The Waiver Wire 9/24
Welcome to the Week 4 Waiver Wire. The player percentages listed below represent the player’s availability in Yahoo leagues. For the targets in 12-team leagues and larger, I used CBS percentages as they have far more large formats in their database. I will be adding a lot more names throughout the day as I continue to work through the game tape from Week 3. I’ll be back tomorrow with some buy low sell high advice and we’ll be breaking out our Week 4 rankings in Thursday as usual.
Andy Dalton, Bengals
I like his schedule over the next month enough that he can start for me in 10-team leagues if I need a quarterback. Dalton is surrounded by play-makers, and he’s out there for the taking in 27% of leagues.
Jay Cutler, Bears
He looks better each time I watch him under HC Marc Trestman. Cutler can help you if you need quarterback help and he has very solid match-ups in the coming weeks. You can get him in 48% of leagues.
Philip Rivers, Chargers
He’s playing well and his team has a nice schedule for the pass in the coming weeks. He’s taken in 62% of leagues, but he can help you if he’s there.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He has some good match-ups on the horizon and he can help you on some weeks, even in 10-team formats. He’s available in 80% of leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
He’s available in 83% of leagues and he can help you when the match-up is right. The Dolphins are throwing the ball a lot and that works just fine for fantasy purposes.
12-Team Leagues & Larger
Geno Smith, Jets
He’s still out there in 87% of CBS leagues and he’s beginning to look functional in Marty Monhinweg’s offense, which has always been a solid fantasy platform. Smith’s weapons are looking healthier and the Jets offensive line has been a bit better than advertised. Smith can help you in larger formats if you need a QB2 or QB3.
E.J. Manuel, Bills
He looked shaky last week, but he has a lot of potential as his knee continues to get healthier. He can help you in large formats and he’s 63% of CBS leagues.
Brian Hoyer, Browns
It would be a bad move to bench Brandon Weeden when he was never given a chance to guide the club with Josh Gordon on the field, but I am not ruling it out. Hoyer is a new regime guy and Weeden is a leftover from the last regime. I think they proved last week that they are capable of just abut anything. Hoyer could have value in deep formats and could steal the job with a good Week 4 performance and he’s universally available.
Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
All of our other backs from last week’s waiver wire have been snatched up based on the ownership numbers, but Bell is still there and he should be the Steelers starter soon if not by this weekend. You can still land Le’Veon in 38% of leagues and he has high end RB2 upside.
Bilal Powell, Jets
This is more of a short term move, but Chris Ivory is injured once again and Powell will get the ball a lot in Week 4. There are other backs to worry about, but Mike Goodson will not be a factor until Week 5 and Alex Green is still getting his feet wet in the offense. Powell is the guy for now and he can start for you this week if you need him. He’s still available in 54% of leagues.
Bernard Pierce, Ravens
If Ray Rice’s hip keeps him out another week, which it certainly could, Pierce makes a very nice start against the Bills. He’ll be a RB2 in 10-team formats if he makes the start and he can be had in 35% of leagues right now.
Willis McGahee, Browns
There’s no guarantee that he’s the player he was before he got hurt last year and he’s certainly not in a high-powered offense anymore, but he might be a serviceable back who can help you through the bye weeks. He’s been snatched up in 51% of leagues, so you still have a shot at him.
Isaiah Pead, Rams
With starter Daryl Richardson banged up (foot), Pead could start this week. The Rams play on Thursday and the short week could be a factor. Pead makes a nice pickup, especially for those who want to start Richardson. It’s a good way to cover your tail and you can get him in 86% of leagues.
12-Team Leagues & Larger
Danny Woodhead, Chargers
He’s available in 35% of CBS leagues and he can help you in large formats, especially in PPR. His involvement has gone up each week so far and San Diego is looking more functional that I gave them credit for in August.
Jason Snelling, Falcons
He’s available in 60% of CBS leagues and he is the best bet to score touchdowns while Steven Jackson is out and he could be out a few more weeks. Snelling is a very underrated player. He can help you in most formats if you have a need at tailback.
Brandon Bolden, Patriots
He's a good back and he's versatile. Most importanty, he is now healthy and ready to fly and the Patriots' backfield is looking for answers. Bolden is now a player to own in all leagues woth 12 or more teams.
Fred Jackson, Bills
He’s a player to add if he’s out there though he’s owned in most leagues. Jackson could get a bigger role in Week 4 if C.J. Spiller’s thigh injury is slow to heal.
Shane Vereen, Patriots
His ownership has fallen to 63% in CBS leagues and I think he could be a real help in 12-team leagues as soon as he returns in Week 11. Vereen is only out with a wrist, so he’ll be ready to go when he gets back. He’s a seriously high quality stash option if you can spare a spot on your bench. He’s a very nice add if you are 3-0 and want to build depth.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons
He got plenty of touches last week and with Steven Jackson out for at least another week, he can help you, especially in PPR formats.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals
He was involved again as he was in Week 3 and with Rashard Mendenhall’s physical woes, he continue to gain steam. Ellington is a player to own in all large formats.
Daniel Thomas, Dolphins
It doesn’t seem to matter what Lamar Miller does, Thomas’ role seems to stay the same. He’s also getting his share of red zone and goal line work. He shoudl be owned in all 12-team leagues.
Christine Michael, Seahawks
As I have been saying for months, this is the most talented backup in Seattle. He finally got into the action last week and he looks like the best bet for a handcuff if you own Marshanw Lynch. Michael is owrth owning in deeper formats just as a flier, but his real value is as Lynch insurance.
