Fantasy Football Waiver Wire:
Don’t Ponder The Powell(Week 4)
BEAST DOME NATION.
If you have been with us since the preseason. You are well ahead of the Waiver Wire trend. Below are only a few of the big names I suggest each week. Most of the guys on the list have performed including cover man from last week Julian Edleman who ended up with the lone Tom Brady TD.
After Week 1 I told you to grab JacQuizz Rodgers/Martellus Bennett/Alfred Morris/Broncos.
WEEK 2 WAIVER WIRE
After Week 2 I told you to grab Mikel Leshoure/Andre Brown/Ryan Succop/Bilal Powell.
WEEK 3 WAIVER WIRE
WEEK 4 WAIVER WIRE
CHRISTIAN PONDER – QB – MIN
What is their to Ponder about Christian these days. He has proved his worth in every game this season, and this past week he shocked the Fantasy Football World by being one of the top 5 QBs of the Week against the 49ers. Ponder last season as a rookie showed nice potential despite no consistency. He had over 300 Yards and 3 TDs against the Broncos last season, and he appears to be on track to be that type of QB moving forward. The Vikings have a very easy schedule coming up, and he is the perfect Bye Week Replacement for your start QB. If you own Ben Roethlisberger, he plays the easy Detrioit Lions this week. Next week he faces up against the Titans who are one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, for all you Stafford owners. Ponder has top 15 QB potential moving forward. He is at Phillip Rivers level right now, with the chance to exceed way past him. Add Ponder in all leagues.
RYAN FITZPATRICK – QB – BUF
The Bills should run the ball more than they do. Against the Patriots this coming Sunday, the Bills will go right back to that passing game. Every year the Bills and Patriots have an epic high scoring shootout, this year should not be any different. Expect the Bills to go shotgun heavy this week. Stevie Johnson and Scott Chandler are both great picks for big games, Fitzpatrick will be putting up the points. Fred Jackson should return this week, they will not force feed him 20 carries, and Spiller’s hurt shoulder is something to keep an eye on. Could only miss one game.
BILAL POWELL – RB – NYJ
I wrote about him in the Waiver Wire (Week 3) article. I wrote about him in my Preseason Bold Predictions. I mentioned him in my preseason rankings (Bust/Sleeper). I mentioned him this past Sunday for a Plan B action to Kevin Smith owners. What more can I say, this was obvious from a mile away and this is the last week before somebody snatches him.
RONNIE HILLMAN – RB – DEN
Willis is the man for Denver. But this rib injury does put a damper on what could have been a flawless season. I still believe he will be fine and run through it, Willis is a warrior. If Willis cannot gear up for battle, Ronnie Hillman becomes a Must-Start Option. I hope I am not beating the trend with this one as I am one of the highest Experts on Willis this season. But if health becomes an issue, I will be glad I own Hillman on my squad. Knowshon Moreno fumbles too often, Lance Ball is not good. Hillman can only go up from here.
DANNY WOODHEAD – RB – NE
For some reason the Patriots like giving the ball to Danny Woodhead. He has good hands, but he cannot run. If I had to draw you a mental picture of what Woodhead is like on the field. I would describe you as a human being walking down the street. You see a newspaper stand and you head over to the newspaper stand. You buy your newspaper effortlessly and keep walking and going about your day.
That is what it’s like for a defensive player to tackle Danny Woodhead. If they want to do it, no matter who they are. They will just do it. The Patriots give it to him, he picks up 2 yards, and for some reason nobody questions why Stevan Ridley is not the 3rd down back or playing in hurry-up/shotgun formations. For now Woodhead is just a roster filler if you don’t have an active body. Shane Veeren will soon take over for Woodhead. Then soon after that Veeren will get injured agian.
NATE BUERLSON – WR – DET
The Lions Passing Game is one of the best in the NFL. Even though Stafford has been less than stellar so far, he will eventually return to 400 Yard/4 TD form. The good news is, Stafford has fallen in love with Nate Buerlson as one of his favorite targets even when he is at 250 Yard/2 TD form. So the numbers for Nate can be on the rise for good. Titus Young does compete for targets, but Nate appears to have built more trust in Stafford.
DEVERY HENDERSON – WR – NO
Want a desperation play this Sunday? Henderson can easily go 60 Yards for a TD, on one play. “The streaker” could not have been any happier when he found out Robert Meachem has left him to be the only pure vertical threat for Drew Brees. The Packers/Saints game will be high scoring, Henderson will be on the field a lot, and Henderson will get a couple deep ball targets.
BLAIR WALSH – K – MIN
If Ponder is going to start to be a great QB, than Walsh is going to start to be an ELITE kicker. A lot of you are new to BEAST DOME. That means you most likely missed this key article during the preseason. THE QB/K Strategy. Essentially you want to own the same QB/K to maximize your points for both. If Ponder starts to do well, than Walsh will be asked on for more opportunities. If Ponder does not finish the job, Walsh does. If you own both and follow the strategy, than you are the one who gets rewarded with the TD points from the FG.
RIAN LINDELL – K – BUF
Read above for Walsh. Same reasoning, though Lindell is more of a one week sleeper than a guy you want to own in the long run.
FALCONS – D/ST – ATL
Falcon Punch. New nickname for this tricky defense that is very hard to read. Should be an exciting group that at times cannot stop the run at all. But at times can create turnovers and huge points for your fantasy football team. If you own the Jets D/ST and heard the terrible news about Darrell Revis and his torn ACL. Well the Falcons are your new team.