Fantasy football: Week 4 Free Agent Focus
I hope this finds you doing very well heading into week 4 of your fantasy football season. Week three was a much better week overall for all of my teams. I utilized my own advice and started Mikel Leshoure in every league I owned him in. As I mentioned last week, some experts thought Leshoure would be the main running back beginning week 3. They were right! Kevin Smith didn’t even see the field against the Titans. Leshoure looked very good running the ball and posted over 100 yards rushing with a TD and 4 receptions for 34 yards to add to his fantasy totals. If he is still available on your waiver wire, he would be a fantastic addition to your team.
Last week, I also highlighted Andre Brown, Donnie Avery, Dennis Pitta and Brian Hartline. Brown was solid in his debut while Dennis Pitta continues to get several targets from Joe Flacco in Baltimore. It will be interesting to see how the Giants use Andre Brown when Ahmad Bradshaw returns to the lineup. Austin Collie is out for the year so Donnie Avery will be the WR2 in Indianapolis opposite of Reggie Wayne. Don’t be discouraged about Brian Hartline just yet. He was covered by Revis until he he tore his ACL and Hartline is the best wide receiver on Miami. I would plug and play him when the matchup is right. Miami heads to Arizona this weekend and the Arizona defense is very solid. Unless you are desperate for WR help in a PPR league, I might bench Hartline this week until the matchup is better for him.
If the above referenced players are still available in your league and you have room on your roster or have suffered injuries, please take a look at these players to provide depth on your bench.
Week 4 Waiver Wire
Several owners were discouraged and dropped Jake Locker from their team after the first two weeks. Early on, I wrote about Jake Locker and how he would be a great backup on your team. If you are looking for a solid backup to your QB1, don’t hesitate to pick up Locker from your waiver wire.
Another QB who has gone undrafted in several leagues is Christian Ponder. He had his best game on Sunday against the 49ers defense. He completed 21 of his 35 passes for 198 yards with 2 TDs and no interceptions. He also added 33 yards rushing while dashing up the middle of the field for a 22-yard rushing TD. The schedule is also very nice the next three weeks. The Vikings have the Lions, Titans and the Washington Redskins.
No one knows if Matt Stafford will be ready to play this week and the Lions have a bye in week 5, so Stafford may not play this week if Detroit opts to give Stafford two weeks of rest. If you own Stafford, like I do in a few leagues, you must be active on the waiver wire and pick up Shaun Hill. What I like about Hill is he is a gunslinger. When he comes into the game, he puts the ball in the air. If you missed the ending of the Lions/Titans game, you missed a fantastic finish. It was Hill who propelled them to overtime after the Stafford injury.
If you are looking for a high-upside RB, look no further than Jacquizz Rodgers from Atlanta. It is obvious that Atlanta is looking to increase his role in the offense. On Sunday, Rodgers carried the ball 10 times and had 5 receptions. He finished the day with 67 yards and a TD. This could be the beginning of the changing of the guard in Atlanta. Grab Rodgers from the waiver wire and stash him on your bench before he explodes in this offense.
The next man up in Buffalo is none other than Tashard Choice. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson appear to be doubtful for Sunday’s game against New England. Choice formerly played in Dallas before moving onto Buffalo. As the lead back on Sunday, he posted 91 yards on 20 carries and caught 2 receptions for 8 yards. Choice would be a solid fantasy starter for at least one week, if not more, depending upon the health of Spiller and Jackson.
While your league members chase Daniel Thomas, don’t sleep on Lamar Miller. With the recent injury to Reggie Bush, Miller will see more carries in Miami. Miller has looked very impressive thus far and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. After halftime, Miller finished the game with 9 carries and 48 yards. If you are a Reggie Bush owner or you have room to stash a running back on your roster, look to add Lamar Miller.
If you are looking for immediate WR help, take a look to see if Jerome Simpson from Minnesota is available in your league. He is scheduled to play this weekend after serving a three-game suspension. He will start this weekend in Detroit and will give Christian Ponder a vertical threat they’ve been missing. Simpson averages over 14 yards per catch for his career. He will be a terrific down-the-field threat alongside Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph. I drafted him late in several leagues and hope to use him as a WR3 or 4 on some of my teams, or as a bye-week replacement.
Good luck this weekend and enjoy the games!