RWi Week 3 Waiver Wire and Free Agent Pickups

Week 3 Waiver Wire and Free Agents
Byron Lambert,

Folks, it’s time to get your Tuesday waiver claims in. These are the fellas you should be looking to pickup this week. Not all of them will require a bid or waiver claim. Many of these players can be had for free after waiver claims are processed. Generally speaking, players are listed in descending order of priority.

Guys that shouldn’t be on your waiver wire, but if somehow they are:

Michael Bush, RB CHI
Pierre Thomas, RB NO
Mark Ingram, RB NO
Mikel LeShoure, RB DET
Mike Williams, WR TB


Alex Smith, QB SF
Continues his progression from last year and has a lot more weapons. Sneaky good.

Matt Cassel, QB KC
A big bounce back in Week 2. Will still show some inconsistency. A good backup or fill in option.

Sam Bradford, QB STL

Averaging 18.5 points through two games. The emergence of Danny Amendola helps.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB BUF
16 points in Week 1, 19 points in Week 2. Mostly a nice backup option.


Andre Brown, RB NYG
Starter Ahmad Bradshaw could miss some time and the coaches don’t trust rookie David Wilson, yet. Brown posted 71 yards and 1 touchdown on 13 carries after Bradshaw went down.

Mike Goodson, RB OAK
We aren’t close to recommending starting him. He looks to be in the driver’s seat as the handcuff to Darren McFadden. Will get some touches every week and has some big play ability.

Lamar Miller, RB MIA
A rookie we were very high on during the draft process. Miller has big time talent and huge play capabilities. He showed it on Sunday, averaging 6.5 yd./carry and 1 TD. Miami blew out Oakland which may have led to his 10 carries. Keep an eye on Miller, someone needs to spell Bush.


Danny Amendola, WR STL
160 yards and 1 touchdown on a ridiculous 16 targets in Week 2. A reinvented Sam Bradford’s #1. He has a lot of upside this season.

Donnie Avery, WR IND
10 targets and 111 yards on Sunday. It looks like Andrew Luck really trusts him.

Brandon LaFell, WR CAR
8 more targets on Sunday for 90 yards and 1 rush attempt for 25 more. Averaging 12 points/game through 2 weeks. A guy we loved in the preseason coming through for Newton.

Brian Hartline, WR MIA
Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill needs somebody to throw to. 12 targets for 111 yards on Sunday.

Andrew Hawkins, WR CIN
Scouts told us during the preseason how talented Hawkins is. He unseated a pretty good player in Jordan Shipley during training camp. Averaging 10.6 ppg through two games. A very shifty playmaker.

Greg Little, WR CLE
Brandon Weeden looked competent on Sunday, throwing for a ton of yards. A big turnaround from Week 1. 7 targets for 57 yards and 1 touchdown on Sunday. Little is the most gifted receiver in Cleveland.

Mohamed Massaquoi, WR CLE

Just as many targets as Greg Little in Week 2, seven for 90 yd. A guy I’ve always had a small penchant for. Potential to be a solid possession receiver.

Jon Baldwin, WR KC

We’ve been waiting on him to come around. I bugged the heck out of GM Scott Pioli about him at the NFL Combine. He was blanked in Week 1 but the coaches said they would get him more involved. He was second on the team in targets with 6 in Week 2. A supremely talented athlete with upside as the KC offense gets in gear.


Martellus Bennett, TE NYG
A wasted talent in Dallas, Bennett is a physical freak. Eli Manning loves getting the most out of his TEs. Bennett is a terrific red zone target. He has scored in two games in a row, and Manning has looked for him several times in the endzone. Athletically, he is also a big play threat. 10 targets on Sunday, Martellus has the chance to be a very good TE option this season. He loves him some Cap’n Crunch.

Dennis Pitta, TE BAL

Baltimore had the same idea as New England in the 2010 draft. The Ravens ended up with Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson, while the Patriots scored Gronk and Hernandez. The good news is Pitta is starting to emerge. Clearly, a Joe Flacco favorite. Pitta was targeted 15 times in Week 2 and is averaging 10 ppg this season. A very solid TE pickup, with nice upside.

Brent Celek, TE PHI

An inconsistent option in the past. Vick is piling up passing yardage, which helps everyone. A respectable 65 yards in Week 1, followed by an 157 yard explosion on 11 targets in Week 2. If Jeremy Maclin’s injury keeps him out, Celek benefits.

Scott Chandler, TE BUF
Two weeks, Two touchdowns. Injuries at WR may buoy Chandler’s value.

Heath Miller, TE PIT

Old reliable. A poor man’s Jason Witten. 2 TDs through 2 games. Limited upside, a good stop-gap option.

Dante Rosario, TE SD
After Antonio Gates left the game with an injury, Rosario went huge for 3 TDs. If Gates misses time Rosario is a decent desperation option.

Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN

Quite a bit of preseason acclaim. Averaging a consistent 8 ppg so far this season. 5 targets and a touchdown on Sunday.

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