB Knowshon Moreno, Orton is going to be throwing the ball a ton because that is how head coach Josh McDaniels wants to run his offense.  

Orton does have tough opponents the next three games, Tennessee and Baltimore on the road then the Jets at home, and he may come back down to earth a little bit.  But he is a quarterback worth taking a shot on if you are a struggling with the quarterback position.

Mark Sanchez, NYJ - For two consecutive weeks, Sanchez has done nothing but look good throwing for 476 yards, six touchdowns, and zero interceptions.  For a guy that's only owned in 36 percent of leagues, he could probably lessen the stress some owners feel next Sunday.

In Week 4, Sanchez faces a Buffalo Bills secondary that gave up 252 yards and three touchdowns to Brady in Week 3.  Later on in the season, Sanchez will feast on the Broncos, Lions, and Browns inept secondaries. 

Chad Henne, MIA - Prior to Sunday night's game against the Jets, Henne had looked hesitant making decisions, had not cracked 200 passing yards, and had only thrown for one touchdown.  

Henne showed up to play throwing for 363 yards, two touchdowns, and only one interception.  Having WR Brandon Marshall fully available, courtesy of Darrelle Revis' injured hamstring, surely helped Henne's confidence. 

Following a disappointing start to the season, Henne is owned in 67 percent of leagues, down from 78 percent following Week 2.  

Running Back

Peyton Hillis, CLE - Hillis stopped by Baltimore on Sunday to introduce himself to the Ravens defense, some of whom didn't know who Hillis was, to the tune of 144 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries.  

Hillis had been more effective than RB Jarome Harrison on only half the carries entering Week 3.  With Harrison missing the contest, Hillis displayed amazing agility and speed for a 250-pound corn-fed running back from Arkansas.  

Browns head coach Eric Mangini did state on Monday that he will most likely use Hillis as his main running back.  Based on what Hillis did to a defense that had given up zero rushing touchdowns and only 103 rushing yards on average, you should start him too.

Hillis is available in 30 percent of leagues, and is a viable starting option if you need help plugging some running back holes on your roster.

Mike Tolbert, SD - Had the San Diego Chargers special teams not been so abysmal on Sunday, giving up two return touchdowns to RB Leon Washington, Tolbert likely would have had a better day than the 73 rushing yards he gave owners who needed to start him.

It is currently unclear if RB Ryan Mathews (high ankle sprain) will return to the lineup for the Chargers Week 4 contest against Arizona, so Tolbert is a wait-and-hope option for owners in need of a spot start.

Marshawn Lynch, BUF - Lynch appears to be "the guy" in Buffalo now, posting double-digit carries for the second week in a row.  Lynch rushed for 72 yards on 13 carries.

It is entirely possible, contrary to what the Buffalo front office is stating publicly, that Lynch is being showcased for a trade.  Even if he is not traded, Lynch has shown he can still run.  For a running back in his fourth season, Lynch is a young 24 years old and is still maturing and learning the game.

Lynch is owned in only 55 percent of leagues, and should he remain with Buffalo, presents a decent bye week filler for owners of Mathews, McFadden, and Pierre Thomas as Buffalo plays Detroit in Week 10.

Wide Receiver

Lance Moore, NO - Discussed above.

Louis Murphy, OAK - Murphy is owned in 52 percent of leagues, and has clearly developed a rapport with QB Bruce Gradkowski.  Over the last two weeks, Murphy is averaging 105 yards and .5 touchdowns per game.

With Houston, San Diego, and San Francisco on the upcoming schedule, Murphy should have more productive games ahead.  Murphy may not be an every week starter for your squad, but he's definitely a guy you can stash and hope pays off in a trade later on in the season.

Mario Manningham, NYG - There seems to be plenty of balls to go around in the Giants offense, and with the defensive attention paid to WRs Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith, Manningham has proven to be a reliable option.

Manningham is averaging five receptions for 78 yards through three weeks of the season, and you can't ask for much more from a guy that you should use based on matchups and to fill a bye hole in your roster.  While Manningham is rostered in 60 percent of leagues, he is a player worth keeping an eye on to see how the situation develops.  

Tight End

Dustin Keller, NYJ - Following Keller's Week 2 explosion, he was highlighted in last week's article as a tight end you should keep an eye on.  With his 98-yard, two touchdown performance on Sunday night, Keller is now officially worth starting in most leagues.

While only owned in 55 percent of leagues, that number will no-doubt rise after waiver wire claims are processed on Wednesday morning.

Aaron Hernandez, NE - Hernandez is an athletically-gifted tight end, and the newest toy for QB Tom Brady's sandbox.  Showing off his athleticism, Hernandez gained 13 rushing yards on an end around play early in Sunday's game.

Brady feels comfortable with Hernandez, as he caught six balls for 65 yards.  While the Patriots have, in the past, operated decidedly without a tight end, Hernandez figures to be a involved in the offense going forward.

Holding My Feet To The Fire

It's important to remember that you're not perfect, and the best way to do that is to look back and see how things went with the players that were recommended the week before.  

So let's take a look.

Kyle Orton - As mentioned above, he had a very good game against the Colts.

Mark Sanchez - Still looking as good as he was last week.

Matthew Stafford - Wasn't expected to play this week, and more of a stash-and-hope option.  

Donald Brown - Brown did get seven carries in Week 3, but only produced 12 yards. Not a good outing.  Brown's real value will come only if Addai misses significant time.

Marshwan Lynch - Another decent game, but nothing spectacular Week 3.

Peyton Hillis - Exploded in Week 3, although not many saw it coming.

Vincent Jackson  - The All-Pro wide receiver wasn't traded, and still won't be playing for a while.  Probably not worth a spot on your roster.

Kevin Walter - After a great Week 2, only caught three balls for 34 yards in Week 3, but did score.

Demaryius Thomas - Only two catches for 43 yards in Week 3, and was injured but is expected to be fine.

Marcedes Lewis - Came up small in Week 3 with only three catches for 15 yards and no scores.

Dustin Keller - Two touchdowns and 98 yards is a good day at the office.

That wraps up our look at the Week 4 waiver wire.  For more fantasy football related chatter, you can follow Nathan on Twitter at @nathanwaddell.

May your domination continue, or your comeback begin.  Best of luck to you.


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