FF Week 3: Results and Waiver Wire Pickups
I hope this finds you doing very well after week 2 of the NFL season. I must say, this past weekend was a little brutal for a few of my teams as I owned Ahmad Bradshaw, Aaron Hernandez, Jay Cutler, Pierre Garcon and Antonio Gates. However, a few of my teams exploded as I was fortunate enough to draft Robert Griffin III, Reggie Bush and CJ Spiller as my backups on draft day. I had no idea I would need these players so early in the season. If you own Bradshaw or Hernandez, don’t be discouraged! You must continue to manage your bench depth and work the waiver wire.
Last week, I highlighted a few players that would be ideal if you play in a deep league, have significant injury problems or need a bye week replacement. Let’s see how they performed in week 2.
CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills
All Spiller did on Sunday was rush for 123 yards, score 2 TDs and catch 3 passes for 47 yards. If you are fortunate enough to own him, do not hesitate to play him every week moving forward. There is no timetable for Fred Jackson’s return following his injury.
Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Hartline is officially healthy now and has moved into the starting lineup. As I watched the game, Hartline was Ryan Tannehill’s primary target against the Oakland Raiders. He had 9 receptions on 12 targets for 111 yards. The Oakland defense was very soft but it is clear that Hartline will be utilized moving forward and there aren’t many WR options in Miami these days. The Dolphins will most likely be playing from behind most of the season so Hartline would be a great flex or bye week replacement.
Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills
With a limited receiving corp, Chandler is seeing an increase in targets. He scored a TD this past weekend and has seen 11 targets in the past two games. With David Nelson out for the season, Chandler’s role will continue to increase. If you own Hernandez and Chandler is still available, he would make a serviceable replacement until Hernandez returns.
Week 3 pickups
Mikel Leshoure, Detroit Lions
If you own Kevin Smith, you might want to pick up Leshoure as a viable handcuff. Some believe Leshoure will be the featured back moving forward. He will be available to play this weekend after completing his two game suspension.
Andre Brown, New York Giants
Brown was very impressive as he entered the game last Sunday after Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury. He had 13 carries for 71 yards and a TD run with 31 seconds left in the game. It appears the coaching staff trusts Brown over David Wilson at this point since Wilson fumbled the ball early in the Giants/Cowboys game. With a short week, I don’t believe Bradshaw will play. Brown will be a hot waiver wire pickup this week.
Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams
Everyone kept talking about Isaiah Pead all offseason. However, Richardson outplayed Pead and is now the handcuff to Steven Jackson. With Jackson’s exit in the second quarter on Sunday, Richardson ran the ball for 83 yards and Pead never touched the ball. Richardson is a must handcuff to all Steven Jackson owners.
Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts
There is value as the second WR on the Indianapolis Colts. It doesn’t appear Austin Collie will be on the field anytime soon. Avery took advantage of Collie’s absence and led the team in targets on Sunday with 10. He caught 9 balls for 111 yards. Avery is available in several leagues and would make a great flex player.
Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Danny Amendola may not be on your waiver wire but if he is, go get him now! He had 12 first-half receptions and ended the game with 15 receptions, 160 yards and a TD. He should be a weekly starter on every fantasy team as St. Louis continues to target him in their offense.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens
We didn’t know if Pitta or Ed Dickson would emerge as the lead tight end in Baltimore. Pitta caught 5 passes for 73 yards and one TD in the opener. Last week, he caught 8 balls for 65 yards. If you need help at the tight end position, look for Pitta on the waiver wire.