Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 4

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Through only three weeks of NFL action this is already shaping up to be one of the craziest fantasy football years yet.

It seems each week there's someone new out there you need to jump on and pick up or run the risk of getting passed by. Consistency is what pays dividends in this little game we love to play and it's progressively getting harder to maintain each and every week.
Here are some waiver wire options that you might want to take a look at before your league counterparts can beat you to the punch.
Each and every year there are a few guys that lay around on the waiver wire for a few weeks before exploding onto the scene and becoming fantasy legends like Ryan Grant from a year ago.
It's important you keep evaluating your talent each week and don't be afraid to drop someone on your roster that has been getting by on name recognition alone.

Brian Griese Bucs, QB - If you're a Bears fan, this is the last name you'd like to be reading right now. The Griese-man dropped back a mind boggling 67 times against the Bears and walked away with over 400 yds passing and a pair of TDs. Coach John Gruden is typically known for a ground and pound offense, but it seems the tide is turning this season. Griese isn't a bad play in leagues that start two QBs, especially if you need a backup.

Jason Campbell Redskins, QB - Currently owned in 73.9% of ESPN leagues, Campbell seemingly figured out how to effectively play in head coach Jim Zorn's offensive system and fantasy owners should be taking notice. After laying an absolute egg opening night against the Giants (15-for-27, 133 yds), Campbell has bounced back in a big way the past two weeks (514 yds, 3 TD).

Steve Slaton Texans, RB - Looking at the Texans running back corps going into this season, it was easy to foresee Slaton would eventually get his turn at the starting gig. With Ahman Green and Chris Brown in front of him, it was only a matter of time before they came down with an injury, clearing the way for the rookie out of West Virginia. And he delivered last week against the Tennessee Titans, arguably the best defense in football (116 yds, TD). He's officially the starter on this team, making him a fantastic waiver wire pickup.

Le'Ron McClain Ravens, FB/RB - All the talk centered around rookie RB Ray Rice earlier in the season, but not anymore. McClain has carved a niche for himself in the Ravens offense and most importantly, is getting the goal line carries instead of starter Willis McGahee. He received only two fewer carries than McGahee in week three and delivered with 66 yds and two TDs.

Antonio Bryant Bucs, WR - With burner Joey Galloway out with an injury, Bryant quickly became Brian Griese's new best friend and torched the Bears secondary (10 catches, 138 yds). He could make a great play in PPR formats.

Bobby Engram Seahawks, WR - Yes, he's missed the first three games of the season due to injury.

But the 'Hawks have a bye in week four and guess who's right on track to make his triumphant return to their lineup? You guessed it and there's a strong possibility he's just lying around on the waiver wire for the taking. Owned in only 40% of ESPN leagues, Engram could be an unbelievable pickup this late into the season. Remember, this is a guy who posted 1,147 yds and six TD last season. You wouldn't mind that would you?

Deion Branch,/strong> Seahawks, WR - See Bobby Engram. Also coming back in week 5.

Visanthe Shiancoe Vikings, TE - To me, getting any production out of your tight end is simply a bonus. I like Shianco simply because of the fact Gus Frerotte is now under center and he's going to need a safety valve when receivers aren't open downfield. If you're in desperate need of a tight end, might be worth it to give him a look.

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