Sep 20, 2012
It’s Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season, and last week’s injuries have sent a flurry of owners to the waiver wires! This week’s biggest concern is finding guys to fill the holes of Matt Forte, Aaron Hernandez, and Ahmad Bradshaw, while some are just trying to decide if it’s panic time for Chris Johnson owners. Be sure to check out our Waiver Wire Savior , Waiver Wire Cut List articles, and Long-Term Investing Articles.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 3 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
Martellus Bennett (New York Giants) at Carolina
Bennett was a story of wasted potential in Dallas, but it’s all about new opportunities in the Big Apple. With Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks stretching opposing defenses, Bennett has been able to roam freely while defenders are left flat-footed and already has 16 targets in the first two games, good for sixth amongst tight ends. Yes, he’s dropped a few touchdown passes, but we like how much he’s been incorporated into this offense in comparison to the Giants. Even with Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw out on Thursday night, Bennett is a guy you want in your lineup.
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Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles) at Arizona
Jeremy Maclin reinjuring his hip is a concern that should calm Celek owners. Defenses know that Jackson is the only other receiver who can burn them deep so they’re willing to give the short game to the Eagles and Michael Vick will take it. He’s already targeted Celek 19 times (third amongst tight ends), which is already 20% his 96 targets in 2011. It has always been week-to-week for Celek owners in the past, but this might be the year to start him with confidence each week, especially with a 18.5 ypc average. With the Cardinals’ secondary playing extremely well, Vick will be aware of his options 10 yards and in, so Celek should get plenty of looks in Week 3.