Fantasy Football: Some Waiver Wire Options Heading into Week 3
Rams receiver Danny Amendola had a career-best performance in the team's win over the Redskins in Week 2.
in the first half alone, Amendola had 12 receptions, which tied Reggie Wayne's record for most receptions in a half.
Although he had only three more receptions in the second half, Amendola finished with career highs of 15 receptions for 160 yards and a score.
Long a favorite by many in point-per-reception (PPR) formats, Amendola finished with 22 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues.
Going forward, Amendola is clearly the Rams receiver to own in either format.
That said, Amendola won't be listed below in this week's waiver-wire suggestions even though he is worth adding.
For a player to appear on this list, he needs to satisfy two criteria: (1) he is owned in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues or less and (2) he was not on last week's waiver-wire list. And, of course, he's worth adding to your squad(s).
Amendola, who was on last week's list, is owned in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Here are some players to consider adding to your roster (Yahoo! league ownership in parenthesis):
QB - Carson Palmer, Raiders (49 percent)
Last year, Palmer ranked sixth in the NFL in passing yards per game. So far this year, he's doing even better in that regard. Palmer has 670 passing yards through two games and only Eli Manning and Michael Vick have more.
Although Palmer is completing less than 60 percent of his passes and only has two touchdowns, there should be plenty of opportunities (his 94 pass attempts rank second behind Drew Brees, 101) for him to accumulate statistics.
Although Jacoby Ford was placed on season-ending injury reserve, the Raiders got Denarius Moore back for Week 2 and have a solid trio with Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Rod Streater. In addition, they have good receivers out of the backfield in Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson.
RB - Mikel LeShoure, Lions (38 percent)
Surprisingly, LeShoure is available in almost two-thirds of Yahoo! leagues. If he's available in yours, you should change that before he returns from his two-game suspension.
With Jahvid Best on the PUP list and no lock to return this season considering his concussion history, only Kevin Smith stands in the way of LeShoure getting huge workloads. Either way, though, both running backs are different in style and LeShoure should get the goal-line work and plenty of carries on early downs.
In addition, the Lions have a nice matchup this week against the Titans, who have allowed the third-most rushing yards (155.0 per game) through two weeks.
RB - Andre Brown, Giants (15 percent)
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left Sunday's game with a neck injury and had an MRI on his neck Monday. Making matters worse for Bradshaw owners, the Giants play this week's Thursday Night Football matchup on the road in Carolina.
If Bradshaw can't go and/or misses substantial time, it appears that Brown is the back to own over highly-touted rookie David Wilson -- for now, at least. Wilson, who fumbled on his second professional carry in Week 1, had only three carries yesterday, while Brown carried the ball 13 times for 71 yards and a score. He added two receptions for 19 yards.
RB - Darryl Richardson, Rams (six percent)
It appeared that Rams running back Steven Jackson was benched for an unsportsmanlike penalty in Sunday's game. According to coach Jeff Fisher, Jackson instead left the game with a groin injury in the second the quarter, per Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. That said, Fisher said that Jackson could have returned.
In relief of Jackson, Richardson carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards and Isaiah Pead had no carries. Especially if you own Pead instead, Richardson is clearly the backup Rams running back to own in redraft leagues.
RB - Shaun Draughn, Chiefs (three percent)
Going into the season, many believed that the Chiefs would have a strong 1-2 punch at running back with Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis, who signed a one-year deal with the team this offseason. Through two weeks, there are three Chiefs running backs separated by only eight rushing yards: Charles (90), Draughn (85) and Hillis (82).
In fact, Draughn leads the backs in yards from scrimmage (120) and is the clear leader among them in fantasy points. While Charles and Hillis have yet to score a touchdown, Draughn has a rushing and receiving touchdown.
Going forward, I would expect Charles and Hillis to be much more productive than Draughn, but Charles has some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee. Coach Romeo Crennel says that he thinks "he’ll be ready to play this week.”
Especially if you're in deeper leagues, however, Draughn is worth consideration.
WR - Brandon LaFell, Panthers (36 percent)
In one of my 10 bold predictions before the season, I predicted that LaFell would be a top-30 receiver in fantasy football. Through two weeks, LaFell has back-to-back double-digit fantasy performances. Last week, he finished with six receptions for 90 yards and also had one rushing attempt for 25 yards. He is currently tied with Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe for 17th in receiving yards (155).
On Thursday Night Football, the Panthers host the Giants, who have allowed the second-most passing touchdonws (five) in the first two weeks of the season.
WR - Andrew Hawkins, Bengals (12 percent)
For a second week in a row, Hawkins had a solid fantasy performance. He isn't the biggest guy on the field (perhaps the smallest at 5-7 and 180 pounds), but he is shifty in the open field as he demonstrated on his 50-yard touchdown reception this weekend. In two games, Hawkins has 10 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown.
WR - Donnie Avery, Colts (eight percent)
In Week 2, Avery set career highs with nine receptions for 111 yards. With a touchdown in Week 1, Avery just missed having a double-digit fantasy performance in both weeks by three receiving yards in that Week 1 game. Even if Austin Collie reduces Avery's looks in weeks he plays, Collie will always have durability concerns due to his concussion history.
WR - Brian Hartline, Dolphins (five percent)
It won't be too often that Hartline goes over 100 yards like he did last week. That said, he has a total of 12 receptions for 161 yards through two games. He appears to be healthy, and should be the most productive of all Dolphins receivers going forward.
WR - Brandon Gibson, Rams (five percent)
If you own another Rams receiver besides Amendola (in redraft leagues), it should be Gibson. Gibson has six receptions for 104 yards and has scored a touchdown in both games.
TE - Martellus Bennett, Giants (39 percent)
The bad news is Bennett should have had a bigger game than he did in Week 2 as he dropped what would have been a second touchdown. That said, he finished with five receptions for 72 yards and a score in Week 2. Through two weeks, Bennett has nine receptions on 16 targets for 112 yards and two scores.
TE - Dennis Pitta, Ravens (33 percent)
Through two games, Pitta has 23 targets and is one of three players tied for fifth in the league in targets. The other two players are Cincinnati's A.J. Green and New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. No tight end has more targets than Graham or Pitta. Pitta has 13 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown and is the clear tight end to own in Baltimore.
Check back for our Week 3 fantasy football rankings, which will be out by Wednesday morning.