Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest pickups at each position heading into Week 4 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Alex Smith KC | QB

With bye weeks starting week 4 you might be looking for a quarterback to plug in your lineup. I am a fan of the starting quarterback of the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs for week 4. Smith has looked solid this year with a matchup against the Giants I think he could be in line for some solid numbers. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Terrelle Pryor OAK | QB

I like the upside of Pryor in general and he could have a monster game week 4 against the terrible Skins defense. With some big name quarterbacks on a bye next week I think Pryor makes for a great bye week fill in. His rushing yards alone should be enough for him to have a decent fantasy week. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play

Running Backs

Isaiah Pead STL | RB

Richardson started the game for the Rams week 3 but quickly exited after re-injuring his foot. This opened the door for Pead to get a lot of work. While he didn’t play amazing he was heavily involved in the passing game as the Rams played from behind. Since the Rams are on a short week there is a good chance that Pead will get the start week 4. With a matchup agains the 49ers week 4 there is a good chance that they will be playing from behind again. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Bilal Powell NYJ | RB

Powell is a great example of a guy that played his way into the starting running back job for their team and now that Ivory is hurt he should get almost all of the carries. All signs pointed to Ivory this off season as being the guy to own but Powell has just simply outplayed him. At this point he is clearly the guy to own for the Jets even once Ivory is healthy and their offense hasn’t looked terrible as of late. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Fred Jackson BUF | RB

C.J. Spiller got banged up week 3 and Fred Jackson now needs to be owned in all leagues until we learn the extend of the injury. The old man Jackson has proved that he still has some left in the tank, and if given the chance to carry the load he could put up big fantasy numbers. I doubt he will be able to stay healthy for the entire year, but he is a guy that could offer you instant trade value if Spiller ends up missing a lot of time. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL | RB

Even though Rodgers was slightly outplayed by Snelling he still had a solid game. Averaging almost 5 yards per carry this little running back proved that he can handle the load, totaling 20 touches against the Dolphins. I still like Snelling overall just a little bit more, but Rodgers should continue to get a lot of touches until Jackson comes back. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jason Snelling ATL | RB

Snelling has always played well when given the touches and this didn’t change week 3 against the Dolphins. He totaled over 100 yards on only 15 touches and he found the endzone. With Jackson out for a little bit longer than expected this makes Snelling an awesome temporary solution, especially in PPR leagues. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Johnathan Franklin GB | RB

The Packers running backs are dropping like flies and until we know the status of Starks and Lacy I think Franklin is worth a look in deeper leagues. He played great for the most part in relief of the injured Starks, but he did have a very costly fumble late in the game. He looked impressive running the ball so if he is given a chance to start he could be an interesting short term solution. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

LeGarrette Blount NE | RB

Right when we thought it wouldn’t be possible for there to be any more messy running back situations, we now have a mess with the Patriots backfield. Ridley seems to be getting phased out and Blount and and Bolden are getting into the mix. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how these carries will be distributed from week to week, but I think Blount is worth an add until we find that out. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Brandon Bolden NE | RB

The Patriots running back situation is currently a huge mess and Bolden is one of those guys in the mix for carries. It looks like the Pats are moving away from Ridley as their workhorse and they are spreading the carries around a good bit. They used Bolden more in the passing game so he has more value in PPR leagues, but I think he is worth an add in deeper leagues until we know more about this backfield. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Danny Woodhead SD | RB

Woodhead had another big week in the passing game for the Chargers and at this point it looks like he is going to be an interesting add in PPR leagues. I think he will certainly be inconsistent at times, but Woodhead is a great guy to plug in your lineup as a bye week fill in for PPR leagues. Woodhead is a talented overall football player and I expect the Chargers to continue to get the ball in his hands. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all PPR leagues

Wide Receivers

Josh Gordon CLE | WR

The Browns silenced a lot of people week 3 winning their matchup against the Vikings, after trading away their best offensive weapon. A big reason for their success was because of Josh Gordon with his first game back after a 2 game suspension. The Browns got the ball in Gordon’s hands early and often and it looks like this young receiver is in line for a breakout season. (about 70% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Davone Bess CLE | WR

With all of the rumors about Josh Gordon maybe getting traded you have to ask yourself who might get the targets now for the Browns. I think the clear winner would be Bess if Gordon ends up getting traded to another team. Bess already has 28 targets this year and he is quietly have a decent fantasy year in PPR leagues. The Browns should be playing from behind a good bit this year so that makes me like Bess even more since he should give you plenty of garbage yards in the second half of most games. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all PPR leagues

Stephen Hill NYJ | WR

I am not a huge fan of the Jets offense in general, but Hill is emerging as one of the bright spots. He already has over 200 receiving yards this year and he seems to be on the same page with rookie Geno Smith. The Jets offense has been better than I thought they would be this year and I think Hill could emerge as a decent fantasy option at wide receiver. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Nate Washington TEN | WR

Washington isn’t the most exciting option in the fantasy world, however he keeps putting up solid numbers. The Titans have a lot of decent options at receiver but at this point they have no clear cut #1. At the end of the day it’s very possible that the veteran Washington ends up scoring the most fantasy points out of all of the Titans receivers. Even though he lacks a huge upside at this point in his career, he is still a guy that is worth taking a look. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Cordarrelle Patterson MIN | WR

The Vikings came out and said that they need to get Patterson involved in the passing game, and they did a better job of that week 3. He had 4 targets and a rushing attempt and while he only totaled 49 yards, it’s still an improvement from the first 2 weeks. Patterson also handles the return duties for the Vikings so he gets a boost in leagues that count return yards. Look for Patterson to continue to have his role increase on that offense and I think he will have some big games later in the season. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Aaron Dobson NE | WR

We liked Dobson heading into the preseason, but he was outplayed by Thompkins and he hasn’t seen much time on the field. This changed week 3 however and it might be time to start giving this guy more attention. This was his second straight game of receiving 10 targets and he was able to haul in 7 of those targets against the Bucs. Once Gronk comes back this could hurt the amount of looks that he gets, but there should still be enough yards to go around through the air. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Donnie Avery KC | WR

With all of the attention that Bowe receives from opposing defenses, this is going to open the door for Avery to get a lot of single coverage. He has had only 1 good game so far this year so I wouldn’t add him just yet, but he could have value in some deeper PPR leagues. The 3-0 Chiefs have looked very impressive so far this year and I think Avery could have some more big games. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Keshawn Martin HOU | WR

With Andre Johnson leaving 2 straight games with injuries you have to ask yourself if this is going to be a theme for him this year. If Johnson does miss any time then this will open the door for the Texans other young receiver to spend more time on the field. Martin was a 4th round pick for the Texans last year and the coaching staff has mentioned that they want to get Martin more involved. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Tight Ends

Charles Clay MIA | TE

Clay continues to be a steady part of the Dolphins offense and I like him moving forward. He has had at least 6 targets in each of the first 3 games, and he already has over 200 yards on the young season. Clay is an athletic young tight end that the Dolphins trust and I think he will have some big games this year. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

Indianapolis IND | DEF

If you like to pickup and play defenses pretty much every week like I do, then make sure you look to see who the Jags are playing each week. That would be the Colts week 4 so I like their upside as a pickup and play defense. The Colts D has looked ok this year in terms of fantasy points and they should be able to do well against the Jags. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play