Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups & Advice

Monday means fantasy football jubilation or panic. For Week 3, it all comes down to tonight’s important Packers versus Seahawks game.

But for those of you already looking ahead to Week 4, the Pick-Up Artist has you covered with some early waiver wire advice.

Reggie Bush and CJ Spiller’s injuries have left some question marks. Plus, it’s the beginning of the dreaded bye-week stretch. You might be needing some new dance partners for this coming Sunday.

Let’s hit the waiver wire for some season-long pick-ups and some one-week stands.


With Reggie Bush’s injury, Daniel Thomas will be a popular pickup in Week 4, and with good reason. (Image credit: Joel Auerbach/Getty Images via B/R)

The Pick-Up Artist’s Week 4 Waiver Wire Advice and Pickups

Andrew Hawkins, CIN, WR (25% Yahoo!, 7.4% FOX)


Kyle Rudolph, MIN, TE (39% Yahoo!, 22.4% FOX)

Do I have everybody’s attention now? I had both guys as long-term options in last week’s column. They validated my faith by each topping 14 fantasy points over the weekend.

I went in-depth with my reasons last week, which you can read here. So I won’t wasted your invaluable time by re stating my reasons.

Unless you are stacked at WR and TE, these guys should be owned in all formats.

Daniel Thomas, MIA, RB (13% Yahoo!, 32.4% FOX)

If Reggie Bush is forced to miss any time with his injury, Daniel Thomas, much like CJ Spiller and Andre Brown before, becomes a must own.

Following the injury to Bush Sunday, Thomas had 19 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown, as well as an 11-yard reception against the Jets.

Thomas has also been trusted at the goal line the past two years, so that augments his value should Bush be out.

Heath Miller, PIT, TE (40% Yahoo!, 30.4% FOX)

I still like Martellus Bennett, Dennis Pitta and Kyle Rudolph more. But, should all three of them be off the board in your league (Pitta and Bennett likely are as of Week 3), Miller if a great TE option from Week 5 onward.

Miller has 4 TDs already in 2012 (4 in his career heading in to the season) so he’s Big Ben’s obvious favorite redzone option. Additionally, he was targeted 10 times this past weekend. There’s something there.

Pittsburgh has their bye-week in Week 4, but I say stash Miller now if you have needs.

Christian Ponder, MIN, QB (13% Yahoo!, 4.4 FOX)

When Tim Tebow has a thought, you get a Christian Ponder.

He posted 25+ Fantasy points against the 49ers. He scored a scrambling TD against the best run defense of the past two years. He’s made a rainbow connection with Kyle Rudolph. He plays the awful Lions defense this week.

I’m paying attention going forward. Possibly stashing Ponder as a QB2. But if you have a bad QB match-up or have a bye-week QB in Week 4, take a chance on Mr. Ponder. I loved what I saw this week.

Cincinnati Bengals, CIN(!), D/ST (21% Yahoo!, 12.6% FOX)

Let’s be obvious here. They play the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Despite the Jaguars win over the Colts on Sunday, they didn’t look great in doing so. They haven’t looked good all year.

I expect the Bengals to get out to an early lead with their dynamic offense and to control the clock with BenJarvus Green-Ellis being a wrecking ball.

Look for the Jaguars to be held under 20 points, to get sacked 4 times, and toss at least one an interception.


Leave your questions, scenarios and comments in the handy section below. I’ll answer comments tomorrow and for the Fantasy Football Focus Podcast.

If you kicker is out, Justin Tucker of the Ravens. I wrote on him last week, and despite the nearly 20% jump in ownership, he’s available in most leagues.

Now get out there, pick-up and dominate. Your success makes me look good. Let me ride those coattails.

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  1. Im hurtin bad at the t.e. possition. I started pettigrew last week. I get points for tds and 100 yard games. Pettigrew scored -2 for me. Im pretty stacked at running back. I have McFadden, Spiller, leshoure, bradshaw, and ryan mathews. I can trade mcfadden for graham. Sounds like a no brainer but I just want to make sure I’m not tripping. Rudolph open for me to takefor free.

