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Week 4 Waiver Wire Report


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QB Drew Bledsoe - DAL

Nobody will confuse Bledsoe for being nimble in the pocket, but as long as heís productive then who is complaining? Bledsoe is putting up solid yardage each week and heís getting into the end zone on a consistent basis. Against the 49ers, in what proved to be a good passing matchup, Bledsoe completed 24-of-38 for 363 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Heck, Bledsoe even surprised us with a 6 yd TD run. Donít expect anymore of those this year. Bledsoe has enough good matchups on the schedule that he could definitely come in handy if heís still lurking among your leagueís free agents.

QB Trent Dilfer - CLE

The question the last couple weeks has been Ė can Dilfer sustain his surprisingly good production? Through three weeks, heís in the top ten in most leagueís scoring with 822 yards, four TDs and two interceptions completing 69 out of 104 passes. The Browns are protecting him better than expected and their receiving corps is producing. They are getting healthier, too. Lee Suggs and Aaron Shea are slowing working their way back into the lineup. The rubber hits the road after the Browns week 4 bye. Dilfer faces two tough matchups (vs Chicago and at Baltimore) in a row that will serve as a litmus test for the rest of the season. Also, he took some lumps this week, so keep an eye on his status this week just to be safe.

QB Byron Leftwich - JAX

Itís doubtful that Leftwich is available in most standard leagues. He has thrown for 627 yards through three games completing 49-of-83 passes with four TDs and just one interception. He isnít completely healthy, but he has still been effective against two tough defensive matchups in a row. Down the playoff stretch, Leftwich has a favorable schedule featuring a run that includes Tennessee, Arizona, Cleveland, Indianapolis, SF, Houston and Tennessee again.

QB Eli Manning - NYG

Donít look now, but Manning is quietly in the top 10 range of fantasy QBs in most scoring systems. He dropped 352 yards and two TDs on the Chargers in a losing effort, but after watching him through three games itís safe to say heís the real deal. With 689 yards, five TDs and two interceptions so far, heís emerging as a solid backup option and a guy you could start with much less reservation on bye weeks if the matchup isnít dreadful. He still has to play Washington and Philly twice each and his first three matchups werenít exactly the toughest, but clearly the younger Manning is moving up the ranks in his second season.

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QB Mark Brunell - WAS

Brunell looks like he could be the Redskins starting QB as long as he plays accordingly. Joe Gibbs wonít stick with him if his play declines, though itís questionable whether heíd go back to Patrick Ramsey at any point barring injury. Brunell is like a caretaker for the position until Jason Campbell is ready, but as long as the Skins have playoff aspirations Brunell appears to be safe as the teamís starter.

QB Gus Frerotte - MIA

Frerotte continues to get the job done. Heís averaging over 200 yards per game and he has thrown five TDs to three interceptions. That ranks him around the top 15 fantasy QBs in most leagues. Heís not a guy that you get excited about as a backup, but as long as he can sustain his current performance levels heís someone to keep in mind. Unfortunately, Frerotteís value will likely dip over the next couple of weeks with the Bills and Bucs next on the slate.

QB Tim Rattay - SF

Rattay played well in week three against the Cowboys throwing for 269 yards with three TD and two interceptions. The highlight was an 89-yard TD to Brandon Lloyd. Rattay even added 21 yards rushing to top it off. Through three games, heís averaging a hair over 180 yds/gm with five TDs and interceptions each. If Rattay holds the job into the playoff schedule (weeks 14-17) then he could be a nice sleeper to sit on. Beginning in week 13, Rattay faces Arizona, at Seattle, at Jacksonville, at St. Louis and then home against Houston. In the short-term heís at Arizona next week then at home against the Colts before the bye.

QB Anthony Wright - BAL

To be perfectly honest, Wright might be an upgrade over Kyle Boller, but thatís not saying a whole lot. He struggled in week two, but he should be the Ravens starting QB over the next few weeks, so if youíre getting desperate, maybe Wright could help. The Ravens next four games are against the Jets, at Detroit, vs. Cleveland and at Chicago. He might have some usefulness in two of those games, so keep him on your short list in deeper leagues.

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QB Kelly Holcomb - BUF

J.P. Losman is struggling in his first year as the Bills starting QB. If he misses any time because of injury or otherwise, Holcomb might be able to produce some decent yardage with a good group of talented players surrounding him. Holcomb was highly productive at times with lesser talent in Cleveland. Holcomb isnít worth picking up right now, but heís worth keeping on the radar and snagging if Losman is benched or injured (though we honestly donít see Losman being benched anytime soon).

