It's far too early in the Fantasy Football season to start planning for the playoffs, even if you're 4-0. However, it's a sage move to begin analyzing your bench and the waiver wire in preparation for a successful run through the upcoming bye weeks. Week 4 proved to be "boring" compared to the fireworks in week 3, but we still have some new storylines/injuries that we can hope to exploit through the waiver wire. Let's get to it!
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
I was shocked to find Hillman at only 34 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues. Hillman has outplayed C.J. Anderson all season, and is now being called the "co-starter" by Coach Kubiak. It's clear that the Broncos have offensive line issues, which I think gives even more edge to Hillman. Anderson is a bowling ball who needs holes to be opened to get his momentum going into the second level, while Hillman is a speed back who can create on his own. Hillman is an every week FLEX option, and an immediate RB1 if CJA goes down.
Duke Johnson Jr., RB, CLE
Cleveland played really well Sunday and almost stole an away game from the Chargers. Johnson is best owned in a PPR league, which he validated yesterday with nine receptions for 85 yards and a TD. Crowell will continue to see early down work, but Johnson has the most upside in this backfield.
Antonio Andrews, RB, TEN
Who? I know, most of you may not know this name, but he may have stolen the lead RB role from Bishop Sankey in Week 3 for the Titans. This hasn't meant anything in years, but now with Mariota at the helm, Andrews could prove a worthy FLEX option if the Titans offense continues rolling. And on that note ...
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, TEN
If you follow college football, you know that Dorial was the next Megatron a few years back before his off the field issues torpedoed his CFB career. At 6-foot-5, 237 pounds with wheels and SERIOUS hops, Green-Beckham is a red zone target created by Dr. Frankenstein. He has scored the last two weeks against Vontae Davis and Joe Haden; two of the best CB's in the NFL. Whisenhunt hopefully will see the light and replace Harry Douglas with Green-Beckham in an every-down WR role, and he could ride Mariota's upside into a big rookie fantasy campaign. Then again, trusting Whisenhunt to do the smart thing is ...
NY Giants DST
This feels so good to write. The Giants defense looks GOOD right now!!! It has been a long time since I considered a Big Blue defense in a fantasy league, but we are a top 5 play this week at home vs the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick is on pace for 56 sacks this year, and genuinely looks lost right now. You know you're playing poorly when some pundits are calling for Blaine Gabbert to replace you.