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Fantasy Factor: Week 4

Welcome to to Week 4 of the fantasy football season. Judging by the injury reports, it's week 13. It feels like the waiver wires are already getting a CrossFit type of workout thanks to a heavy dose of injuries and disappointments.

In my league it feels like bargain bin shopping at a time when I needed something in a flash. I've been dealing with an injured Doug Martin (though I'm not sure a healthy Doug Martin will be much better behind that line), a disappointing Matt Forte, an injured T.Y. Hilton and an inconsistent Jordy Nelson. My only performer is Nick Foles. Ugh! This is why I love DraftKings' leagues to save what feels like a lost fantasy season, but I digress.

So who's out there that you can trust? At quarterback, there are the usuals like Manning, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Nick Foles has been good so far, too, and players like Kirk Cousins, Philip Rivers and Carson Palmer have shown up as well. Speaking of Palmer, he is expected to play against Denver. If you need players, it might be time to trade high with guys like Tony Romo and Jay Cutler. That Bears offense is beat-up right now, and you wonder if injuries are going to cease or linger.

At running back, I don't know who you trust. Rashad Jennings should be consistent. The West Coast system looks like it might be getting traction, but beyond Jennings, what top back is out there? Adrian Peterson is likely done, Arian Foster has his usual leg issues, Eddie Lacy is risky considering the Packers have offensive line problems, and the Panthers can't keep any of their options healthy. DeMarco Murray, if healthy, may continue to be the Cowboys best option, so keep playing him. The Chiefs have received good efforts from their backs as well, so that's an offense—along with the Eagles—you can trust for now.

Here are some waiver wire pickups if you're in deep trouble (like me) thanks to the early injury bug. Carson Palmer has been dropped in many leagues after being injured and now coming into his bye, he might be a great move for the future. His team is 3-0. Kirk Cousins might be available, and if he is you better grab him now. Jay Gruden loves him. Andy Dalton is out there on a lot of waiver lists too. At running back, Isaiah Crowell for Cleveland is their hammer back. The Browns offense has been effective enough that he may get you through the start of the bye period. Lorenzo Taliaferro could be the guy in Baltimore after he had a good game in Week 3.

At wide receiver try Jordan Matthews because the Eagles offense is made for warm weather, and the Browns' Andrew Hawkins, who has a good number of targets. For tight end, Jacob Tamme is still available in many leagues, and he's one of Manning's guys. He may get more time if Virgil Green is out. The Colts' Dwayne Allen seems to be stealing some receptions from Andrew Luck's old Stanford teammate Coby Fleener.

And remember, if you're losing hope, there are always the weekly leagues on!

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