Week 3 Pickups: Under-the-Radar Playmakers Worth a Look

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Wide receiver Kendall Wright #13 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the New York Jets at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans is one of the under-the-radar playmakers whom fantasy football owners should look at adding this week.

Quarterbacks are easy to find. Playmakers are not as easy, because there are so many options, so be careful when looking for depth.

The players on this list haven't put up great numbers this season, but they have the potential to be big parts of their teams' offenses in the coming weeks.

All of these players are available in most leagues, so be sure to check to see.  


Santana Moss, WR, Washington Redskins (Owned in 23.6 Percent of ESPN Leagues)

Robert Griffin III hasn't looked great in the first two weeks, especially in the first 30 minutes of each game. However, his team has been in such big holes that defenses have allowed him to throw the football in the second half.

Leonard Hankerson has been a big part of the team's success through the air, but Santana Moss is a key member of the receiving corps. The 34-year-old has 95 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions this season.

Washington's schedule sets up well for the team to rebound. It will get Detroit and Oakland the next two weeks leading up to its bye, so Moss should be able to put up some good numbers.

The veteran had 573 yards and eight touchdowns last season, so he had good chemistry with Griffin in the duo's first season together. He is on pace to go way past those yards and equal the touchdowns this season.

Moss isn't an elite receiver at this point in his career, but he would be good to add for depth.


Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans (Owned in 50.8 Percent of ESPN Leagues)

The second-year receiver hasn't done much this season, but there is a lot of potential here. Kendall Wright has only 65 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions.

He put up 11 points in ESPN standard leagues last week, so it looks like he is ready to go. As a rookie in 2012, Wright had 626 yards and four touchdowns. He didn't have stability at quarterback, which may have played a role in his underwhelming numbers.

Wright will benefit from a favorable schedule. The Titans will play San Diego next week, but the end of the season is when he should really thrive. He will face Jacksonville (twice), Oakland, St. Louis and Arizona.

Tennessee has been very competitive through two games, and Wright will put up big numbers if his team is able to continue to play at such a high level. 


Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (Owned in 23.7 Percent of ESPN Leagues)

A few years ago, Brent Celek would have been one of the first tight ends off the board. Now most owners don't even bother with him. 

He hasn't been very productive this season. The 28-year-old has only two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. However, he will have to play a bigger role if this uptempo offense is going to be sustained.

DeSean Jackson isn't going to be able to average 198.5 receiving yards and a touchdown per game this season. Michael Vick is going to need to look in the middle of the field in order to move the ball consistently this year, and that's where Celek comes into play.

Celek has the potential to put up at least 700 yards and be a serious threat near the goal line. At 6'4", the tight end gives his quarterback a big target.

He is off to a slow start this season, but Celek has a lot of potential, especially in a fast-paced offense.


*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com.