The bye weeks are here, gamers, and several upper-tier receivers have been taken out of the mix in Week 4 -- brand-name wideouts like Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Steve Smith.
Surely there are a few deep league fantasy managers out there looking for a Thursday Hail Mary, right? Gotta be. Just in case you find yourself digging very deep — let's say you play in a 16-teamer, with multiple flexes — then I've got a widely available Ram who merits consideration...
Austin Pettis, WR, STL (3 percent owned) — If playing time means anything to you (and it probably should), take a quick look at the year-to-date snaps played by the key members of Sam Bradford's receiving corps, per PFF...
Austin Pettis – 193
Jared Cook – 177
Chris Givens – 166
Tavon Austin – 153
Lance Kendricks – 97
Brian Quick – 74
That's right, Pettis has seen the field more than any other St. Louis receiver. He may not have Austin's live-wire quickness or Givens' deep-threat potential, but snaps are not an issue here. Pettis has caught 13 balls on 22 targets thus far, gaining 114 yards, and he's found the end zone in back-to-back weeks. At 6-foot-3, Pettis is plenty useful as a red-zone target (Week 3 highlight here); he's seen four looks inside-the-20 through three games. (That's as many RZ targets as Jordy, Cruz, Dez and Decker have drawn, just for the record.) You might recall that Pettis caught a late fourth quarter TD pass in last year's 24-24 tie with San Francisco. No one should be surprised if he makes another house call against the Niners.