QB Josh McCown - ARI

McCown was thrown into action this week after Kurt Warner injured his shoulder. McCown finished the game and maybe called upon to start next weekís game or more if Warnerís not able to play. McCown gives the team more mobility in the pocket than Warner, but thatís about it. Heís not as accurate and the Cardinals offense doesnít move as well when McCown is behind center. Depending on Warnerís injury status, McCown maybe worth a flyer on the waiver wire. The Cardinals have three home games in a row against SF, Carolina and Tennessee, so if McCown is pressed into action for several weeks, at least the matchups appear to be decent.

QB Bradlee VanPelt - DEN

Thereís no reason to run out and grab Van Pelt now, but keep this youngster on speed dial if Jake Plummer gets hurt. Van Pelt played surprisingly well in the preseason prompting Mike Shanahan to elevate him to the #2 job. Heís a local kid and a fan favorite because of his ability to improvise and make something out of nothing. Van Peltís ability to scramble is a nice bonus for fantasy points and with the talent surrounding him, he could prove to be a quick study if thrown into the fire.

QB Seneca Wallace - SEA

Hasselbeck is playing quite well right now, but in the back of everyoneís mind is his lingering elbow soreness. If Hasselbeck is forced to sit out a game or two due to injury, Seneca Wallace is an intriguing play. Heís a poor manís Michael Vick. Wallace is athletic, fast and elusive with an improved throwing arm. Heís well versed in Holmgrenís offense now, and if called upon, he could prove to be a worthwhile gamble to play in Hasselbeckís absence.

Running Back

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RB Ron Dayne - DEN

Dayne will certainly be among the key players to watch tonight on Monday Night Football even though heís not even starting for the Broncos. Dayne was elevated to the backup job, allegedly, after Tatum Bell sprained his ankle on special teams duty last week. Bell practiced later in the week and should be fine to play tonight. Everyone will be anxiously watching to see how Shanahan plays his cards. While Anderson is a respectable player in his own right, itís hard to envision him playing through a 16-game slate after watching him struggle through the first two games with nicks and bruises. Dayne is worth rostering before tonight in the off chance he does break through as the teamís primary backup displacing Bell and putting himself into a prime position to start if Anderson falters.

RB Mewelde Moore - MIN

Moore responded well in his first significant action of the season. Michael Bennett was benched and Moore got the start against the Saints this week. He ran 23 times for 101 yards, though surprisingly, caught just one pass. His production as a receiver is sure to improve as itís one of his strongest suits, but he clearly looked better than Bennett did and it would be an absolute shock if Moore doesnít keep the starting gig for the immediate future pending injury or the unforeseen (Tice).

RB Marcel Shipp - ARI

J.J. Arrington was back on the field this week, but itís abundantly clear that Shipp is the more productive player at this point in their careers. Arrington ran five times for a paltry nine yards. Meanwhile, Shipp didnít exactly explode, but his 41 yards on 10 carries combined with two catches for 16 yards proved to be a much better option for Denny Green. Shipp doesnít have a clear-cut starting job and thereís the slight possibility that Green could wheel and deal for Michael Bennett, too. In the mean time, Shipp is the best option the Cardinals have at RB and he should continue to see more touches than Arrington.

RB Ricky Williams - MIA

Williams has served three games of a four game suspension. Up until this week the talk about Ronnie Brown being a bust was becoming rampant. However, Brown answered the bell with a huge game against the Panthers and so the Williams buzz will surely die down for now. Whether Williams sticks with the Dolphins or if he is dangled to the rest of the league as trade bait, he has value. If heís available, stash him on your roster for a rainy day.

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RB Derrick Blaylock - NYJ

The alarm went off for Curtis Martin owners last week when he suffered a strained knee and underwent an MRI. In most leagues, Blaylock was either drafted or snagged off the waiver wire quickly last week as the rumors and innuendo reached a fever pitch regarding Martinís balky knee. As it turned out, Martin had no damage. In typical Martin fashion, he suited up and played. Blaylock is worth a handcuff or even a pre-emptive pickup if you have a roster spot to burn. Martin isnít going anywhere right now, but letís keep in mind heís over 32 years old and he carried the ball a TON last year. The physics of such a workload may come into play at some point this year and last weekís sounding of the alarm may be a harbinger of things to come later this year.

