Fantasy Football Sleeper and Waiver Wire Watch Week Four

Corey KoehlerSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2008

Can you believe how crazy this season is? Denver loses to Kansas City. Favre and Coles both questionable early only to go on to light up the Cards for 56. Braylon Edwards finally gets a touchdown in Week Four. And Washington, looking as bad as they did Week One, goes into Dallas and wins. Damn!

As hard as it is to predict any of this mayhem, there are still plenty of safe bets when it comes to grabbing guys off of the waiver wire. Look at what I have for you today.

May be available now…

Kyle Orton (QB) - I can’t believe I am saying this—but since the man played lights out versus the Eagles and was alright against the Buc’s—he may be a viable option against the Lions next weekend if you are in a pinch.

Jason Campbell QB (WAS) - He goes into Texas Stadium and takes down the Cowboys with a solid 231 yards and two touchdown performance. It is unlikely that he is available anymore but if he is, maybe you could use him. He has Philly next week, then excellent match-ups against St. Louis, Cleveland and Detroit.

Steve Slaton RB (HOU) - It may be too late but if you don’t have him—and he is available for some reason—grab him NOW! This week he doesn’t get 100 on the ground but he was a big part of the passing game with 8 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Ronnie Brown RB (MIA) - Don’t forget about him. Check if he is available. He gets San Diego at home this week. They will give him a few opportunities.

Lance Moore WR (NO)- For two weeks in a row he has been Brees’ main target. I think it is time to get him in your line-up. Seven catches for 78 yards last week and seven for 101 and two touchdowns this week.

Kevin Walter WR (HOU) - He is one of Schaub (and Rosenfels) favorite targets. Last week he has targeted often and this week he goes for eight for 76 yards and two touchdowns (three TD’s this year). If the Texans passing attack is on its way back, Walter will be a big part of their success. Games against Indy, Miami and Detroit coming up.

Steve Breaston WR (ARI) - If Boldin misses anytime, grab this guy. He had nine catches for 122 against the Jets.

Muhsin Muhammad WR (CAR) - Eight for 147 and one touchdown. I don’t see him getting these numbers every week but after a performance like this, he proved that he can still get it done with the right match-up.

Bobby Engram and Deion Branch WR (SEA) - Both are expected to return to action this week and should be able to help out if you need a bye week replacement at receiver. I personally am leaning more toward Engram—who clearly gets the edge in PPR leagues—but Branch is the big play threat. Seattle-reciever-would-you-rather-have-on-your-points-per-reception-team_168677">A poll I did on Rootzoo seems to indicate that most poeple are leaning towards Engram as well.

Matt Jones WR (JAC) - I avoided him for as long as I could but he just won’t go away. A decent five for 71 with a touchdown means that he could be a solid bye week WR3 option going forward.

Amani Toomer and Dominik Hixon WR (NYG) - These are a few of the guys that are going to have to pick up the slack this week during Burress’s suspension. One or both should see plenty of action if you are looking for a bye week replacement.

Antonio Bryant WR (TB) - 10 for 138 with Galloway out. Looks to me like we could have Griese’s favorite target. Could make a solid WR3 if Galloway continues to miss time.

Zach Miller TE (OAK) - Many people were high on him coming into the season but he has done next to nothing until this week. He pulled down five catches for 95 yards and scored a touchdown. He could be available if you need a tight end but before you grab him, be aware that he is on a bye this week.

Keep an Eye on…

Matt Schaub QB (HOU) -  Finally living up to his preseason billing. 307 yards with three touchdowns. If he can post solid number next week versus Indy, he has good match-ups against Miami and Detroit the following two weeks.

Brady Quinn QB (CLE) - Derek Anderson should be fine for now after getting the victory but he isn’t completely off of the hot seat quite yet. Just keep an eye out.

Matt Flynn QB (GB) - If Aaron Rodgers shoulder keeps him out, this should be the Packs new starting quarterback. Hard to say what he will be able to do—see Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco—but he does have some solid receivers and you would only be using him in deep leagues and desperate spots (at least until you see what he can do).

Michael Bush RB (OAK) - If injuries continue to slow down McFadden and Fargas, Bush is someone to keep an eye on and could even be a solid option in deeper leagues. He only had 14 carries for 48 yards on the ground but had seven catches for 80 yards.

Deuce McAllister RB (NO) - One week it is Pierre Thomas and then Deuce jumps in so I don’t know what to tell you except watch what happens over the next few weeks before putting too much stock in either.

Robert Meachem WR (NO) - Two for 99 and a touchdown. The man has two touchdowns in three games and is averaging around 40 yards a catch. Can he keep it up? We’ll see.

Brandon Stokley WR (DEN) - You would thin it would be hard to get much action with Eddie Royal and Brandon Marshall around but he still hauled in seven catches for 80 yards this week. He may be a decent spot starter now BUT if Royal or Marshall went down, he would be a solid pick-up.

Arnez Battle WR (SF) - Bryant Johnson wasn’t full strength in this one and Battle stepped in to put up seven catches for 120.  Lets see if he can do it against the Patriots next week.

Miles Austin WR (DAL) - Everyone was gah-gah over this guy last week after his performance against the Pack. I was and still am going to wait and see even after this Week Three's 45 and a TD performance. To many places to go with the ball.

Washington D - They haven’t gotten the sacks but they held the Cowboys juggernaut in check for most of the game and collected a pick and fumble.They have Philly next week, then excellent match-ups against St. Louis, Cleveland and Detroit

Notable performances…

Justin Gage WR (TEN) - I recommended him a few weeks ago just in time for him the following game with an injury. This week he returned to go five for 92 versus the Vikes. But Baltimore is next and then the Titans have a bye. There are other players above that can help you more than Gage will over the next few weeks.

Patrick Crayton WR (DAL) - Seven for 87 yards. As with Miles Austin I think there is just to many “better” targets on the Cowboys to be able to depend on someone like Crayton…and he doesn’t have the upside Austin does.

Remember the bye weeks…

This upcoming week: St. Louis, New York Jets, Cleveland, Oakland

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Before you go…

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