NFL fantasy football: Week 4 waiver wire
- Published: Sept. 23, 2012 at 09:35 p.m.
- Updated: Oct. 8, 2012 at 03:29 p.m.
Need to improve your fantasy football roster? NFL.com has you covered! Each week, we'll offer up the 10 players you need to target off the waiver wire in that never-ending quest for a fantasy league championship. The number listed in parenthesis next to the player's name is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that he is still available as a free agent.
1. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions (29.1 percent):
Leshoure is back from a two-game suspension and got the start against the Tennessee Titans, so he's already passed Kevin Smith on the depth chart. The Illinois product went off in the contest, posting 134 total yards and his first NFL touchdown. Leshoure has a ton of upside and needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues right now. (Wade Payne/Associated Press)
2. Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants (63.1 percent):
Brown was mentioned in this space last week, but he remains a free agent in a ton of NFL.com leagues. That shouldn't be the case after Week 3, however, as he ripped the Carolina Panthers for 130 scrimmage yards and one touchdown on Thursday night. Even when Ahmad Bradshaw comes back, Brown should still be a big part of the offense. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)
3. Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants (62.5 percent):
A former Dallas Cowboy, Bennett has turned into one of Eli Manning's favorite targets in 2012. Not only has he found the end zone in each of his first three games as a member of the G-Men, but Bennett is currently one of the top-ranked tight ends in the league based on fantasy points. He needs to be owned in all leagues. (Mike McCarn/Associated Press)
4. Tashard Choice, RB, Buffalo Bills (99.9 percent):
With Fred Jackson (knee) and C.J. Spiller (shoulder) both injured, Choice is next in line for carries in Buffalo. There have been reports that Jackson could practice this week and return to action in Week 4, however, so be sure to keep tabs on his health status. In a best-case scenario, Choice could start in at least one contest. (Rick Osentoski/US Presswire)
5. Daniel Thomas, RB, Miami Dolphins (97.9 percent):
Reggie Bush was forced to leave Sunday's game against the New York Jets with an injured leg, leaving Thomas to post 69 rushing yards and one touchdown. The Kansas State product could end up with a bigger role in the offense in Week 4, so he needs to be added in most leagues. Remember, Bush hasn't been a durable player in his career. (Rhona Wise/Associated Press)
6. Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee Titans (53.2 percent):
A preseason sleeper on NFL.com, Locker broke out against the Lions with 378 passing yards and two touchdowns in a 44-41 win. He even rushed for 35 yards, which is 11 more than Chris Johnson. While he might not emerge into a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, Locker is worth a roster spot as a matchup-based starter in most fantasy formats. (Joe Howell/Associated Press)
7. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (82.8 percent):
A talented pass catcher, Rudolph posted two touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers and has now scored three times in his last two games. Christian Ponder is looking in Rudolph's direction when it matters the most - in the red zone - making the Notre Dame product a viable starter. He's well worth a look if you need at tight end. (Genevieve Ross/Associated Press)
8. Ryan Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (51 percent):
Is there a changing of the backfield guard in Arizona? Beanie Wells has done nothing in the stat sheets and suffered an injured toe in Week 3. In his absence, Williams totaled 95 scrimmage yards against a tough Philadelphia Eagles defense. Any time there's a potential No. 1 running back on the waiver wire, it's a good idea to grab him. (Jennifer Stewart/US Presswire)
9. Andrew Hawkins, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (96.9 percent):
Hawkins is now on the fantasy radar after posting 66 yards and one touchdown in a win over the Washington Redskins. He has found the end zone in two of his first three games of the season, and caught an impressive eight passes in the contest that he was held without a score. Hawkins faces the Jacksonville Jaguars next. (Nick Wass/Associated Press)
10. Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (79.5 percent):
Miller, once considered a top-flight fantasy option, has re-emerged into a valuable asset. After three weeks, the veteran out of Virginia has already scored four touchdowns including at least one score in each contest. One of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite red-zone targets, Miller can help fantasy leaguers hurting at tight end. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)