Week 4 Pickups: Under-the-Radar Players Worth Adding on Waiver Wire

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 24, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots makes a catch in the second quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Most impact players have already been picked up in fantasy football leagues in the first three weeks, but Kenbrell Thompkins is one player who is worth adding on the waiver wire.

Fantasy owners already have their quarterback positions set, but they still need depth at the other positions.

For those who have Steven Jackson or Roddy White on their team, they need help until those players recover from injuries. Jackson will miss a few games with a thigh injury, and White has been hampered by an ankle injury.

The players on this list are likely available in most leagues. They are risky players, but they can certainly help a team.

Check out who joins Thompkins on the list of players who should be added on the waiver wire this week. 


Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns (Owned in 27.9 percent of ESPN leagues)

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Willis McGahee (26) gains 9 yards and breaks the tackle of Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion (98) in the third quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns
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Many people were stunned by Cleveland's midweek trade with Indianapolis. The Browns traded away last year's No. 3 overall pick Trent Richardson, and now the team will be looking for someone to replace him at running back. Cleveland signed veteran Willis McGahee to replace Richardson. 

McGahee did not look very good in his Browns debut. He had only nine yards on eight attempts, but he didn't have much time to work with the team before Sunday. Now that he will have some time to work with the offense, he could end up being a steal for fantasy owners.

The veteran has five seasons with at least 990 rushing yards and has scored at least five touchdowns in seven seasons.

The 31-year-old has 1,930 rushing yards in 25 games over the last two seasons. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry, so he still has something left in the tank. 

Another leg injury forced him to miss the end of last season, but he is more than capable of putting up a lot of yards. Alex Mack and Joe Thomas should give McGahee some holes to run through.


Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, New England Patriots (Owned in 34.1 percent of ESPN leagues)

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Kenbrell Thompkins #85 of the New England Patriots runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter in a game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachu
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Tom Brady may be in the process of turning another unknown into a household name. Kenbrell Thompkins didn't have much of an impact in the first two games, but he had a breakout game in Week 3.

The rookie receiver had only three catches for 41 yards, which was his lowest total of the year. However, he was able to haul in two touchdowns in the second quarter of the Patriots' latest victory.

Before the most recent game, Brady had only Julian Edelman to throw to. Edelman was the only one catching passes consistently, but Thompkins' big game should give Brady the confidence to throw to him more.

Whenever Rob Gronkowski and/or Danny Amendola return to the field, Thompkins will benefit. He will be able to get open with ease as the defenses focus on those top targets. The 25-year-old has good enough speed to be a vertical threat, and he will go up and challenge for any ball.

Thompkins still has to show that he can be a consistent playmaker, but fantasy owners should give him a look.


Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 43.6 percent of ESPN leagues)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins catches a touchdown pass during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium on September 22, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins receiver continues to put up strong numbers, but fantasy owners are hesitant to put him on their roster. Mike Wallace's presence should help Hartline get open, and his numbers have stayed steady this season.

Hartline has 238 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 18 receptions. He has had at least 56 receiving yards in each of the first three weeks, and he has a touchdown in two of the three games.

The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2012. He topped the 1,000-yard mark for the first time, and he looked poised to repeat his production.

If he keeps his current pace, he will set a new career high with more than 1,200 yards with 11 touchdowns. He entered this season with only six touchdowns in his five-year career and hadn't had more than one since his rookie season. He has topped that mark already, so he could be ready to take the next step.

Hartline continues to put up big numbers, and he is available in the majority of leagues. Miami is surprising people this season, so pick up Hartline if you have room on your roster.


*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com