Fantasy Football 2014: Week 4 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 4 Waiver Wire Trends
September 24, 2014
It’s Wednesday, and that means that we fantasy owners have just one day to tinker with our lineups before Week 4 begins in the NFL. With that in mind, let’s take our weekly look at some of the favorable matchups out there and see how the trending waiver wire adds stack up on the schedule. Here’s a closer examination of the numbers and situations.
Detroit Defense: The Lions are one of the defensive units being snatched up this week in fantasy, and it’s not too hard to see why. They put up a pair of sacks with a fumble and recovery and TD in Week 3, all while holding the Packers offense to just seven points.
Looking ahead, Detroit has some pretty favorable matchups over the next few weeks. They’re in Jersey to take on the Jets in Week 4, then will see Buffalo and Minnesota after that. They’re a nice squad to string.
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Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers: With the byes starting this week, you’ll have to start thinking about replacements for every spot on your roster. Suisham is the guy to have if you need a kicker, as he’s coming off an impressive showing against Carolina. He booted three field goals in that one, two from over 40 yards out.
Suisham may well be worth keeping for the rest of the year; The Steelers have some nice matchups looming and he’s played very well so far.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Blount is back in fantasy owners’ good graces this week, thanks to a huge performance in mop-up time against Carolina. He finished with 10 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown in that one, and looks primed for more in the next few weeks.
The Steelers will see Tampa Bay, then Jacksonville, then Cleveland in the next few weeks. There should be plenty more mop-up duty for him in the near future. He’s a decent pickup at that level.
Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins: With Jordan Reed sidelined, Paul has really turned it on. He’s posted at least 68 yards and at least four catches in all three games so far, with his high coming in Week 2 against the Giants (eight grabs; 99 yards and a TD).
With the short week, Reed won’t be able to return to the field tomorrow against the Giants, and may not even make it back in Week 5. In the meantime, Paul is a logical fantasy pickup for the TE-needy.
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets: The Jets needed a receiver to step up big with Eric Decker ailing on Monday, and Kerley filled that slot. He finished with seven grabs for 81 yards and a score, far and away his best performance of the year.
As long as Decker is ailing (and this hamstring injury appears to be the nagging kind), Kerley will be the top target for Gang Greene. He should see plenty of targets against the Lions.
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