Johnathan Franklin, Packers
He's talented for sure and now we've seen how productive he can be when given the chance. We also got a glimpse of his fumbling issues which date way back but have improved recently. Franklin has Eddie Lacy in front of him on the depth chart, but with James Starks banged up (knee/MRI) and with Lacy's concussion situation, Franklin is worth an add in deeper formats even though the Pack have a bye this week.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers
I could have told the Steelers to just play Dwyer weeks ago. Oh, wait. I did. Be that as it may, Dwyer now looks like the back to own until rookie Le'Veon Bell is ready to go. He might be worth something in deeper formats over the next few weeks.
Josh Gordon, Browns
Gordon is somehow still available in 29% of leagues and that’s a joke. As I said last week, he has WR1 upside. Go get him if he’s there.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
He’s available in 27% of leagues and I would nab him if he’s there in yours. Andre Johnson draws coverage and this kid has serious game. He can be your WR3 if you need him. He should be owned in all leagues.
Kenbrell Thompkins, Patriots
He’s been involved in the red zone all year and he finally broke through in Week 3. He should be owned in all leagues and you can still get him 41% of the time.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
You’ll only have to wait a week now. He’ll be back for Week 5 and he’ll be a weekly starter if he can maintain the level of play we saw towards the end of 2012. He’s available in 60% of leagues. Go get him if you need receiver help.
Aaron Dobson, Patriots
His talents are very obvious and he could develop into quite a red zone weapon. I’d add Dobson if I was looking for some upside at receiver and he’s available in 81% of leagues. Dobson should be a big part of the Patriots’ offense unless all of the other players get healthy at the same time, and the odds of that happening for an extended period seems unlikely.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Floyd has a huge ceiling and he’s been seeing the ball enough to be a viable option. He’ll likely get better as the year goes on. I like him as a solid bench option that could emerge as your WR3 in time. This guy has serious ability and you can still get him in 37% of leagues.
Santonio Holmes, Jets
He’s looked very good over the last two weeks and it’s time to add him in 10-team formats. The Jets’ passing game is a bit reinvigorated with rookie Geno Smith at the helm and with Marty Mornhinweg coaching the offense. Holmes can help you during the bye weeks and he is available in 89% of leagues.
12-Team Leagues & Larger
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
He’s looking better and better. The touchdowns are coming and the offense around him is coming together. You can get him in 39% of CBS leagues.
Denarius Moore, Raiders
He looked good last night and we’ve always liked him as most of you know. The key for Moore is to win back the love of his coaches. If he does, big things could happen with Terrelle Pryor. He’s available in 48% of CBS leagues.
Ryan Broyles, Lions
With the news that Nate Burleson is out indefinitely with a broken arm, Broyles has officially returned to fantasy prominence ... in 12-team leagues. If he stays healthy, his playing time will increase significantly, and so will his output.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings
He’s a huge talent and they upped his snaps to solid effect in Week 3. I expect more of the same in Week 4 and you should add Patterson if you can. You can still get him in 64% of CBS leagues.
Stephen Hill, Jets
He’s still got issues with his hands, but the Jets are featuring him and he’s responding with big plays. He should be owned in all 12-team formats and he is out there in 91% of CBS leagues.
Kendall Wright, Titans
With Kenny Britt clearly on the outs and with Wright's health rounding into shape, he makes a very nice pickup in deeper leagues. You can still get him in 69% of CBS leagues.
Donnie Avery, Chiefs
Yeah, he is always nicked up, but he is running very well right now and looks like a big part of the Chiefs' small offense. He can help you in the near term and he's 87% of CBS leagues.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers
He's inconsistent, but with Can Newton playing better and with LaFell finding the end zone twice in Week 3, I am liking him as an add in deeper leagues. He's available in 81% of CBS leagues.
Davone Bess, Browns
He's a new regime guy and there are talks of the Browns trading both Josh Gordon and Greg Little. Bess' role seems quite secure. He's a nice add in PPR and he's available in 94% of CBS leagues.
Coby Fleener, Colts
He didn’t do much last week, but his match-ups get better now and with Dwayne Allen out, he is going to be heavily involved. Fleener can help you if you have a need at tight end and he’s available in 69% of leagues.
Jordan Reed, Redskins
Reed has a bruised right knee that could affect his availability for Week 4. He may be a guy to claim later in the week if he proves to be healthy. Reed is a player with serious upside and you can get him in 96% of leagues. The good news on the injury is that it’s his right leg and not the left leg which he had trouble with throughout the offseason.
12-Team Leagues & Larger
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals
He’s a viable TE2 in 12-teams leagues and Cincinnati is looking pretty damn good.
Heath Miller, Steelers
He’s officially back and the Steelers need help in the middle of the field. He’s coming off of a nasty injury, but Miller is worth a look in deep formats. You can still get him 69% of CBS leagues.
Zach Miller, Seahawks
He’s getting more involved and Russell Wilson trusts him. Miller can help you in large formats and he is available in 83% of CBS leagues.
Charles Clay, Dolphins
He's going to be involved each week and he can help you in large formats.
Kanasas City Chiefs
They are a nice play when the matchup is right and they have a decent enough schedule going forward. They can start for you in all leagues if you need help.
New York Jets
They have good talent and they play a solid scheme for sacks and turnovers. They also face Jake Locker this week. Not bad.
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