Top 10 Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Top 10 waiver wire pickups for Week 3

9/18/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Just because you couldn't get your guy off the waiver wire in Week 1 doesn't mean you can't still snag a sleeper who can revitalize your team. Injuries can always be a game changer on the waiver wire, along with reinstatement from suspension and simple late bloomers. Here are the top guys to target this week.

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer (OAK): 
It was reasonable to think that Palmer's numbers last week were a fluke, and that he wouldn't be throwing 46 passes for the rest of the year. However, the Raiders seem to be content with running a lot of dink-and-dunk plays to make up for their abysmal running game. Palmer is now averaging 335 yards through two games, and though he has only thrown two touchdowns, the Raiders' offense should score more as the offensive line gets more in sync in their new scheme.
Sep 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) completes a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Redskins 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
Sam Bradford (STL): The former first overall pick has put together two straight games with a QB rating higher than 100. Though he didn't put up great fantasy numbers in Week 1, he completed 74% of his passes for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2 against the same defense that gave Drew Brees fits just a week before. Bradford could be a good bye week fill-in or matchup play, depending on who your starter is.

Running Backs

Andre Brown (NYG): 
Brown is playing for his fifth NFL team, but only had two rushing attempts before joining Big Blue. He finally got a chance to show what he's got on Sunday and impressed with 71 yards on 5.5 per carry and a touchdown. Ahmad Bradshaw missed practice on Tuesday, and with the Giants playing on Thursday night against the Panthers, it's looking like Bradshaw will be doubtful to suit up. David Wilson is still in head coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse, so Brown could very well have Bradshaw-esque value getting the bulk of the carries.

Mikel Leshoure (DET): Leshoure was one of my under the radar waiver wire pickups last week, but he's about to hop on the radar. The Lions, who seemed to want to establish a running game on Sunday night, got nothing going on the ground with Kevin Smith and Joique Bell. Leshoure, a 2011 second round pick, is coming back from suspension and will be given every chance to be the early-down back. The Detroit Free Press expects him to gain the starting job "before long."

Daryl Richardson (STL): The seventh round pick out of Abilene Christian beat out second round pick Isaiah Pead in the preseason, and he has put together 17 carries for 103 yards so far this season. Starter Steven Jackson had 58 total yards before leaving the game with a groin injury and was replaced by Richardson, who had 102 total yards. Head coach Jeff Fisher said that Jackson could have returned had Richardson not been playing so well. Richardson, at the very least, has earned a change of pace role behind Jackson. Everyone knew that Jackson's years of brutal running had a chance of catching up with him this season, and this is likely not the first of his physical ailments.


Wide Receivers
Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little (15) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Greg Little (CLE): 
Little was drafted in a lot of leagues, but then dropped after laying goose eggs across the board in Week 1. However, it seems that as long as Cleveland's offense isn't in complete disarray, Little can be a productive player. Quarterback Brandon Weeden responded from his 5.1 QB rating to throw for over 300 yards in Week 2. Little was tied for the team lead in targets with seven, and hauled in five of those passes. With exceptional size, good speed, and questionable hands, Little is a Terrell Owens type talent, and he can be expected to put in plenty of solid games in his second NFL season.

Danny Amendola (STL): When I flipped to the Rams game in the first half and heard the commentator say that Amendola had a career high 12 catches, I had no idea what he was talking about. I knew he had seasons with more than 12 catches, and I was certain he didn't yet have 12 catches in the game. Turns out I was wrong about the latter. The slot machine finished with 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown. Bradford was 15 for 16 when throwing his way. Don't expect him to top this line, but he's sure to have a few more double-digit catch games this year.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett (NYG): 
I had Bennett on my top 10 waiver wire list last week, but he's still only owned in 38% of Yahoo! leagues. Well in case you thought his Week 1 performance was a fluke, he was targeted ten times on Sunday, catching five of the passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The pass that Eli threw to him for the touchdown showed the immense amount of trust that Eli has in his new tight end, despite his multiple previous redzone drops. Bennett should continue to put up at least these type of numbers.
Sept 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy (85) catches a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Anthony McCoy (SEA): The Seahawks have been in search of a tight end for a while now. They brought in Zach Miller from Oakland, who has done almost nothing. They tried out Kellen Winslow this offseason and eventually cut him. Well, they may have found their answer in a sixth round pick out of USC. McCoy lead the team in targets with five on Sunday, catching all five of them for 41 yards and a touchdown. Starting tight end Zach Miller was only thrown to once. As the Seahawks put more and more trust into Russell Wilson, they should let him zip the ball around more often, and Wilson seems to like his big, sure-handed tight end.

Defenses

Detroit Lions: 
This isn't really about how good the Lions defense is. I don't know if they're a good defense or a great defense or what - it's really too early to tell. But what I do know is that the Titans, the Lions' Week 3 opponent, can't do much of anything on offense. The Titans' best player, Chris Johnson, can't find any holes to run through, and Jake Locker is struggling with accuracy. The Lions should shut this team down. Owned in 66% of leagues, however, they may not be available to you. In that case, I'd go with the Falcons. If they can confuse the great Peyton Manning, they can confuse Philip Rivers.
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9/22/12   |   Pylon

Pitta has been a top targeted TE for Flacco (24 targets in 2 games).
He is available in almost all leagues.

Source:
http://www.pylonpicks.com/articles/2012_week2_targets.html

Winslow the Seattle castaway, also signed with NE to replace Hernandez.
He is someone to watch.

9/19/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13216 respect

Jess wrote:
This whole TE mess in Seattle just ticks me off that much more that they let Carlson go. He could do it all...and did. That's OK though, if McCoy can start catching them like Carlson and Wilson can establish some chemistry with him I'll be happy. Note to fantasy owners though: don't jump on that too quickly...Seattle will generally have a run heavy offense - what are they, last in passing yards? You may not get many points from McCoy, at least early on in the season.

I'm Just Waiting for Teams To Figure the Running Game, And Then Watch Baldwin & Rice Rack Up Some Stats.

9/19/12   |   Jess   |   34614 respect

Dream_Machine wrote:
The only Reason McCoy Is Catching Passes Is Because Miller Is Being An Excellent Blocker!

This whole TE mess in Seattle just ticks me off that much more that they let Carlson go. He could do it all...and did. That's OK though, if McCoy can start catching them like Carlson and Wilson can establish some chemistry with him I'll be happy. Note to fantasy owners though: don't jump on that too quickly...Seattle will generally have a run heavy offense - what are they, last in passing yards? You may not get many points from McCoy, at least early on in the season.

9/19/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13216 respect

The only Reason McCoy Is Catching Passes Is Because Miller Is Being An Excellent Blocker!