Fantasy Football Week 4: Top 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

1. Greg ZuerleinSt. Louis Rams – Kicker

To my chagrin, I picked up the Cheifs’ Ryan Succop instead of this guy when it was announced San Diego’s Nate Kaeding would not play. Though Danny Amendola has emerged as a weekly threat for the Rams, Sam Bradford is still going to have trouble sealing the deal with touchdowns, which means that the Rams will move the ball lots, but settle for field goals consistently. Not to mention Zuerlein hit field goals of 58 and 60 yards on Sunday, both franchise records.

2. Brian Hartline – Wide Receiver - Miami Dolphins

Hartline had a career-high 12 catches for 253 yards including an 80 yard touchdown on Sunday. He’s not quite Wes Welker or Danny Amendola just yet, but if you can deal with the occasional bad game from rookie Ryan Tennehill, Hartline should hold his value, particularly in leagues where reception totals are rewarded.

3. Andre Roberts – Wide Receiver - Arizona Cardinals

Roberts has officially cemented himself as the Cards’ #2 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald and notched his third career 100-yard game on Sunday (6 catches, 118 yards, 2 touchdowns). His four touchdowns through four weeks is already a career-high. He’ll finish with around 60 catches and 8-10 TDs come season’s end so if you need a secondary receiver, scoop this guy up.

4. Minnesota Vikings Defense

Depending on your league’s scoring settings, the Vikes defense got you between 40 and 50 points on Sunday. They have all the makings of a fantasy juggernaut with key guys like E.J Henderson (although out with an injury), Chad Greenaway, and Jared Allen. Throw in the electrifying Percy Harvin on kick returns and an improving offense and Minny’s D should be able to contain their opponents consistently and put up fantasy points for you.

5. Jackie Battle – Running Back – San Diego Chargers

It looks like Ryan Matthews have reason to sweat after coach Norv Turner benched him on Sunday following a case of fumblitis. Battle on the other hand managed two touchdowns on 81 total yards in an expanded role and now has four touchdowns in three games. At this point having Battle as an insurance policy is a good idea, especially considering Matthews is now stacking poor play on top of being injury prone.

Other Notables

Jerrell Freeman – Linebacker - Indianapolis Colts

After coming over from the Canadian Football League and turning heads in the pre-season, Freeman is the 15th ranked individual defensive player in terms of fantasy scoring right now. That’s pretty impressive considering the Colts were on a Bye in week 4. Freeman looks to be a top 10 defensive player the rest of the season and the fact his Bye has passed means there’s one less change you need to make to your roster the rest of the way.

Scott Chandler – Tight End – Buffalo Bills

Chandler is tied with Vernon Davis and Heath Miller for the league lead in touchdowns among tight ends with four. He managed four catches and 62 yards against New England on Sunday before leaving the contest with a head injury. Coach Chan Gailey said taking Chandler out of the game was precautionary. Chandler had four touchdowns after four weeks last year and finished the year with six as pretty well every player on the Bills took a nose-dive in the second half of last season. As of this writing he’s only 29% owned and he will surely grab 8-10 touchdowns this year. He is a must add!

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