Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Gems For Week 3
Week two is just about in the books, so it’s already time to start looking to your league’s fantasy waiver wire. There aren’t a ton of new injuries in week two, but bad performances and injuries stemming from the first two weeks could still have you looking for some help.
Listed are the top available options that could help you in week three or beyond, and they’re all available in at least 51% of standard fantasy leagues:
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams (Available in 79% of Yahoo! leagues)
Bradford was red-hot against the Redskins with three touchdowns in week two, and he looked so good it makes me think it wasn’t a farce. He doesn’t have an easy schedule (Bears and Seahawks in next two games), but he’s still one of the safest quarterback adds on the waiver wire.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills (62%)
Fitzpatrick has five touchdowns through the first two weeks and managed to take care of the ball in week two, so he could be a fantasy darling heading into a beautiful week three matchup with the Cleveland Browns. I don’t love his long-term value, but if you need matchup help or are hurting at quarterback, he can come to the rescue for a week.
Daryl Richardson, RB, St. Louis Rams (96%)
Richardson battled his way to 102 total yards in week two, which normally would mean little if Steven Jackson hadn’t gotten benched, or hurt, or whatever. If S-Jax is going to miss any time, Richardson looks to be the starter with a solid role. Third stringer Isaiah Pead could also potentially have some value.
Andre Brown, RB, New York Giants (90%)
For some reason the Giants don’t trust rookie running back David Wilson – like, at all – otherwise I’d suggest picking him up. Actually, I still do suggest doing so, although in that same breath Brown is the guy you’ll want to own/play right now. Ahmad Bradshaw is dealing with a neck injury that could or could not be tricky. Monitor the situation and add as needed if Bradshaw is expected to miss any time. Long-term, I’d prefer to own Wilson.
Danny Amendola, WR, St. Louis Rams (53%)
Amendola went off in week two for 15 catches and over 160 receiving yards. That might never happen again, but it’s safe to say those Wes Welker comparison are finally starting to make some real sense. Sam Bradford clearly zones in on this guy, and he gets the job done so he needs to be added in all leagues – especially those that award PPR points. Act now before owners go nuts on this guy.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina Panthers (68%)
First he scores a touchdown in week one, then he racks up six catches for 90 yards in week two. Yep, I’m seeing the trend. When Steve Smith is covered, Cam Newton is trusting in the big, physical LaFell, and we’re just seeing the top of the iceberg. Get this guy now before he gets really hot.
Donnie Avery, WR, Indianapolis Colts (96%)
I’d curb the Avery hype just a tad, as the return of Austin Collie could dim the light on his awesome week two. With that said, head injuries are tricky and Avery looked awfully good. He’ll be inconsistent, but he’s certainly worth a look at this point.
Brian Hartline, WR, Miami Dolphins (97%)
I was high on Hartline entering week two due to injuries in Oakland’s secondary, but I don’t know if I ever really expected to see him haul in nine receptions for 100+ yards. If nothing else, Hartline showed he’s back from injury and is possibly Miami’s top receiver. That may not be saying a lot, but I wouldn’t over-look him. If he’s Ryan Tannehill’s #1 guy, that’s still something in fantasy football.
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Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens (90%)
Baltimore’s offense is more explosive than in the past, but they still stall in the red-zone a bit. That’s led to some field goals for Tucker, and is giving him a lot more value than people expected. He scored16 points in week one and should be the first kicker off of the fantasy waiver wire.
Lawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants (94%)
Tynes is routinely over-looked despite being in a good offense and being a reliable option. He exploded along with the rest of the Giants in week two, and you’ll see more weeks like that as the season goes on. Well, not just like that, but similar.
Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers (93%)
Another over-looked kicking option. Suisham is pretty reliable and he’s in an offense that moves the ball extremely well but often sputters inside the 20. That’s the perfect kicker if you ask me.
Buffalo Bills DEF/ST (60%)
So, perhaps that Bills defense is better, after all? It’s hard to trust them based off of one good game, but they did rack up 19 fantasy points against the Chiefs, and it’s possible they’re just now showing their true colors. Stash them in a defense-heavy league or if your current defense has been atrocious.
Arizona Cardinals DEF/ST (80%)
This defense needs to be considered for real, starting now. They’ve led their team to a 2-0 start off of two solid performances against the Seahawks and the Patriots. They made Tom Brady look pedestrian-like on the road. If that doesn’t make them legit, I’m not sure what will.
San Diego Chargers DEF/ST (89%)
The Chargers have made Carson Palmer and Jake Locker look likes jokes in back to back weeks, while also shutting down the likes of Darren McFadden and Chris Johnson. It’s time to start taking this unit seriously.
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