Fantasy Football Pickups and Sleepers (Week 3)
- Mark Sanchez, NYJ: Although the Patriots did struggle and will struggle all season with pass rush, Sanchez found his groove. While you can never count on a big game from the QB in this offense, Sanchez is worth a look. Braylon’s DUI arrest this morning will hurt his value some, but he will get a big boost when Santonio returns in week 5. Still AFC East has some good pass defenses.
- Josh Freeman, TB: Proving me and other doubters wrong Freeman looks poised and could be a good backup for your teams with upside. Mike Williams is everything we thought he was and their connection is undeniable.
- Alex Smith, SF: The 49ers looked better than an 0-2 team last night but many, far too many times they looked like an 0-2 team. Smith lead an impressive drive down the field to tie the ball game and Fantasy owners can own him with confidence. He threw a tight ball and has no real competition. But, he has three tough games ahead.
- BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE: Led the team in carries and Kevin Faulk is out for the year. New England RBs are anything but stable. Fred Taylor is a long shot to finish the season and Sammy Morris has so many roles that it is doubtful he’ll be the lead back. Bellicek has always had a thing for Green-Ellis and this season he’ll get his chance to show his stuff.
- Jason Snelling, ATL: While I like his potential, I wouldn’t use a #1 priority on him. Snelling did a great job last year filling in for Turner and could get goaline carries even with Turner back. His upside is so high because the Falcons offense is predicated around the run and they look to be a playoff team. Turner continues to show he can’t stay healthy, and neither can Norwood.
- Kevin Walter, Hou: There are no doubts as to who Houston’s number two receiver is now. Picked my many high last year, Walter seems to have been forgotten until an 11 catch 144 yard 1td performance. He is available in more leagues than you’d think.
- Louis Murphy, OAK: if available.
- Demaryius Thomas, DEN: The rookie debuted and starred in Denver’s home opener. The first round pick had eight catches for ninety-seven yards and a touchdown. While there are a number of capable receivers on the team: Royal, Lloyd, and Gaffney none of them have the size or a skill set similar to Thomas.
- Dustin Keller, NYJ: Been preaching all offseason that this guy would pickup where he left off in the postseason and Sunday he showed why. He looks to be Sanchez’s got to guy yet he is only owned in 16% of leagues. Keller will be a solid start pretty much all season except when Jets play top Ds like the Baltimore game.
- Tony Moeaki, KC: The talented rookie is healthy and clearly part of the offense. Good redzone target and should grow with passing offense.
- Matt Hasselbeck
- Sam Bradford, Stl: While they surprising began to struggle in the second half after Asomugha was out, he has shown great promise. The weapons aren’t there yet though, so very few chances to start for your team.
- Mike Tolbert, SD: The Chargers most effective running back from last season finally got a crack at some carries after rookie Ryan Matthews went down (Matthews tweeted Sunday night he was fine). Even as just a goal-line back, Tolbert will have value in fantasy leagues and have plenty of scoring chances. The Chargers face the favorable foes of Seattle, Arizona, Oakland and St. Louis for the next four contests. Matthews is no doubt the feature back and his injury seems to minor, but Tolbert appears to be the backup/handcuff not Sproles.
- Keland Williams, WASH: Larry Johnson was been cut and the Redskins have been using the former LSU product who has above average receiving skills. Torian was the preseason sleeper but it looks like Williams will have the first shot to loosen Clinton Portis’ grip on the job.
- Marshawn Lynch, BUF: It appears the Bills where showcasing him a bit on Sunday. Doesn’t have any value with the Bills but could be traded. Deadline is week six.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oak: Targeted 13 times in week two with most of them coming in the second half. Murphy is the receiver you want and the offense is already weak but it did look like Bruce Gradkowski was going his way often.
- Deon Butler, Sea: With Seattle trailing most of the game, Hasselbeck targeted Butler eight times and he hauled in 5 catches for fifty yards. Butler hasn’t had many chances in his young career but has showed promise.
- Brandon Pettigrew, DET: Caught 7 passes for 107. Showed he’s healthy and Shaun Hill loves TEs.
- Aaron Hernandez, NE: Hernandez made a few big plays in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. It looks more and more like Hernandez will get the yards and catch while Gronkowski will get the touchdowns. While it is hard to recommend this situation, Hernandez is continuing to make plays.
- Chris Ivory, NO (RB): With Bush out a while, this promising young back could produce but is still battling injuries. DeShawn Wynn has the inside track right now to spell Thomas.
- Max Hall, ARI (QB): Could be starter sooner than later. Tons of potential here.
- James Starks, GB (RB): On PUP, was impressive in college at Buffalo.
- Martellus Bennett, DAL (TE)