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Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Moves

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By: Joe Bond

Here is the second edition of my waiver wire pick ups.  This week is going to be loaded with guys that you should pick up due to injuries.  Again, I’m only recommending guys that are available in more than 50%, or at least close to 50%, of ESPN leagues.  But, if there is somebody better available in your league, clearly pick them up instead.

QB
Sam Bradford (QB – StL) – Bradford is owned in 52% of leagues, but I would bet that number goes up after this weekend’s performance.  He passed for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns for a total of 23 fantasy points.  He is also looking a lot more comfortable in the new Rams offense and would be a good back-up to have in most leagues.

RB

Andre Brown (NYG) – This is could wind up being only a one-week pick-up, but it has potential to be a very good one.  Ahmad Bradshaw is questionable to play this Thursday due to the neck injury he sustained last Sunday against the Bucs.  So, if Bradshaw doesn’t play, Brown should see the majority of the snaps with David Wilson still stuck in Coughlin’s doghouse.

Daryl Richardson (StL) – Yes, another St. Louis Ram.  There are two reasons you need to pick-up Richardson this week: One, he has passed Isaiah Pead on the depth chart, and two, Steven Jackson did not finish last week’s game due to an apparent groin injury. The Rams are saying Jackson could have returned on Sunday.  However, if that was the case, why would they stick with an undrafted rookie in lieu of playing their starting running back in a close game?  The logical explanation here seems to be that Jackson’s injury is more serious than advertised, so if that’s true, I would pick-up Richardson just in-case Jackson misses somes games.

Others to consider: Mikel Leshoure (Det), Dexter McCluster (KC)

WR
Danny Amendola (StL) – It appears the Rams are clearly the theme of the weekend.  I fully expect that Amendola will be the flavor-of-the-week for all pick-ups.  He is only owned in 19.2% of leagues, but he is tied for third in points amongst all fantasy wide receivers for the 2012 season so far.  Do I think he’ll explode for 15 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown often?  No, but, his Week One total wasn’t bad either with 5 catches for 70 yards.  I’m guessing you have much worse sitting on your bench right now, so if you can grab Amendola, he should be a more valuable asset (especially in PPR Leagues) than the guy you’re dropping to get him.

Brian Hartline (Mia) – he is another guy that isn’t going to give you style points for owning him, but he is producing.  So far on the year, Hartline has 12 receptions for 161 yards, and he leads the Dolphins in targets with 20.  Those 20 targets, by the way, put him tied for 5th in the NFL.

Others to consider: Stephen Hill (NYJ), Greg Little (Cle), Austin Collie (Ind), Randall Cobb (GB)

TE
Martellus Bennett (NYG) – I mentioned him last week, yet, he stayed available in most leagues (probably for good reason, since most of you already have very good tight ends on your team).  However, now that Aaron Hernandez has gone down for an extended period of time, Bennett should be the first tight end to get plucked from your waiver wires.  He is seeing quite a few targets from Eli Manning, as well, and he has now gotten into the endzone two weeks in a row.

Dennis Pitta (Bal) – Pitta would be a great consolation prize to Bennett on the waiver wire.  Even though he is the second tight end on the depth chart, he is seeing a lot more passes come his way compared to Ed Dickson.  In fact, he leads the Baltimore Ravens in targets for the season with 24, the next closest is Ray Rice with 14.

Others to consider: Heath Miller (Pit), Coby Fleener (Ind)

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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