RB Lamar Gordon - PHI

Gordon appears to be a quick study in the Eagles offense. Brian Westbrook is obviously the teamís featured back, but Gordon will have a decent role and marginal value, too. Heís clearly the biggest, most physical back on the Eagles roster and appears best suited for the teamís goal line duties. However, donít be fooled into believing that Gordon will be the teamís primary back if Westbrook is injured. Even though Ryan Moats has not been active, if Westbrook misses any game(s), then Moats would likely be the player to fill Westbrookís shoes with Gordon remaining in his current role (though likely with a few more opportunities).

RB Frank Gore - SF

Kevan Barlow isnít necessarily doing anything to lose his starting job, but if youíre paying close attention, Frank Gore appears to be working his way into a bigger role each week. This week Gore ran seven times for 42 yards compared to Barlowís 12 carries for 65 yards. If anything, the 49ers appear to be more than willing to make Barlow and Gore more of a running back tandem, then feature Barlow exclusively. Thereís no question about Goreís talent level. If it werenít for a few devastating knee injuries, weíd be talking about Gore in the same breath as Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee. Just know this Ė if Barlow falters for any reason, Gore will be there to run away with the starting job and never look back.

RB Duce Staley - PIT

Itís highly doubtful that Staley would be available in most leagues, but thereís a distinct possibility that a few owners cut ties with the veteran when Willie Parker burst onto the scene the first couple of weeks and Staleyís injury lingered. Staleyís just about ready now and was active this past week, but didnít play. Parkerís earned the starting job, but given the nature of RBs and injuries, that could change quickly. The Steelers boast one of the best ground games in the NFL, so Staley is worth adding in just about any league format knowing how quickly he could be thrown back into the fire. If Parker remains healthy, Staley will need to settle for backup work and perhaps some third down duties.

RB Lee Suggs - CLE

Suggs returned to the field this week in a reserve role. Reuben Droughns has locked down the starting job by playing well through the first few weeks, but Suggs is still an option for Romeo Crennel. In PPR leagues, Suggs has solid value. Heíll be used more as a receiver with Droughns being the lead back for the immediate future, but once heís 100% that could change. In some leagues, Suggs may have been cut due to his slow start due to injury.

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RB Ciatrick Fason - MIN

Fason isnít ready to be the Vikings starter by any means. However, Michael Bennett is rumored to be on the trading block and Mewelde Moore must prove he can handle the full-time workload and stay healthy over the long term. Last year, Moore emerged as the teamís best back (regardless of how stubborn Mike Tice has been while sticking with Bennett). Yet Moore was sidetracked after a few games in the limelight by a sprained ankle. Fason is one injury away from either becoming a part of the Vikings RBBC or working his way into a bigger role if Moore gets hurt or Bennett is dealt.

RB Ryan Moats - PHI

If Brian Westbrook gets hurt, Moats would probably emerge as the teamís featured back filling Westbrookís shoes. Lamar Gordon could also take on a bigger role, but Moats would be more likely to serve in Westbrookís capacity as a receiver and feature back with Gordon seeing a slight increase in carries and still handling the goal line and short yardage stuff.

RB Vernand Morency - HOU

Even though Morency hasnít sniffed the playing field yet in the Texansí first two games, there is more than enough reason to believe he will in the near future. Domanick Davis is struggling out of the gate and his history of breaking down doesnít bode well. Morency isnít the clear cut backup and Jonathan Wells would almost certainly be a factor if Davis misses a stretch of games. That said, Morency clearly has the talent and ability to emerge as the Texans featured back if Davis is out. If you own Davis, then picking up Morency might prove to be a wise move to protect yourself.

RB Damien Nash - TEN

Travis Henry will miss four games after it was revealed he tested positive for a banned substance. That means Nash is suddenly the teamís primary back behind the often-injured Chris Brown. That means over the next month, Nash could emerge as a short-term solution for deeper leagues and could have some value in regular leagues if the Titans work him into the mix and split carries between he and Brown in the same fashion they have been with Henry.

RB Alvin Pearman - JAX

Alvin Pearman is among the good hands people. The Jags cut WR Chad Owens after he muffed a couple punts last week and installed Pearman in his place. The rookie back from Virginia also serves as the teamís third down back, spelling Fred Taylor at times. Pearman is a solid, all-purpose, undersized back who could put up respectable fantasy numbers if Fred were to get fragile again. Heís worth a roster spot in PPR leagues where he has the most upside because of his receiving ability. Pearman saw some action in week threw Ė four rushes for 22 yards and an 8-yard catch while averaging 8 yds on four punt returns.

