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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 4 Waiver Wire

09.27.11 at 12:03 pm ET

Here is a look at the best waiver wire additions for week four. If you play in a really deep format, check out our full waiver wire column at coming out later today where we have even more options.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills

He’€™s looked very good obviously and it’€™s always encouraging when a player performs against a Bill Belichick defense. He’€™s been largely good since taking over as the starter last year, and he’€™s got a great array of weapons to work with. He’€™s a guy you can start in all formats right now. Of course, he is only available in about 10% of leagues.  Nevertheless, you should get him if you need help and he’€™s there.

Chad Henne, QB, Dolphins

Henne is proving to be a serviceable QB2 for fantasy GMs. Brandon Marshall gives him a top-flight weapon and Miami is playing more aggressively on offense this year. He’€™s a good pickup if you need QB depth.

Kendall Hunter, RB, 49ers

He’€™s a Rotobahn favorite, but the big reason for his inclusion here is the injury to Frank Gore. Hunter is clearly the next back up in the 49ers’€™ pecking order, and he showed why by finding the zone in week three. He won’€™t be flying under the radar much longer–if at all. Nevertheless, he is still available in 82% of CBS leagues and we’€™d snatch him up in most formats.

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers

He’€™s largely taken, but he’€™s available in a few leagues that I am in, so he is worth mentioning. I wish I had a decent ‘€œcut’€ player so I could go get him, but I have Ben Tate and Arian Foster on my bench. He should be owned in all formats. Stewart is the Panthers back to own at this point as their offense becomes more and more diverse.  He is a superior player in the passing game in comparison to starter DeAngelo Williams, and he’€™s right there with him as a ball carrier.

Montario Hardesty, RB, Browns

At the very least, we’€™d recommend snagging him if you own Peyton Hillis. He may also be worthy of a speculative add in medium sized leagues and larger ones. Hardesty may have opened up a bigger role for himself with his solid outing versus Miami. Since he is still coming back from his ACL injury, he may have a little more ceiling left.  Of course, re-injury is a factor too.

Bernard Scott, RB, Bengals

He’€™s in line for starts for the next three weeks with starter Cedric Benson missing time due to suspension. With an increased workload, he’€™s worth using as a flex or emergency RB2. He’€™s available in most leagues.  And conceivably, he may play well enough to expand his role upon Benson’€™s return.

Willis McGahee,RB, Broncos

He seems to have pulled ahead of Knowshon Moreno and he is posting reasonably good stats if you are looking for a third or fourth option at running back. John Fox loves veterans and McGahee’€™s role could last all year if he can stay healthy. They are clearly not enamored with Moreno, who is still working his way back from a hamstring injury.

Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins

We now have a trend and Reggie Bush is looking more and more like the smaller back in a time share. You never know what HC Tony Sparano is going to do, but Thomas looks to have earned the bigger role. He’€™s worth an add in all but very small leagues.  He’€™s got some upside.  If you read our preseason content, you know we like Thomas’€™ all-around ability for a big back.  He has a legit chance to hold the role he’€™s had the last two weeks.

Stevan Ridley, RB, Patriots

It may not be the changing of the guard just yet, but we saw some of the things we’€™ve been talking about this year with Ridley. He’€™s a power back with nice all-around skill.  He may not have a ton of speed, but he has nice change of direction ability for a man his size, and he’€™s definitely an underrated receiver. That’€™s a good thing in New England, where the ground game gets shelved for drives at a time. He could do big things for the Patriots if given the chance. In big leagues, he should be rostered. If you rely on BJGE, you should add him to cover your back side.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

He’€™s still available in 45% of CBS leagues and he’€™s got serious upside as a rookie. Get this kid.  He can help your team. He’€™s the best receiver in Oakland and it’€™s not close.  Moore is going to make big plays and he is going to have some big games as teams will be loathe to double him and open up Darren McFadden and company on the ground.  Your window of opportunity on Moore will close tonight in most all leagues, so act now in all formats.

Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens

Too obvious? Yeah, well, three quick scores will get your attention. Of course, we can’€™t expect that kind of thing very often, but it does underscore this player’€™s strength–speed.  Smith can fly and though they may have Lee Evans, we’€™d expect the Ravens to keep giving Smith chances for as long as he remains healthy. While he won’€™t face a battered secondary every week, he did show the skills that made him the second receiver taken in this year’€™s draft.  He’€™s an upside add in all formats if you need help at receiver.

Nate Washington, WR, Titans

He’€™s now the number one guy in Tennessee with Kenny Britt gone for the year. On top of that, he has raised his game and is no longer the one-trick deep threat that he’€™s been in the past.  He has a chance to keep playing at a WR3 level and makes a nice add in any format.

David Nelson, WR, Bills

He keeps getting it done and as we have been saying, he is a better player than Donald Jones, even though Jones is technically the starter.  He’€™s a huge target and he creates exploitable matchups for Ryan Fitzpatrick.  We like him in all but the smallest leagues.

Lance Moore, WR, Saints

He is a usual suspect, but he is now healthy and coming off a big game.  If he was dumped in any league, we’€™d go after him.  It’€™s always nice to have one of Drew Brees‘€™ trusted options.  He can start for you.

Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

He’€™s been struggling with routes and drops all year, but the preseason stud finally did it when it counts. Now, given the Giants’€™ issues at receiver, he is a viable guy to roster in all but small leagues and he is widely available.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions

He was dropped in a lot of leagues last week and he caught eleven balls for 112 yards. We’€™d snatch him up if he’€™s available. He can start for you in most formats.



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