It’s that time of the week to start choosing who you will pick up off of waivers in fantasy. We’ve got a fresh list of quality football players who will make your team better now, and some who can you can stash away until they inevitably become valuable weekly fantasy starters.
So take a read of this week's fantasy football Week 4 waiver wire pickups and get back to the top of your league.
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets (87 percent ESPN, 64 percent Yahoo)
The Jets haven’t had quite the consistency they have been looking for in the running game and they have instead asked Sanchez to throw the ball more often. Sanchez has a ton of highly skilled options to throw to in this offense as well, as Santonio Holmes will always garner extra attention and Plaxico Burress is always a threat when the team is near the end zone. Sanchez could transform into more of a quality fantasy quarterback as the season progresses. For the time being, steal Sanchez even if you have a quality starter. He is great trade bait and a solid QB2.
Vince Young, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (2 percent ESPN, 3 percent Yahoo)
Vince Young is finally healed from a preseason hamstring injury, and just in time for the routine Mike Vick breakdown. There is still a chance Vick plays against the 49ers but that doesn’t change the fact he has had to leave two consecutive games early. The injury concerns Vick was tagged with seem to be coming full circle so having his handcuff is a good idea. Mike Kafka isn’t the answer if Vick goes down again, and the Eagles have a good enough offense that Young could be a great play if needed. There is also the chance the Eagles think they can beat the 49ers without Vick, making Young a great starter in Week 4.
Thomas Jones, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (85 percent ESPN, 46 percent Yahoo)
We get the concern with Jones this year: he is old, has a low yards-per-carry average and Dexter McCluster has some skill. That being said, Jones led the Chiefs in rushing attempts last week and only lost time on the field when the Chargers took the lead late. McCluster is still the receiving option at running back and Jones still has the faith of head coach Todd Haley. The Chargers shut Jones down, but are one of the better units against fantasy running backs. The Dolphins aren’t exactly easier, but the Chiefs offense can only improve. Pick up Jones and let him take a bench spot until you are confident enough to start him over, say, Reggie Bush.
Marion Barber, RB, Chicago Bears (4 percent ESPN, 16 percent Yahoo)
Barber missed the first three weeks of the season with a calf injury but should finally be active for the Bears' Week 4 matchup against the Panthers. This is always going to be Matt Forte’s offense, but Barber will get his chances to pick up the tough yardage. If you have Forte, then you need to have Barber as a handcuff regardless—if not he could be a sneaky pickup when the matchup is right.
Lance Moore, WR, New Orleans Saints (85 percent ESPN, 62 percent Yahoo)
Moore is fully healed from a groin injury and back to his rightful spot in the Saints lineup. Moore had a great preseason working with Brees and looked to be one of his favorite targets. Moore represents great value in PPR leagues and should have a great week against the Jaguars.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions (4 percent ESPN, 3 percent Yahoo)
Young emerged as a clutch receiver when the Lions needed him the most. Jim Schwartz loves Young and picked him in the second round for a reason. Nate Burleson will remain as the Lions official No. 2 receiver but will certainly see a dip in targets as the Lions try to work Young into the lineup more as the season progresses. Young can go across the middle and be a decent PPR addition, but his home-run threat speed can stretch the field giving him decent value in standard formats as well. For now, Young will stay on your bench, but could be a very valuable option closer to the fantasy football playoffs. Pick him up now, so you don’t miss out on him later.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders (38 percent ESPN, 54 percent Yahoo)
Moore was a fan favorite in preseason but started behind Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Jones to start the season. The Raiders, like it or not, were forced to stick with Heyward-Bey after investing an early first-round pick and thus first-round money in the young receiver. Heyward-Bey has yet to live up to his draft position and the latest Raiders’ coaching staff seems prepared to move on. Head coach Hue Jackson is trying to “let his playmakers play” and considers Moore to be one of his top playmakers.
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