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Waiver Wired: Week 3

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


WIDE RECEIVERS
1. Marlon Brown, Ravens – Owned in 25 percent of Yahoo leagues
Here’s another guy that I would hope is owned by 100 percent of Rotoworld readers. Marlon Brown was my No. 2 WR add behind Julian Edelman last week and Evan Silva featured him in his Week 2 Matchups column. Brown rewarded us with a 4/45/1 line, playing on 59-of-72 snaps (81.9 percent). Detractors of Brown are missing the big picture – he’s a better player than Jacoby Jones and has a good shot at Wally Pipping second wideout duties all year on a team desperate for pass-catchers.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

2. DeAndre Hopkins, Texans – Owned in 48 percent of Yahoo leagues
Billed as an NFL-ready Z receiver coming out of Clemson, DeAndre Hopkins has lived up to the hype. In Sunday’s overtime win over the Titans, Hopkins put the Texans on his back. “We survived today because of some great heroics and plays by him,” coach Gary Kubiak said of his first-round rookie. Andre Johnson (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 3, but Hopkins has plenty of standalone value even in the Texans’ run-first offense. Matt Schaub can’t ignore the talent.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

3. Andre Roberts, Cardinals – Owned in 34 percent of Yahoo leagues
There’s no reason Andre Roberts’ ownership numbers should be so low. As discussed in last week’s Waiver Wired, the No. 3 wideout in a Bruce Arians offense almost always has value. And now that Larry Fitzgerald is nursing a hamstring injury, Roberts is getting even more looks. He led the Cardinals in targets with eight in Week 2 and gets another plus matchup at New Orleans in Week 3.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 10-team leagues

4. Eddie Royal, Chargers – Owned in 20 percent of Yahoo leagues
There’s no need to establish that Eddie Royal will regress. He has five touchdowns on ten 2013 receptions after scoring five touchdowns across his previous 38 games. The question is how sharply Royal will regress. On the surface, the situation is not bad. Royal is a quick little (5’10/185) slot receiver playing for a team trying to get the ball out quickly. Danario Alexander (knee) is done for the year and Malcom Floyd (neck) is out indefinitely. But if Eagles slot CB Brandon Boykin hadn’t been forced outside due to Bradley Fletcher’s concussion, Royal would have had a much quieter game and the fantasy buzz would be much quieter. Simply put, he’s not capable of winning when the defense is keying on him. In standard formats, I would not use a high waiver priority or blow a lot of FAAB money on Royal.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

5. Nate Burleson, Lions – Owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
Ryan Broyles (knee) still isn’t ready and Patrick Edwards’ status is uncertain due to an ankle injury. So Matthew Stafford just keeps chucking to reliable team leader Nate Burleson. Through two games, Burleson has 13 catches on 14 targets while playing 76.2 percent of the snaps in the league’s most pass-happy scheme. He has no touchdown or big-play upside because he’s 32 years old, but he’ll get owners 5-7 catches a week.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team PPR leagues

6. Rod Streater, Raiders – Owned in 10 percent of Yahoo leagues
If it wasn’t crystal clear before who the Raiders No. 1 wideout was, it is now. Denarius Moore’s play has fallen off sharply, culminating with an ugly zero-catch outing in Week 2. Meanwhile, Rod Streater leads the Raiders in catches (8), targets (12) and receiving yards (112). Oakland will be trailing big in a Week 3 game at Denver, leading to plenty of chances for garbage-time points. Then they get the Redskins’ Swiss cheese secondary in Week 4.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

7. Kendall Wright, Titans – Owned in 17 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Titans have surprisingly hung tough in two straight games (at Pittsburgh, at Houston) with a run-heavy attack. That won’t last all year, making Wright a reasonable stash. Although he’s playing fewer snaps than Kenny Britt and Nate Washington, Wright is actually running almost as many pass routes as the starters. When he’s on the field, the Titans are throwing and looking to get him the ball. Wright will be worth a look in deep formats when we can project Tennessee to be losing. That will certainly be the case in Week 6 and 7 when they are at Seattle and home vs. San Francisco.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

8. Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings – Owned in 23 percent of Yahoo leagues
Patterson has played just 11 snaps through two games. But the Vikings didn’t give up a boatload of draft picks to let their freakish first-round rookie barely see the field. Coach Leslie Frazier said Patterson’s snap count will get rectified, something that will be easy to do after Jerome Simpson came crashing back to earth in Week 2. The Vikings can help Christian Ponder’s woes by manufacturing Patterson touches in the screen and short-pass game a la Percy Harvin.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Percy Harvin, Leonard Hankerson, Robert Woods, Jerome Simpson, Kenny Stills, Santonio Holmes, Brice Butler, Stephen Hill, Markus Wheaton – There’s no new news on Harvin, see last week’s Waiver Wired for more. … Hankerson has my attention because he started Week 2. … Woods is the clear No. 2 receiver in a no-huddle scheme. … Simpson is going to start losing playing time to Cordarrelle Patterson soon. … Stills saw a ton of Darrelle Revis in Week 2. He’s still a good bet to have some big games. … Santonio Holmes certainly appears healthy. He played on 69-of-74 snaps Week 2. … Butler had a big preseason and is worth monitoring with Denarius Moore struggling so badly. … Hill has all the physical tools. He just hasn’t been able to sustain any consistency with his hands or mental mistakes. ... Perhaps the Steelers will see Wheaton as a solution to their lack of big-play ability.

Cut Bait: Denarius Moore, Riley Cooper, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Patrick Edwards – Moore is a secondary option in a poor passing attack. … Cooper is a blocker. … Heyward-Bey has a shoulder injury and is predictably getting lapped by the expanding role of T.Y. Hilton. … Edwards is nursing an ankle injury.

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Adam Levitan is in his sixth season covering football and basketball for Rotoworld. He won the Fantasy Sports Writers Association award for Best Series in 2011 and 2009, and ESPN's overall fantasy football title in 2000. Find him on Twitter.
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