Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 4

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 4

9/25/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Sep 16, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery (11) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Minnesota Vikings at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Minnesota 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIREDonnie Avery (IND): I was holding off on suggesting Avery due to the expected return of Austin Collie. Well, Collie returned, only to rupture his patella tendon the very first time he touched the ball this season. Out for the year, Collie is no longer a threat to Avery, who is entrenched as the number two wide receiver for the Colts. Though he only had two catches for 28 yards on Sunday, he was targeted nine times, good for second on the team. He now has 14 catches through three games and will be a decent PPR option going forward.

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.

Tight Ends
Sep 23, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) celebrates his touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. Vikings win 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
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.

Defenses

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.
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9/25/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I'm stuck in a 2-quarterback league with 12 teams. I NEED a 3rd QB for the bye weeks, but all starters are off the board, meaning I'm stuck guessing which QB will be benched and/or injured. Maybe I go after Nick Foles? I don't know.