Week 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks

The NFL is approaching Week 4, which means the season is hitting the end of its first quarter. There’s been a lot of interesting story lines and surprising wins. Which brings us to Week 4’s fantasy football waiver wire picks.

Here’s some suggested additions for your fantasy team.


Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins)- O.k, maybe you already picked him up, if not do so now as he has led his team to a 3-0 start and will look to continue this hot streak. This has come from his 827 yards and four touchdowns. Last week was a big 27-23 comeback win against the Atlanta Falcon and now Tannehill will travel to the Big Easy and take on the New Orleans Saints this week–another good test for the sophomore player.

Tannehill could use some help with the team’s running game but his wealth of other weapons including tight end Charles Clay and his receiving corp. with Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are giving him lots of opportunities to make plays.

Brian Hoyer (Cleveland Browns) – In his first career start, Hoyer led the Browns to their first win of the season against the Minnesota Vikings. He threw 54 passes (the highest number in the league for Week 3) which resulted in three scores (but there were his three interceptions). He connected twice with tight end Jordan Cameron for touchdowns and wide receiver Josh Gordon for a first quarter score.

The Browns obviously don’t seem happy with Brandon Weeden but coach Rob Chudzinski seems reluctant to officially name a starter for this week’s game. You know at some point Hoyer will be back on the field but will it be sooner or later? Regardless he’s a good pick.

Running backs

Jason Snelling (Atlanta Falcons) – In Steven Jackson’s absence–estimated at numerous weeks–look for Snelling to pick up some of the workload. In the Dolphins game, teammate Jacquizz Rodgers led the team in rushing but Snelling did have 11 carries for 53 yards.

He also added 58 yards from four receptions and one touchdown. Snelling could continue participating in the passing game and there could be lots of opportunity in this week’s Sunday Night game against the New England Patriots. Through the first three weeks, the Patriots are toward the bottom for running yards allowed, so Snelling is good flex option.

Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers) – Woodhead is getting plenty of action on his new team and in last week’s game against the Tennessee Titans, he had five carries for 31 yards and in the passing game, he had seven receptions for 55 yards.

Ryan Mathews will remain the top dog for this team but Woodhead’s pass protection and route running ability should help him wrack up some fantasy points. This week against a stingy Dallas Cowboys defense, Woodhead could still find success catching the ball.

Johnathan Franklin (Green Bay Packers) – After teammate James Starks left last week’s game due to an injury, Franklin stepped up and ran for 103 yards with a touchdown along with three receptions for 23 yards. Unfortunately Franklin may be remembered for a fumble that essentially cost his team the win.

The Packers have a bye week for this fourth week. Franklin sits behind Eddie Lacy and Starks, but he could be a good option for the team when they return to action in two weeks.

Wide receiver

Jason Avant (Philadelphia Eagles) – In last week’s game, Avant caught five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown. He led the team for targets (eight), catches and receiving yards.

Avant will remain behind DeSean Jackson but in this dynamic Eagles offense desperately looking for a win, this player should get some opportunities. He’s a good flex option.

This week Eagles will play the Denver Broncos. Good luck!

Santonio Holmes (New York Jets) – He’s back and seems to get along with his new quarterback Geno Smith. In last week’s game, he had five catches for 154 yards and one touchdown. He has a lot of potential and could be a great starter for many fantasy league teams. This week the Jets play the Tennessee Titans.

Defense/Special Teams

Kansas City Chiefs

Linebacker Justin Houston was a beast in the Eagles game with his 4 1/2 sacks, forced fumble and three passes defended. For the night, the Chiefs defense forced five turnovers, scored one touchdown and sacked Vick five times.

If the Chiefs defense dismantled the Eagles, just imagine what they’ll do to the winless New York Giants on Sunday in Kansas City.


Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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