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  • 16 Feb
    导出博客文章The fantasy football season is off and running. Three weeks in, you may feel
    like you have the temperature of your team, but truth be told -- theres a lot of
    football left. Roster shuffling will be constant over the rest of the season,
    especially as bye weeks begin starting this week (and continue until Week 13),
    meaning you might be without a key member of your roster that you need to
    account for. Factoring in bye weeks, injuries and performance on the field,
    below is a look at our Week 4 ESPN Fantasy wavier-wire adds.As usual, all
    players included in this column are owned in less than 50 percent of leagues on Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns (23.7 percent). A fixture on this
    list each week so far this season, Pryor exploded onto the scene in Week 3. He
    did it all for Cleveland, throwing five passes, adding 21 rushing yards
    (including a touchdown) and catching eight passes for 144 yards. An exceptional
    athlete who will have extensive utility in Cleveland as the Browns deal with
    quarterback woes, Pryor needs to be owned in all size leagues.Jordan Howard, RB,
    Chicago Bears (15.5 percent). There was already a bit of momentum toward Howard
    seeing a larger workload in Chicago, but with Jeremy Langford now dealing with
    an ankle injury, Howard is in line to start. He combined 47 receiving yards with
    45 on the ground in Week 2, and will enter flex conversation for Week 4 with
    Langford out.Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants (5.0 percent). Theres a double
    dose of injury news in the Giants backfield, as Shane Vereen is on injured
    reserve because of a triceps injury, while Rashad Jennings missed Week 3 with a
    hand issue. While Darkwa wont have the job to himself if Jennings misses Week 4,
    hes the first name I would add among fill-in Giants running backs. He had 11
    touches in Week 3.Bobby Rainey, RB, New York Giants (0.0 percent). Rainey played
    eight snaps in Week 3 and has experience in previous stints with different teams
    as a capable pass-catching back. While Paul Perkins could see work given the
    injuries to the Giants backfield, it seems Rainey is the more likely option to
    help account for Vereens role in the near future. Hes worth adding in points per
    receptions leagues of 12 or larger.Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (19.3
    percent). Three incredible weeks of Wentz has been the talk of the town in
    Philadelphia -- and justifiably so. He has been remarkable, and despite the fact
    that he heads into a bye in Week 4, he needs to make this list. Hes a capable
    fill-in for your current starter in future bye weeks and a streamer when your
    starter has an unfavorable matchup. From a dynasty standpoint, one can make the
    case that he has as much long-term value as any quarterback drafted in 2015 or
    2016.Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (14.5 percent). Dez Bryant is dealing with
    a knee injury now, but it remains to be seen if it will cost him any time on the
    field. But Beasley has been a clear part of this offense so far in 2016,
    tallying 20 catches in three games. Thats good enough to squeeze him into this
    column again. Hes a starting-level player in 12-team or larger points per
    reception leagues.Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (49.3 percent).
    Sproles has been so good for so long, but the role in Philly this season is
    particularly enticing. He led the Eagles in targets in Week 2 and is a useful
    add to your lineup in points per reception scoring. He has seen some work in the
    red zone, too, this year -- critical for fantasy value.Jamison Crowder, WR,
    Washington (11.1 percent). Crowder is a slot machine for Washington, but he has
    been a major red zone target as well this season. He has eight red zone looks
    through three games, a robust total and enough to consider his upside as higher
    than simply a PPR-league asset. Washingtons offense got back on track in Week 3.
