In Week 3, the injuries were the story behind many waiver wire selections. In Week 4, we have some players who have earned themselves a starting role, like Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, or a player who put up a solid performance in Week 3 like LeGarrette Blount.
Week 4 of the NFL season brings us the first of many bye weeks, and here is a list of teams who will have a week off this week:
Let's take a look at some quarterbacks and running backs you should target on your league waiver wire in Week 4:
If you are looking to replace Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson, who are both on a bye this week, you may want to consider one of the following QBs:
Blake Bortles, Jaguars at Chargers
I recommended Bortles in last weeks' waiver wire piece, so hopefully you took advantage and grabbed him. There was talk last week that Bortles was closing in on the starting QB role for the struggling Jaguars, and it appears that talk was accurate, as Bortles replaced ineffective Chad Henne, completing14 of 24 passes for 223 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Bortles gets to face the Chargers in week 4 in his first career start. The Jaguars will be playing from behind quite a bit, so Bortles has an opportunity to score some points in garbage time.
Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings vs Falcons
Bridgewater took over for the injured Matt Cassel on Sunday, completing 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and no touchdowns and no interceptions. The fact that he didn't throw an interception is a plus, and he gets to face the Falcons defense who made life miserable for the Buccaneers last Thursday night.
Derek Carr, Raiders vs Dolphins
Carr faces a Dolphins defense that allowed 35 points to the Chiefs last week, with Chiefs QB Alex Smith tossing three touchdown passes. Carr probably won't have as much success, but he should fare better than he did against the New England defense last week.
If you are looking for a running back to replace Gio Bernard, Marshawn Lynch, Montee Ball or Andre Ellington, you may want to consider one of the RBs discussed below.
With starting RB Arian Foster nursing a hamstring injury, Blue performed well in his absence, rushing the ball 13 times for 78 yards in the Texans loss to the Giants. It is important to note, the Blue is just the backup in Houston, so when Foster is ready to return, he will return to the bench. Blue has a tough task on Sunday facing a Bills defense that has been stingy allowing just 23 fantasy points to opposing running backs through the first two weeks of the season.
LeGarrette Blount, Steelers vs Buccaneers
Blount had a huge night on Sunday Night football vs the Panthers, rushing for 118 yards on 10 carries, and scoring a touchdown in the Steelers road win. He is the back up to one of the better running backs in the NFL, Le'Veon Bell, but still gets his fair share of carries.
Matt Asiata, Vikings vs Falcons
Well, Adrian Peterson is out of action for some very bad off field issues, and there is no telling when he will return, or if he will return. Until then, you can do worse than picking up Asiata, especially in Week 4. The Vikings face a Falcons defense that, heading into Week 3, had given up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and by a wide margin. Grab Asiata if you need to replace one of the running backs on bye week this week.
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