Week 3 - Buy & Sell Report
By Mike Beacom
Wire Tap 9-18
Ahmad Bradshaw’s injury is Andre Brown’s dream opportunity. Brown helped save the Giants Sunday with 71 yards on 13 carries, including the go-ahead touchdown with a half-minute to go. Prior to that he had barely touched the ball in three years, but now he is expected to be the team’s featured back for as long as Bradshaw is out.
David Wilson still figures in the mix, and Bradshaw’s sprained neck probably won’t keep him out long, if at all. But Brown showed Sunday he can carry the load, when needed, and that will earn him more reps in the future. At the very least, he has replaced Wilson for the moment as Bradshaw’s handcuff.
Here are a few other waiver wire candidates to consider …
RB Daryl Richardson, Rams
The Rams’ seventh round rookie came to the call on Sunday when Steven Jackson took a seat with a groin injury (so much for Isaiah Pead serving as Jackson’s handcuff). Much of Richardson’s production came on one play, but if Jackson misses time with his injury Richardson could still offer value to fantasy owners. If nothing else, those with Pead may want to make a quick change.
WR Golden Tate, Seahawks
Tate returned to the starting lineup Sunday and caught three of the four balls thrown his way. Braylon Edwards – the receiver he replaced – didn’t see a single ball. Tate is a longshot, but nonetheless is a starting receiver for a team that appears on the rise. Fantasy owners looking for an upgrade at the No. 5 receiver spot may want to take a stab at Tate.
WR Brian Hartline, Dolphins
Hartline finally stepped up to be the Dolphins’ No. 1 wide receiver, as had been the plan this offseason. His 111-yard performance (12 targets) is a sign that Ryan Tannehill is comfortable throwing to the possession wideout. After achieving mediocrity in his first three years it appears Hartline might be ready to take a step.
TE Brandon Myers, Raiders
Myers hauled in all six of the passes thrown to him and finished with a team-best 86 yards. Someone has to catch balls for Oakland’s pass-heavy offense, so why not their unproven tight end? Fantasy owners can view him as a backup with upside.
The waiver wire isn’t the only way for fantasy owners to improve their roster; a well-crafted trade proposal can help every bit as much as picking up an up-and-coming free agent. Here is a look at this week’s buy and sell candidates:
WR Brandon Lloyd, Patriots
Two reasons here: Lloyd’s asking price remains relatively cheap – even though he was thrown to more than any other Patriots receiver Sunday – because he has failed to catch a touchdown in two games; second, the loss of Aaron Hernandez will mean more footballs for the rest of the New England receiving corps. It’s a great time to buy Lloyd.
WR Malcom Floyd, Chargers
Whereas most believed Robert Meachem would be the No. 1 guy in San Diego, Floyd is proving “most” wrong. He was targeted eight times on Sunday and registered 109 yards. No other Chargers receiver was really even close. With San Diego ticking, and playing in the weakened AFC West, Floyd could finish the year with nice totals.
TE Dennis Pitta, Ravens
Last week’s waiver wire pickup is a must “buy” on this week’s report. Pitta clearly has Joe Flacco’s eye, and while it must be pointed out that Ed Dickson made a pretty 23-yard catch early in Sunday’s game, the rest was all Pitta (15 targets). He could be the breakout tight end that nobody saw coming.
RB C.J. Spiller, Bills
Okay, so hear me out … Spiller has played as well as could be imagined in the season’s first two weeks against the Jets and Chiefs. In a few weeks the schedule will get tougher and Fred Jackson will return from injury. And while things are different now, Jackson will still demand 10 or more touches a game. Spiller has nowhere to go but down. He has tremendous trade value right now and should demand a top-tier player in return.
RB DeAngelo Williams, Panthers
Williams averaged 4.9 yards per carry against New Orleans and scored on a three-yard touchdown run. He has value right now, and even though it’s not much, it’s something. Get what you can and wash your hands of the Panthers’ backfield.
TE Brent Celek, Eagles
Celek’s 157-yard effort against the Ravens was mostly the product of a banged-up Eagles receiving corps (Jeremy Maclin left the game early). Celek is not an elite fantasy tight end, nor will he be a consistent producer for you this season. Identify the fantasy owner in your league weakest at tight end and make a pitch.
Mike Beacom is a contributing writer for FootballDiehards.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikebeacom