This week on the waiver wire we have some injuries, some good matchups and a pair of fullbacks making a big fantasy impact all over the league. With Steven Jackson and Ray Rice hobbled after week 3, both their backups look to find the end zone in week 4 at home. Even if you are 0-3 at this point, the waiver wire can be the key to the rest of your season, so make sure you pay attention every Sunday for injuries. Here is your waiver wire for week 4.
Waiver Wire: Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens: McGahee has scored 15 touchdowns in his last 18 regular season games. When this guy doesn’t start he smells the end zone. I know matchup with Pittsburgh is not pretty, but Baltimore will put points on the board. McGahee has 4 total touchdowns in 6 games versus Pittsburgh.
Waiver Wire: Bruce Gradkowski, QB, Oakland Raiders: With the matchup versus Houston, I expect a whole lot of points in this matchup. I also expect the Raiders to be trailing in this game, which bodes well for Bruce. The Texans have allowed an average of 26 points a game so far this season; they are vulnerable on defense and Gradkowski might just have a decent day in desperate two QB leagues.
Waiver Wire: Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns and John Kuhn, FB/RB, Green Bay Packers: Both of these former college fullbacks are making their presence felt on their respective clubs. Hillis has won the job from Jerome Harrison, and absolutely torched the Ravens last week, now he sees the Bengals and his carries should be about the same. Kuhn rushed the ball six times for 31 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards versus the Bears, Brandon Jackson only rushed the ball seven times for 21 yards. Kuhn has outperformed Jackson two weeks in a row now, and they have Detroit next week [sounds good to me].
Waiver Wire: Benjarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England Patriots: With Fred Taylor hobbled, Laurence Maroney traded, Kevin Faulk gone and Sammy Morris playing the disappearing act, the “law firm” [BGE] is a great play this week to score a touchdown Monday night at Miami. BGE rushed the ball sixteen times for 98 yards and a touchdown versus Buffalo last week, and with the continued injuries to the Patriots running game, their RBBC just turned into a one man show.
Waiver Wire: Kenneth Darby, RB, St. Louis Rams: With Steven Jackson hurting at the moment, it looks like Kenneth Darby will get the start on Sunday for the Rams when they play the Seahawks. Darby is a totally different type of back than Jackson, expect him to catch a few passes and be a part of the offense this week, especially with key injuries to the Seahawks defense and his touchdown he scored last week versus the Redskins [Marcus Trufant, Aaron Curry and Russell Okung].
Waiver Wire: LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: This week the Bucs are on their bye, that does not mean you should not be looking ahead to the rest of the season. Buy LeGarrette Blount because Cadillac has rushed the ball 55 times for 139 yards [2.5 YPC] and is simply ineffective so far this season. Earnest Graham has rushed the ball 9 times this season for 24 yards [2.2 YPC], neither of these guys are in jeopardy of taking any carries away from Blount at any point this season. The Bucs are 2-1 and Cadillac still hasn’t left the preseason garage yet this year, if he does not decide to produce real soon his job will be gone.