Week 4 Pickups

Next Man Up!  If you lost an arm (QB) or a leg (RB) last week, or if your player as a bye this week, check out week 4's pickups.  We threw in Receivers and Tight Ends as a bonus.  Also, check out droppable players through week 3 if you need to free up a spot to stash one of the guys in the post below.

- i's, QB -
Drew Brees (shoulder, rotator cuff)
Tony Romo (shoulder, broken collarbone),
Jay Cutler (hamstring)
Ben Roethlisberger (knee, sprained MCL & bruised bone), out 4-6 weeks

 - BYE's -
Tom Brady, New England Patriots

- R's -
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 39.6% of all ESPN leagues: the Red Rifle has started this season throwing for 8 TD's & 1 pick, also rushing for a TD.  If that's not efficiency, I don't know what is.  With a running game to back him up and quality targets to throw to in AJ Green, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eifert, Dalton will be worth picking up, even if it's just for the bye, especially against a decimated Chiefs secondary.

Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 44.4% of all ESPN leagues): He's thrown 7 TD's and 3 picks so far.  While he won't put up huge passing yardage, he can make plays with his feet, rushing 17 times for 96 yards and a score so far this season.  His WR core (led by Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin) isn't exactly elite, but the big bad Bills have bullied their way off the line of scrimmage boast the best rushing attack through week 3.  Don't forget, both of Buffalo's backs can catch the ball out of the backfield, making them dangerous threats through the air and on the ground.  Tyrod also has a luxury which Sam Bradford and Phillip Rivers don't: a great offensive line that gives him time to throw, and opens up running and passing lanes.  The Giants' (week 4) and Titans' (week 5) secondaries can both be thrown on, so pick up Tyrod now.

- i's, RB/WR Flex -
LeSean McCoy (hanstring), RB, Buffalo Bills
Marshawn Lynch (hamstring), RB, Seattle Seahawks
DeMarco Murray (hamstring), RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Arian Foster (groin), RB, Houston Texans

- BYE's -
LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
Dion Lewis, RB New England Patriots
Bishop Sankey, RB, Tennessee Titans
Terrence West, RB Tennessee Titans
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

- R's -
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 23.6% of all ESPN leagues): I wrote about this guy last week.  Shady's hamstring seems to be lingering, so rumor has it that he'll sit out week 4.   Williams will start instead, for the best running team in the NFL to date.

Lance Dunbar, RB, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 13.1% of all ESPN leagues): BUYER BEWARE - PPR ONLY because Dunbar actually makes his living as a wideout with an RB's number.  If you need consistent fantasy production, turn to ppr Dunbar, who led the team in receptions in week 3.  Dunbar plays all over the field, lining up offset, slot, or outside the numbers.  Dunbar's longest play went for over 30 yards.  Any backup QB loves dumping the ball off to their own version of Darren Sproles.  It's only a matter of time until Dunbar finds the endzone.

Rishard Matthews, WR, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 16.1% of all ESPN leagues): First, the numbers.  3 TD's with 252 yards on 16 catches over 3 weeks.  2 of those TD's came against a great Bills defense.  That averages to a TD, 84 yards, and 5.3 catches every game.  Not bad for a WR2.  Matthews still gets tons of targets and seems to have developed a rapport with Ryan Tannehill.  As long as DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron remain relatively out of the picture, Matthews will get his.  He plays the second-most snaps of all Dolphins wideouts and, last time I checked, a player needs to be on the field to make plays.  Did I mention he scored almost twice as many fantasy points as Jarvis Landry in all fantasy formats last week?

Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 19.5% of all ESPN leagues): When teams gameplan for AJ Green, Marvin is the man.  He's gotten into the endzone 2 games in a row and will look to continue his streak against the Chiefs' soft secondary.

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 8.3% of all ESPN leagues): Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) Devin Funchess (hamstring) & Jericho Cotchery (high-ankle sprain) are all on the sidelines. Olsen was held out of the endzone by defensive game planning through weeks 1 & 2.  Cam needs to throw the ball to someone, & that someone has been Ted Ginn Jr.  The elusive speedster has is 2nd on the team 10 catches for 188 yards & a TD.  Those numbers are nothing to write home about, but all the injuries & decent matchups in a soft defensive division could make him appealing, such as week 4.  Tampa Bay's cover 2 can be thrown against up the middle.  Don't forget that this punt/kick return burner can also score TD's on special teams, adding to his value in leagues that count misc TD's.

- i's, TE - n/a

- BYES - Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

- R's -
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 14.2% of all ESPN leagues): Charles was in charge week 3.  Clay caught 5 passes for 82 yards and a score, and has scored in the last 2 games.  He has a high upside, even in a run-first system, because of his athleticism, and because Watkins and Harvin are so prone to injury.  Young Tyrod Taylor will look to his TE early and often.

Crockett Gillmore / Maxx Williams, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 24.7% and 1.7% of all ESPN leagues, respectively): Steve Smith Sr can't catch them all.  At 6'6", 270, and 6'4" 250, respectively, these 2 tight ends seem to be developing rapport with Joe Flacco quickly, and just in time, so grab them and stash them.  They give Flacco big, fast, athletic receiving options that he can throw to when under duress.  Keep an eye on whoever stays healthy in the coming weeks.  Gillmore and Williams may be Baltimore's keys to the playoffs. 

D/ST - if you had New England's defense this week, consider streaming options with defenses that play the Rams, Eagles, Bears, Browns, or Bucs.  If you're feeling lucky, pick up the Browns defense that can get to the QB, and plays a Chargers team with a banged up offensive line.

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