Week 3: Player Upgrades
If you grabbed Brandon LaFell late in your fantasy draft, well done, you nailed it. The question is, have you started him? Only a quarter of fantasy owners have LaFell in their starting lineups and Week 3 should see a dramatic increase to that number. The Panthers face the New York "can't cover anybody" Giants. Receivers have hauled in 25 passes for 473 yards and five TDs against them. LaFell is on pace for a career-best season across the board statistically. Cam Newton continues to put this offense in a position to compete. Even though the former LSU standout is certainly still the No. 2 option behind Steve Smith, he's played like a Top 20 WR. At the very least, hit your local waiver wire and get him on your roster before it is too late.
Featured in three of our weekly articles here at FFToolbox, you'll find recommendations for Dennis Pitta. He's featured in both our "Start 'Em" and "Pickups of the Week" column as well as this very article. Why is that, you ask? Well first, he's tied for first among tight ends, with 23 targets and 13 receptions through two games. Pitta is a Top 5 TE and although it's impossible to know how long that'll last, he's a must-add across all formats. Since many different TEs are struggling with either injuries or a lack of productivity (ie Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, Jason Witten to name a few), there's no reason to show loyalty to an underachiever. Joe Flacco has developed one heck of a chemistry with him and Pitta's length and athleticism have really stood out for the Ravens. Go get him if you can.