2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 4)
We are only three weeks in, but 2010 already appears to be the year of the injured running back. The guys that line up in the back field are literally dropping like flies. Several potential starters went down in the preseason, then we saw Ryan Grant get hit with a season-ending injury in week one, Ryan Matthews was a victim in week two, and now week three has taken its toll on a few more backs. With Ray Rice nursing an injured knee, Knowshon Moreno’s hamstring apparently acting up again, Steven Jackson straining his groin, and Jahvid Best dealing with turf-toe, now is the time to make sure you have a back-up plan at the running back position already in place.
With that being said, it is not surprising to see our waiver wire suggestions heavily loaded with running backs. If you need some depth (and who are you kidding, we can all use some depth at the running back position), we suggest you pick up one of these guys, if they still happen to be available.
Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE – Another one of those running backs who went down in week three was Jerome Harrison, who was inactive for the Browns’ game against the Ravens on Sunday with a thigh injury. Peyton Hillis started in his place and carried the load throughout the day, but what was most impressive was the manner in which he carried that load. Against a Ravens defense that is known to be stout against the run, Hillis racked up 144 yards and a touchdown. That should be enough to earn him the full-time starting job for the Browns, as well as a spot on your fantasy roster.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE – With Kevin Faulk out for the season and Fred Taylor hobbled by an injured toe, Green-Ellis was the main man in the Pats’ back-field and he made the most of his opportunity, racking up 98 yards and a touchdown. We should keep in mind that those numbers came against a Bills defense that is rather poor against the run, but on a team that can move the ball like the Pats, he should get his fair share of opportunities to punch the ball into the end zone.
Laurence Maroney, RB, DEN – With Knowshon Moreno dealing with hamstring issues, Maroney is expected to see the bulk of the carries in the Broncos backfield. That was the case on Sunday when he rushed for 24 yards on 12 carries against the Colts. He was also stopped on a 4th down attempt from inside the Colts’ 1-yard line. Maroney was not impressive, but if Moreno continues to be plagued by injuries, Maroney should continue to fill in as the starter in Denver.
Kenneth Darby, RB, STL – Steven Jackson was another one of those running backs who sustained an injury on Sunday, and with the Rams’ workhorse out, Darby filled in quite nicely to the tune of 49 yards and a touchdown. St. Louis may not be an elite running game, but when you are looking for depth at the running back position, any starter is a good bet, and Darby might be just that if Jackson continues to get hit by the injury bug.
Louis Murphy, WR, OAK – I have never been one to endorse a Raider as a good fantasy addition to your team, but with Darren McFadden looking good, maybe it is time to break that trend. So are there any other viable fantasy players on the Oakland roster? Yes, there is. And one of them happens to be Louis Murphy. Since going with quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, Murphy has seen a steady rise in production. In week two he put up an impressive 91 yards and a touchdown, and in week three he was at it once again with five receptions for 119 yards. It appears as though he and Gradkowski have developed some chemistry with each other, and as long as the Raiders continue to trail in games, Murphy should continue to see a steady number of balls thrown his way.