Fantasy Football Waiver Worthy Week 4: Buy 'Em or Deny 'Em

Eric StashinSenior Writer ISeptember 27, 2010

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 21:  Chris Chamberlain #57 of the St. Louis Rams tackles Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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There were some surprising performances from Week 2, but does that mean the players are worth owning?  Let’s take a look:

Peyton Hillis - Running Back - Cleveland Browns
He’s been sharing time with Jerome Harrison, but with Harrison out yesterday with a thigh problem Hillis had a huge day against a very good Baltimore defense.  He had 22 carries for 144 yards and one TD, while adding seven receptions for 36 yards. 

Now, with Harrison having not yet done anything to emerge as an every down back (85 yards over the first two weeks) you have to wonder if Hillis has taken control of the job. 

The situation should play itself out quickly, but you don’t want to miss the opportunity to get him stashed in all formats.

Verdict - Buy ‘Em

BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Running Back - New England Patriots
The Laurence Maroney trade and the injury to Kevin Faulk have left several voids in the Patriots backfield.  Green-Ellis took advantage of his opportunity to pick up the slack, rushing for 98 yards on 16 carries, as well as scoring a touchdown. 

While many other players received carries (eight in total), no one else had more than six.  If that’s going to continue, Green-Ellis is going to be the back worth owning in New England.  We know the Patriots offense is going to be driven by the pass, but as you can see by this game, that doesn’t mean their running backs won’t have value. 

He’s worth grabbing if you are in need of some depth at the position, though he is no guarantee to be an every week provider (just see what Fred Taylor has done thus far).

Verdict - Buy ‘Em

Matt Cassel - Quarterback - Kansas City Chiefs
He had been awful heading into Week 3, with just 244 yards and one TD.  With the Chiefs improving to 3-0, you would think that the quarterback would be leading the way.

He improved his game with a 16-27 for 250 yards, three TD and one INT performance.  He spread the ball around, with touchdowns to Dexter McCluster, Dwayne Bowe, and Tony Moeaki. 

The thing is, how much better than this do we really think he can be? 

In fact, the offense is so run driven, with Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, you could argue that it’s highly unlikely that he has many opportunities to throw three touchdowns again.  In two-quarterback formats he has value, but those in one-quarterback leagues can safely ignore him.

Verdict - Deny ‘Em (outside of two-quarterback formats)

Lance Moore - Wide Receiver - New Orleans Saints
He exploded for 6 receptions, 149 yards and two TD, far exceeding what he had done over the first two weeks of the season.  Is he going to fill the role of Reggie Bush or was this just an aberration? 

It’s impossible to expect this type of performance very often.  He’s a big-play guy, who had an 80-yard TD yesterday buoying his statistics.  There are so many options in New Orleans, it’s hard to trust him outside of the deepest of formats.

Verdict - Deny ‘Em

Roy Williams - Wide Receiver - Dallas Cowboys
Is he the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in Dallas?  It certainly appears like Dez Bryant has passed himas Williams has failed miserably to live up to the expectations. 

However, maybe becoming a forgotten man will allow him to operate easier and begin contributing in the Dallas offense.  He had seven catches for 74 yards over the first two weeks, and added five catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. 

It certainly appears like the Cowboys are going to be a pass-dominated offense, with 935 yards over the first three weeks, as compared to 240 rushing yards.  He’s not going to be a good play every week, but he’s worth owning as a depth option.

Verdict - Buy ‘Em

Kevin Boss - Tight End - New York Giants
He missed time over the first two weeks due to a concussion, so it certainly was nice to see him contribute offensively.  He had three catches for 88 yards this week has the potential to be viable in any given week. 

If you need a tight end, he’s certainly worth considering from week-to-week.  Of course, depending on your league, he’s probably no better then many of the other options (i.e. Tony Moeaki).  It’s an unpredictable position, so you’re better off leaving him on the waiver wire until you need him.

Verdict - Deny ‘Em

Roscoe Parrish - Wide Receiver - Buffalo Bills
The Bills passing attack is certainly nothing to brag about, and the fact that they exploded this week is more telling about the Patriots passing defense then anything else. 

Five catches for 83 yards just isn’t going to happen often and there’s no way to trust him right now.  If your not going to consider using himwhy would you want to own him?

Verdict - Deny ‘Em

Bruce Gradkowski - Quarterback - Oakland Raiders
He was pretty good, assuming starting duties over Jason Campbell and had his team in position to win (Sebastian Janikowski missed a short field goal as time expired). 

However, he just doesn’t have the weapons to be a consistent starting quarterback in any format.  In fact, there’s no guarantee that he even maintains his starting spot.  As a backup in two-quarterback formats then sure, otherwise he’s not worth it.

Verdict - Deny ‘Em

Brandon Lloyd - Wide Receiver - Denver Broncos
The Broncos are not likely to have one main receiver, making it tough to lean on any one guy from to week-to-week.  Similar to the Bears, it appears that anyone from their receiving corps could get hot and become the go-to guy. 

Lloyd was big this weekpicking up six receptions for 169 yards and one TD. He has been a solid player all year, though this game did almost match his performance over the first two weeks (eight receptions for 170 yards). 

The fact is, the Broncos did go extremely pass heavy this week (Orton threw for 476 yards), especially with Knowshon Moreno out.  He’s ownable in deeper formats, but otherwise it’s tough to trust him from week-to-week given the instability at the position.  However, his strong start to the season makes it tough to ignore.

Verdict - Buy ‘Em 

Jabar Gaffney - Wide Receiver - Denver Broncos

See the above for Lloyd, though he hasn’t been as good in the first two weeks (five receptions, 49 yards, one TD).  He exploded for 12 receptions for 140 yards this week and there is a major difference between him and Lloyd…Gaffney has more potential. 

Considered a big-time sleeper prior to the season, he could set career highs across the board this year.  If I had my pick between the two, he’s probably the more likely to succeed long-term.

Verdict - Buy ‘Em

What are your thoughts on these players?  Who would you pick up?  Who would you avoid?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 4 Rankings:



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