Sep 28, 2009
Injuries are already starting to mount up and that has opened the door for some players to come in and make their mark. At the quarterback position, Donovan McNabb’s rib injury has allowed Kevin Kolb to come in and play. Kolb hadn’t played well in spot duty previously, but in the last two games, he’s thrown for 741 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Injuries have also allowed guys at the running back and wide receiver positions to get opportunities, including the likes of Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles, and San Francisco 49ers running back Glen Coffee, all of whom saw extended amounts of playing time in week 3. Some of these players are now relevant in fantasy football, while others are not. To find out which ones made the “Pick Them Up” list week continue on reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 4 Waiver Wire - Pick Them Up.
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QUARTERBACKS - PICK THEM UP
Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia Eagles)
As of now it appears McNabb will be ready to go for week five as the Eagles have a bye next week. If for some reason that is not the case then Kolb is a serviceable replacement. He has a good hold of the offense, which has weapons all around him and has demonstrated he can throw for a lot of yards and touchdowns. Be warned, though, he’s also thrown three interceptions in two starts so he is a bit turnover prone. The Eagles play against the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week five, so if McNabb experiences a set back and Kolb starts, he would make for a good spot starter in any league.
Mark Sanchez (New York Jets)
It is with some trepidation that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is on this list. After all, he is a rookie starting on a team that doesn’t have an elite receiver. But, in the first three games, Sanchez has played well not only from a statistical perspective, but on the field itself as he’s led the Jets to a 3-0 record. In those three wins, Sanchez has thrown for 606 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions (He has, also, added a rushing score). For now Sanchez should only be considered an option in very deep leagues as he has been a bit turnover prone as he has lost three fumbles in addition to his two interceptions thrown.
RUNNING BACKS - PICK THEM UP
Glen Coffee (San Francisco 49ers)
Frank Gore, San Francisco’s starting running back, had question marks surrounding his ankle injury heading into week three, and it didn’t take long to see why. Gore reaggravated his ankle just minutes into the Niners’ tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, paving the way for rookie Glen Coffee to take over. Gore reportedly has a high ankle sprain and will be out at least a couple more weeks. After Coffee took over, he had a day to forget as he gained just 54 yards on 25 carries, which is a 2.2 average. But, Coffee was going against a tough Vikings rush defense. He has flashed his potential before, and he’ll get at least 20 touches on the ball while Gore is out, so for those needing a running back, if Coffee is available he’s your guy.
Jerome Harrison (Cleveland Browns)
A hamstring injury kept Cleveland Browns starting running back Jamal Lewis out of the game this past week, though had he not been hurt, the Browns would’ve wanted him to give some of his carries away anyway as he has been terrible this season. Harrison got the start and rushed 16 times for 52 yards and caught five passes for 33 yards. He’ll get the start again next week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Harrison has some value in deeper leagues, but until the Browns offense starts clicking that value is limited.
LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles)
Westbrook’s ankle was bad enough that though he was originally expected to play some in week three he was eventually ruled out. McCoy stepped in and rushed 20 times for 84 yards with one touchdown. He also caught one pass for nine yards; note, though, that you can expect him to get more involved in the passing game moving forward. Even if Westbrook does return. you can still expect McCoy to get regular touches. But, if Westbrook does return, then McCoy only carries value in deeper leagues unless you want to stash him on your bench.
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