Heading into week #4 is where most of us start to see our leagues taking shape and you have a pretty good idea how good your team is. With 3 weeks of statistical data to pull from we now can make roster changes and adjustments based on what we have seen as opposed to working on blind faith. Answers to some of the pre-season questions are starting to get answered. We can now say with confidence that Stephen Jackson is too old and Eddie Lacy looks a lot like Chris Johnson but not in a good way. The Saints defense isn’t going to be good and Bobby Rainey reminds us that you don’t have to be on a good team to score fantasy points.
[adinserter block=”1″]I am sorry to say that if your team is really hurting you will not find much relief on the waiver wire this week. Even with all the injuries and suspensions we are seeing a serious lack of option in the skill positions. You will notice that this list will seem a bit redundant as there are still a few guys out there that I think should have been picked up. My hope is that they are still available because most of us had a strong draft and have not reached the desperation point. Remember, the players on this list are less than 60% owned, because I want you to know about guys that you have a chance of claiming. Let’s take a look at this week’s options.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins– It baffles me that this guys is only owned in about 30% of leagues. After scoring double digits on his second straight performance (427yds, 3TD’s, 1INT) I believe that the secret is out and Cousins is an immediate fantasy impact player. RGIII looks to be out several weeks and it is highly possible that Cousins will finish out the season. He could very well be this years Nick Foles.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs– Similar to Joe Flacco you know what you are going to get with Smith. Smith has quietly earned a reputation for being a safe QB who takes care of the football. Put the 3INT performance of week 1 in your rear view because everyone has their bad games. Like Cousin he is coming off back to back double digit scoring weeks and appears to have turned it around. There are not too many double digit picks on wiavers as reliable as Smith.
Geno Smith, New York Jets- Smith plays for a bad team with not a lot of options, yet he has still put up respectable fantasy numbers so far this season scoring double digits in all 3 weeks. At the very least I would put him on my watch list.
Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings- Out first repeat offender earns the top spot on this list simple because he is the starter. I have said it over and over and over again, you need to have the ball to score and this guy will have the ball. Bobby Rainey showed last week that you can have a horrible performance for a horrible team and still rack up 105 total yards. Look for them to run the ball as they try to protect rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers– Currently ranked in the top 10, Benjamin is filling the void left by Steve Smith and doing it well. He currently has more fantasy points than Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant and AJ Green. Many times high scoring unknown receivers get their points from 1 or 2 huge plays but that isn’t the case with Benjamin. He is the real deal with 16 catches on 27 targets. This guy should be starting in your #2 spot or at the very least your flex.
[adinserter block=”2″]Miles Austin, Cleveland Browns- Austin has quietly put together back to back scoring weeks. At one time Austin was a fantasy power house before injuries slowed him down in Dallas. He has 14 catches on 19 targets and he is the only Browns receiver to find the endzone twice this season. As we are approaching bye weeks, you may want to stash him on your bench.
Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns- You might be thinking that it is insane to have 2 Brown on this list who are not named Josh Gordon. I am still waiting for Hawkins to find the endzone. He has been very consistent through the first 3 weeks of the season and that is a good sign. He has yet to score double digits but he is getting the targets, it is only a matter of time.
Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens- Daniels had a nice week #2 with 5 catches and 2 scores. Those stats came while Dennis Pitta was on the field. With Pitta out the rest of the season the door is wide open for Daniel to become the new security blanket for Joe Flacco.
Nile Paul, Washington Redskins- If you are in the market for TE, Paul is still a good bet. He ranks in the top 5 for targets, catches, and yards. Top TE’s are hard to find and right now he is player better than most. His QB threw for over 400 yards in week 3, I expect Paul’s rise to continue.