Waiver-Wire Pickups Week 4: The Blair White Project

Joe KleiberCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2010

Waiver-Wire Pickups Week 4: The Blair White Project

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    Injuries have reared their ugly noses again with injuries to players like Ray Rice, Jahvid Best, Steven Jackson, and Pierre Thomas.

    These were early-round picks that owners need to rely on every week, but with injury question marks, it is hard to rely on any of them.

    Let's look at some of their match-ups with their injuries:


    Ray Rice vs. Pittsburgh

    Rice has a knee injury, and if that isn't bad enough, he goes up against the best defense in the NFL.

    The Steelers haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher all season and they won't against a banged-up Rice. If you have other options, I'd suggest sitting him this week even if he plays.


    Jahvid Best vs. Green Bay

    Best has a turf toe injury and goes up against a top defense like the Packers. Best has missed multiple days of practice this week and is questionable to play.

    The Packers have a top-notch run defense, so if you have better options, sit Best this week even if he plays.


    Steven Jackson vs. Seattle

    Jackson is dealing with a groin injury and will probably be a game-time decision.

    Pick up Kenneth Darby just in case Jackson misses the game. If Jackson starts, then plug him in.


    Pierre Thomas vs. Carolina

    Thomas is dealing with a left ankle injury and will be a game-time decision. If Thomas starts, then you have to start him, but have other options just in case.

    Here is a list of the best waiver-wire pickups this week:

1. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (RB NE)

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    Fred Taylor went down with an injury (surprise, surprise!) and Green-Ellis, aka "the Law Firm," took over and rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown.

    He faces a mediocre Miami defense this week and will get the majority of the carries.

    He is an immediate pickup if you have an injured back or for a bye-week fill-in.

2. Ryan Torain (RB WAS)

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    Starting running-back Clinton Portis apparently will only be used on passing downs for now on according to Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan.

    It remains to be seen if Shanahan sticks to his word, but Torain is worth a pickup in case Portis goes down with an injury or gets the majority of the carries. he had 46 yards on just seven carries last week. 

    He's worth stashing on your bench to see if it happens.

3. Kenneth Darby (RB STL)

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    Darby is the backup to Steven Jackson and if Jackson sits, Darby should be plugged into the lineup.

    The Seahawks defense is mediocre at best, and Darby would have a solid matchup.

    Darby had 49 rushing yards on 14 carries last week and a touchdown.

4. Sam Bradford (QB STL)

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    Bradford is off to a nice start in his rookie season. He has four touchdowns to five interceptions, but has improved each week and goes up against a poor Seahawks secondary.

    Bradford should have his best week yet and is a solid replacement for an injured starter or as a bye-week fill-in.

5. John Kuhn (RB GB)

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    John Kuhn has slowly taken carries and touches away from Brandon Jackson. Kuhn has looked much better than Jackson and is the goal-line back for a great offense.

    It also helps that Kuhn faces the hapless Lions defense this week.

    Pick him up and plug him in if you have an injured RB or one who has a poor match-up (Rice vs. Pit, Best vs. GB). 

    Kuhn is averaging 4.8 ypc and should shred the Lions this week.

6. LeGarrette Blount (RB TB)

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    Bucs head coach Raheem Morris has already said Blount will receive the goal-line carries for now on, and Cadillac Williams is an injury away from going down at any time.

    Blount is worth the pickup to stash on your bench to see if he gets the starting job sometime this year.

7. Lance Moore (WR NO)

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    Lance Moore exploded back onto the fantasy scene last week by catching six balls for 149 yards and two touchdowns.

    Moore will get plenty more catches with Reggie Bush out for awhile. He is looking more reliable than the Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson.

    Moore deserves a look as he faces a horrid Panthers defense.

8. Aaron Hernandez (TE NE)

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    Looks like I'm going to keep recommending him until his ownership goes up. Hernandez looks like a must-start tight-end if you are mediocre or weak at the position.

    He has found great chemistry with Tom Brady and already has 211 receiving yards through three games.

    Pick him up immediately if he hasn't been already.

9. Bruce Gradkowski (QB OAK)

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    Bruce Gradkowski has brought the life to the Raiders offense that Jason Campbell couldn't.

    Gradkowski has found Louis Murphy for some long touchdowns and will get Zach Miller and Darrius Heyward-Bay involved as well.

    He faces the awful Houston Texans secondary this week and should have a solid game if you need him for a bye-week fill-in.

10. Blair White (WR IND)

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    Who is Blair White? He is another weapon for Peyton Manning in the Colts offense.

    White started his first game last week in place of the injured Pierre Garcon and delivered with three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown.

    It doesn't matter who is out there for Manning, because he will make any receiver good.

    If you need a wide receiver this week, he is a solid play against the hapless Jaguars defense.