Week 4 of the regular NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners have entered waiver wire mania where they might be looking to add players due to both injury and bye weeks. We bring you our weekly list of players to avoid who might be potential waiver wire busts.
WR Jerome Simpson, Minnesota Vikings
Simpson caught seven passes for 124 yards in the Vikings win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday in London. Simpson was by far quarterback Matt Cassell's favorite target with 11 on the day. Cassell moved the Vikings offense and looked better than Christian Ponder has on the season but the Vikings are publicly committed to Ponder. Simpson has two 100+ receiving yard games on the season and has not scored. He will remain an iffy fantasy option until the Vikings' quarterback situation stabilizes. At some point the Vikings have to get rookie playmaker Cordarelle Patterson involved in the offense.
RB Roy Helu Jr., Washington Redskins
Helu took over primary running back duties when starter Alfred Morris went down with a rib injury in the third quarter. Helu rushed 13 times for 41 yards and a touchdown while being targeted in the passing game twice for 43 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Redskins have a Week 5 bye and starter Alfred Morris may return in Week 6. He is worth a stash but hard to rely on him right now.
TE Garrett Graham, Houston Texans
Graham caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Houston's Week 4 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Graham was targeted six times all in the first half. It's his third touchdown on the year but he is easily the 4th option in the passing game behind Andre Johnson, fellow tight end Owen Daniel, Arian Foster and Deandre Hopkins. Garrett likely won't replicate his two touchdown game from Week 1 and Matt Schaub is under fire in Houston after the game losing pick six in Week 4.
WR Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Blackmon's four game suspension ended Sunday and he is now able to practice with the team. He won't be a good fantasy option initially and it is doubtful if he will be this season. I know I know you are probably thinking he is a first round draft pick. Yes he is, but the Jaguars remain committed to turnover machine Blaine Gabbert. Blackmon's presence should help their dreadful offense but Blackmon was completely outplayed by Cecil Shorts in 2012. Shorts did far more with his targets and scored seven touchdowns to Blackmon's five in 2012. The Jaguars threw the ball 32 times Sunday but Gabbert only completed 17 of his passes while throwing no touchdowns and three interceptions. You could stash him but it remains to be seen whether the Jaguars can muster an offense.
WR Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Jeffery caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Bears Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions. Cutler returned to his wildly inconsistent ways in Week 4 throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions while losing a fumble and taking three sacks. Jeffrey's 11 targets were his most on the season and this was his best game of the year. If last year is an indicator, his stats will continue to fluctuate wildly, making him an unreliable fantasy option. Cutler is erractic and Jeffrey is the third receiving option behind Brandon Marshall and Martellus Bennett. With 32 targets, he is only slightly ahead of Matt Forte who has been targeted 26 times in the passing game.