• Fantasy Commish Picks: Week 4 Waiver Wire Report

    We interrupt your regularly scheduled screening of the sequel to “The Replacements” to bring you a report on a different set of replacements. While it has been proven in both 1987 and 2012 that replacing highly trained athletes or officials is not a good idea, finding the right replacements for your fantasy roster can help you survive those injuries that are starting to cripple your team.

    Christian Ponder, QB (Min)- Remember during the preseason when some of us (ok, me) were making fun of Ponder’s unrealistic expectations regarding his own accuracy? And remember when someone (again me) took Ponder in the 1st round of the FP Bad Quarterback League? Well I don’t either. Ponder has been a staple of my “deep league specials” section over the past few weeks, but has been upgraded to the big boy table this week. That’s what happens when you do to 49ers what he did to the 49ers. Add in the addition of Jerome Simpson to the lineup in time for week 4, and Ponder is an excellent backup who is inching closer to matchup-play status.

    Shaun Hill, QB (Det)- If you own Matthew Stafford, Hill would be a wise investment this week in case Stafford can’t go.

    Lamar Miller, RB (Mia)- Another member of last week’s “deep league special”, Miller again showed explosiveness while platooning with Daniel Thomas following Reggie Bush’s injury on Sunday. It doesn’t appear that Bush will miss much time, if any, due to this injury, but Miller is a worthy handcuff. While Thomas would likely start in Bush’s place (making him another worthy pickup), Miller would certainly help share the load, and could easily turn 12-15 touches into a Jamaal Charles-lite type of production if given the chance.

    Rashard Mendenhall, RB (Pit)- This is a reminder in case he’s available on your wire. The Steelers have a bye this week, but Mendy should be back in the starting lineup in week 5. With no one seizing the opportunity in his absence, the job will be all his.

    Mikel LeShoure, RB (Det)- Another reminder just in case he’s still unclaimed. His production will likely be up and down, but Kevin Smith receiving 0 carries last week is a tell-tale sign that LeShoure is the guy to tote the rock in Detroit.

    Ryan Williams, RB (Ari)- In carrying the load for Arizona following another Beanie Wells injury, Williams showed the explosiveness we’ve been hoping to see all along. That game seemed to me like a confidence builder for Williams, and even if Wells is back, Williams is worth grabbing if an impatient owner dropped him.

    Ramses Barden, WR (NYG)- It’s not often that we would associate a handcuff with the WR position, but I think that’s exactly what Barden is. If you are a Hakeem Nicks owner, I think it’s imperative to handcuff him to Barden this week. Barden proved on Thursday night that he could be very good if pressed into a starters role, and even if Nicks is healthy, there’s still enough production going around to make Barden a decent matchup play/bye-week filler. That’s enough to make Barden our Fresh Step® Scoopable Kitty Litter pickup of the week.

    Jerome Simpson, WR (Min)- I’ll assume that if you’re reading this, you first read the recommendation to pick up Christian Ponder. And within that recommendation, I mentioned the return of Simpson from his 3 game suspension. Simpson returns this week to give Ponder another threat on the outside. While Simpson is unlikely to produce elite production, there’s a very good chance that he is the WR with the biggest upside available on your wire. If you still own Greg Little or Mario Manningham, do not hesitate to grab Simpson in favor of either of those two.

    Heath Miller, TE (Pit)- A funny thing has happened since Todd Haley has taken over the Steeler offense. They seem to have remembered that Heath Miller is an excellent weapon catching the football. Instead of being used merely as a 3rd Tackle, Miller has actually spent some snaps this year lined up as a matchup nightmare on the outside. He’s also already accumulated 4 TDs, taking the Steelers place as their best Red Zone target. With Roethlisberger turning into one of the biggest gunslingers in the league, 10-12 TDs is a very real possibility for Miller. Jason Witten, Fred Davis, Brandon Pettigrew, and Jermichael Finley are just some of the names I’d bench (not release) in favor of Miller right now.

    Last Week’s Recommendations

    Deep League Specials
    RB- Tashard Choice (Buf), Bilal Powell (NYJ); WR- TY Hilton (Ind), Golden Tate (Sea), Cecil Shorts (Jac), Armon Binns (Cin)