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Waiver Wired: Week 3

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


TIGHT ENDS
1. Coby Fleener, Colts – Owned in 11 percent of Yahoo leagues
I highlighted Coby Fleener in Favorite Fliers back in August and again in Week 1 Waiver Wired. At this point, everyone should know that he was the tight end for Andrew Luck/Pep Hamilton at Stanford and plays the flex tight end spot in the Colts base “12” formation. What’s different now is that with Dwayne Allen (hip) sidelined and Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) in doubt, Fleener is getting a bigger chance. He responded with four catches for 69 yards with a touchdown against the Dolphins and had another TD called back by a penalty away from the play. Fleener played on 61-of-73 Week 2 snaps (83.5 percent) and 42-of-57 (73.6 percent) in Week 1. He’s going to be a featured player for Luck.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues

2. Tyler Eifert, Bengals – Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Bengals usage of Tyler Eifert continues to intrigue. Jon Gruden even highlighted it during Monday night’s broadcast, showing how his brother (Bengals OC Jay Gruden) is using Eifert and Jermaine Gresham together. The first-round rookie moves all over the formation, lining up in the slot, in a bunch set and in-line. Eifert had a 3/66/0 line against the Steelers, but was close to a couple more solid chunks over the middle. He’s only going to get better as the year moves along.
Recommendation: Should be owned 12-team leagues

3. Charles Clay, Dolphins – Owned in 2 percent of Yahoo leagues
When Dustin Keller (knee) was lost for the year, most assumed the Dolphins would get no statistical production out of the tight end spot. Charles Clay had other ideas. Drafted as a smallish move tight end and H-back in 2011, Clay is finally getting a chance to show his athletic ability. Through two games, he’s racked up 13 targets while playing on 117 of 136 possible snaps (86.0 percent). He’s turned that opportunity into 10 catches for 163 yards, flashing more long speed up the seam than we knew he had. Clay also got a 1-yard touchdown run in Week 2 on his first career NFL carry. Don’t expect any more rushing production, but Ryan Tannehill is clearly comfortable with his new tight end.
Recommendation: Should be owned in deeper 12-team leagues

4. Heath Miller, Steelers – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
During the Monday Night Football broadcast, ESPN’s Mike Tirico said Mike Tomlin told him they hope to get Heath Miller (knee) back as soon as Week 3. That could be overly optimistic, but it’s at least a sign that Miller is close. And Ben Roethlisberger is certainly desperate for the return of his Pro Bowl tight end as the Steelers have mustered just 19 points through two games. Miller had 71 catches a year ago. Miller is expected to practice in full this week.
Recommendation: Should be stashed in 14-team leagues

5. Brent Celek, Eagles – Owned in 37 percent of Yahoo leagues
Michael Vick completed 23 passes for 428 yards in Week 2 and Brent Celek posted no receptions on one target. That’s a little fluky, especially considering Celek played on 55-of-60 snaps (91.6 percent). With that kind of playing time, he’s going to have some productive days this season in the Eagles fastbreak offense.
Recommendation: Should be owned in 14-team leagues

Watch List: Vance McDonald, Kellen Winslow, Jordan Reed, Clay HarborVernon Davis is day to day ahead of Week 3. If his hamstring strain unexpectedly proves serious, the capable rookie McDonald will be worth a look. … Winslow can’t do much after the catch anymore, but he does have 14 targets in two weeks. … Reed played 29 snaps against the Packers. Starter Fred Davis played just 16. … Harbor is an athletic pass-catcher that has filled in reasonably well for Marcedes Lewis (calf). But Lewis is due back shortly.

Cut Bait: Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, Ed Dickson – Walker has six targets in two games. … Fasano can’t run anyway and is now nursing an ankle injury. … Ed Dickson is not an NFL-caliber pass-catcher.


DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

1. Jets – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
We have some evidence that this Jets front seven might be really good. They held Doug Martin to 65 yards on 24 carries in Week 1 and then limited Stevan Ridley to 40 yards on 16 carries in Week 2. Now they get to face a Buffalo team at home that has turned the ball over four times already this season.

2. Titans – Owned in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues
The Chargers have to be exhausted. They took the Texans to the wire on Monday night in Week 1, then went across the country and beat the Eagles in a 10am PT kickoff in Week 2. Now they have to travel yet again, this time to Tennessee where they’ll face a Titans defense that has surrendered just 39 points through two games. The Chargers won’t have top wideout Malcom Floyd (neck).

3. Vikings -- Owned in 19 percent of Yahoo leagues
Minnesota is 0-2 and playing their home opener against the Browns. Desperation often leads to success in the NFL, and the Vikings will certainly be just that. Additionally, the Browns might be forced to roll with Jason Campbell if Brandon Weeden (thumb) can’t play. Campbell has thrown 52 interceptions and lost 14 fumbles in his 71 NFL starts.  

KICKERS
1. Garrett Hartley, Saints – Owned in 26 percent of Yahoo leagues
This marks the third straight week I’ve highlighted Garrett Hartley in this space. He plays in an explosive offense that also calls a dome their home. Hartley is tied for the NFL lead in field goals made with six and is also tied for the NFL lead in attempts with seven. Add him and ride him through upcoming home games against the Cardinals and Dolphins.

2. Caleb Sturgis, Dolphins – Owned in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues
When an NFL team uses a fifth-round pick on a kicker, we know he’s talented. Sturgis has not disappointed, going 4-for-4 on the young season with two makes from 40+ and one from 54 yards out. The Dolphins have a very friendly schedule from a conditions perspective as they’ll play seven of their next nine games either at home or in a dome.

3. Alex Henery, Eagles – Owned in 7 percent of Yahoo leagues
We want to add as many Eagles to our roster as possible because they are going to score heaps of points and run tons of plays. Henery is no exception. He made three field goals against the Chargers in Week 2 and already has seven extra points. The only reason Henery is third on this list is because each of his next three games (home vs. Chiefs, at Denver and at Giants) will be played in less than ideal kicking conditions.



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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