2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

 
Injury and Week 4 Bye Week Replacements here!
 
These teams DO NOT play week 4 (bye week)
Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles
 
Running Backs (RB)
 
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 21.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Turns out it was Artis-Payne, not Whittaker, who came away with most of Stewart's workload, getting more than twice as many carries (12) as Whittaker (5).  If you need an Eddie Lacy or Ryan Mathews replacement this week, Artis-Payne might be a good streaming option and beyond.  They'll head south to Atlanta to face a flimsy Falcons defense, then they have the Bucs at home and meet the Saints on the road.  Artis-Payne and The Panthers have week 7 off. 
 
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 15.5% of all ESPN leagues):
With Jeremy Langford and Ka'deem Carey both suffering injuries, the workload has landed on the 6'0", 230lb rookie from University of Indiana, Jordan Howard.  He had 9 carries in 45 yards, and caught another 4 passes for 47, but didn't reach the endzone.  He's similar in height and build to Ezekiel Elliot, but has also had injury issues of his own which caused him to fall to the 5th round.  When Howard is healthy, he's a big, bruising back that's hard to bring down, and also a nifty receiver out of the backfield.  Look for him to catch plenty out of the backfield.  He should have a good week against a struggling Lions defense. 
 
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (currently owned in 5.0% of all ESPN leagues): With Rashad Jennings and pass-catching specialist Shane Vereen both lost to injuries for the foreseeable future, Darkwa gets all of the snaps in the Giants' backfield timeshare.  At 6'0", 215 lbs, Orleans is a punishing runner who drops his shoulders and makes defenders pay.  He ran the ball well against a decent Redskins front, toting 10 times for 53 yards and a touchdown, and catching a pass for another 9 yards.  This week, he travels to Minnesota to face a tough, underrated Vikings defense.  If you got bit by the running back injury bug in week 2, or you somehow wound up with 2 of the Giants' backs, pick up Darkwa now, while he's still cheap.  He won't stay cheap for long.  Darkwa and the Giants have a week 8 bye.
 
Wide Receiver (WR)
 
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 11.1% of all ESPN leagues):
In the first 3 weeks, Crowder has 16 catches for 175 yards.  He has also now caught a touchdown 2 weeks in a row.  Desean Jackson will likely draw Joe Haden in coverage, leaving Crowder open to have another big week.  Dolphins slot receiver Jarvis Landry caught 7 passes for 120 yards and a score.  Crowder works out of the slot as well, so he has a pretty high ceiling this week.  If you're looking for a decent Jordan Matthews or Jordy Nelson replacement, Crowder could be it!
 
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 56.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Saints turned to Thomas on Monday night, and he responded by catching 7 passes for 71 yards and a score.  Looks like the rookie had the breakout game we were all looking for.  With Snead out, Drew Brees should continue to look to his big receiver more often.  Thomas could be a streaming flex option in all leagues, if needed.  He'll probably be called on again in his week 4 matchup with the Chargers, which could turn into a shootout.
 
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 27.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Pryor came out of nowhere, catching 8 passes for 144 yards, rushing another 4 times for 21 and a rushing touchdown, and completing another 3 of 5 passes for another 35 passing yards.  Corey Coleman went down with a broken hand during the week, so the Browns needed someone to step up.  Pryor, the dynamic playmaker who played quarterback throughout his college career at Ohip State, did so in a big way.  While it remains to be determined if the Browns will continue leaning on Pryor, he's worth a speculative pickup on this week's performance alone, and due to the Browns' lack of playmakers.  Buyer beware: Josh Gordon comes back in week 5, which will take targets away from Pryor.  In addition, Pryor may have just drawn the attention of Josh Norman and the Redskins defense in their matchup this week.
 
Tight End (TE)
 
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 42.0% of all ESPN leagues):
Hoyer turned to his checkdown plenty this week, allowing Miller to catch 8 passes for 78 yards and 2 scores.  He'll look to repeat against a struggling Lions secondary this week in a critical divisional matchup.  Hoyer could turn to the uptempo hurry-up offense when the Bears get into the occasional points race.  That means more quick passes to big targets like Miller.  Look for the Bears' tight end to have another big week this week.
 
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 55.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Pitta's performance came back down to earth this week.  He only caught 6 passes for 42 yards during week 3 against Jacksonville.  The thing is, Baltimore isn't exactly a target-rich environment for Flacco, so Pitta should be targeted frequently.  He has a tasty matchup against the Raiders in week 4.  He should be picked up in all formats, but is still available in roughly 40% of leagues, so he appears in this week's article again. 
 
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 12% of all ESPN leagues):
Hunter Henry was the premier tight end in the 2016 NFL draft.  At 6'5", 250 lbs, he's a towering athlete capable of getting open and catching passes in traffic.  He caught 116 passes for 1661 yards and 9 touchdowns in 35 games played for the Hogs.  He could be a matchup nightmare, and should thrive in the Chargers' pass-happy offense.  Given Antonio Gates' recent injury struggles, Henry should be plug-and-play for the Chargers, and we all know how much Phillip Rivers loves his tight end.  With pass catchers Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead out, Hunter should see additional work as he continues getting comfortable in the system regardless of whether or not Gates is available.  Henry's worth a grab and stash in all leagues.
 
Quarterback (QB)
 
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos (4.7% of ESPN leagues):
With the 33rd pick in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL draft, the Broncos took 6'3", 220 lb play caller from Northwestern.  He was a game manager in the first couple of weeks, but looked more comfortable under center in week 3 against a tough Bengals defense, throwing for 312 yards, 4 TD, no INT.  He should benefit from short field positions provided by Denver's defense, and should see plenty of opportunities to make plays and throw touchdowns to a talented corps of offensive players.  Siemian is available in over 95% of ESPN leagues.  He has a decent matchup against the Buccaneers and should be a good streaming option if you need an Aaron Rogers replacement.
 
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 24.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Osweiler has struggled in the first three weeks of the season.  Two key Texans special teams fumbles and a costly pick thrown by the QB himself left the Patriots completely in control of the time of possession and great field position, limiting Osweiler's playmaking opportunities.  This week presents a much more inviting matchup.  The Titans come to town and the Texans will look to bounce back by throwing the ball to Hopkins and emerging rookie playmaker Will Fuller against a susceptible Titans secondary.  Osweiler should be a good streaming candidate this week.

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