Waiver-Wire Pickups – Week 3
1. Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers – This guy should be picked up in all leagues this week, no doubt about it. His week one performance looked somewhat flukey, as he had 2 touchdowns but on only 3 catches. However, week 2 proved that Royal is here to stay. 7 catches for 90 yards and 3 touchdowns was enough to make everyone turn their heads. His 5 receiving touchdowns lead this league in the young season. While I don’t expect him to continue this rapid pace of finding the end-zone, he is turning into Philip Rivers’ favorite target and I highly suggest picking him up.
2. Marlon Brown, WR, Ravens – Who is this guy you ask? Well if you read “The Hail Mary” column last week that is designed to find you deep sleepers, you would know that Brown is a stud. He is the Ravens second best pass catching option behind Torrey Smith, and should start to see more targets come his way as Flacco gets more familiar with the rookie. Brown has topped double-digit fantasy points in each of his first two weeks and I expect him to excel in the Ravens offense this season. Might as well pick him up now before he explodes for a huge game and everyone finds out about him.
3. Bills D/ST – This is purely a one week pickup as Buffalo gets to face the Jets and turnover prone rookie QB Geno Smith on Sunday. If you are a guy like me and often add/drop defenses week to week based on matchups, this is the perfect defense to use that strategy with in week 3. Mario Williams had a team record 4.5 sacks against Carolina last game and their secondary is much better than previously thought, so the Bills D has quite a bit of upside.
*How did last week’s Waiver-Wire pickups go? Note that I do not recommend to start everyone that I say to pick up, sometimes it is better to stash them for later (i.e. Jonathan Dwyer)
Joique Bell – 8 carries for 31 yards, 5 catches for 41 yards (Total: 7 fantasy points)
Julian Edelman – 18 targets with 13 catches for 78 yards (Total: 7 fantasy points)
Jonathan Dwyer – 1 carry for 2 yards (Total: 0 fantasy points)