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Waiver Wire: Week 4

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Ryan Broyles, Lions – Owned in 21 percent of Yahoo leagues
Nate Burleson broke his arm in a car accident on Tuesday morning and is out indefinitely. That makes Ryan Broyles the primary slot receiver on a team that led the NFL in pass attempts last year and ranks ninth so far this year. So even though Broyles’ health is a little shaky as he comes off another ACL tear, he’s worth adding in all formats to see if his knee holds up. Broyles was on a “pitch count” in Week 3 (his 2013 debut) and posted a 3/34/0 line via three targets on 17 snaps. Going forward, the Lions can’t afford to keep his snaps in check. They’ll have to just let him play and pray the knee isn’t a problem. That should lead to some very solid PPR numbers for a talented guy that just knows how to get open. Burleson ranked 11th in the NFL in catches (19), 21st in receiving yards (239) and 35th in targets (23).
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. Stephen Hill, Jets – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
Stephen Hill has been a “yeah but” guy. As in, he has Calvin Johnsonesque physical tools, but he always makes mistakes like a drop, bad route or a fumble. There’s been some of that this year, but there have also been signs that he’s turning the corner in his second NFL season. Hill has seven catches for 194 yards with one touchdown over the last two games. He’s a big play waiting to happen after the catch and Jets offensive coordinator is intent on giving him chances. Hill leads the Jets with 23 targets through three games.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

3. Santonio Holmes, Jets – Owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
Perhaps we should have seen Santonio Holmes’ big Week 3 coming. He played on 93.2 percent of the snaps in Week 2, his foot appears 100 percent and the Bills secondary is down to mostly second-stringers. Still, Holmes looked far better than we ever thought he would this season. He piled up 10 targets, a sign rookie quarterback Geno Smith is gaining faith in the former Pro Bowler. He separated with ease and made plays vertically. Holmes is going to be boom-or-bust thanks to the raw Smith, but Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg wants to throw to win.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

4. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
Kenny Britt is dropping passes, taking penalties, getting benched and sending out ill-advised tweets. His playing time is starting to tumble. Here are the Week 2 Titans WR snaps: Nate Washington 60, Kendall Wright 43, Britt 39, Justin Hunter 9. Technically, Hunter is Britt’s direct backup at the X spot. But Wright is certainly capable of handling himself all over the formation and the Titans would do well to get their best playmaker more looks. Wright’s role is growing as the Titans enter a four-game stretch against high-quality opponents (Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers). They’ll be in comeback mode plenty.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

5. Nate Washington, Titans – Owned in 6 percent of Yahoo leagues
I discussed the Kenny Britt situation above. The bottom line is that Washington is left as the de facto top wideout and he responded with a 8/101/0 line in Week 3. Washington is still ranked below Kendall Wright because he brings less big-play appeal and will draw top corners. That starts in Week 4, when the Titans face Antonio Cromartie and the Jets.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

6. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Vikings admitted they made a mistake in the first two weeks by only playing Cordarrelle Patterson 12 snaps. They did a little to rectify that error in Week 3, giving him 19 snaps (24.0 percent). The first-round freak responded with two catches for 49 yards on four targets. As Jerome Simpson continues to scuffle at X, the Vikings will manufacture more and more touches for Patterson. He’s a quality stash
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Donnie Avery, Chiefs – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
It’s hard to believe in Avery’s seven-catch, 141-yard Thursday night blowup. Primarily a situational deep threat throughout his career, Avery found success running shallow crossing routes for checkdown king Alex Smith. He was able to take those short passes and turn them into huge gains because the Eagles secondary is right there with the Redskins in terms of tackling. A real defense would have taken Avery’s head off. Avery remains a weak WR5 type.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 16-team leagues

Watch List: Patrick Edwards, Denarius Moore, Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Stills, Terrance Williams, Justin Hunter, Robert Woods, Percy Harvin, Kevin Ogletree, Kenny Britt – The status of Edwards’ ankle injury is unclear, but the Burleson injury is obviously a boost for him. … As Terrelle Pryor becomes a more comfortable passer, Moore’s stock rises. … Jeffery is gaining Jay Cutler’s trust quickly. He’s had eight targets in two of the three games so far. … Stills will be a name to watch if Lance Moore’s wrist injury is serious. … Terrance Williams is Miles Austin’s direct backup. Austin is having hamstring issues again. … If Kenny Britt gets benched or traded, Hunter will be the X receiver. … Robert Woods continues to play virtually every snap for Buffalo. … No new news on Harvin lately, but he did suggest to “watch” for Week 7. … Kevin Ogletree is Vincent Jackson’s backup. V-Jax has a rib injury. ... The Lions, 49ers and Patriots could all trade for a wideout. Maybe one of them wants to take a flier on Britt?

Cut Bait: Leonard Hankerson, Jerricho Cotchery, Malcom Floyd, Harry Douglas, Jacoby JonesLeonard Hankerson is behind Santana Moss on the target totem pole. … Cotchery slips further with Heath Miller’s return. … Floyd (neck) is going to miss a month or more. … Roddy White’s ankle should be getting better, leaving Douglas with even less of a role. … Jacoby Jones reportedly got a bottle of alcohol smashed over his head by a stripper named “Sweet Pea.” He’s no lock to get the No. 2 job back from Marlon Brown anyway.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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