The waiver wire in most leagues is beginning to look like a sandwich platter that was dropped off at your local correctional facility a week ago—lots of crumbs but nothing to really sink your teeth into.
With four teams on byes, few injuries to report, and fewer surprise performances, this week’s waiver wire is the thinnest it has been all year.
Hey, maybe you got lucky and Bush’s owner dropped him last week after he got a measly three carries in his first game back after suffering a thumb injury in the preseason. Bush had the starting job lined up before the injury but lost it due to Darren McFadden’s solid production to start the season.
However, McFadden’s injury history is well known, and sure enough and right on cue, McFadden suffered a hamstring injury this week during the Raiders' loss to the Texans. If he’s out, Bush will get an opportunity to reclaim his starting position this week against the Chargers.
Unfortunately, five of the Raiders' next six opponents have rushing defenses ranked in the top 10.
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WR Brandon Lloyd, Broncos
Quick—who has the second most receiving yards in the NFL with 454, two behind Reggie Wayne?
Well, you obviously know the answer, but do you believe it? Are you currently finding the stats page at NFL.com to confirm it? Don’t you trust me? That’s okay; you don’t have to trust me.
My four kids don’t trust me because I tickle them endlessly once they turn one. Plus, we’re mentioning Brandon Lloyd, the same Brandon Lloyd who had 495 receiving yards over the last three years.
No, he’s not going to do it every week but he does have double-digit fantasy points in three of four weeks, and the Broncos have been extremely productive in the passing game thus far in 2010.
QB Shaun Hill, Lions
If there’s a timetable for Matthew Stafford’s return, please let me know what it is.
At this point, with the Lions struggling at 0-4 and having no chance to make the playoffs, it makes sense for them to sit Stafford until after their Week 7 bye. If that’s the case, Hill has another two games to start, and he’s averaging 301 yards passing in his three starts with five touchdown passes in those games. Not bad.
You can definitely start him next week against the Rams, who are giving up a pile of yards through the air but just three passing touchdowns in four games. Week 6 against the Giants is a little more iffy.
RB Derrick Ward, Texans
Hey, I told you that it was a slow week, but if you can grab a handcuff at running back from one of the best offenses in the league when the byes have just started, that’s nothing to sneeze at.
With Arian Foster benched for the first quarter of this week’s game against the Raiders, Ward spelled in and finished with 10 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown. Looks like Ward is Foster’s new handcuff and not Steve Slaton, who is apparently relegated to the pass receiving role.
WR Steve Johnson, Bills
This one’s for deeper leagues only. Since Ryan Fitzpatrick took over at quarterback for Trent Edwards, Johnson has been targeted six times, catching all six for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the season, he’s been targeted 13 times, catching 12 passes.
So, to sum it up, when they throw it to him, he catches it 92.3 percent of the time, and 15.3 percent of the time he scores a touchdown.
Now for the problem part: Will Bills head coach Chan Gailey figure out that Johnson needs more opportunity?
Well, he hasn’t figured out that he needs to give first round pick C.J. Spiller some touches at running back, so I have my doubts.
Week Four Review
If you’re looking for accountability, here it is.
WR Lance Moore, New Orleans: Thumbs up. Five receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Nothing wrong with that.
RB Ryan Torain, Washington: Thumbs up. A touchdown and 70 yards on 18 carries. Plus, here’s the real kicker: Clinton Portis might miss some time, and the Redskins schedule has a number of soft run defenses on the horizon—Packers (22nd), Colts (27th), Bears (sixth), Lions (23rd), and Eagles (25th).
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, New England: Thumbs up.Nice game on the road against the Dolphins with 16 carries for 76 yards and a touchdown.
RB Chris Ivory, New Orleans: Thumbs up. Who knows when Pierre Thomas is coming back, and Ivory had 12 carries for 67 yards this week. Ladell Betts needed 13 carries to get 47 yards, but Ivory clearly has more upside.
Other Players to Consider
RB LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay: Half full, half empty. Hey, the Bucs were on a bye, but the positive is that the Bucs coaches have acknowledged that Cadillac Williams will have a reduced workload going forward.
WR Craig Davis, San Diego: Thumbs down. Davis disappeared in Week 4 with one target and no receptions. Ouch.