Fantasy Football Week 3: Hottest Waiver Wire Adds at RB, WR and TE

Jordan Heck@@JordanHeckFFContributor IIISeptember 16, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 3: Hottest Waiver Wire Adds at RB, WR and TE

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    A lot of players had big performances this week, but you can't always trust a player after just one game. For example, in Week 1, Jerome Simpson caught seven passes for 140 yards; in Week 2, he caught just two passes.

    Here are players whose success in Week 2 and Week 1 should continue throughout the season in terms of fantasy production. Even if they don't continue their torrid pace, they are worth considering just in case they do. It's better to take someone now instead of waiting until it's too late.

    Here are the hottest waiver-wire additions for Week 3 of the NFL season.

    All fantasy ownership percentages derived from Yahoo! Sports standard leagues

Running Backs

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    James Starks, Green Bay Packers (9 percent owned)

    On Sunday, James Starks became the first Packers running back to rush for over 100 yards in a single game since 2010. He got an opportunity to showcase his talent after starting running back Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

    If Lacy misses any amount of time, it appears that Starks will be the guy to own. Even if Lacy comes back, Starks looked good in this game and could work himself into a prominent role. He’s not heavily owned in a lot of leagues, so he should be available.

    Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos (54 percent owned)

    Everyone went with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman on draft day, but it appears as though Knowshon Moreno is the running back to own in Denver.

    He got the start in Week 1, but his performance didn’t make him worth a roster spot. However, his performance in Week 2 makes him much more desirable. Moreno rushed 13 times for 93 yards and found the endzone twice against the Giants on Sunday. Ball, in comparison, carried the ball 12 times for 16 yards and did not score.

    Moreno is owned in just over half of fantasy leagues. If you’re in a dedicated league, chances are he’s already taken. But if you’re lucky enough to pick him up, then do it.

    Bilal Powell, New York Jets (36 percent owned)

    The Jets ground game has turned into a running-back-by-committee between Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory. In most drafts, Ivory was the lone Jets running back that was selected, but so far, the two players have been pretty even.

    In Week 2 against the Patriots, Ivory saw 12 carries to Powell’s 13. Powell also scored a touchdown in that game and had 48 rushing yards on top of that.

    Powell can’t be trusted as a RB1 or RB2 because of his inconsistent workload, but he can be a good flex option, depending on the matchup. If you have deep benches, Powell is a guy worth stashing.

    Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills (58 percent owned)

    Everything Doug Marrone was saying before the season made it seem like C.J. Spiller would be the team's workhorse, but the Bills have not shied away from using Fred Jackson.

    The 32-year-old veteran saw 17 touches in Week 1 and 16 touches in Week 2. He is still very much involved in this offense.

    Jackson is owned in a lot of leagues, but he’s not owned in enough. If he’s on the waiver wire, pick him up.

    Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens (46 percent owned)

    People were worried that Bernard Pierce would eat into Ray Rice’s carries this year. Now with Rice expected to be out for a short period of time with a hip flexor injury, Pierce will take all of his carries.

    As pointed out by Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, the team is hoping that Rice is not going to be sidelined long with the hip injury, and there is not even an MRI scheduled to examine it. Still, his potential absence makes Pierce extremely valuable. The Temple alum is a talented back, and he can have a big game in Rice’s place.

    The backup rusher is available in over half of fantasy leagues, so put in a waiver bid for him.

Wide Receivers

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    Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (19 percent owned)

    Eddie Royal has been resurrected from the dead.

    After his 91-catch, 980-yard rookie season in 2008, there were high hopes for Royal. After that season, though, he really hasn’t done much of anything in terms of fantasy relevance. 

    Enter the 2013 season.

    Royal has five touchdowns through two games this year, which is the same combined total that he has over the last four seasons. Hopefully this isn’t a weird two-game bump, as he’ll definitely have opportunities with the Chargers’ current receiver situation.

    DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (48 percent owned)

    How is DeAndre Hopkins not owned in more leagues?

    He’s an explosive receiver playing opposite of an even more explosive receiver. He had a productive Week 1 with five receptions for 66 yards, and he still wasn’t getting any love.

    Now, expect Hopkins’ ownership percentage to skyrocket. The rookie caught seven passes for 117 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, in Week 2 against Tennessee.

    Hopkins is available in over half of fantasy leagues, and if he’s there for the taking, go and get him.

    Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (0 percent owned)

    Austin Pettis had a solid Week 2. He saw 11 targets and turned it into eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.

    His performance against Atlanta was great, but he didn’t have a terrible Week 1 either. Sure, three catches for 16 yards looks bad on paper, but he also had six targets in that game. Sam Bradford isn’t afraid to throw his way, which means good things for Pettis’ future.

    Pettis is a good pickup for leagues that have deeper benches. Otherwise, it’s better to leave him on waivers.

    Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (62 percent owned)

    It’s surprising that Josh Gordon isn’t owned in at least 80 percent of leagues.

    Yes, he was suspended for the first two games of the season, but he was worth stashing in an open roster spot for that short amount of time. Last year, we saw his potential as a wide receiver, and this year, we saw it again in the preseason. He had two games in the preseason with over 70 receiving yards. He’s a big-play receiver who should be owned in every league.

    Gordon’s suspension is up this week, which means he’s ready to play. If he’s available in your league, grab him immediately.

    Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (25 percent owned)

    For the second-straight week, Marlon Brown has caught a touchdown. The rookie from Georgia is getting an opportunity because of Jacoby Jones’ injury, and he’s making the most of it.

    Brown saw six targets in Week 2 and turned them into four catches for 45 yards and a score.

    It’s not clear how Brown will perform when Jones gets back, but in the meantime, he’s worth a pickup.

Tight Ends

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    Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins (2 percent owned)

    Losing Dustin Keller in the preseason was a big blow for the Dolphins, but they have found a pretty good replacement: Charles Clay, a TE-FB hybrid who is off to a strong start this season.

    In Week 1, Clay caught five passes for 54 yards, but the real story is his Week 2 performance. Clay caught five passes for 109 yards and even ran one in against Indianapolis. His athleticism makes him a dangerous weapon, and his stats make him worth owning in fantasy.

    Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (11 percent owned)

    In Week 2, Coby Fleener finally gave us what we’ve been looking for from last year’s second-round pick. He came up with four receptions for 69 yards and caught a touchdown. 

    Fleener saw some extra action with the absence of Dwayne Allen this week. Even when Allen returns, we hope to see more games like these out of Fleener. He’s worth an add in deeper leagues.

    Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions (44 percent owned)

    Wait; don’t drop him!

    Brandon Pettigrew turned in an ugly six-yard performance in Week 1, causing many people to cut ties with him. He bounced back in a small way this week, though, catching three passes for 32 yards on six targets.

    If your league allows you to start more than one tight end, Pettigrew is worth a roster spot. You must be patient, though.

    Jim Dray, Arizona Cardinals (0 percent owned)


    In Week 2, Jim Dray caught five passes for 31 yards on seven targets. In standard leagues, this doesn’t mean much, but in PPR formats, those aren’t terrible numbers. If Dray can find the endzone, then he could become even more valuable.

    Dray is filling in at tight end while Rob Housler continues to recover from injury. However, Dray is already having a career-year through just two games, and he’s worth a pickup in deeper leagues.

    Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati  Bengals (19 percent owned)

    Don’t give up on the rookie just yet, as it appears that he and Jermaine Gresham are both getting attention.

    In Week 1, they had the same number of catches and targets (five), but in the long run, Eifert has the bigger potential to become a star.

    He’s a very talented receiving threat and is worth owning in leagues where you can start more than one tight end.