Waiver-Wire pickups – Week 4

Right now, your team either has a winning record or a losing record. Hopefully it’s the former, but either way, finding the right guys to pick up is the most important thing you can do to help your team win. Without further ado…

1. Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs – Let me give you two players stats for 2013 so far:

Player A: 57% completion rate, 698 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

Player B: 61% completion rate, 669 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Looking at the stats, they’re pretty even, with a slight edge going to Player B, right? Well once you peel back the curtain, Player A is Tom Brady and Player B is Alex Smith. Now, I could give you 100 reasons why Tom Brady is going to bounce back and have a great rest of his season (much better than that of Alex Smith), but so far, the Chiefs quarterback has been on par with Tom. Smith (as well as the entire Chiefs offense) does not have a turnover all season long. You know he wont make mistakes and he almost guarantee’s you double digit fantasy points, so pick up Smith if you are scrambling for a QB during the first week of bye’s.

Missing Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton on bye's? Pickup sticks. I mean Smith.

Missing Aaron Rodgers or Cam Newton on bye’s? Pickup sticks. I mean Smith.

2. Bilal Powell, RB, Jets – Now that he is firmly entrenched as the starter for the Jets (Chris Ivory is expected to miss time with a hamstring injury) Powell becomes a must pick up in all leagues. He has averaged 13 fantasy points the past 2 weeks, but the more interesting thing is how he got those points. In week 2 vs. the Patriots, Powell had only 48 rushing yards but managed to find the end-zone. Then in week 3, he could not capture that elusive score, but he did manage 149 yards rushing. This just goes to show you that Powell has the ability to get you fantasy points in a variety of ways, which is always refreshing to know for potential owners.

Looks like Tebow taught something during his stint in New York

Looks like Tebow taught something during his stint in New York

3. Saints D/ST – The much improved pass rush of the Saints should have a field day against the Dolphins this weekend who have allowed the second most sacks in the NFL this season so far. New Orleans has also not allowed over 20 points one time this year and are only allowing an average of 184 passing yards against so far in 2013. If you are looking for a “plug and play” defense for week 4, then look no further.