Waiver-Wire Pickups Week 3: 2012 Fantasy Football Lineup Advice
I’m sure you’re disappointed if you went after David Wilson as the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw, and watched Andre Brown emerge as the clear No. 2 last week. Wilson will make an impact in New York’s offense this year, but his early struggles are just another reminder why it’s difficult for rookies to make an impact at this point in the season.
Just because Wilson has work to do before earning the trust of his coaching staff doesn’t mean you should panic and cut him at this point. That said, expect Brown to continue as the starter as long as Bradshaw is out of the lineup.
Andre Brown, RB Giants
Brown ran well against the Buccaneers and it appears the Giants are not ready to commit to rookie David Wilson. Expect Brown to start and see a majority of the touches this week against a Panthers defense that has had trouble stopping the run through two games.
David Wilson, RB Giants
Coach Tom Coughlin won’t give Wilson the keys to the car until he passes the old man's driving test. So far, not so good, but Wilson will get another shot this week in a limited role.
Daryl Richardson, RB Rams
For those of you that actually watched the Rams this preseason, it was easy to tell Daryl Richardson was the better running back over fellow rookie Isaiah Pead.
A key fumble against the Redskins was the only blemish on a solid performance by Richardson, filling in for Steven Jackson after his “injury” while attempting a touchdown. Expect Jackson back this week, but Richardson is worth a stash.
Danny Amendola, WR Rams
Maybe Amendola isn’t as gifted as Wes Welker, but he’s certainly Sam Bradford’s favorite target. A terrific pickup in PPR leagues, if Amendola stays healthy, we should like his odds of threatening for 100 receptions.
Donnie Avery, WR Colts
As long as Austin Collie is out of the lineup, Donnie Avery will hold value as a starter. The Colts will be throwing the football with a below average running game and defense. Avery is a solid bye week fill-in option with a nice matchup next week against the Jaguars.
Andrew Hawkins, WR Bengals
Hawkins looked good in the short passing game against the Ravens, and made one of the sweetest touchdown runs of the season in Week 2 against the Bengals. It appears the Bengals will use a committee of receivers to go with A.J. Green, but we should like Hawkins as the top option at this time.
Martellus Bennett, TE Giants
Eli Manning likes to use his tight end and we’ve seen some average talents hold value in Kevin Boss and Jake Ballard. Bennett actually has good talent, but he’s been a knucklehead throughout his career. It appears Bennett has earned the trust of Manning and the Giants coaching staff to stay on the field with regularity and he’s scored a touchdown in each of the first two weeks.
Scott Chandler, TE Bills
A favorite of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the red zone, Chandler can help your team as a fill-in in option for Aaron Hernandez or Antonio Gates if he continues to miss time.
Justin Tucker, K Ravens
Tucker has the situation, leg and accuracy to be a top five fantasy kicker this year. Not often do you have a head coach like John Harbaugh that trusts a youngster with long field goals regularly, but that is the case with Tucker.
Greg Zuerlein, K Rams
The Rams continue to play good football and that helps rookie Greg Zuerlein hold fantasy value. Zuerlein has a strong leg and it appears Jeff Fisher will give him opportunities from over 50 yards. Not a very good matchup this week in Chicago, but he’s worth a look going forward if the Rams continue to play well.
Keep An Eye On
Mike Goodson, RB Raiders
There was talk about Taiwan Jones winning the backup role to Darren McFadden, but some poor decisions against the Chargers cost him that job. Mike Goodson is a better overall running back and he’s healthy from his injury in the preseason.
It was Goodson that filled in for McFadden when he left after being poked in the eye, and Goodson delivered with a long touchdown catch. If you're looking for McFadden’s backup, Goodson is the man to select.
Lamar Miller, RB Dolphins
A perfect fit for the Dolphins' zone-blocking scheme, Miller flashed when filling in for Reggie Bush in a blowout win against the Raiders. Miller hit a long touchdown run and should eventually take over the backup role, replacing Daniel Thomas.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR Steelers
The Steelers will have Sanders on the field with regularity, but he’s not a fantasy option until Antonio Brown or Mike Wallace fall to injury. Sanders has the skill set to be a WR2 if he should find his way into a starting job.
Andre Roberts, WR Cardinals
Defenses will continue to take Larry Fitzgerald out of the game and force the Cardinals to beat them with the running game and receivers like Andre Roberts. In one-on-one matchups against second-rate corners, Roberts will put up some decent games. Don’t expect much this week, however, as the Cardinals take on the Eagles.
Dante Rosario, TE Chargers
Should Antonio Gates continue to miss time, Rosario would be worth a look after his three-touchdown performance. San Diego will continue to use a three-man tight end scheme, but Rosario is clearly the main option in the red zone.
Blair Walsh, K Vikings
Like Tucker and Zuerlein, fellow youngster Blair Walsh has the leg to be an effective fantasy option and has been productive through two games. I’m not sold the Vikings will be competitive enough to keep Walsh active, and this week is a bad matchup against the 49ers.
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