Week 3 Pickups: WRs Who Must Be Claimed Immediately

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 15: Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Miami's Brian Hartline is one of several wide receivers who are still available in many leagues two weeks into the season, so fantasy football owners need to pick them up before it's too late.

Atlanta's Roddy White and New England's Danny Amendola are battling injuries right now. Owners are searching for replacements on the waiver wire and in free agency.

Hartline is one of the best options still available in many leagues. There are several other receivers who can make an impact on a fantasy team, so check out who is still available in your league.

Here are a few wideouts who can make a difference in your fantasy league, with availability courtesy of ESPN.com.


Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (Owned in 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

Mike Wallace was brought in to help quarterback Ryan Tannehill stretch the field, but Hartline is a good receiver closer to the line of scrimmage. He has 14 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown through two games, so he has still gotten looks with Wallace on the field.

Tannehill has targeted Hartline 23 times this season. They have established strong chemistry over the last two seasons, and he will continue to make plays.

Adding the speedster at receiver should help Hartline. Defenses will key on Wallace, which will allow Hartline to find open space to work with. 

The 26-year-old receiver had 1,083 receiving yards last season without Wallace. Adding a quality receiver to the mix only helps the veteran.


Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (Owned in 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

Washington's offense has struggled early in both games. Robert Griffin III has been unable to lead his team to any points in either first half, but the quarterback has been able to put up big numbers later in the games.

Leonard Hankerson has 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns through the first two weeks. The 24-year-old has been Washington's second-best receiver this season, and he leads the team in touchdowns.

The 6'2" receiver has been a good target for his young quarterback. If Washington's defense is unable to stop anyone this season, the offense will have to throw the ball even more.

Last season Hankerson started to put together a good season for a young receiver, but now he is taking it to the next level and making his catches count.

Pierre Garcon gets the defense's attention, so Hankerson will continue to get looks from Griffin.


Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons (Owned in 3.3 percent of ESPN leagues)

White isn't at 100 percent right now, so there's a lot going on with the Falcons. Harry Douglas has stepped in to help the offense while White is limited, and fantasy owners should take a chance on him.

The 29-year-old has never been targeted much in his career, but he has taken advantage of his bigger role this season. Douglas has 136 receiving yards on eight receptions, both of which rank second on the team.

He has three receptions of at least 30 yards and averages 17 yards per catch. No other receiver on the team has that good of an average. The wideout has been able to make big plays when given the opportunity, and he will get more looks as he gets more playing time.

His ability to make plays will earn him a few touchdowns this season. Matt Ryan has continued to improve each season, and now he has a new target to work with.

Douglas' fantasy value is tied to White's health, so pick him up quickly. Douglas will be productive early in the season, and he could earn more playing time late in the year if he continues his current pace.


*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com