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Week 4 Waiver Wire Targets

Ryan BroylesWeek 3 is in the books and that means now it’s time to prepare for the bye weeks. The market is probably starting to thin out in many leagues, but there are still options out there.  Here’s a look at players to target on the waiver wire going into Week 4.

Ryan Broyles (WR, Lions)

The big news today is that Nate Burleson has a broken arm as a result of a car crash. That means someone has to fill a bigger receiver role in Detroit. Broyles is coming off knee surgery and the Lions will likely be working him back in slowly. That said, they need someone besides Megatron to throw to. He was in on only 17 snaps in Week 3, but caught 3 passes for 34 yards. He could be a fill in option as he is eased back in to more consistent snaps.

Alex Smith (QB, Chiefs)

Smith has been pretty decent with his new team in 2013 as he’s averaged 16.7 fantasy points per week. He’s still available in 69% of ESPN leagues, so he’s a good target if you need QB help going into Week 4. His matchup with the Giants is a good one.

Brandon Bolden (RB, Patriots)

It looks like Ridley, Bolden, and Blount are seeing an equal number of snaps in a true committee in New England. However, Bolden is definitely being brought in on pass plays which makes him a PPR threat out of the backfield. In Week 3 he had 4 catches for 49 yards. Brady always needs targets, so Bolden could be a great add going into byes.

Johnathan Franklin (RB, Packers)

Franklin came in to fill in after Starks went out with an injury in Week 3, and he did a good job.  He piled up 13 carries for 103 yards as well as 3 catches for 23 yards. The downside is that he’s 3rd on the depth chart and he’s struggled in pass protection. Green Bay has a bye in Week 4 and starter Eddie Lacy should be back in Week 5, but Franklin made a case for a larger role. If you have a bench slot he might be worth stashing for a rainy day.

Jason Avant (WR, Eagles)

It seems as soon as bye weeks come along Avant always starts showing up on these lists. He isn’t going to receive a ton of targets each week, but he will show flashes. In Week 3 Avant had 5 catches for 87 yards. Granted, they were in garbage time. But, garbage time points count in fantasy.

Rod Streater (WR, Raiders)

Streater is a repeat on this list, but he’s still available in 98% of ESPN leagues. Oakland’s offense is still growing, and Terrell Pryor needs all the receiver help he can get. Denarius Moore has been solid, but they need Streater to continue to step up. He had 3 receptions for 42 yards in Week 3.


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