Oct 1, 2012
The fourth week of NFL games is over and the waiver wire is looking surprisingly dry for the first time this season. Nevertheless, there is still some value out there for those that have the roster space. A majority of the fantasy football waiver wire adds we recommend this week are the same ones we recommended last week, which goes to show just how useful this article can be for getting the jump on potential adds.
Be sure to check out our “Carryovers from Last Week” section because in most cases those guys hold the most value.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 4 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers. If you are wondering who to cut to pick these one of these players up, stay tuned for our Week 5Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Cut List.
RUNNING BACKS—PICK THEM UP
Jackie Battle, RB, San Diego Chargers
Jackie Battle looked the part of the San Diego Chargers’ lead back in his Week 2 season debut. He rushed 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. His role declined as expected with the return of Ryan Mathews in Week 3. He had only three carries but made the most of them with 55 yards rushing. In an unexpected turn of events, Battle found himself starting in Week 4 because of Mathews’ ball security issues. Battle didn’t look particularly strong on the ground with an average of only 2.6 yards per carry but he did chip in four receptions and finished the day with 81 yards and two touchdowns on 19 touches. That’s not bad at all for a guy who split time the whole game.
The Chargers have had most of their recent success over the last few years running with a backfield tandem. Though it’s unlikely that Battle will remain the lead back in the offense, it seems reasonable to expect him to maintain at least a third of the workload. He’s worth adding as a potential weekly flex play in deeper leagues or as a handcuff for owners of the fragile and fumbling Mathews. He’s only 20% owned in Fleaflicker leagues so grabbing him shouldn’t be too hard.
Consider Adding In: 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially as a handcuff
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