WR Santonio Holmes (NY Jets)
Percent owned (ESPN): 8.8%
In his 3rd game back from injury, Santonio Holmes caught 5 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, showing great rapport with Geno Smith. His quarterback situation isn’t ideal and he’s not the most reliable receiver anyway, but he could be back and he’s worth a bench stash for that reason. He’s only 29 years old and had a 1000 yard season in 2009.
TE Charles Clay (Miami)
Percent owned (ESPN): 11.9%
Clay had another solid week, catching 4 passes for 40 yards, bringing his season total to 14 catches for 203 yards and he also has a rushing touchdown. He’s put up at least 4 fantasy points in all 3 games. He’s a low end TE1 and worth a pickup.
RB Jason Snelling (Atlanta)
Percent owned (ESPN): 14.6%
Jacquizz Rodgers is Steven Jackson’s direct backup, but it looks like Jason Snelling is going to get plenty of work with Jackson out as well and it looks like Jackson will be out until at least week 7. Snelling totaled 101 yards and a touchdown on 15 touches, including 4 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown.
QB Ryan Tannehill (Miami)
Percent owned (ESPN): 1.2%
Tannehill seems to be having a leap year in his 2nd year in the league. He’s completing 66.4% of his passes for an average of 7.7 YPA, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. This week, he plays New Orleans in what could be a shootout that will produce plenty of fantasy points. If your starting quarterback has a week 4 bye (Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton), Tannehill is a very solid pickup.
WR Stephen Hill (NY Jets)
Percent owned (ESPN): 2.8%
Santonio Holmes wasn’t the only Jet with a big week. Stephen Hill caught 3 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, bringing his season totals of 13 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown. He’s not going to be that reliable going forward, especially if Holmes can continue playing this week, but he’s worth a stash in deeper leagues.
WR Nate Washington (Tennessee)
Percent owned (ESPN): 7.2%
Nate Washington caught 8 passes for 131 yards this week. Kenny Britt isn’t doing anything and rookie Justin Hunter is still too raw. If Jake Locker can continue a solid level of play, Washington could be a startable option because of how much Locker trusts him, but I don’t think Washington has much upside.
RB Brandon Bolden (New England)
Percent owned (ESPN): 0.4%
Stevan Ridley is starting to fall out of favor with the coaching staff. LeGarrette Blount is taking most of the ceded carries, but Brandon Bolden has become the new passing down back and even totaled 100 all-purpose yards against the Buccaneers. He’s worth a look in deep leagues and PPR leagues to see if he can keep this up.
RB LeGarrette Blount (New England)
Percent owned (ESPN): 1.8%
As I mentioned, Stevan Ridley is starting to fall out of favor with the coaching staff. Blount actually led the team in carries against New England, rushing for 65 yards on 14 carries. That could continue going forward, though it’s tough to trust him because of how inconsistent Bill Belichick is with running backs and because of Blount’s own inconsistent nature.
WR Donnie Avery (Kansas City)
Percent owned (ESPN): 4.6%
Alex Smith doesn’t seem to be looking downfield to Dwayne Bowe very much. He has middling arm strength and has thrown 20+ yards downfield just 4 times all season. Instead, he’s been targeting guys like running back Jamaal Charles, fullback Anthony Sherman, and slot receiver Donnie Avery. Avery, who caught 7 passes for 141 yards against the Eagles, could be a big part of the offense going forward.