Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Claims

WR Danny Amendola (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 15.7%

Danny Amendola is by far Sam Bradford’s favorite target and with Bradford looking improved early in the season, expect Amendola to put up good numbers the rest of the way, until further notice. In 2 games, he’s caught 20 passes for 230 yards and a score and half been the recipient on close to half of the Rams’ receiving yards.

RB Daryl Richardson (St. Louis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%

Steven Jackson left the game and didn’t return. It was originally speculated that Jackson was benched following a penalty, but Jeff Fisher claimed it was a groin injury. Either way, Daryl Richardson looked great in his absence, rushing for 83 yards on 15 carries. Jackson had been looking pretty washed up this season before getting benched, with 111 yards on 30 carries, which makes sense because of his age and his career usage, and now could miss time, for whatever reason. Richardson could continue to start going forward, so he should be picked up in all leagues. Monitor the situation.

RB Andre Brown (NY Giants)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

Ahmad Bradshaw could miss a significant period of time with injury and Tom Coughlin still doesn’t seem to trust rookie David Wilson, giving him just 3 carries. The veteran Brown got 13 carries and rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown. He also added 2 catches for 19 yards. Wilson could see a bigger role next week, but as long as Bradshaw is out, consider Wilson the backup and Brown the starter, which makes him worth a waiver claim in all leagues.

WR Brandon LaFell (Carolina)

Percent owned (ESPN): 24.3%

After Steve Smith, there’s no one Cam Newton likes throwing to more than 3rd year receiver Brandon LaFell. LaFell has 9 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in 2 games and is 2nd on one of the league’s better passing offenses in targets.

WR Brian Hartline (Miami)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.1%

It’s clear that Brian Hartline is Ryan Tannehill’s favorite target. What’s not clear is if Tannehill will be consistent enough for any of his wide receivers to be fantasy startable, but Hartline is worth a stash on your bench for now. He’s caught 12 passes for 161 yards in 2 games.

TE Dennis Pitta (Baltimore)

Percent owned (ESPN): 22.7%

Unlike previous years, where Flacco threw to both of his tight ends equally, Flacco seems to really favor Dennis Pitta this year. In 2 games, Pitta has 13 catches for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Dickson has just 3 catches for 45 yards. If you need a tight end, Pitta is your man this week.

WR Julian Edelman (New England)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%

Edelman got the surprise start over Wes Welker against Arizona and played more snaps than him. Normally I’d question whether or not that would be the case going forward, but Aaron Hernandez is out for about 6 weeks so the Patriots won’t have any choice but to go to more 3-wide receiver sets, with Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, and Julian Edelman. Edelman, who caught 5 passes for 50 yards this week despite a relatively weak showing by the Patriots’ passing offense, will have a prominent role in one of the league’s best passing offenses going forward.

QB Christian Ponder (Minnesota)

Percent owned (ESPN): 4.6%

Of the five 2nd year quarterbacks, Ponder seems to be the only one improved over his rookie year. He’s completed 47 of 62 for 515 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2 games. He has a tough matchup this week against San Francisco, but he’s worth a pickup as a QB2 and bye week filler going forward.

WR Donnie Avery (Indianapolis)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%

Donnie Avery has started each of the first 2 games with Austin Collie out and will continue to do so until Collie returns. He hasn’t looked bad, catching 12 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. Collie is out indefinitely. He could be back this week, but that’s been the case in each of the last 2 weeks and he hasn’t played. Concussions are tricky to put a timetable on, especially with someone who has a history of them like Collie. Avery might be worth a bench stash.

RB Bilal Powell (NY Jets)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.5%

Shonn Greene hasn’t looked good in the first 2 games, with 117 yards and a score on 38 carries and Bilal Powell, the Jets’ #2 back, started taking touches away from Greene this week, carrying it 9 times to Greene’s 11. Some of that had to do with Greene missing some time with injury, but Powell continued to see the field some even after Greene returned and he looked like the better back. If Greene continues to struggle, expect Powell, the better pass catcher as well, to continue eating into his touches. He’s worth a stash in deep leagues.

TE Brandon Myers (Oakland)

Percent owned (ESPN): 0.2%

He doesn’t have much of a track record, but it’s worth noting that Myers has caught 11 passes for 151 yards in 2 games. In deep leagues, he’s worth a look if you need a tight end, but there’s a reason he’s towards the bottom of this list.

TE Scott Chandler (Buffalo)

Percent owned (ESPN): 16.1%

Just like last year, Ryan Fitzpatrick loves throwing to him on the goal line. Last year he had 6 touchdowns and this year he has 2 in as many games, to go with 6 catches for 91 yards in 2 games. He’s at the bottom of this list for a reason, but he’s worth a look in deep leagues and touchdown leagues.




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