Fantasy Football Week 3: Waiver-Wire Gems to Grab at Each Position

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

Sep 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener (80) catches a pass for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Two weeks of NFL action are in the books, and some of the best fantasy producers are still flying under the radar in the majority of leagues.

Whether it is owners not buying into what these producers are selling, not trusting in the factors surrounding the producers or simply not realizing what is occurring, the following guys are too good to pass up on the waiver wire.

Waiver-wire decisions can make or break a fantasy season. Here are a few gems still widely available in the majority of leagues. Take advantage while they're still out there.


Note: All of the player ownership data referenced taken from CBS Sports leagues and roster trends.


Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins 

Owned in 32 percent of leagues

Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill is beginning to make a name for himself in the world of fake football after being overshadowed by big names like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III in his rookie season.

Through two contests, Tannehill has completed 65 percent of his passes for 591 yards and two scores. Miami is one of the NFL's undefeated teams and now appears to be a serious playoff contender.

Tannehill is a great option to have on the bench as a QB2 as he continues to improve. The quarterback position has been a bit muddled through two weeks, but Tannehill has been a consistent producer.


Running Back: Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Owned in 60 percent of leagues

Running back committees are the way of the future in the NFL, and the New York Jets follow the rule to perfection with Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory.

New York is smart to not allow Ivory to carry the load on his own despite trading for him this offseason—he's missed 20 games the past two seasons largely due to injury.

Stealing his carries, receptions and goal-line work is Powell, who has notched 134 total yards and one score through two games.

Powell is a great option, but especially so given Ivory's injury history and the fact the Jets need to run consistently with a rookie quarterback under center.


Wide Receiver: Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers

Owned in 17 percent of leagues

Eddie Royal is playing at an unsustainable rate.

That said, Royal has a future as a fantasy option thanks to his situation in San Diego.

Royal has caught 10 passes on 14 targets and scored five touchdowns. No, he won't be able to keep turning half of his receptions into scores. Fantasy production via touchdown exclusively is a dangerous way to live, and Royal personifies that rule.

With Danario Alexander out for the year, Malcom Floyd injured and both Keenan Allen and Vincent Brown ineffective, Royal has developed into a top target in San Diego. He'll be consistent, but don't expect Royal to keep scoring touchdowns at this pace. Scoop him up fast.


Tight End: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

Owned in 35 percent of leagues

Coby Fleener has arrived.

As Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's college roommate at Stanford, it was only a matter of time before Fleener exploded onto the scene as a consistent producer.

It took an injury to starter Dwayne Allen for the Colts to give Fleener his clear shot, but he seized the bull by the horns last week with four receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown—a second touchdown was called back after a penalty away from the play.

With Kevin Bowen of reporting Allen is now out for the year due to hip surgery, Fleener is a great get after a breakout game in Week 2. His role will expand now that he proved he can produce when needed.


Defense/ST: New York Jets

Owned in 11 percent of leagues

Quietly, head coach Rex Ryan once again has a top defensive unit in the NFL through two weeks. While reputation may be holding owners back from scooping up the unit, it's a great play while the defense is so widely available.

New York held Tampa Bay to just 17 points in Week 1, and then turned around and held Tom Brady and New England to just 13 points. Corner Antonio Cromartie still represents plenty of turnover opportunities, and the pass rush will create big-play scenarios.


Kicker: Alex Henery, Philadelphia Eagles

Owned in 38 percent of leagues

For all the hype surrounding Chip Kelly's offense in Philadelphia, few fantasy owners made the smart move and grabbed Alex Henery as a complement to their team.   

Kelly's offense has scored 63 points in just two games while providing plenty of opportunities for Henery to contribute. Henery will continue to be a double-digit producer throughout the season thanks to his offense. Grab him now before owners catch on to his consistency.


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