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Let’s get right into it this week, on to this week’s waiver wire wonders ...

Previously Listed Players

I’m still very high on Marshawn Lynch (Buffalo), owned in 65 percent of the leagues out there running on myfantasyleague.com. He’s starting right now for the Bills, but of more importance is that the rash of injuries at the position this past week has kindled trade talk for the veteran. Grab him from waivers and if owned, make a trade inquiry with the owner that has him. LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay) also continues to fly under the radar, owned in only 23 percent of leagues. Sometimes you need to dig deep at the position and hold a guy, waiting for that injury or for the coach to finally make up his mind that a guy can play.

I continue to preach caution with the New England Patriots tandem of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead. Green-Ellis has the best chance at some consistent numbers (in the range of 50-60 yards and a touchdown), Woodhead is more of a random guy due to him mainly getting his action in the air (in the range of 4-5 catches and 40 or so yards). I’d prefer to own the three guys I’ve got in this week’s ‘hot’ column, but those of you in deep leagues with a need at the position, I’d rank Green-Ellis in front of Woodhead. I just don’t see a 100-yard rushing game coming out of a New England back at any point this season.

On the wideout front, Roy Williams (Dallas) shows as being owned in 56 percent of the leagues. The bye week last week will keep the veteran under the radar, another performance in Week 5 like Week 3 will shoot him to the top of the waiver claims so get him this week before that happens. Brandon Lloyd (Denver) is owned in 55 percent of leagues, Lance Moore (New Orleans) in 51 percent. Both of these guys are in crowded depth charts, but both also have the capability of rising above the others on their respective teams over the course of the next few weeks.

Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit) is owned in 25 percent of leagues, but he’s playing himself into TE1 territory.  After a Week 1 stinker, he’s put up games of 108, 44 and 91 yards. Pretty impressive. If you don’t have one of the big five or six tight ends, consider making Pettigrew your No. 1.

Smokin’ Hot

RB Ryan Torain, Washington
We mentioned Torain in this space last week as a deep sleeper candidate, and this week he shoots all the way to the top of this week’s waiver wire heap. Mike Shanahan will pull guys all the way from the practice squad and drop them into the starting lineup, and that’s what has happened here. Seventy yards and a touchdown last week, an upcoming starting lineup spot for Week 5, he will be the top player taken this week if not already owned.

RB Michael Bush, Oakland

Injuries are rearing their ugly head around the NFL, with many productive fantasy players taking their lumps and moving to the sideline. If the lucky owner of Darren McFadden was not able to backup his ace and he’s available, then Bush will be a close second in this week’s waiver wire race. He had been operating as the goal line back, and now he’ll make a smooth transition into the role of the feature back. Though it hasn’t been confirmed that McFadden will miss any time, he has a history of being a slow healer.  Bush will be a solid fantasy player in his absence.

RB Mike Bell, Philadelphia

This is waiver wire heaven for the owner struggling to cover bye weeks at the running back position! A third player likely to be available in your league is likely to be moved directly into his team’s starting lineup. Sources are confirming that LeSean McCoy has a fractured rib, which is a very difficult injury for a back to play with in the NFL. Bell moved up the depth chart if McCoy misses some time, but with the Eagles being more of a pass-first offense, Bell has a lower fantasy ceiling than guys like Torain and Bush.

Solid Pickups

WR Davone Bess, Miami

Lost in the shuffle of Chad Henne’s Monday night implosion was the emergence of Davone Bess as Miami’s possession receiver. Nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown will get him noticed in fantasy circles, but it was his big-play ability that has his fantasy potential at a very high level. On more than one occasion, he was able to break free after the catch for extra yards and he made a nice play to get himself into the end zone. The Dolphins are on a bye in Week 5, but don’t overlook the potential here. Grab him this week and enjoy him as your WR3/flex going forward, especially in points-per reception leagues.

WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee

He’s given the Titans offense a spark, catching a touchdown in each of the last two games. With starter Justin Gage injured and likely missing some time, Britt steps into a starting situation where he can only improve on his numbers up to this point. With some favorable matchups coming up, Britt can be a low end starter and bye week filler for your team.

On The Radar

RB Derrick Ward, Houston

With Arian Foster on the bench, Ward took a hold of the role as his backup and ran with it. He totaled 80 yards and a touchdown on the day, definitely worth a stash as Foster’s backup if you have the room at the end of your roster.

WR Mike Thomas, Jacksonville

Starting opposite Mike Sims-Walker, this Mike is proving that he belongs in the NFL. He added five catches for 68 yards this week to his impressive rookie total already this season. Aside of a Week 3 letdown, he’s averaging five catches and close to 50 yards a game. Low-end fantasy material, but worth keeping an eye on.

WR Brandon Gibson, St.Louis

Time will tell if last week’s 50 yards and a touchdown are a sign of things to come or just an aberration. For those of you that need to cover a bye in the coming weeks and have the roster room, Gibson’s role in the offense is on the increase. The Rams pass the ball, a lot, always a plus for a wideout.

Deep and/or Dynasty Only

WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo

We dig deep at the wide out position, extremely deep.  Johnson has found the end zone in each of the last two week’s, but the Bills passing offense is, well, not that good. Desperate owners in deep leagues scanning deep on the waiver wire are the target audience here.

RB Brandon Jacobs, Giants

Don’t be fooled by his end-of-game numbers last week, Jacobs is listed here simply as the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw.

RB Maurice Morris, Detroit

Only the truly desperate need to apply here. As the feature back in Jahvid Best’s absence, the Lions couldn’t get anything going on the ground. Morris did see the ball five times in the air. Extremely minimal fantasy value here.