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RB Zack Crockett - OAK

Crockett is among the best short yardage runners in the league. Heís the Raiders primary backup to Lamont Jordan and would likely be the featured back if Jordan gets hurt. Justin Fargas has done nothing to impress the coaching staff in his tenure with Oakland and he lacks the power that Crockett brings to the table. In deeper leagues that are TD-heavy, Crockett is a decent sleeper to add for bye weeks.

RB Najeh Davenport - GB

The Packers running game isnít quite as alluring as itís been in the past several years, but Davenport is a guy to keep in mind if deeper leagues or if you own Ahman Green. Heís the back that would benefit the most if Green goes down. Heís also playing for free agency, as is Ahman Green.

RB Kevin Faulk - NE

Corey Dillon is slowly rounding back into shape. However, if Dillon were to miss any games due to injury, the Patriots long-time backup is still a viable option. Kevin Faulk caught five balls this week, but also fumbled twice. If Dillon is out for a while, Faulk would likely split carries with full-back extraordinaire Patrick Pass. Pass would likely be the short-yardage and goal line guy with Faulk handling about half of the rushing load. Both players can catch the ball well, too.

RB Anthony Thomas - DAL

Thomas was inactive this week because he doesnít play special teams and Tyson Thompson does. That does not mean that Thompson is the teamís primary backup to Julius Jones. It means if Jones were to miss a game or more due to injury, then Thomas would be activated and serve as the lead back. As long as Jones is healthy, however, Parcells will likely keep Thomas inactive and use Thompson as a dangerous return man who can spell Jones occasionally as well.

RB Michael Turner - SD

Turner is LaDainian Tomlinsonís primary backup. If you own Tomlinson and can burn a roster spot to secure Turner, then it would probably be a wise move. Darren Sproles would also figure into the equation if LT were to miss several games, but Turner would get the bulk of the carries and goal line work.

Others to Keep an Eye On

RB Cedric Houston - NYJ

Houstonís work a look in deeper leagues, especially if Martin has any more problems with his knee or otherwise. Derrick Blaylock is clearly the teamís backup, but Houston is an interesting option. Houston has the size and potential to be a lead back in the NFL, but he probably would only get an opportunity through a rash of injuries. Itís questionable whether Blaylock could handle the featured back job for the long haul if Martin went down. In that scenario, Houston would be a perceptive pickup and a back to worth gambling on.

RB Jerald Sowell - NYJ

Sowell got the call from the 1-yard line this week and cashed in with a TD. Heís not a typically useful back for most leagues, but may be a decent option in 14 or 16 leagues especially with PPR scoring (pts per receptions).

Wide Receiver

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WR Arnaz Battle - SF

Battle came up lame near the end of the 49ers/Cowboys game on Sunday, but if heís ok for next week, then he remains one of the better options out there. Chances are, like Lloyd, he was either drafted very late or picked up following a good start to the season. Battle is proving to be fairly consistent and productive enough to be a solid WR3 or WR4 in most league formats. He produced six catches for 68 yards and a TD this week.

WR Kevin Curtis - STL

Curtis replaced Isaac Bruce this week after Bruce went down with a turf toe injury. While serving as the teamís 3rd receiver, Curtis was already a significant threat to opposing defenses and a mild fantasy option in deeper leagues. Now, if Bruce canít go this week because of the toe, Curtis stands to be a potential top 20 or top 30 WR. Heís super-fast, elusive and a smart football player. Curtis caught a TD this week and produced five catches for 56 yards, but he could also be limited himself this week with a slight injury.

WR Braylon Edwards - CLE

A coach once said, ďthe good oneís come quickĒÖ In the case of Braylon Edwards, well, he is a good one. It is doubtful that Edwards is on the waiver wire in most leagues. In larger leagues, he could still be an option. He is a great player to stash at the back end of your WR corps. The upside is tremendous and he is creating a bigger role for himself each week. Trent Dilfer is going to be a solid presence at QB as long as he stays healthy giving Edwards, Bryant and Heiden all solid value moving forward.

