Week 3 of the fantasy football season is on the horizon and you want to drop some duds and pick up some studs to help you get through the lean times. I’ll give you some possibilities for waiver wire gems below, but this week seems like slim pickins for the most part. I’d be wary of using my #1 waiver wire priority unless one of Moreno or Gordon was available. They are ranked in the order I’d pick them up at each position. All ownership numbers are from Yahoo.
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Knowshon Moreno (54%) – I tried to keep most of these players under the 50% ownership mark, but Moreno is an exception. He needs to be owned much closer to 100%. He showed last week against the Giants that he can make things happen with two nice touchdown runs and 107 total yards, while rookie Montee Ball looked less than ordinary. But an even better reason is the Broncos have a cakewalk schedule over the next six weeks as they face Oakland, Philadelphia, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Washington. It is going to be tough for Moreno to lose the job during that stretch.
Josh Gordon (62%) – Ok, I broke my rule again, and badly, but I had someone ask me on Twitter if they should pick up Gordon and I was shocked, shocked I tell you! So I checked his ownership and 62% is crazy low. He’ll be back this week and he’s just too talented not to be owned in all leagues. He may start off slow with Brandon Weeden likely to miss this week’s game, but be patient.
James Starks (11%) – All of James Starks’ fantasy points should just be transferred to Eddie Lacy (says the Eddie Lacy owner), but they won’t and if Lacy misses any time due to his concussion Starks has some value. But we know what we have in Starks and it’s not really as good as his numbers indicate from facing the pitiful Washington defense.
Bernard Pierce (45%) – Ray Rice seems to have kept from a multi-game injury, but he is injured and Pierce is one of the few backs that you know could be startable every week if the guy ahead of him went down. I’d want Pierce on my team over a lot of guys who get middling numbers, but more touches.
Eddie Royal (20%) — For the most part Royal feels like fools gold at this point since him keeping anywhere close to his pace of touchdowns is ludicrous, but with Malcom Floyd hurt and Vincent Brown not doing much it feels like he will continue to get looks and red zone looks at that. He needs to be owned for sure.
Jay Cutler (51%) — Cutler had a nice game versus Minnesota with 290 yards passing and three touchdowns, but his two interceptions kept him from top numbers even though he still tied as the tenth best fantasy quarterback last week. Next week he gets the Steelers in Heinz Field after going 0-2 so I’ll be steering clear of that one, but he then goes to Detroit which is an okay matchup, then takes on New Orleans and the New York Giants at home and then goes to Washington. I like that schedule very much, and if he pulls out a decent game in Pittsburgh I’ll be starting him at will in those next matchups.
Jason Snelling (1%) – This is a speculative add due to Steven Jackson’s thigh injury that looks like it will keep him out 2-4 weeks. Jacquizz Rodgers will split carries with him and could be of some use, but I believe Snelling is the superior all around player.
Jordan Todman (0%) — There’s a decent chance Todman is a complete bust, especially on the Jaguars team that can do little to nothing on offense, but he’s a running back and they are dropping like flies. I wouldn’t waste a waiver priority on him if I could help it, but he’s worth an add.
DeAndre Hopkins (49%) – Hopkins should be owned in most leagues already, but we saw what he can do in Houston’s overtime win against Tennessee. Andre Johnson should be back soon enough after his concussion, but Hopkins is too talented not to take a risk on.
Marlon Brown (25%) – Brown caught his second touchdown of the year in week two and looks like he has solidified his spot in the lineup.
Philip Rivers (39%) – Is Rivers back? Well, I wish I could answer that question, but he sure isn’t dead. Is he worth picking up? After two games he has 614 yards passing, 7 touchdowns and just one interception, so I think the stats have to speak for themselves.
Sam Bradford (47%) – He put up a big week two with 352 yards passing and 3 touchdowns, but most of it came in garbage time. If you are hurting at quarterback I’d want him on my team though. He has a lot of young talent in that receiving core and not so much at running back. It might take some time for them to really get clicking.
Charles Clay (2%) — I recommended him last week and he caught five passes for 105 yards and also ran in a touchdown at the goal line. He’s a hybrid h-back/tight end who if can continue to see goal line touches is a must own. The fact that he converted on his one try on Sunday is a good sign he will at least get another chance.
Aaron Dobson (17%) — He saw 10 targets against the Jets, but only caught 3 of them, but it was three more targets than Kenbrell Thompkins. He’s worth a roster spot if he’s getting targets in that offense and Danny Amendola is hurting.
Alex Smith (39%) — If he continues to run the ball like last week he’s going to be able to keep up his fantasy production, but that’s not a given. I do like him against the Eagles next week for a spot play though. You’ve seen what the Eagles pass defense did for Philip Rivers.
Danny Woodhead (31%) – After hardly seeing the field in week 1 Woodhead was used heavily in the passing game in week two. I don’t like his upside at all, but in deep PPR leagues he’s a good fill-in.
Kendall Wright (17%) – With Kenny Britt’s knee still swelling and him dropping passes, Wright is quickly becoming the main target for the Titans.
Coby Fleener (11%) – Much of Fleener’s upside comes from Dwayne Allen’s hip. No, it’s not like Samson’s hair, but with Allen sidelined Fleener gets the tight end targets to himself.
Brandon Jacobs (11%) — He’s pretty much washed up, but getting goal line carries. For those of you in TD leagues he’s probably a good add, but otherwise I’d take a pass.