Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 4: 5 QBs You Can't Avoid Any Longer
The NFL still has some surprises on the way, so don't be shocked when more upsets occur in Week 4.
Stud players are starting to separate themselves from their peers. Fantasy drafts provided a good outline of who should be good, but many picks haven't panned out early. Those stuck "holding the bag" with players like Peyton Manning, Donovan McNabb need other options, and sooner rather than later.
Don't be a hero by trying to start these players each and every week, but here are five legitimate options that are viable throughout the course of the season.
5. Matthew Hasselbeck
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Matt Hasselbeck would be an even better option had Kenny Britt not torn his knee to shreds.
With that said, Hasselbeck still has a deep threat in Nate Washington and a nice, young tight end in Jared Cook. Better yet, Tennessee's offensive line is one of the best Hasselbeck has ever played with. Staying upright is the biggest hurdle Hasselbeck has to clear.
Look for screen plays involving Chris Johnson to provide Hasselbeck with cheap yardage as Johnson picks up his dismal pace. If the running game stays as pathetic as it is for the Titans, Mike Munchak will try to create a short passing game that mimics the run.
4. Kyle Orton
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It appears that the Denver Broncos are going to play a lot of games from behind, unfortunately. Five touchdowns in three games from Kyle Orton is nothing to scoff at.
Denver fans may be pushing for Tim Tebow, but don't expect that to happen unless Orton implodes while the team keeps losing. Orton's opposing quarterback on Sunday, Matt Hasselbeck, would be a more attractive pickup had the Titans not lost Kenny Britt for the season.
Broncos' receivers are supposed to get healthy at some point, providing Orton with better options than having Tebow line up as a wide out. Orton has proven that he's a capable passer years before, so expect nothing different throughout 2011.
3. Rex Grossman
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The name hurts people to say and "Sexy Rexy" is nothing near attractive as a real-life quarterback. With that said, Grossman has four touchdowns in two games as he's set to take on the Cowboys' pathetic, mashed-up secondary.
The eye-opening interceptions are terrible if you're a Redskins fan, but interceptions don't hurt as much in the fantasy world as they do on the real gridiron. Mike and Kyle Shanahan want to push the ball deep when running back Tim Hightower isn't pounding it through the tackles.
Grossman isn't a bad start against Dallas Monday night, as Santana Moss seems to have his best performances against the Cowboys. Dump-down option Chris Cooley gives Grossman the best tight end he's ever had to play with, which should limit the amount of interceptions.
Fantasy leagues can be won with spot duty. Grossman can start for many teams throughout the year as the Redskins play the Rams, Bills, Dolphins, Vikings, 49ers, Seahawks, and Patriots.
2. Jason Campbell
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New coach Hue Jackson still runs the offense, and he wants to push the ball down the field in any way possible. That approach was shown in Week 3 against the Jets, with Darren McFadden scampering for over 150 yards and rookie wide receiver Denarius Moore scoring on a reverse.
The rest of the season should see more vanilla ways of getting the ball deep, meaning fewer reverses and more bombs from Jason Campbell. The play-action with McFadden will get defenses to overpursue, making receivers like Darius Heyward-Bey appear much better than they actually are.
The Raiders still have three division games on the slate against the Broncos and Chiefs. The Texans, Dolphins, Vikings and Browns are another four games to be positive about with Campbell. Two years under the same offensive coordinator has helped Campbell through three games, and it will continue to do so.
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Buffalo's quarterback has nine touchdowns through three games, and while the pace will slow down over the course of the season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown what he's capable of.
The Bills face good defenses throughout the rest of the year, taking on the Chargers, Eagles, Giants and Jets twice. However, there are the Bengals, Dolphins, Broncos, Cowboys and Titans sprinkled in the schedule.
The offensive line has proven to be better than expected through the early going, and that should help Fitzpatrick have time for his gunslinging throws downfield to Stevie Johnson and company.
Fitzpatrick won't be added to your team as a primary starter, but he has favorable matchups left even though he's already faced the Chiefs and Raiders. When the Bills fall behind by double-digits like they have the past two games, it's all the better for Fitzpatrick owners.