Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 4
Jerome Simpson (MIN): Simpson is known best for what was perhaps the most electrifying play of the 2011 season, and a lot of people I've talked to have been wondering where he went. Well, he's been on the Vikings, but he was suspended. Now returning from his suspension, Simpson immediately gives the Vikings a much needed field stretching presence. Wide receivers not named Percy Harvin caught a combined three passes on Sunday, so Simpson will likely be targeted early and often.
Ramses Barden (NYG): Barden caught nine of the ten passes thrown his way on Thursday night for 138 yards - never expect a performance like that out of him again (unless Nicks or Cruz get hurt again). What you can expect, however, is a heavy dose of Barden in what was formerly Domenik Hixon's number three receiver position. Hixon was the third receiver for the Giants the first two weeks, catching four passes for 67 yards. Barden more than doubled those totals in one game.
Kyle Rudolph (MIN): Rudolph was second on the Vikings in targets on Sunday with six, catching five of those balls and scoring two touchdowns. He's a big, skilled tight end with strong hands, and is a highly trusted red zone presence. His weekly fantasy output will depend heavily on whether or not he scores a touchdown, but when the Vikings are in the redzone, he's their top option in the passing game, so he should get plenty more scores.
Cardinals: I think most of the world finally agrees - the Cardinals are for real. Not necessarily as a Super Bowl contender, but as a legitimate team that you'd rather not play. They've gone through two straight weeks of holding high powered offenses in-check, and they'll face off against the Dolphins on Sunday. With St. Louis, Buffalo, and Minnesota in the following three weeks, it's a defense you can stick with for a while.