Sep 17, 2012
After the second week of games we are getting a better idea who the reliable fantasy football producers are going to be. A lot of them are still on the waiver wire. We hope you didn’t get hit by the injury bugs going around but in case you did, here’s a list of potential replacements that are available in at least 25% of Fleaflicker leagues. If you read up last week you will notice that some of these players were on last week’s list. Take this as an extra vote of confidence for those players. Without further ado, here are the week three most desirable waiver additions.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 2 outings are on this list, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value. If you have any questions about free agents not discussed in this article, head over to the forums and we’ll help you with the answers. If you are wondering who to cut to pick these one of these players up, stay tuned for our Week 3 Waiver Wire Cut List.
TIGHT ENDS PICK THEM UP
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
Pitta turned in his second great performance in a row this week notching eight catches for 65 yards. By all evidence he not only has officially passed fellow tight end Ed Dickson on the depth chart, but has also become at worst the second option in the Ravens’ passing game. Pitta has now collected an unbelievable 24 targets in two games. He is far and away the team’s most targeted receiver of any kind. It’s clear that Flacco loves to go to him especially in tough situations and that bodes well for Pitta’s fantasy football production. In week three the Ravens face a New England defense that has been giving up a lot of yardage to tight ends. If Pitta can continue his production this week, he should be considered a borderline TE1. In PPR leagues he’s already a viable start in the flex spot. He’s available in 65% of Fleaflicker leagues right now so grab him while you can.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues especially in PPR formats.
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Martellus Bennett, TE, New York Giants
Bennett put together another great game this week against the Buccaneers. He improved on both his yardage and target numbers by catching five of 10 targets for 72 yards and added another touchdown. Eli Manning is getting more and more comfortable throwing to him in tough situations. Bennett has looked near uncoverable on most plays and the Giants are starting to realize just what a gem they have. He has a neutral matchup against a Panthers’ defense that played well against tight ends in week one but got beat up by Jimmy Graham. Ofcourse everyone gets beat up by Jimmy Graham so perhaps the Panthers are a matchup to avoid this week. That said, Bennett has some real value and could even potentially emerge as a viable weekly flex option. He’s still available in 61% of Fleaflicker leagues. At this right he won’t be available long.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues especially in TD-heavy formats
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
Rudolph put together his second straight respectable showing this week against the Colts. We recommended you add him last week and this week is no different. Rudolph saw a small drop off in targets this week but he finally got some red zone targets and scored on a six yard pass from Ponder in the 4th quarter. Rudolph looks like he will get consistent targets all year so he’ll make an excellent low end season long starter. He faces a tough 49ers defense this week that though quite good, has been vulnerable to tight ends. They’ve yielded touchdowns to tight ends in each of their first two weeks. He’s still a play to avoid this week but in the future he has some real value in the next set of games. Grab him now. It may be your last chance.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues
Tight End Watch List: Brandon Myers (Oakland Raiders), Steve Chandler (Buffalo Bills), Todd Heap (Arizona Cardinals), Dante Rosario (San Diego Chargers), Owen Daniels (Houston Texans), Heath Miller (Pittsburgh Steelers)