Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 4

by Bryce McRae and Cory J. Bonini on September 30, 2009 @ 17:08:56 PDT


Free agents to pick up in your fantasy football league

If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up in your league. Not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as to block others from adding the player to their fantasy football team.

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Glen Coffee, San Francisco 49ers

Starting back Frank Gore (ankle) left after just one carry in Week 3 because of an ankle strain, paving the way for the rookie Coffee to take over. His game was lacking any spark, though, as he finished with just 54 yards on 25 carries. He admitted he couldn't find a rhythm at the start of the game. On the season, he has 35 carries for 64 yards (1.8 yards per carry). He likely would see most of the carries if Gore sits out.

Gore's status for Week 4 is in jeopardy because of the ankle injury. It's possible San Fran will sit him down for a couple of weeks, aiming to bring him back 100 percent healthy after their Week 6 bye. In the next two weeks they also have home games against the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, two of the bottom 10 defenses against tailbacks in terms of rushing yardage.

Even with the Minnesota Vikings shutting down Coffee on Sunday, head coach Mike Singletary still stuck with the ground approach. It's their MO; they won't go away from it even if they have to bring back a 49-year-old Roger Craig. Coffee should be available in around 59 percent of leagues polled.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

Fantasy football leagues come in all shapes, so the following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Maurice Morris, Detroit Lions

The spoil of victory is an injured shoulder? Starting back Kevin Smith (shoulder) is hoping to play in Week 4 after hurting his shoulder in the Lions' 19-14 win over the Washington Redskins. Rookie back Aaron Brown could see a few touches, but Morris should be the one to benefit most if Smith sits out.

We likely won't know Smith's status until later in the week, possibly right up until game time. He's waiting to hear the results from his MRI. If you have the room (or own Smith), Morris is someone to add, especially if Smith were to miss any games. His value this week could be limited, though; he has just 10 carries for 25 yards this year, and the Chicago Bears, his Week 4 matchup, have done a decent job against the run. Morris is available in almost every league polled.

NEW - Chris Brown, Houston Texans

Bye weeks are upon us, and fantasy owners may find themselves scrambling to their respective waiver wires in effort of finding a serviceable play. Enter Brown and his 18 utilizations in the past two weeks. If he had not fumbled at the goal line versus the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday you would be reading a ringing endorsement from us. Head coach Gary Kubiak remains confident in Brown, especially near the end zone since Brown is a bigger back than starter Steve Slaton. Brown faces the Oakland Raiders this week, so look to add him if you need a one-week play or depth for the next several weeks.

NEW - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

Following an inactive listing for Week 2, Charles returned against the Philadelphia Eagles with 10 utilizations. He rushed six times for 36 yards and hauled in three passes for 34 yards. Fantasy owners in point-per-reception leagues should be able to count on seven to 10 points from Charles most any week, especially if the Chiefs can't get their defensive woes fixed. If you need a warm body in deep leagues, give Charles some love.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week of production; they may show talent but are buried on the depth chart; they may have a chance to play sometime this season because of injuries. Still, fantasy football players must know who these players are for their potential contribution in the future.

NEW - Sammy Morris, New England Patriots

Morris' utilizations have steadily climbed each week, topping off at eight last Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons. His eight touches for 62 yards marked a season-high performance from the veteran, but most of his production came via the pass (three for 46), which is usually Kevin Faulk's role. We witnessed an expected emphasis on the run begin in Week 3 with a 35-carry effort from the team's backs. Laurence Maroney (thigh) suffered a slight injury and didn't make it out of the first quarter, increasing the need for Morris. With a nine-point lead entering the fourth quarter, Morris didn't even carry the ball.

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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