Another extremely exciting week in the National Football League has come and gone. Now it’s time to take a look back at this week and peer into the future to determine the key waiver wire pickups fantasy football owners in point per reception formats should be adding to their rosters.
For those of you who don’t think skimming the waiver wire is important, you’re wrong. Last season, many fantasy owners won league championships because they added Victor Cruz after his breakout performance in week three against the Philadelphia Eagles. I personally won five leagues last year and in four of them, I just so happened to add Cruz.
Coincidence? I think not.
The first player that every fantasy owner playing in a PPR league should add to their roster is St. Louis wide receiver Danny Amendola, who was getting more action and having as much fun against the Washington Redskins defense as I do when I’m online playing bingo and other online games at my favorite gaming site partybingo.com.
When Amendola was all finished with the Redskins his numbers were ridiculous, totaling 15 receptions for 160 yards receiving and a touchdown to his credit. Suprisingly after two weeks in standard PPR leagues (standard scoring with a point per reception)he is leading all wide receivers in points scored with 49.2 according to four-downs.com.
However, that is not the most insane thing about Amendola, the really crazy thing is that Amendola is owned on very few teams, in fact he’s owned in just 19 percent of ESPN.com leagues, so don’t hesitate, put in a claim on Amendola now!
Another wide receiver that has potential in PPR leagues in Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donnie Avery. The former second-round draft pick out of Houston, currently ranks 11th in wide receiver with 33.5 points in PPR formats and is owned by 11.2 percent of ESPN.com fantasy owners. He also has emerged as the Colts no.2 wide receiver and say what you want about Andrew Luck, he is going be the throwing the ball a lot this season, so as long as Avery can stay healthy, he will be at least be a solid flex player for your team.
Another good waiver wire get this week for PPR owners is Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell. The former third-round pick out of LSU was one of fantasy football sleepers in the offseason and is living up to those expectations this season as he currently ranks 12th among wide outs in PPR leagues with with 33 points in two games.
LaFell had three receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown in week on against Tampa Bay and followed it up with six catches for 90 yards against the Saints. He is clearly the Panthers no.2 wide receiver and with Newton’s ability to push the ball down the field, LaFell is in line for a ton of big plays this season. So get on the bandwagon now before it’s too late, he is only owned in 28 percent of ESPN.com leagues right now.
There are not as many good running backs add this week as there is wide receivers but one guy worth a look is Giants running back Andre Brown. The former fourth-rounder took over for Ahmad Bradshaw after he left the game for injury against the Bucs and carried the ball 13 times for 71, while adding two receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown for a total of 16 fantasy points. He is owned in just eight percent of ESPN leagues and appears to be next in line for the majority of carries if Bradshaw misses any more game time to injury.
Also there are a pair of tight ends that have some very good potential. For starters, Eagles tight end Brent Celek, another Fantasy PPR Sleeper this offseason, is still only owned in 64 percent of ESPN leagues and is coming off a stellar performance against the Ravens with 8 receptions for 157 yards. He is also currently fourth among tight ends in PPR formats. He will be a top-10 tight end this year so if you are need at that position, he is your guy.
If Celek is not available in your league, you can turn to New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett. The former Cowboy, who simply oozes athleticism is finally getting the opportunity to make some plays and is taking advantage of it. He opened the season with four catches for 40 yards and a touchdown against his former team and had another solid week against the Bucs with five receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Bennett is owned in just 35 percent of ESPN leagues and has the luxury of Eli Manning throwing him the football. He is also sixth among tight ends in PPR formats, so again if you are weak at tight end, the former Texas A&M product would be the perfect fit.
That’s it for now but if you have any waiver or lineup questions don’t hesitate to ask us on twitter @ThePPRExperts or on facebook. You can even email me personally at this address – firstname.lastname@example.org. We are more than happy to help you out with free, in-depth advice, specific to your team.