WR Bobby Engram - SEA

In Engramís case, consistency reigns supreme. He was probably plucked off the waiver wire already in most leagues, but because he hasnít scored a TD, he might still be lingering. Engram is the possession receiver and steady target for Matt Hasselbeck. He caught another five balls for 54 yards this week giving him 18 receptions for 210 yards through three games. Steady and consistent, but Engram isnít going to score a ton of touchdowns. Engramís a nice WR3 in PPR leagues and otherwise a good WR to have coming off the bench during the bye weeks.

WR Robert Ferguson - GB

Ferguson was another hot commodity on the waiver wire following Javon Walkerís season-ending torn ACL injury. Ferguson might still be out there in smaller leagues without roster spots to stash such players. He caught a 37-yard TD and finished with four catches for 68 yards against the tough Bucs defense. That sort of production bodes well for the rest of the season as the matchups become better and he settles into the starting lineup.

WR Joey Galloway - TB

Like Terry Glenn, this former Buckeye receiver isnít very consistent week to week, but heís definitely capable of exploding for big plays and getting in the end zone. Galloway came out of the gates strong in week one, only to lay a goose egg in week two. In typical Galloway fashion, when you right him off, he bounced back with two TDs this week while catching five balls for 53 yards. The Bucs offense is well balanced now that Cadillac Williams gives them a legitimate threat on the ground. While that means the Bucs wonít throw as often as last year, the receivers will benefit from Williams presence and Galloway is proving to be a favorite target in the red zone for Brian Griese (much to the dismay of Michael Claytonís owners).

WR Terry Glenn - DAL

Two out of three ainít bad. Glenn probably wonít ever be a consistent scoring option for fantasy purposes, but his reunion with Drew Bledsoe has gone well so far and heís proving once again to be a good deep threat and big play receiver. Glenn produced 137 yards this week on five catches. Heís the Cowboys primary deep threat and he still has the speed and ability to separate making him a great gamble during the bye weeks if heís still available

WR Michael Jenkins - ATL

Donít look now, but if Michael Vick is developing a rapport with anyone else beyond Alge Crumpler, then itís definitely this talented second year receiver. Jenkins caught a TD this past week and produced a solid, but unspectacular four catches for 48 yards against a tough Bills secondary. There are some inviting matchups in the weeks to come, so if Jenkins is available, then grab him if you can. The next three weeks include games against Minnesota, New England and New Orleans Ė all matchups that appear to be favorable for Jenkins and Vick.

WR Greg Lewis - PHI

Lewis is like Bobby Engram. Heís a heckuva nice possession receiver who gives you consistent production, but nothing flashy. Lewis quietly caught another six balls this week for 70 yards. Like Engram, he was probably picked up in most leagues after the first week if he wasnít drafted in the last couple of rounds. Heís caught 4 or mote balls in all three games and with Terrell Owens opposite him on the field, he will NEVER see a double team.

WR Brandon Lloyd - SF

Lloyd exploded this week with a 89-yard TD catch and recorded the first 100 yard game of his NFL career. Lloyd finished with four catches for 142 yards and caught another 13 yd TD in the third quarter. The 49ers passing game isnít as bad as most people thought going into the season. Tim Rattay isnít a world-beater, but heís a solid caretaker for the 49ers until Alex Smith is ready. Lloyd isnít available in most leagues, but in smaller 8 or 10 team leagues, he could still be an option.

WR Travis Taylor - MIN

Taylor was a great sleeper play this past week and he didnít disappoint. With Nate Burleson out (sprained knee), Taylor caught three balls for 40 yards and two TDs Ė both coming in the first quarter. Taylor was probably drafted or picked up in most leagues already, but if heís still lingering out there then he is probably not going to last long and for good reason. The demise of Daunte Culpepper and the Vikings offense was greatly exaggerated. Taylor has plenty of upside and opportunity to produce, especially while Burleson is sidelined.

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WR Brandon Jones - TEN

Jones continues to improve week to week and is quickly becoming a player worth considering for fantasy purposes. Heís filling the old Derrick Mason role in the Titans offense, but he has a long ways to go before filling Masonís shoes in terms of production. Still, Jones is proving to be a quick study and his production in week three is definitely note worthy. He caught a 4-yard TD while producing five catches for 40 yards on the day. The Titans spread the ball around, so donít expect any consistent production yet, but heís emerging as a guy who could have a solid second half of the season and be a worthwhile spot starter down the road.

