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Fantasy Sports Geekly: Working the Week 4 waiver wire

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By Scott Bischoff
Fantasy Sports Geekly

The bye weeks are here and owners that end up winning their leagues are the owners who make the best choices as they replace their players during their bye weeks. There is no great way to replace the production that a player like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers can bring to your fantasy squad, but there is no reason to mail it in this week either.

Even those of us who look ahead during the draft to prepare for these weeks find it challenging to field the best lineup we can during this time. It's the NFL and things change. Some of the players that are recommended "plays" this week are players who will come off of the waiver wire because of injuries, or from deeper in leagues as they are backups with a good matchup this week.

With that in mind, let's look at players who can be counted on this week to replace players from the Carolina Panthers or the Green Bay Packers.

Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders quarterback situation is murky with Pryor getting concussed late in the fourth quarter of the Raiders' Monday night loss to the Denver Broncos. The matchup versus the Washington Redskins is glorious though, and whoever starts for the Raiders is in line for a nice day against the No. 31 ranked Redskins pass defense.

The Redskins allowed 333 yards passing per game, along with 8 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 120.1. It isn't a reach to consider the Raiders starting quarterback a viable No. 1 type starter this week.

Jason Snelling, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons signed running back Steven Jackson as a free agent in the offseason to be their primary back. It only took 3 games for his biggest issue to pop up as he is on the shelf until week No. 7 with a thigh injury. The Atlanta offense is a high octane type, and the running back here has the potential to score quickly.

Snelling has always performed admirably when given an opportunity and is a reliable running back on third downs in pass protection. He and fellow backup Jacquizz Rodgers will fill in for Jackson, but it should be Snelling who gets the goal line work. This makes him a nice addition for a few weeks, and particularly this week at home versus the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are not very good against the run, allowing 120.7 yards per game. Look for Snelling to have a nice day against the Patriots.

Donnie Avery, Kansas City Chiefs

Avery has emerged as a favorite target of new quarterback Alex Smith. Smith doesn't force the ball into bad areas and likes to throw it under the coverage. Avery is a quick, precise route runner who can get separation to find himself open in short areas and he should continue to get targeted by Smith.

The Chiefs get a reeling New York Giants team at home on Sunday and there will be points scored. The Giants have given up seven touchdowns through three weeks and are allowing 253 yards per game. Avery is a solid play, especially in a PPR format.

Ryan Broyles, Detroit Lions

Broyles is a player who needs to step up and fill a specific role for his team. Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm in a bizarre accident and the Lions have to find someone to step into his role. Broyles is a smooth route runner who is returning from an ACL tear to return to the field, but he is a natural at getting open and moving the chains.

The Lions get the Chicago Bears at home in Week 4, and it is a big game so early in the season. Broyles should see about 10 targets in this game, and in this offense that means something. The Bears are allowing 294.3 yards per game and it is not difficult to see quarterback Matthew Stafford getting there from a statistical perspective. The Lions will need a very efficient game this week to beat the Bears, and Broyles will play a big part in the Lions offense going forward.

Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

Fleener is cemented in as the No. 1 tight end for the Colts with Dwayne Allen going to IR with a hip issue. He plays with a very good quarterback and is a part of a very good offense, and should be a consistent safety valve type target for Andrew Luck.

Fleener draws a great matchup this week as the Colts get the Jaguars on the road. The Jaguars have allowed seven touchdowns and while teams aren't throwing it all that often against them, they are doing it efficiently. Opposing quarterbacks have a 108.9 quarterback rating against Jacksonville.

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