- 13 Carries, 71 Rushing Yards, 1 TD
It does not look like a veteran feature back Ahmad Bradshaw will be able to play this coming Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers as today is already Wednesday and as of this writing, he has yet to practice. Owners of the Giants first-round draft pick this past summer we would have thought that David Wilson would be in line to see more carries, but Brown is actually the one who stole the show last Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brown should still get the majority of carries this week as coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t seem to have 100% trust in his rookie back Wilson. Bradshaw’s injury history and Brown’s performance in limited action make him the top waiver wire pickup for Week 3.
- 15 Receptions, 160 Yards, 1 TD
If you are in a deeper league that rewards points for receptions the way mine does, there is a chance that you don’t have a shot at the often nicknamed "poor man’s Wes Welker". That said, because Amendola struggled in Week 1, you may still have a shot, and if that’s the case you have got to scoop him up right now. Amendola had a career day against the Redskins on Sunday and any time quarterback Sam Bradford gets into trouble, he’ll be looking in Amendola’s direction.
3. Martellus Bennett – New York Giants TE
- 5 Receptions, 72 Yards, 1 TD
Here’s a guy who coming into the 2012-13 season had exactly four career touchdowns, all of which came back in 2008. In the first two games of these season, the former Dallas Cowboys tight end has nine catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Although Eli Manning won’t be throwing for over 500 yards on a consistent basis, Bennett has proved to be a more than capable option at tight end for the Giants. He’s the type of guy that will pick up a few catches every week and because he is a big boy, he’ll be able to snag some red zone targets from the likes of Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
- 8 Receptions, 65 Yards
Although his yard total in week two is nothing more than on par with most other pass catching tight ends in the NFL, Pitta has quickly established himself as Joe Flacco’s favorite receiver, being targeted 24 times in the first two contests. It seems as if the reporter the two had built going back to the preseason will definitely carry on the rest of the year. Perhaps Ed Dickson will managed to sneak in a few catches here and there but it definitely looks as if Pitta will finish the season as one of the top fantasy tight end in football. I was lucky enough to snag this guy after his week one performance and if he is still available in your league and you do not own Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski, the you need to grab this guy now.
5. Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers WR
- 6 Receptions, 90 Yards
The Carolina Panthers have been searching for a receiver to act as a second option for veteran Steve Smith for as long as I can remember and they have finally found their man. LaFell is that guy. Tight end Greg Olsen doesn’t seem to be a fantasy threat early this season and with LaFell’s stock rising right now he’s probably not going to relinquish his spot in the Panthers’ pecking order to Olsen any time soon. The Panthers are one of the best young offenses in the league and Smith still has the legs and big play ability to command double coverage on a regular basis. LaFell will be the biggest beneficiary of that and is in line for a quite a breakout year.
Other Notable Pickups
Kellen Winslow – New England Patriots TE: Although he could not manage to find himself a roster spot after being caught in the preseason, it looks like the injury to Aaron Hernandez will keep him out for at least a couple of weeks and given that Winslow did see some snaps with the Pats in the pre-season, he should be able to fill in nicely for fantasy owners who now have to put Hernandez on the bench.
Donnie Avery – Indianapolis Colts WR: Avery had just the second 100 yard receiving game of his career against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday to go with nine catches. The Colts’ offense isn’t what it once was but with a young star in Andrew Luck at quarterback, Reggie Wayne getting older and Austin Collie being as injury prone as he is, Avery should be in line for more targets and catches this season than he has ever seen before. Avery is available in the overwhelming majority of fantasy leagues and he looks like he’ll be putting his name on the stat sheet regularly for the Colts.
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