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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