WR Samie Parker - KC

Parker emerged last week as a nice big play receiver for the Chiefs opposite Eddie Kennison. With defenses focusing primarily on the Chiefs running game and, of course, Tony Gonzalez, Parker will consistently have matchups that are exploitable each week. Heís undersized, but heíll go over the middle and has the speed to make big plays downfield. If he produces another solid game against the Broncos tonight, bump him up the list and pick him up as a potential spot-starter during the bye weeks.

WR Marcus Robinson - MIN

With Nate Burleson hobbled by a sprained knee, Robinson produced 80 yards this week on two catches. Heís a good red zone target and could figure to be a solid play in the next couple of weeks as long as Burleson isnít able to play. If/when Burleson returns, Robinson is more of a reach, but certainly still someone capable of producing in the red zone and using his size/speed down the sidelines to produce big plays when the Vikings spread the field.

WR Amani Toomer - NYG

Toomer was possibly cut in many leagues following a week one goose egg and sparse production after the first two games. But Toomer rebounded in week three with four catches for 84 yards. Eli Manning is doing a nice job of throwing the football to all of his receivers and the Giants offense as a whole looks like a team that will only get better as the season wears on. The downside with Toomer is what we saw the first couple of weeks. He may not be any better than the teamís fourth option behind Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey and Plaxico Burress. Toomer wonít be the most reliable option, but if the matchup makes sense, then Toomer is worth gambling on during the bye weeks.

WR Reggie Williams - JAX

Williams isnít producing starter-quality numbers yet as far as fantasy football goes, but heís proving to be a fun player to watch. He seems to come up with a couple big plays each week. His physical play and aggressiveness are infectious. Williams is still second banana behind Jimmy Smith, but he led the Jags receivers this week with five receptions and 54 yards. Thatís a good sign for a young receiver who has worked extremely hard in the offseason to make an impact this year. So far, so good, but heís still not quite there yet.

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WR Antonio Chatman - GB

Chatman isnít the kind of receiver one usually gets excited about. Heís small and elusive, but generally only a slot receiver and not likely to emerge as a starter even if injury strikes again. That would likely be a role for rookie Terrance Murphy. Still, Chatman is a capable possession receiver that Brett Favre looks for on check downs routinely. Chatman caught a 20-yard TD this week and will continue to see better matchups as the teamís slot receiver working against nickel corners. In deeper leagues that are TD-heavy, Chatman is a decent end-of-the-roster possibility.

WR Doug Gabriel - OAK

Ronald Curryís second Achilles injury in the last year swings the door wide open for Doug Gabriel to emerge as a fantasy consideration serving as the Raiders slot receiver. Gabriel is a big play receiver and it didnít take him long to make an impact. He caught 27 yard TD against a tough Eagles defense to tie the game in the 4th quarter on Sunday. He only caught two balls for 35 yards, but if Moss or Porter succumb to injury, then Gabrielís value would rise even higher. Heís a guy who is probably available in most leagues and someone with reasonable upside given the Raiders offensive potential.

WR Devery Henderson - NO

Donít look now, but Donte Stallworth laid his first goose egg of the season on his owners. This shouldnít be a big surprise, really. Henderson finally emerged this week by catching three balls for 95 yards to help offset Stallworth. Both players have crazy speed, but unfortunately neither one of them is the most reliable either. Henderson is worth rostering in deeper leagues, especially knowing how often Stallworth and Az Hakim are featured on the weekly injury report. Henderson is a big play receiver, but he still lacks polish and remains a long-term project for the Saints.

WR Chris Henry - CIN

It didnít take long for Henry to win the slot receiver job away from the talented, but underachieving Kelley Washington. Henry is a top-notch talent, who for whatever reason was a troublemaker off the field in college. So far, heís been a model citizen in Cincinnati and his recent play indicates he could develop into a solid playmaker even as a rookie. Henry will consistently be matched up against nickel corners that are smaller and slower than he is. Look for more breakout games the rest of the way, but he probably wonít be consistent enough simply because he wonít see as many targets as Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Still, his four catches for 51 yards with a 36-yard TD this week showcase his big play ability and fantasy potential.

WR Shaun McDonald - STL

If Isaac Bruce isnít able to play this week, then McDonald moves into the teamís No. 3 receiver role and becomes a decent player in deeper leagues.

