Fantasy Football: Week Four Waiver Wire Pick Ups

by Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad)

I was recently asked by Fantasy Pros to rank the following players in terms of who I would target first of the wavier wire in Standard league formats this week. My data was coupled with a few other members of the Fantasy Football industry and can be viewed here Waiver Wire Ranking (Week 4) Since the results were averaged together with the other contributers I decided to provide my individual rankings for you, and because I feel that most of you, based on your questions from twitter, play in PPR formats I have ranked them under the pretense of that format(The players listed below are 50% or less owned in Yahoo leagues)


RB/WR/TE PPR Pickups    (Rank 1 - 20) Michael Pichan
Bilal Powell (RB - NYJ) 1
Ryan Broyles (WR - DET) 2
Heath Miller (TE - PIT) 3
Stephen Hill (WR - NYJ) 4
Kenbrell Thompkins (WR - NE) 5
Nate Washington (WR - TEN)
Johnathan Franklin (RB - GB) 7
Isaiah Pead (RB - STL) 8
Brandon LaFell (WR - CAR) 9
Kendall Wright (WR- TEN) 10
Santonio Holmes (WR - NYJ) 11
Alshon Jeffery (WR - CHI)
Jason Snelling (RB - ATL)
Aaron Dobson (WR - NE) 14
Ronnie Hillman (RB - DEN) 15
Brandon Bolden (RB - NE) 16
Jacquizz Rodgers (RB - ATL) 17
Andre Ellington (RB - ARZ) 18
Charles Clay (TE - MIA) 19
Austin Pettis (WR - STL) 20



Changing from Standard league format to PPR did not change who I ranked as my primary target this week, granted I own him in most all leagues I play in and here is why: Week 4 Waiver Wire: Bilial Powell





I upgraded Lions wide out Ryan Broyles for two reasons. One, being his dynamic play making abliity, despite the high injury risk and secondly because of this news here:



Nate Burleson broke his arm in two places during an early Tuesday morning car accident.

Upgrade Lions wide out Ryan Broyles on your waiver wire list this week. Broyles is very dynamic, and of course an injury risk as he has already endured multiple knee surgies, but he has proven that when he is on the field he has huge Fantasy upside. Last year Broyles had to compete for targets with Titus Young, Nate Burleson, and Brandon Pettigrew, and this year two of them will not be in the lineup and the other, Pettigrew, has not been as involved in the passing game compared to the last few years.


Heath Miller was top five in targets and touchdowns among tight ends last season and he should only get more and more involved in the offense as the season goes on. Miller was tied for the fewest snaps among tight ends last week.


* Titans WR Nate Washington and Kendall Wright

Surprise, surprise Kenny Britt has fallen out of favor with the Titans, figured if he was not injured by now he would do something stupid to cost himself playing time, which indeed has happened as rookie Justin Hunter has surpassed Britt on the depth chart it appears. Which in return means Kendall Wright moves up the food chain and Nate Washington becomes the focal point of the Titans passing attack. Now that Wright is healthy we are seeing Nate Burleson like production from him making Wright a steady, but not flashy PPR option most weeks. As for Nate Washington, when he gets the targets he usually provides as he did this past week with eight catches on ten targets for 131 yards.

* Cardinals RB Andre Ellington

Call this the pick him up now before it's too late pick. I would rank Ellington higher, but at the moment his immediate value is not as high as say Ronnie Hillman, Brandon Bolden, or J-quizzy, but I would not be surprised if Ellington out performs two of these three backs by the time it is all said and done.


If you have any questions on the rest of the rankings feel free to leave a comment below or send me a tweet, @FantasyNomad, I am always up for some good Fantasy Sports talk. Again, for those of you who want even more insight on the players above check out the orginal article at Fantasy Pros here Waiver Wire Ranking (Week 4) and be sure to bookmark this blog to to get all my articles including Daily League Sleepers and Value Plays each week and check out our Daily League Lobby on our homepage at to find Daily Free Rolls (Yeah that's right chance at free money).

Michael Pichan is the host of multiple Radio Network Shows, frequent guest on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports channel, contributor of written Fantasy advice and insight for, and FSWA member. If you have any questions or comments feel free to post in comment section and/or e-mail him at Also follow him on Twitter @FantasyNomad for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And tune in every Saturday for our Start/Sit Fantasy Football Google Hangout with Fantasy Insider Brad Costilo and download the Fantasy Football Show which airs every Thursday at 7pm and the 4th Down Fantasy Football Podcast with my self and Wayne Bretsky (click on blue for the links).


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