Despite the fact that I am still fuming about the way the Green Bay Packers were so blatantly robbed of a much-needed and hard earned road win Monday Night in Seattle, we must solider on and look ahead to week four in the National Football League.
Last week, we highlighted Andre Brown as a guy that should be added to your roster from the waiver wire and Brown came through in a big way for fantasy owners that nabbed him, rushing for 113 and adding three receptions for 17 yards to go along with two touchdowns, which equaled 28 points in point per reception formats.
I bring up Brown again because he still owned in just 41.9 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues and even thought Giants starter Ahmad Bradshaw may be returning this week, Brown has at the very least given the Giants something to think about. So in fantasy football, where having depth at the running back position is always essential, add Brown to your roster. We have a very limited sample size on him but if he continues to take off, he will be gone before you know it, so don’t pass on a chance to add a potential impact player.
Speaking of running backs that need to be added to your roster, Mikel Leshoure finally got his chance to show what he can do in the NFL and he was very impressive in a 26-carry, 100-yard rushing performance against the Titans this past Sunday. Leshoure not only racked up 23.4 fantasy points in PPR leagues, he also laid claim to the Lions starting running back position and after proving he can carry the load, Leshoure should see a steady stream of carries for the remainder of the season.
Leshoure is currently owned in just 36.9 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues but that number will have risen drastically by this time tomorrow, so if you have a good spot in the waiver order in your league do not hesitate, get him while you still can.
If you are looking for a bit of a sleeper pick at running back this week, look no further than Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller. The former University of Miami running back has looked good running the ball in each of the past two weeks, notching 10 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders in week two and nine carries for 48 yards against a normally stingy Jets defense in week three.
With the injury to current Dolphins stating running back Reggie Bush not expected to be too serious, Miller may not be the starter in Miami this season but he is too good not to start touching the ball 10-15 times a game and while Bush is out he could see 15-20 touches a game, so if you are in desperate need of running back help, look to Miller, who is currently owned in just 3.1 percent of ESPN leagues.
Another guy to look to if you are in need of running back help this week is Bills running back Tashard Choice. The former Dallas Cowboy finally got an opportunity to play in Buffalo after joining the team last season and he did not disappoint. Choice toted the rock 20 times for 91 yards and added two receptions for a total of 11.1 fantasy points. He is owned in just 0.4 percent of ESPN leagues and unless Fred Jackson miraculously returns this week against New England, Choice should be a solid play.
Now that we have looked at a few running backs that you should consider adding to your roster, lets take a look at a couple of quarterbacks worth adding:
The first quarterback on the wire you should consider adding to your team is Tennessee Titans starter Jake Locker. The former first-round selection was not great in the first two weeks of the season, with only ten points in each game. But he exploded last week against the Lions with 402 total yards (24 rushing) and two touchdown passes for a total of 24 fantasy points. He seems to be finding his groove as a passer and running quarterbacks always have an advantage in fantasy football. By the way, he is currently owned in just 7 percent of ESPN leagues.
Another quarterback that needs to be owned more in Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. In the first three games of the season, the Harvard grad has tossed eight touchdowns to three interceptions. While, he has only topped the 200-yard passing mark but as long as he keeps tossing touchdowns, it will not matter. He is owned is just 42 percent of ESPN leagues and at the very least will be a solid QB2 for your fantasy team.
Now lets take a look at some wide receivers:
Andre Hawkins of the Bengals is a guy that I would look to add in some leagues, he has had at least 56 yards receiving and a touchdown in each of the last two games and even though he has only caught two balls each week, the Bengals are in need of other receiving targets to emerge opposite A.J. Green and as long as Hawkins continues to make plays, he may very well be that guy.
Ramses Barden is the next relevant guy that should you should look at adding to your roster. Yes, Hakeem Nicks is looking like he will return this week but as the Giants have shown in the past, there is room for three wide receivers to produce in this offense, so after catching nine passes for 138 yards, Barden’s role should continue to increase.
Another wide receiver I really like that is more widely owned (60 percent of ESPN leagues) is Washington wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. The former Miami product has been announced as the starter by head coach Mike Shanahan and after scoring 14.8 points and 9.6 points the last two weeks, Hankerson could be ready to take off.
Now to the tight ends.
Before the season, I identified Minnesota Vikings second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph as a fantasy football sleeper and he is now starting to live up to that billing with three touchdown receptions in the last two games. Rudolph is currently 7th among tight ends in PPR formats and is averaging 14.9 fantasy points per game. Outside of Percy Harvin, he appears to be the main weapon in an improving passing game led by quarterback Christian Ponder, so his opportunities should only grow from here and he is currently owned in just 14.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
Another tight end that you should strongly consider adding to your roster is the Steelers Heath Miller. The Pittsburgh offense has become a much-more pass laden attack and Miller has been one of the beneficiaries of that. In four games he has four touchdowns and is catching an average of five passes per game. He is currently fourth among tight ends in PPR formats and is averaging 17.1 fantasy points per game. He is also owned in just 18 percent of ESPN leagues. He is also on bye this week, so he will provide owners who are lower in the waiver priority a chance to get a solid tight end for the rest of the season.
Well that is all for today folks. I apologize for not putting out week 3 of the Fantasy PPR rankings but had to take some time to spend with the family and get away from it all. But I am back now, so look forward to my week 4 Fantasy PPR rankings to be released tomorrow. And as always if you have any direct questions on waivers or your lineup, hit me up on twitter @ThePPRExperts, on Facebook or email me at email@example.com.