Fantasy Football: Some Possible Waiver Wire Pickups Heading into Week 4
Appearing on our list of suggested waiver wire pickups after Week 1, Bills receiver David Nelson has 16 receptions and 167 yards and a touchdown in his two games played since then.
For the season, Nelson ranks just inside the top 20 in receiving yards (233) and is tied for sixth in receptions (20).
In Yahoo! leagues, Nelson is owned in only half of leagues and should be one of your waiver wire targets if you need help at wide receiver, especially for those of you in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues.
For the first time this year, one of Nelson's teammates in the receiving corps makes the list of possible waiver wire pickups.
We have two rules for a player to appear on this list: (1) player is available in at least 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues and (2) player was not mentioned in the previous week's list. Plus, of course, the player is expected to be productive going forward and/or have upside. So, I guess that means there is really three criteria.
Technically, Nelson would qualify to appear on this list because it's been two weeks since he was on this list, he's available in half of Yahoo! leagues and his outlook is solid.
Here are some other possible waiver wire additions this week (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Jason Campbell, Raiders (owned in 16 percent of Yahoo! leagues): For a second straight week, the status of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is in jeopardy. Instead of dealing with a concussion, Vick is dealing with a badly bruised non-throwing hand, which was initially reported as being broken. If you need to add quarterback for depth or as a backup plan to someone like Vick this week, Campbell has a shot of providing you with a solid week. Facing the Patriots, who have allowed a league-high 377 passing yards per game, Campbell could potentially have the best week of his fantasy year in Week 4.
RB - Bernard Scott, Bengals (12 percent): Bengals running back Cedric Benson is facing a three-game suspension, which means Scott will be the back most likely to benefit (over Brian Leonard). Scott, who only has eight carries this season, is averaging 4.5 yards per carry for his career. In addition, this week the Bengals have a decent run matchup against the Bills, who rank in the bottom ten in rush defense (115.7 yards allowed per game).
RB - Kendall Hunter, 49ers (eight percent): Through three games, 49ers running back Frank Gore has gotten off to a slow start. Gore ranks fourth in the NFL in rush attempts (59) yet he ranks 24th in the league in rushing (148 yards) and is averaging only 2.5 yards per carry. Gore, who is dealing with a sprained ankle, is likely to play this week, but Hunter could and should be in store for a larger share of the workload. While Hunter did not have a great game (nine carries for 26 yards), he scored the team's only touchdown and certainly looked quicker this his backfield mate.
RB - Stevan Ridley, Patriots (three percent): Speaking of being more productive than one of your backfield mates, Ridley certainly did that in Week 3. Ridley, who was impressive in the preseason, rushed for a team-high 44 yards last week on nine carries. On the same number of carries, BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for only 16 yards. With Danny Woodhead in the mix as well, the Patriots use a running back by committee. That said, Ridley has plenty of upside and could be worth stashing on your bench.
WR - Nate Washington, Titans (35 percent): The season-ending injury to Titans receiver Kenny Britt means the Titans will rely more on Washington. However, Washington has been productive all season with or without Britt. Through three games, Washington has 21 receptions (tied for third in the NFL) for 258 yards (15th) and one touchdown.
WR - Donald Jones, Bills (two percent): If you throw it as often as the Bills, the highest-scoring team in the NFL, there is the potential for three receivers to be productive from a fantasy perspective. That happened in Week 3. Jones, the second-year receiver, had a career-high 101 receiving yards on five receptions last week. Of the team's top three receivers, Jones clearly trails Steve Johnson and Nelson, but if you're in a deeper league, Jones is worth a consideration. Facing the Bengals in Week 4, it's unlikely that the Bills need to air it out as much as they have in the previous two weeks after trailing big early.
WR - Torrey Smith, Ravens (16 percent): What a performance by Torrey Smith! The first three receptions by Smith were all for touchdowns and all made within the first quarter of their convincing win against the Rams this week. He finished the game with five receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns. To be clear, I don't expect this kind of production from Smith at any point again this season. And he didn't have any receptions in his first two games. With Smith, you should expect inconsistent production with the possibility of an occasional big game.
TE - Jared Cook, Titans (30 percent): Cook has been slow to get involved in the Titans passing game. In three games, he has only five receptions for 56 yards and no touchdowns. With Britt out, other receivers will step up, but that should also mean expanded targets and production in the Titans passing game for Cook. In the final eight games of last season, Cook came on strong as he finished with 26 receptions for 303 yards. He just needs to start his second-half surge a little earlier this year.
Our Week 4 rankings will be updated on Wednesday, which can be accessed at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section. If interested, our free Week 4 fantasy football contest is up and running.
If you have specific lineup questions, need a second opinion on a trade proposal, etc., feel free to post your question in our free fantasy football forum.
Good luck in your Week 4 matchup(s)!
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