WR Terrence Murphy - GB

Murphy is just a rookie, but heís a polished rookie who is in a unique spot to possibly emerge as a starter or slot receiver in the second half of the season. Anytime you can grab a starting receiver with Brett Favre tossing the rock, itís a worthwhile endeavor. Murphy isnít quite there yet, but heís not that far away either. Keep an eye on him and if you have a roster spot to play with, gamble on Murphy as a sleeper for the 2nd half of the season.

WR Koren Robinson - MIN

Robinson didnít make an impact in week three, despite Nate Burlesonís injury, but we expect him to become part of the Vikings offense in weeks to come. For now, heís the teamís No. 5 receiver behind Burleson, Taylor, Marcus Robinson and rookie Troy Williamson. If Burleson continues to sit out for longer than expected, Robinson might have a chance to emerge as a potential bye-week fill-in, but for now itís a waiting game and Robinson is anything but a sure thing until he proves himself worthy.

WR David Tyree - NYG

Tyreeís the kind of guy you just want to root for watching football on Sunday. Heís one of those guys that worked hard just to make a team. He became an elite special teams player and this year heís making an impact as a slot receiver. Heís cut from the Derrick Mason mold. Heís tough, fast and still getting better. If Amani Toomer or Plaxico Burress get hurt, Tyree could be considered as a potential starter (WR3/WR4). Until then, heís a good gamble, especially in dynasty leagues as an end-of-the-roster guy.

WR Roddy White - ATL

If White hadnít been hurt during training camp he wouldíve already been starting for the Falcons opposite Michael Jenkins. As far as talent goes, White has the whole package. Heís big, fast and makes plays after the catch. Once he gets his legs underneath him playing at the NFL level, he should develop into a solid #2 NFL receiver. Thereís an outside chance he could develop into a player with fantasy value in the second half of this year. If Vick gets hot then White could be a beneficiary along with Michael Jenkins and, of course, Alge Crumpler. The downside is weíre talking about a rookie receiver coming off an injury that could be no better than the third wheel on an average passing team. Somewhere between there is a sleeper in deeper leagues.

WR Troy Williamson - MIN

Williamson caught his first NFL touchdown this week. The Vikings 1st round pick is being thrust into a bigger role because of Nate Burlesonís injury. Heís still developing, but clearly you canít coach speed and this kid has a lot of it. The Vikings desperately needed a big play threat to emerge after dealing Randy Moss. Maybe Williamson can help fill that role to some extent, but as a rookie, heís not going to be consistent and there will be some bumps along the road as he improves.

Others to Keep an Eye On

WR Ernest Wilford - JAX

Wilford isnít a one week wonder. Heís more like a three or four week wonder. Thatís about how many touchdowns he might catch this year. When he doesnít catch a TD, most weeks, heís not worthwhile. His only worth might come in deeper leagues that are TD-only as a reserve for the bye weeks. Heís not going to jump past Jimmy Smith, Reggie Williams and Matt Jones in terms of fantasy value.

Tight End

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TE Courtney Anderson - OAK

Anderson caught two TDs in the season opener and then laid a goose egg in the following week. Thankfully, he rebounded with a strong week 3 catching five balls for 100 yards against the Eagles. If heís lingering around on your leagueís waiver wire, then pick him up. At the very least, heís a great backup and excellent spot starter in the bye weeks.

TE Ernie Conwell - NO

Conwell produced another strong game for the Saints this week. The Saints coaching staff is constantly prodding Aaron Brooks to check down and use his tight end more frequently this year. Brooks seems to be listening, too. Conwell caught three balls this week for 65 yards including a 13 yd TD in the second quarter. Conwell is a significant part of the Saints offense and he might even be considered the teamís second option in the passing game beyond Joe Horn. If heís still available in your league, heís a great player to add with definite starter or impact potential.

TE Erron Kinney - TEN

Sometimes this column can be repetitive, but the Titans TEs are going to be busy this season. Kinney and Ben Troupe are both ďstartersĒ because the Titans base offense features both tight ends with a single back and two receivers (instead of using a fullback). Kinney is seeing many targets, and while heís not catching TDs (see Troupe), heís easily a worthwhile option in most leagues that require a TE in the starting lineup.

TE Marcus Pollard - DET

Pollard was idle this week as the Lions come off their bye. In week one, he was frequently targeted by Harrington in the middle of the field as the defense double teamed Roy Williams and schemed to stop Kevin Jones and the running game. Pollard will see no shortage of single coverage or mismatches this year and the Lions seem quite willing to target him frequently. If heís available, add him while you can. He could easily finish among the top 10 TEs this year.

