Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top 5 Beasts of the Week by Michael Valverde (Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week #3)

Top 5 Fantasy Football Beasthouse "BEASTS" of the week. 

1. Eddie Royal has had a string of good weeks now.  After week 2, he has 10 receptions for 114 yards while scoring five touchdowns.  He has great speed and elusiveness, and has proved to get it done in the NFL before.  In 2008 he had 91 receptions with  980 yards and five touchdowns.  With his skills as a slot receiver he should be targeted quite a bit, and as indicated already matched his highest touchdown total in his career.  Available in 83% of leagues

2. James Starks is just one of those types of players that never seem to go away.  A gamer, that is passed over yearly.  One of those that teams draft early in that specific position with the intention of releasing what is already there.  When Eddie Lacy went down due to a concussion, Starks stepped on the field, and went directly into beast mode.  He carried the ball 20 times for 132 yards and one touchdown.  He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards.  Even though this is Eddie Lacy's team when he returns, Starks has earned the back-up role, and is worth whatever you may bring to grab him.  Available in 95% of leagues

3. DeAndre Hopkins stepped up in a big time situation, which is always what you want to see from your rookie that you have high hopes on.  He had a solid week 1 where he had 5 receptions for 66 yards, but in week 2 it was his shining moment.  Hopkins finished with 7 receptions for 117 yards and 1 touchdown. He also made two outstanding receptions in overtime.  Both leaping grabs over the defender, the second was for the winning touchdown, as he planted both feet in bounds right next to the out of bound marker.  Available in 16% in leagues

4. Alex Smith I intentionally left him off my list last week to see how he would respond, but I just couldn't do it again.  I measured him against EJ Manuel and Terrelle Pryor, but Smith is just going to be more consistent, and in fantasy football that is just what matters, especially when looking up a free agent.  I expect an average of 225 yards passing and close to two touchdowns per game.  He also is mobile as he has amassed 82 yards rushing thus far. Available in 47% of leagues.

5. Tyler Eifert has looked good this season in his first two games as an NFL rookie.  He has caught 8 passes for 113 yards, but has yet to get in the end zone.  He is a strong buy candidate as he will be looked at often as the Cincinnati passing game gets better this season.  With AJ Green and Jermaine Gresham as well as Gio Bernard it may be a little difficult to get more than five receptions a game, but he is looking like a top 10 tight end, and should be grabbed in all formats.
Available in 30% of leagues.

By: Michael Valverde

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