Week four provided most owners with some ridiculously high scoring games that included a 52 point showing for the Patriots, 34 points for the Bears on MNF, and 37 points for the Chargers. Green Bay and New Orleans posted seven touchdowns, and there were some high point totals even for several defenses including SD, Cincy, and Miami. We hope that you had the right guys playing, as in my two personal leagues, there were some very high scoring, but very close outcomes. Some of my mentions as last minute add's and hot pickups really helped out teams that took note as to what I was writing about. 7% owned Andre Roberts posted a monster 6-118-2 line after I said a 5-70-1 line could help your team as a last minute pick-up. Jackie Battle put up 81 total yards and two scores and has been named the Chargers starting back after we mentioned him last week as a hot pickup for week 4. And James Jones went off for 5-56-2 the week that PFS put him on blast. We don't always get it right, and in fact, we don't always follow through with our own advice (we missed out on Roberts and Jones in our leagues), but we aim to make a calculated guess that can help you win games each week. If you are on the edge about a breakout player, or need help deciding who to grab off of the wire in your league, then keep reading. Post feedback. And let us know about your championship team come January.
Brandon Bolden RB NE - If you know Bill Belichick at all, you know that each offensive player on the Patriots is just a piece to a weekly puzzle. He micromanages matchups, game plans, and schemes to help give New England the advantage on the field. While this can mean good things for Patriots fans, it may not mean the same to fantasy owners. Bolden is an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi just like old friend Ben Jarvis Green Ellis, and seems to share very similar qualities - which fits perfectly into the Patriots schemes. Bolden broke out last week against the Bills with over 100 yards rushing and a score, even though he was technically the 4th back on the depth chart. I don't think that BB likes Vereen all that much, and Woodhead is merely a third-down-and-long type of back. Grab Bolden while you still can - and hope for the best, which could mean a starting gig at some point in the Pats high powered offense. You could be laughing all the way to the bank by week 8 with Bolden.
Jerome Simpson WR Min - Simpson came back in week 4 after a three game suspension for substance abuse to the tune of 4-50-0 for Minnesota. Remember this is a guy who is one season removed from a 50-725-4 campaign playing second fiddle to AJ Green in Cincy. I like what Christian Ponder is capable of, and with AP healthy and Harvin and Rudolph both stepping up, Simpson could be free to match his numbers from a season ago in three fewer games. Owned in just 26% of Y! leagues, Simpson is a great pick up for those let down by Ramses Barden and Kevin Ogletree, or as a fill in for Megatron, Burleson, or Vincent Jackson. Strike before this iron heats up.
Steven Hill WR NYJ - Hill is more of a speculative add in my book, as the 6'4" rookie out of Georgia Tech will most certainly be called upon to fill in for the injured Santonio Holmes in New York. We will see how he handles double coverages in the red zone in the coming weeks, and the quarterback situation in NY is murky at best, but Hill will most certainly get some looks with the first team offense. Probably best utilized as a bench receiver at the moment, Hill is a candidate to break out at any moment with the way things have shaped up for the Jets. At least put this guy on your watch list for now.
David Wilson RB NYG - While we all know that Wilson has been in coach Coughlins dog house after a week one fumble, we also know that Andre Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw are not the most durable backs in the NFL. Wilson has shown crazy explosiveness on return duty, and there is certainly a reason the Giants spent a first round pick on the rookie back out of Virginia Tech. Grab the 18% owned running back if you have the room on your roster and avoid using a waiver claim when he finally does break out.
Vincent Brown WR SD - Brown is on track to join the Chargers from his broken ankle when scheduled in week 7, so this is a player to watch in deeper leagues. Brown was on track to take over the starting receiver gig vacated by Vincent Jackson, so the team clearly has big plans for him. I see him as being an upgrade over Robert Meachem when healthy as the teams third receiving option behind Gates and Floyd. Rivers is a good enough quarterback to get him the ball regularly, so Brown could be a valuable option down the stretch. Put Brown on your watch list and be ready to pounce when he joins the team. This is a guy who recorded 17 first downs on his 19 catches as a rookie last season as the Chargers fourth option in the passing game.
Ryan Tannehill QB Mia - Tannehill is owned in just 8% of Y! leagues as a rookie this year, but I like him more than several QB's who are owned in more leagues than him - Locker, Tebow, Sanchez, Cassel, and possibly even Carson Palmer. If you are in a two QB league, or are dealing with the bye week blues and injuries, take a peek at the rookie QB out of Texas A&M, as the 'Fins didn't use the 8th overall pick on him for no reason. The Dolphins will certainly struggle to put up points this year, but they also play some pretty bad pass D's the rest of the way. Add to that the fact that guys like Brian Hartline and Devone Bess have really stepped it up, and Reggie Bush is a great checkdown option out of the backfield for the rookie. Tannehill is most definitely not a weekly starting option, but won't necessarily hurt you with 200 yards and a couple of scores each game. He will only get better with this offense as he learns the ins and outs of the NFL. He has already made Hartline a star with his arm.