Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire: New Backs on Horizon

Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens gets tackeled by the New York Jets during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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This week on the waiver wire we have some injuries, some good match ups, and a pair of fullbacks making a big fantasy impact all over the league.

With Steven Jackson and Ray Rice hobbled after week 3, both their backups will look to find the end zone in week 4 at home.

Even if you are 0-3 at this point, the waiver wire can be the key to the rest of your season. So make sure you pay attention every Sunday for injuries.

Here is your waiver wire for week 4:


Waiver Wire: Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens

McGahee has scored 15 touchdowns in his last 18 regular season games. When this guy doesn’t start he smells the end zone. I know match up with Pittsburgh is not pretty, but Baltimore will put points on the board. McGahee has four total touchdowns in six games versus Pittsburgh.


Waiver Wire: Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Oakland Raiders

With the matchup versus Houston, I expect a whole lot of points to be put on the board. I also expect the Raiders to be trailing in this game which bodes well for Bruce.

The Texans have allowed an average of 26 points a game so far this season. They are vulnerable on defense and Gradkowski might just have a decent day.


Waiver Wire: Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns and John Kuhn, FB/RB, Green Bay Packers

Both of these former college fullbacks are making their presence felt on their respective clubs. Hillis has won the job from Jerome Harrison and absolutely torched the Ravens last week. Now he's starting against the Bengals and his carries should be about the same.

Kuhn rushed the ball six times for 31 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards versus the Bears. Brandon Jackson only rushed the ball seven times for 21 yards. Kuhn has outperformed Jackson two weeks in a row and they have Detroit next week.



Waiver Wire: Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England Patriots

With Fred Taylor hobbled, Laurence Maroney traded, Kevin Faulk gone due to injury, and Sammy Morris playing the disappearing act, the “law firm” should score a touchdown Monday night at Miami.

BGE rushed the ball sixteen times for 98 yards and a touchdown versus Buffalo last week. With continued injuries to the Patriots running game, their RB by committee just turned into a one-man show.


Waiver Wire: Kenneth Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams

With Steven Jackson hurting at the moment, it looks like Kenneth Darby will get the start Sunday against the Seahawks.

Darby is a totally different type of back than Jackson. Expect him to catch a few passes. Especially with key injuries to the Seahawks defense and the touchdown he scored last week versus the Redskins.


Waiver Wire: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This week the Bucs are on their bye. That does not mean you should not be looking ahead to the rest of the season.

Buy LeGarrette Blount because Cadillac has rushed the ball 55 times for 139 yards [2.5 YPC] and has been completely ineffective so far this season. Earnest Graham has rushed the ball nine times this season for 24 yards [2.2 YPC].

Neither of these guys are in jeopardy of taking any carries away from Blount this season. The Bucs are 2-1 and Cadillac still hasn’t left the preseason garage yet this year. If he does not decide to produce real soon his job will be gone.