Week 4: Pickups of the Week
Baldwin narrowly missed what would have been a highlight reel touchdown grab on Sunday. It was an otherwise quiet performance for the 2011 first-rounder who has languished under-the-radar since coming into the league. He could get an overdue opportunity to shine in the coming weeks. Dexter McCluster, who had been experiencing a mini breakout of his own, suffered a nasty looking injury to his elbow against the Saints and might be on the shelf for a while. Baldwin should absorb some of McCluster's opportunities in the passing game and, with more snaps under his belt, will have a chance to showcase his playmaking abilities.
Hankerson paced tight end Fred Davis for the team lead in targets on Sunday as both players benefitted from Pierre Garcon's absence. With Garcon's status for Week 4 very much up in the air, Hankerson remains a solid fantasy play against Tampa Bay's league-worst pass defense. And his long term value is trending upwards as well. According to the official Redskins twitter account, coach Shanahan has said Hankerson played "well enough to earn a starting job." He seems already to have pushed past Santana Moss and Josh Morgan.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
Tate had one or two touchdowns Monday night (depending on who you ask) and will continue to be a fantasy stud as long as the league continues to lockout the referees. All kidding aside, provided you're not a bitter Green Bay fan, you can swallow your disbelief about how Week 3 ended and look objectively at the fact that Tate led his team in targets and was Russell Wilson's go to guy on multiple end zone tosses. The Seahawks' passing game was stymied most of the night against Green Bay, though Seattle and Tate should have an easier time next Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
We'll spare you the reindeer references that have suddenly become such a favorite of TV analysts and say simply that Rudolph the redzone favorite has a very shiny future in Minnesota. What's that? Oh right. Sorry. Rudolph has three touchdowns in three games and is right up there with Jared Cook, Dennis Pitta and Martellus Bennett representing the new breed of dominant young tight ends who can outrun linebackers, outmuscle defensive backs and outcatch their wide receiver teammates.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
The only Scottish NFLer went five-for-five on field goal attempts on Sunday and is a perfect 10-for-10 on the season. He leads the league in scoring and could hold on to that lead with PATs alone based on New York's current prolific touchdown output. A reliable week-to-week scorer like this shouldn't be overlooked -- especially while widely owned kickers like Bailey, Bironas and Prater are struggling.Injury Status: Out - Illness