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Week 3 Standard & PPR Waiver Wire Targets

Eddie RoyalWe have two weeks down and there is a veritable smorgasbord of waiver wire potential out there. Across the league numbers are dipping for running backs, but wide receivers are springing up all over. And, the best part? Several should still be available in your leagues! Let’s take a look at some players to target on the Week 3 waiver wire.

Ryan Tannhill (QB, Dolphins)

Evidently Tannehill is the real deal. Is he? Through two games in 2013 he’s been far better than expected, so I guess that gets us leaning towards answering that question with a ‘yes’.  While he’s not putting up the TDs you’d like to see, he’s certainly getting the yardage with 272 in Week 1 and 319 in Week 2. He may not be a starter yet, but he’s worth keeping an eye on and saving for a worthy bye week.

Eddie Royal (WR, Chargers)

So, Royal’s Week 1 performance was a fluke…right?  I guess not. For two week’s straight, the Chargers receiver has put up great performances.  Royal is currently the #3 WR in fantasy points in standard leagues and #5 in PPR leagues. His value increases even more with Malcom Floyd potentially missing time after a Week 2 concussion, but Floyd or no he’s obviously seeing the looks and making the plays so far.

Leonard Hankerson (WR, Redskins)

After being a Week 1 darling, Hankerson slid back down a bit in Week 2. While Garcon is the primary target for RGIII in Washington, Hankerson has a role with potential. He’s not going to put up numbers every week, but as long as the Redskins continue to suffer he stands to get more and more opportunities in a play-from-behind passing game.

James Starks (RB, Packers)

The Packers had gone 44 games without a 100 yard rusher. Pass much? Starks definitely answered the bell when Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the game with a concussion on Sunday. He put up 132 rushing yards and a TD as well as 32 receiving yards. That may have put him in the driver’s seat for the starting job if Lacy is out for any extended time.

Bernard Pierce (RB, Ravens)

This one is a no brainer. He’s probably owned as a handcuff for Ray Rice in most leagues, but you better go get him if he’s available. With Rice potentially being out or slowed by a Week 2 injury, Pierce stands to see a larger role. He’s been producing when given the opportunity already, so more touches means even better potential for numbers.

Fred Jackson (RB, Bills)

The old man is still hanging around. Despite the offseason comments about how much Spiller would be used, the carries are being split in Buffalo. Jackson has carried the ball 25 times to Spiller’s 33, and he’s been the more productive of the two backs in terms of fantasy production. RBBC scenarios are frustrating, but Fred is a worthwhile pick regardless.

Charles Clay (TE, Dolphins)

Clay has had 10 receptions for 163 yards through two games in 2013. While he hasn’t scored a touchdown yet, he certainly is showing that he’s a reliable target for Tannehill. If you’re fishing for a tight end, he has potential.



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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...