FANTASY FOOTBALL PICKUPS – WEEK 4

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Quarterbacks –

Trevor Siemian (DEN) – Mentioned in this space last week, Siemian completed 23-35 passes for 312 yards and four scores in his first road start in Cincinnati – a sign that the former seventh-round pick is emerging as more than a game-manager. On the season Siemian is on pace for 25 TD’s and has Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Thomas among the weapons at his disposal. Siemian remains on many waiver wires as much of the focus remains on running backs and wide receivers. As bye weeks come into play this is the last chance to grab Siemian.

Sam Bradford (MIN) – Also a repeat from last week, Bradford got off to a slow start against Carolina but he and his team came away with a win to improve to 3-0. In his short stay with Minnesota, Bradford has completed 40 of 59 passes. He at least works as a streamer at home against the Giants on Monday night.

Running Backs –

Jordan Howard (CHI) – In serious leagues, Howard has already been snatched by speculative owners. With Jeremy Langford out 4-6 weeks, the former UAB/Indiana product becomes a major player to jumpstart the Chicago offense. He should also be an asset in PPR formats, he caught four passes for 47 yards last week. A $350-$400 bid will be needed at this point in auction formats and Howards also comes dirt cheap in daily ($3,700 on DraftKings).

Dwayne Washington (DET) – Ameer Abdullah is done for the year and the leash was short on Theo Reddick after he struggled early last Sunday. Washington performed better later on in the game and is projected to see more work against Chicago in Week 4. Washington has also been spoken for by speculative owners.

Wendell Smallwood (PHI) – If Howard and Washington is not available in your league, you should have better luck with Smallwood. With Ryan Mathews banged up, the fifth round pick from West Virginia rushed 17 times for 79 yards in the Eagles Week 3 win over Pittsburgh. Do note the Eagles have a Week 4 bye.

Orleans Darkwa (NYG) – For about a week last year this time Darkwa was also waiver wire relevant. With Rashad Jennings out and Shane Vereen now out for the year, Darkwa rushed 10 times for 53 yards in Week 3. Rookie Paul Perkins and journeyman Bobby Rainey could also work their way into the mix.

Wide Receiver

Terrelle Pryor Sr. (CLE) – The Browns are already down to their third quarterback, while they possibly lost a game because they signed a lesser kicker to save a few bucks. Starting lineman Alvin Bailey also picked up a DUI charge shortly after his teams return from South Florida, he claimed to had been drinking on the team flight. Just Cleveland Browns culture for the past 15 years in microcosm. Through this disaster I ignored Pryor, who has had an opportunity to do just about anything. Not only did Pryor catch eight passes for 144 yards and a TD, healso completed three of five passes at QB. Pryor is now Kordell Stewart circa 1995, a Swiss Army knife who helps in multiple areas.  He comes in at $4,300 on DraftKings this week.

Adam Humphries (TB) – Their has been a changing of the guard in Tampa as Humphries caught 15 passes for 167 yards over the past two weeks. His ceiling is limited but carries extra value in PPR formats.

Coby Fleener (NO) – If one of the few who watched MNF the other night, Fleener caught seven passes for 109 yards and a score. He now has chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees.

Cameron Brate (TB) – Austin Seferian-Jenkins was recently shown the door (U-Dub tight ends have such high character!), and Brate jumped on the opportunity, catching five passes last week, two for touchdowns. Should be available without breaking the FAAB bank.

 

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