    Crowder should be owned in any PPR leagues and standard leagues of 12 or more
    teams.Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions (20.4 percent). With Ameer Abdullah
    out for the year, Washington figures to hear his name called much more going
    forward. The running game was anemic for Detroit in Week 4, but until we see the
    team either make a move to add another back or use Zach Zenner over Washington,
    he needs to be added in 12-team or larger leagues. Detroit still figures to be a
    pass-heavy offense.Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings (40.6 percent). The
    7-70-1 line from Week 3 from Rudolph was nice, but theres one stat that stands
    above the rest to highlight his value: 26 targets in three games. Perhaps that
    pace will slow a bit, but Rudolph is currently on target for just under 139 this
    season. His size, catch radius, red zone ability and workload are enough to add
    him as a starting tight end. Hes a very good player.Wendell Smallwood, RB,
    Philadelphia Eagles (1.4 percent). Another Eagle (theres a theme to this list,
    it appears), Smallwood burst onto the scene in Week 3 after Ryan Mathews dealt
    with an ankle issue. Smallwood, a fifth-round pick this year, showed well in the
    offseason and tallied 79 rushing yards on 17 carries (including a touchdown). He
    ran too well to ignore. His value will be mitigated by Mathews return (well see
    in Week 5), but hes intriguing.Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (30.5 percent).
    With Arian Foster uncertain for Week 4 (its a short week for Miami), Drake will
    be an oft-discussed name leading up to the Thursday night game with Cincinnati.
    There wasnt much to inspire confidence from any Dolphins backfield player in
    Week 3, but if you play in a 16-team league, Drake is a player to
    consider.Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants (47.4 percent). Another repeat player
    in the column, as weve discussed Cruz as a worthwhile add in points per
    reception leagues (he has been in double digits each of the first three weeks in
    PPR formats). Hes also excellent insurance as a handcuff to?Odell Beckham
    Jr.?or?Sterling Shepard. The Giants rely heavily on all three wideouts.Hunter
    Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers (12.0 percent). Antonio Gates didnt practice all
    week or play in Week 3, opening the door for Henry to take every snap against
    the Colts. He managed five catches for 76 yards, but a fumble put a bit of a
    damper on his day. All that being said, his workload should be steady if Gates
    misses more time. Hes a usable tight end until Gates comes back.Trevor Siemian,
    QB, Denver Broncos (4.7 percent). This isnt an overreaction to Siemians
    incredible Week 3 showing, its a reaction to his standout play and other
    pertinent factors going forward. Siemian was awesome against the Bengals and now
    faces a generous Tampa Bay pass defense. If you are an Aaron Rodgers owner
    looking for a bye week fill-in or a concerned Russell Wilson owner (due to his
    injury), Siemian is an intriguing Week 4 streamer.Robert Woods, WR, Buffalo
    Bills (2.2 percent). If you play in a deep, PPR league and are looking for a
    fill-in in case Sammy Watkins misses another game, Woods is on the radar. He had
    six catches on eight targets in Week 3. The Bills offense bounced back following
    a coordinator change made after a Week 2 game.Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay
    Buccaneers (0.7 percent). The numbers from Humphries during the past two weeks
    indicate he could be the No. 2 wideout in Tampa Bays offense. Hes racked up 15
    catches for 167 yards; thats plenty of production to merit consideration in PPR
    leagues.Jaron Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (0.6 percent). Fellow Cardinals
    wideout Michael Floyd is currently dealing with a concussion, and well learn
    more about his status for Week 4 as the week moves along. In the meantime, Brown
    could step into a No. 3 receiver role, which carries value in an offense that
    relies heavily on three wideouts. Hes worth an add in deeper leagues.
