2012 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3 Targets to Consider

James Hatfield Correspondent IIISeptember 17, 2012

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Week 3 waiver wire is upon us and we have well over 20 players at all positions for you to consider. Time to get to the waiver wire and start making your pickups, as working the wire to your advantage wins leagues.


Five-Star Pick-ups

David Wilson/Andre Brown (RB, NYG) - If Ahmad Bradshaw misses next week, then Wilson and Brown’s value rises.  Brown is currently the stronger of the two backs and has the ability to put up points, but only if Bradshaw is out next week.  

Mikel LeShoure (RB, DET) - Pick him up now as he is not going to be around long after he takes the starting job away from Kevin Smith.

Four-Star Pick-ups 

Daryl Richardson (RB, STL) - Steven Jackson’s hamstring injury allowed Richardson to take over as the feature RB.  This shows the future of the Rams' RB situation.  Dynasty league players need to take note. 

Kenny Britt (WR, TEN) - Britt didn't show much to us in Week 2 but we fully expect that to change as he becomes more familiar with the offense and QB.

Rashard Mendenhall (RB, PIT) - Dwyer and Redman just don't look like they are getting it done in Pit, so Mendenhall makes a nice stash on your bench.

Alex Smith (QB, SF) - Smith has been extremely impressive and is starting to put up points worthy of a fantasy backup with occasional spot starter.  

Andrew Luck (QB, IND) - Luck is going to be throwing a ton in 2012 and is a nice backup QB due to his fantasy production. 

Brent Celek (TE, PHI) - Celek can take over for your underperforming TE, and with Jeremy Maclin nursing an injury, Celek should continue to see many targets from Michael Vick.

Austin Collie (WR, IND)
- Once he returns he will be productive in an offense that must throw the football. If you are looking for a WR, then look towards Collie. 

Owen Daniels (TE, HOU) - I wrote and spoke about him last week, but you must know when Daniels is healthy he is a big target for Schaub and can replace your underperforming TE if you need one. 

Brandon LaFell (WR, CAR) - LaFell is starting to be used in a number of plays. If you are in a PPR league, LaFell should be grabbed. LaFell will give you some down weeks in production, but he is steadily climbing the rankings. 

Ben Tate (RB, HOU) - Tate should not be on your waiver wire, but if you do find him there go ahead and pick him up, as Arian Foster has had injury issues, and if the Texans' starter goes down then Tate is more than capable of picking up the slack. 

Greg Little (WR, CLE) - He finally found the end zone, but it’s quite hard on the Browns' offense. Now that Trent Richardson is starting to show solid signs, and this will open up the pass game and give Little more production. 

Dennis Pitta (TE, BAL) - Pitta was targeted 15 times in the game this Sunday. If your TE is underperforming, and especially if you are in PPR league, take a look at Pitta. 

Danny Amendola (WR, STL) - He's becoming Sam Bradford’s go to target but should only be considered in a PPR leagues.


Three-Star Pick-ups

Christian Ponder (QB, MIN)

Sam Bradford (QB, STL) - Bradford is finally looking stronger, but he doesn’t have enough weapons around him to be more than a bye-week filler.

Martellus Bennett (TE, NYG)

Denarius Moore (WR, OAK)

Jason Avant (WR, PHI) - Maclin is shaking off an injury so Avant would be the WR to own there, but his production will be questionable.

Josh Freeman (QB, TB) - Freeman looked solid against the Giants Defense and should be worthy of a bench spot for bye weeks and injury spot starts.


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