Comments: Week 3: Pickups of the Week
(Updated 8:15 p.m.)
This week's Pickups article comes with subtext: Buyer beware. Several impressive statistical performances took place this past week from waiver wire types. Some are new to the fantasy relevance scene (like Miami's Charles Clay), while others have previously proven more trick than treat when relied upon.
In preparation for drafts, fantasy owners have more easily accessed information available -- more and more information is provided for fantasy players preparing for drafts, there are also fewer interesting free agent options available on a weekly basis. For me that has meant taking a more aggressive approach with free agent bids when potential several week starters like Julian Edelman and Julius Thomas are available. Hording dollars won't help when the waivers are picked even cleaner.
The thing is, just because a player is an NFL starter doesn't mean they will produce like a good one in our fantasy realm. That might seem obvious, but desperate times call for overspending on players who might not be more than a one-week fix. Because the current free agent talent pool is so shallow, it can be hard recognizing the contenders from pretenders.
That doesn't mean the likes of James Starks cannot help a 0-2 team sporting a backfield of David Wilson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Eddie Lacy. Let's just say I'm intimately familiar with this scenario. Snaps are snaps, touches are touches. Yet in other cases, I see little reason to fork over a large amount of my FAAB for a player unlikely to keep the job for the long haul. Patience isn't just a Guns and Roses song, it's also an important piece of any fantasy owner's arsenal.
Understanding when it's no longer time for tolerance with insufficient production is as well.
Just making sure: Josh Gordon, Knowshon Moreno, Bernard Pierce, Sam Bradford and Alex Smith are among those that should already be on rosters in most-sized leagues and definitely should be considering their Week 3 matchups (or in the case of Gordon, his return from suspension).
1) Sam Bradford
2) Philip Rivers
3) Ryan Tannehill
4) Terrelle Pryor
5) E.J. Manuel
6) Nick Foles
Notes...Only Bradford is worth more than one percent of FAAB. ...Statistically speaking, looks like Rivers found the way-back machine, though it's looking like Philly will give up gobs of passing production each week. The thing is, San Diego's upcoming schedule isn't that scary so more goodness should comes Rivers' way...For those Ben Roethlisberger owners, Tannehill and Manuel are looking better as season-long options while Pryor is for Week 3. ...The Foles mention goes out for those relying on Michael Vick. The way the Eagles are moving the ball, expect success for Foles if he should enter on a regular basis.
1) Bernard Pierce
2) Bilal Powell*
3) James Starks*
4) Jason Snelling
5) Jacquizz Rodgers
6) Isaiah Pead
7) Jordan Todman
Others: Brandon Jacobs, Jacquizz Rodgers, Da'Rel Scott, Justin Forsett, Felix Jones
Notes: The asterisk is because Starks' role is dependant on Lacy's status, whereas Powell is solidly part of the Jets backfield with a likely chance for more whenever Chris Ivory suffers an injury. The fact that Green Bay faces Cincinnati this week limits Starks to Flex consideration in 12-team league - and just a few spots in the weekly rankings ahead of Powell at this moment. ...Unless I owned Eddie Lacy AND were desperate for a RB this week (and believe Lacy's concussion keeps him out for a while), adding Powell/ or Snelling for likely half or 3/4 of the cost is a better multi-week plan.
1) DeAndre Hopkins
2) Marlon Brown
3) Eddie Royal
4) Aaron Dobson
5) Kendall Wright
Others: Cordarelle Patterson, Stephen Hill, Santonio Holmes
Notes: Win lose or draw, don't expect Brown on this list a fourth straight week, not after he scored in Baltimore's first two games. ...Wright is a legitimate playmaker stuck with a quarterback incapable of making consistent plays in the passing game. ...Same sentiment could apply to Hill and Holmes, though we at least give Geno Smith somewhat of a pass for the rookie thing. ...Rather than focusing on Dobson's drops last week, let's focus on the targets and opportunities. Danny Amendola's prognosis looks like he could miss a few weeks and Rob Gronkowski might need at least one more week off. Factor in Tom Brady vs Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Geno Smith and I'll easily take Dobson over the names behind him on this list.
1) Tyler Eifert/Jermaine Gresham
2) Coby Fleener
3) Charles Clay
Others: Jordan Reed, Delanie Walker, Garrett Graham
Notes...Even though he's listed at the bottom, Clay has the clearest path for playing time and consistent targets. Gresham and Eifert are quality players that steal from each other. Same for Fleener and Dwayne Allen, who missed Week 2 with an injury. If Allen remains sidelined another week, Fleener is the number one waiver claim. Owners with a longer view can snag the rookie Eifert. ...
2) NY Jets
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Release Mark Ingram, Ronnie Hillman, Vick Ballard, Shonn Greene, Denarius Moore, Fred Davis…and Ben Roethlisberger.
- QB Sam Bradford, STL
- RB Jason Snelling, ATL
- RB James Starks, GB
- WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
- WR Eddie Royal, SD
- TE Charles Clay, MIA
- TE Jordan Reed, WAS
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