Week 4: Pickups of the Week
Yes, he was probably dropped in your league due to his terrible start. Yes, he has already lost two fumbles. Yes, as the team's supposed #1 receiver, he recorded a grand total of one catch for four yards against the lowly Redskins. Yes, he's still worth picking up. Until a block-gone-wrong prematurely ended his season, Laurent Robinson had been picking up Avery's slack. Now Avery will have to rediscover some of the flash he showed last season. With Keenan Burton and Ruvell Martin as the remaining alternatives, the Rams will have no choice but to keep going to Avery until it works. This is a team that has been playing from behind all season long. Sooner or later, the garbage-time passes and touchdowns will start falling into Avery's hands.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
With Ted Ginn Jr. doing nothing to inspire their confidence, Miami quarterbacks have been turning to Davone Bess. Bess hasn't seen the end zone yet, but has been a major PPR asset. In his six starts last season, he averaged almost six catches per game. He already has 17 catches this season and is firmly entrenched as one of the league's smallest possession receivers. Buffalo is tied with Jacksonville for a league high in completions allowed. That makes for fertile ground in which to plant the seeds of a promising QB/WR combo. New starter Chad Henne will do well to take advantage of the reliable Bess.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
He is a former two-time Pro Bowler and, at just 29 years old, holds the Ravens all-time record for yards and touchdowns by a receiver. Why, then, are fantasy owners so reluctant to give him a second chance? Heap missed most of 2007 with a hamstring injury and posted fairly pedestrian numbers in 2008, but 2009 will be different. QB Joe Flacco was a first-year starter last season and was on a tight leash. This year, he's been authoritatively unleashed and every Ravens receiver stands to benefit. Heap has two TDs already. On a newly potent passing attack, this one-time elite TE should not be ignored.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
Thanks to the Saints' high-powered offense, Carney is averaging an obscene 5 PATs per game. Tack on two field goals per contest and you've got yourself a fantasy X-factor. Nobody likes relying on kickers -- especially kickers who are older than dirt, but you should make an exception for Carney. He finished third in league scoring as a Giant in 2008. At a grizzled 45 years of age, the exceptional Carney could very well pace the league in points this season.MyFantasyLeague availability: 50%
The Bengals have a new edge this season. They have one of the league's top young cover corners in Leon Hall, one of the league's most violently athletic linebackers in rookie Ray Maualuga, as well as the league's most up-and-coming pass-rushing threat in Antwan Odom. Add to that a massive and mobile defensive front anchored by Peko and Johnson, a playmaking linebacker in Rivers and two of the most imposing headhunters in the league in Williams and Crocker, and you've got a defense that inspires respect. Don't believe me? Test-drive them against the woeful Browns this week.For pick up suggestions for larger and deeper leagues, check out Ben's Deep League Pickups.