Daily Haze: Bye Week Plug-and-Plays, Week 4

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Daily Haze: Bye Week Plug-and-Plays, Week 4
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Waiver wire claims get processed for most fantasy owners today. If you still need a spot starter for this weekend, however, there may be some useful fantasy trash laying around after the claims process.

Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

The key to spot starters? Hopefully you never need them. But every fantasy owner finds himself/herself in a pinch at some point during the season. Look for the best matchups and hope for the best!

Week 4 Byes: Cowboys, Chiefs, Vikings, Buccaneers


Bruce Gradkowski, Raiders
The Raiders are not likely to beat Houston this weekend, but they should have to throw the ball a lot to keep up.

Chad Henne, Dolphins
Was last week a coming out party for Henne? If so, he and Brandon Marshall could have big days again this weekend against the Patriots.

Running Backs

Brandon Jackson/John Kuhn, Packers
Time for Jackson to live up to that waiver wire hype. Playing against Detroit, both of these guys could have useful days for fantasy owners in a pinch.

Mike Tolbert/Darren Sproles, Chargers
If Ryan Mathews does not suit up again this week, Tolbert and Sproles would make for nice flex plays or one-week RB replacements against Arizona at home.

Wide Receivers

Louis Murphy, Raiders
Same as Gradkowski above. Couple the favorable matchup with the fact that Murphy is Gradkowski’s favorite target, and it could be another useful day for this Raider receiver.

Mike Thomas, Jaguars
Everyone saw what Denver was able to do to the Colts’ pass D last weekend, so why can’t the Jags take advantage? Well, probably because David Garrard is at the helm, but a desperate owner could do worse than Thomas and this matchup.

Tight End

Aaron Hernandez, Patriots
Now is the time to use the rookie, who has gotten consistent looks from Tom Brady every week. The Dolphins got torched by Dustin Keller last week.

Here are today’s great reads:

The time has come to drop Cadillac Williams. Fans of his—and who isn’t?—appreciate the Bucs giving him the chance to become a starting running back again, but the results are not there for Caddy. Tampa Bay needs to see if the running back of the future now is on this roster. LaGarrette Blount, anyone? [FanHouse]

Austin Collie is chewing up Peyton Manning targets so far this year. He had a huge week three that simply cannot be ignored by fantasy owners. And here I thought Pierre Garcon was the wide receiver ready to break loose on this offense. [Roto Arcade]

With the looming labor dispute in the NFL, set to unfold next spring, there may be no football next year. Doubtful, but possible. However, when football does return it seems almost a certainty now that the NFL will move to a 18-game regular season. That means more real football for fantasy owners, but more risk of injury for players. [The Big Lead]

Arizona’s Steve Breaston recently had knee surgery, which means he will be out of the lineup for at least the next two weeks. He got off to a banged up start as the starting wide receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald, trying to fill the shoes of the departed Anquan Boldin. Boldin was no stranger to injury himself, so Breaston is doing a fine job of following in his footsteps. [Bruno Boys]

Lance Moore, Peyton Hillis and a few others figure to be the biggest names coming off waiver wires this morning. Troll the post-waiver claim trash and see if any of these other good waiver wire grabs are still available in your league(s). [SI.com]

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