Fantasy Football Week 4 Sleepers and Creepers: Waiver Wire Picks
Here are some thoughts on some possible undervalued and overvalued players...
Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Hooray! It looks like Joe Flacco might have someone to actually throw to.
Of course, remember Torrey Smith is a rookie, and before his five-catch, 152-yard, three-TD, completely unexpected performance, he was looking like a talented but clueless first-year receiver.
Anyway, who cares about that. At this point, it was probably a good idea to drop Lee Evans for Will Smith, so even if Torrey Smith runs a few bad routes and drops some TD passes, he's still worth an immediate pickup.
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos
Decker was surely a popular pickup last week after his 113-yard, two-TD performance, but if somehow he's still been neglected on your league's waiver wire, it's probably time to adopt the unappreciated Denver Bronco fantasy receiver orphan. Through three games, Decker leads the team in targets with 25, and he tallied an impressive 11 looks last week.
Stephen Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
The only thing we know for sure about Bill Belichick is that he probably isn't going to smile very much, maybe not at all, during a game, and he is almost always going to have the same haircut.
Aside from that, it's anyone's guess what he will do in any other aspect of his football plans.
However, it is notable that rookie Stephen Ridley made his first cogent impression of the young season, significantly outplaying BenJarvus Green-Ellis (8 carries, 18 yards) with 6 carries for 42 yards.
Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions
Titus Young didn't have three touchdowns and 152 receiving yards last week like Torrey Smith, but similar to Smith, Titus Young is a smallish, speedy rookie receiver who took a bit of time to assimilate into the pro game.
He is now quietly coming around with nine catches for 140 yards over the past two weeks, so he's worth a pickup if you need receiver depth.
Dexter McCluster, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
If the Chiefs are going to have any chance of generating some kind of ground attack, it seems like it is going to have to involve more of Dexter McCluster, who has averaged 6.6 yards per carry when he's had a chance to carry the ball.
Last week, Thomas Jones got most of the carries (14) but could only muster 2.2 YPC.
Hopefully Jones will be relegated to a new role, maybe that of the 2nd and 2, I-formation, diving-over-the pile specialist, so that McCluster can see more carries.
Matt Hasselbeck really has no business throwing for over 300 yards per game, but sure enough, he's averaged 311 yards per game through the first three weeks.
The problem is, Kenny Britt was good for about 135 of those 300 yards per game, and with Britt out for the season, and the Titans schedule against the pass not looking too generous for the balance of the season, it's a good time to trade Hasselbeck to whoever just dropped Tarvaris Jackson in your league.
Jerome Simpson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Needless to say, it was surprising that Jerome Simpson was even allowed to play this past week after 6 pounds of happy weed was discovered in his home last Wednesday.
Moreover, authorities allegedly found "packaging materials, scales and smoking devices," meaning that Simpson is maybe running some kind of cannabis emporium/pothead UPS store from his house.
Are the police waiting for the shipment of highly enriched uranium to Simpson's house before they make an arrest? Either way, he seems too risky to depend on for the next couple weeks.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
We could have possibly seen the highlight of Marshawn Lynch's season this past week, as he helped the Seattle Seahawks grind their way to a thoroughly tedious 13-10 win overall the equally hapless Arizona Cardinals. Lynch finished with 19 carries for 73 yards to bring his average yards per game up to (yawn...) 39 through three weeks.
Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers
Ever since his three touchdown outburst in Week 1, the Mike Tolbert revolution has lost a good deal of momentum. This past week against the Chiefs, Tolbert finished with a very unexciting four carries for 19 yards, while Ryan Mathews made all the headlines with 98 yards and a couple ground scores.
Nate Burleson, WR, Detroit Lions
It was another ho-hum day for Matthew Stafford, throwing for 378 yards, a couple TDs to Calvin Johnson, wearing Brandon Pettigrew out with 12 targets and connecting with Nate Burleson for... wait... oh, here it is... two catches for 12 yards?
Burleson could be on the verge of obsolescence by virtue of Titus Young's apparent, albeit gradual, emergence, so it could be time to dangle him in some trade offers.
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