Sep 24, 2012
The third week of NFL games are over and it presented some crazy situations. With so many overtime and last second wins it’s clear that this going to be a very competitive season. As usual several players stood out. This week’s waivers are particularly full of running back talent (because of injuries) and light on wide receiver and quarterback value. The tight end position continues to be the deepest this year.
Several players we recommended last week also did well. We have added them at the bottom of each section as “Carryovers from Last Week” if they are still widely available. In most cases they should have priority over the others. Stay tuned for the cut list we publish every week so you know who you can safely drop.
Quick Note: Not all players that had strong Week 3 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 4 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Cut List.
TIGHT ENDS—PICK THEM UP
Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Miller continued his unlikely career rejuvenation this week by catching his third and fourth touchdowns of the season. He’s a red zone machine this year and Ben Roethlisberger is looking his way more than he has in years. But it’s not just red zone targets; Miller is getting targets all over the field. He now has 20 targets on the season and has caught 15 of them. Miller is starting to look like a real option in the Steeler’s offense again.
Miller has next week off and a tough Phladelphia Eagles defense in Week 5, however he has three outstanding tight end matchups from Weeks 6-8 so he makes an ideal bye week fill in. Miller is available in 55% of FleaFlicker leagues so if you are still hurting at tight end consider grabbing Miller.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues; especially in TD heavy formats.
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Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
It appears Olsen got written off a bit too early. This week he caught seven of a whopping 14 targets for 98 yards. Some owners jumped the gun and dumped him to grab some of the fresher prospects so feel free to grab him if you still need a tight end. He’s available in 31% of FleaFlicker leagues at the moment, however we don’t see that lasting long.
One caution about Olsen is that he will be up and down all season. When the Panthers play well they don’t need him and when they struggle offensively he gets a lot of work. He might be worth picking up as a spot starter to use in weeks where Carolina has a tough matchup. The Panthers should struggle against both the Atlanta Falcons next week and likely the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5. If you need a predictable spot start, you’ve come to the right place.
Consider Adding In: 10-team, 12-team and 14-team Leagues especially in PPR formats
Carryovers from Last Week: Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens), Martellus Bennett (New York Giants), Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings)
Tight End Watch List: Fred Davis (Washington Redskins), Jared Cook (Tennessee Titans), Craig Stevens (Tennessee Titans), Jordan Cameron (Cleveland Browns), Jermaine Gresham (Cincinnati Bengals)