    • Definitely the right move. Run DMC is a greater injury risk, plus, like you said, your backfield is the envy of everyone so he’s expendable. Graham will be a lock for big games especially with New Orleans fighting from underneath as they have.

  2. Thanks for the help last week….got my first win. Hawkins and Buffalo DST got me the win.
    I have Antonio Gates and D.Pitta for one TE position. Do you think its wise to drop Gates for Martellus Bennett? Gates just doesnt look good…..

    • Glad to hear that man. LEt’s work on that 2 loss season and a #1 seed. I say pick up Bennett (assuming you have someone else to drop) and shop Gates around. He’s still a top 10 TE and I’m sure someone in your league will either jump for his name value or, better still, be a Chargers fan. Exploit the market.

  3. eViL-Porcupine says:

    Is Andrew Hawkins on the field for ALL plays? Or is he on for 3 Wide Sets ONLY? And is it true that Cinci does NOT USE 3 wide sets when nursing a lead?

    I guess what I’m getting at is that if Andrew Hawkins doesn’t take his 1 or 2 catches to the house for a TD then he ain’t gonna give us much more in fantasy value?! High risk high reward kinda of a player?

  4. I have RB’s Ben Tate and Mark Ingram…which one would you start? Ingram has been a major dissapointment and Tate is iffy on any given week.
    Daniel Thomas, Jackie Battle, Shaun Draughn and Joique Bell are all available on the waiver wire…would you start any of them over Ingram or Tate?

  5. last week was terrible started wrong player in every slot who do you roll with non ppr Ponder or Romo start 2rbs 2 wr 1 slot all day peterson,Mccoy, R Matthews Leshoure ,brown nyg bowe julio jones jerome simpson and titus young i am thinking keep lineup same as last week bowe jones matthews allday mccoy with romo

  6. I need your advice on dropping Kenny Britt for Andrew Hawkins, also dropping Green Elis for Leshure? And should I trade Gates now for something more valuable like a WR or RB?
    Last week I dropped Greg Olson for Rudolf and Meacham for Lafell.

    I have:
    QB: Flacco, Eli Manning
    WR: Miles, Welker, Demaryius Thomas, (Bench: Lafell, Britt)
    RB: Ray Rice, Murray, (Bench: Benson, Green Elis)
    TE: Rudolf (Bench: Gates)
    Def/ST: 49ers
    K: Matt Bryant

  7. With cj spiller out, will Fred Jackson more likely play on Sunday?. I know your high on Ponder this week, but would you play him over Fitzpatrick( I have Steve Johnson as my #2WR)

  8. With Steelers off I need help for my flex position. I’m in a 14-team PPR league. I have Donald Jones and Ronnie Hillman, but Lance Ball, Shaun Draughn, Bilal Powell, Danny Woodhead, Andre Roberts, Jacoby Jones, Julian Edelman, Derek Hagan, Kevin Walter, Santana Moss are all available on the wire. Who’s your choice for this week?

    Also, what do you think about Bilal Powell long term? Worth a pick up and stashing? I have Forte, Daniel Thomas and Benjarvus Green-Ellis as my other backs.

    Thanks for the help.

  9. Good morning guys,

    Ok here are the questions this week. I have Pittsburgh Defense the best 4 available are Tampa, Cleveland, Washington, and NY Giants. Philadelphia is also available. Who would you pick up in exchange for Pitt. assuming somebody claims Pitt off waivers before I can get them again. At Rb which 2 would you start between Ryan Mathews, Mikel Leshoure, Michael Turner, and Kendal Hunter? At WR I have Cruz, Brandon Lloyd , and LaFell starting. I have Nate Washington and Andrew Hawkins on bench… Pick three to start.

    Thank you so much for the advice

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