TE Jerramy Stevens - SEA

Stevens caught another three balls for 34 yards this week. Heís been a consistent performer through three weeks and would appear to be the teamís starting tight end even when Itula Mili returns from injury.

TE Ben Troupe - TEN

Troupe is not likely to be on the waiver wire expect in 8 or 10 team leagues, or maybe if TEs are not required. At this point, regardless of the league, Troupe is a nice option to add to your roster. He scored in two of the teamís first three games and he will only get better as the season wears on.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

TE Alex Smith - TB

After opening his NFL career with two touchdown catches in week one, Smith has been quiet the past two weeks. Remember that Smith is a talented pass-catching tight end who will ultimately thrive in Jon Grudenís offense, especially with a super running back drawing the attention of the defense in the red zone.

Add for Later (Sleeper potential)

TE Teyo Johnson - ARI

Sure, Teyo Johnson has been a bust so far in the league. Yet, there are some people in the league that feel like Johnson didnít get a legitimate opportunity in Oakland - for whatever reason. Denny Green doesnít think of Teyo as a bust at all. In fact, he looks at him like a rookie tight end with plenty of upside. The Cardinals donít utilize their tight ends much (so far), but if Johnson has a chance to overcome the stigma of being a ďbustĒ, then this would be a good place for him to do so playing for Green.

TE Aaron Shea - CLE

Steve Heiden was the big waiver wire pickup the last couple of weeks, but it should also be noted that Aaron Shea is close to returning to the lineup. Shea and Heiden both play a lot when they are both healthy, which means Heidenís numbers will probably fall a little (if not making him a bit more inconsistent). Shea isnít a guy who will be a weekly starter in any league, but like Heiden, he could be a decent gamble during the bye weeks because of his ability to get open in the red zone and make big catches.

TE Trent Smith - SF

Smith could emerge in the next few weeks as the eventual starter replacing the injured Eric Johnson. For now, however, Steve Bush is filling that role and the 49ers havenít utilized their tight ends much in the first few weeks, so heíll probably linger on the waiver wire for a bit longer until he actually does something.

Add for Insurance (Injury or bye week replacement)

TE Kris Wilson - KC

If you are a Gonzo owner, and you donít own Wilson yet, then wait until after the Chiefs bye week if you can, then grab him for insurance to protect yourself in the event that Gonzo gets hurt. Wilson is a capable receiver that the team hasnít utilized in the offense yet. That would change in a hurry if Gonzo isnít able to play, but by then it would be too late.


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PK Rob Bironas - TEN

Bironas has two consecutive weeks of solid production. The Titans offense isnít nearly as bad as some people thought heading into the season either. He could be a solid addition as the Titans have historically been a decent spot for kicking points.

PK Paul Edinger - MIN

Edinger is 6-for-7 in FG attempts and he plays more than half of his game indoors. As far as kickers go, he should have many opportunities to produce and after the Vikings horrible start, heís probably available.

PK Neil Rackers - ARI

Rackers is well on his way to becoming the leagueís most productive kicker after three weeks. Heís 10-for-10 already. Enough said.


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TD Cincinnati Bengals - CIN

The Bengals have an amazing 12 interceptions in three games. Thatís what happens when you play Kyle Orton and Daunte Culpepper. Of concern is their pass rush which has produced only two sacks in three games, but the run defense is better this year and this group will only get better as they gain experience and confidence under Marvin Lewis.

Add For Depth (Starter potential)

TD Kansas City Chiefs - KC

Watch the Chiefs defense tonight. They are allowing only 64 rushing yds/gm heading into this one with 7 turnovers and 4 sacks. If they handle the Broncos on the road, then pick them up quickly. The additions of rookie Derrick Johnson, Sammy Knight and Kendrell Bell could be exactly what they needed. Their pass defense is still a reason to be concerned, but a lot of those questions could be answered tonight.

TD St. Louis Rams - STL

The Rams can get after the opposing QB. They have nine sacks in three games. Theyíve also done a good job against the run holding their opponents to 203 rushing yards combined. If they continue to force turnovers (7 so far) then theyíll be a decent bye-week defense if the matchup is right, and who knows, possibly earn some consideration as a starter some weeks.

TD Tennessee Titans - TEN

The Titans defense has been much better than advertised through three games. They have 10 sacks, 6 turnovers and two TDs off returns. If they are available, grab them if you can, just donít start them against the Colts.

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