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    himself for the Minnesota Vikings, with head coach Leslie Frazier announcing
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    would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12
    records. CHICAGO -- Anthony Ranaudo homered for his first major league hit and
    took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, making his Chicago White Sox debut
    something hell never forget.Ranaudo hit an opposite-field homer in his ninth
    career plate appearance and didnt allow a hit until Kris Bryants tying solo
    homer with one out in the sixth before the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 8-1
    on Wednesday night.At first, Ranaudo thought his big hit ended up in the Wrigley
    Field ivy for a double.I kind of pulled up at second base, Ranaudo said. I
    looked back at home and realized it was a home run from the way everybody was
    reacting and stuff, and I had to finish out the jog. It was fun.Javier Baez hit
    a tiebreaking two-run homer deep into the left bleachers in the seventh and
    Addison Russell added a grand slam in a five-run eighth.Jason Hammel (10-5)
    allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Hector
    Rondon pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth --
    striking out Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia -- in his Cubs debut.Bryants 26th
    homer tied the score 1-1 and matched his total last season when he was NL Rookie
    of the Year.I was locked in. Once he got that hit, I realized it, Ranaudo said
    of the no-hitter.Baez went deep on a full-count pitch against Ranaudo (1-1) to
    chase the right-hander.After Ben Zobrists RBI double in the eighth, Russell
    followed two hitters later with his 12th homer to help the Cubs end a two-game
    slide and snap the White Soxs four-game winning streak.Ranaudo allowed three
    runs and two hits -- both homers -- in 6 2/3 innings.I was nibbling a bit in
    that first inning, trying to be too perfect, Ranaudo said. I think I settled in
    a little bit after that and was a lot more aggressive and kind of letting the
    ball eat.Chapman had 20 saves in 21 chances this season with the Yankees before
    the Cubs acquired the hard-throwing lefty on Monday for a package of
    prospects.The adrenaline was pretty good even though it wasnt a save situation,
    Chapman said through translator, catcher Miguel Montero. It was fun to hear the
    crowd cheering.The 6-foot-7 Ranaudo, acquired from Texas on May 12, was 5-3 with
    3.20 ERA at Triple-A Charlotte in 13 starts. In two games with the Rangers this
    season, the 26-year-old righty was 1-0, but had a 17.18 ERA and walked eight --
    including five in a May 10 game against the White Sox.He waas better than that
    in his 10th major league start and 14th appearance.dddddddddddd.The way it
    started out, it was maybe a little bit of nerves as he was out there, and he
    settled down. The kid was fantastic, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.The
    White Sox beat the Cubs 5-4 and 3-0 in the first two games of the crosstown
    series. The fourth game is Thursday night.Ranaudos homer was the first by a
    White Sox pitcher since Mark Buehrle went deep on June 14, 2009, at
    Milwaukee.Ranaudo said he last homered in high school in New Jersey.That was
    definitely cool, definitely something Ill remember the rest of my life, he
    said.CLEAR SALE-INGVentura expects nothing unusual when ace Chris Sale starts
    the finale of the crosstown series with the Cubs on Thursday night after serving
    a five-game suspension for destroying the White Sox 1976 vintage uniforms and
    being scratched minutes before his last scheduled start on Saturday.I think its
    going to be fine, Ventura said. Players always have their teammates backs, and
    thats no different with our clubhouse.Pitching coach Don Cooper offered
    unequivocal support for Sale.Hes a passionate guy about a lot of different
    things, Cooper said. Weve seen examples of that before, but I know him to be a
    good kid and Im looking for him to get back and move on and keep going.TRAINERS
    ROOMWhite Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day
    disabled list, retroactive to July 22. INF Carlos Sanchez was recalled from
    Triple-A Charlotte. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (sprained left wrist) threw a side
    session Wednesday that went well, Ventura said. He could possibly start Sunday
    against the Twins or Tuesday against the Tigers.UP NEXTWhite Sox: LHP Sale
    (14-3, 3.18) tries for a third time to become the majors first 15-game winner.
    After reaching 14 wins on July 2 at Houston, Sale gave up eight runs in a loss
    to Atlanta in his final game before the All-Star break. In his only start after
    the break, he tossed eight innings of one-hit ball at Seattle -- and exited with
    a 3-0 lead -- but closer David Robertson allowed four runs the in the
    ninth.Cubs: RHP John Lackey (7-7, 3.79) has dropped five straight decisions
    since his last win on June 8 at Philadelphia. In his last six starts, Lackey has
    a 6.38 ERA. Wholesale Hoodies
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