It’s week three and here are some thoughts on players that have been picked up or will be picked up by week’s end:
David Nelson: If you haven’t noticed Nelson, it might just be time to do so. A lot of people thought his targets in week one (tying those of Stevie Johnson) was somewhat of a fluke. Well, all he did in week two was get targeted a team leading 13 times and put up some darn good numbers (10 catches; 83 yards; 1 TD). Now we get the news that Roscoe Parrish is done for the year and Stevie Johnson is being bugged by a groin issue. Nelson should be considered and viewed as third receiver, depending on match up.
Scott Chandler: A second Buffalo Bill on this list? He has to at least be considered due to his scoring chances. Chandler hasn’t put up big stats, outside of his touchdowns, but the Bills love him in the red zone and he’ll get a few looks a game. However, don’t go starting this guy or expecting big things. As of now, look for him if you have a bye coming up and need to fill a spot or if you’re looking for depth at the TE position.
Fred Davis: A much more appealing option than Chandler at this point. Chris Cooley’s snaps have gone down and will likely continue to decrease, due to his knee issues and Davis’ improvement. He’s a big target, who has receiver skills and a developing relationship with his quarterback (Rex Grossman). Davis had a good game last week and you should expect that to continue, especially against weaker defenses. Yes, the Redskins have Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney getting looks, but those offensive options will only open the middle of the field for Davis. Scoop him up if you need TE help or depth to trade from.
Willis McGahee: McGahee’s value before the year seemed to start and end in the red zone. But now it looks like the veteran could play a larger role. In the past with Carolina, Head Coach John Fox loved the two-back system. In case you forgot, two names: DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. With that in mind and Knowshon Moreno seemingly hurt every other week, the safe bet is that McGahee will get more touches than you might have originally thought. More touches, especially in the red zone, make McGahee worth a pickup.
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Dexter McCluster: Let’s be honest; if Jamaal Charles didn’t blow his knee out, we’re probably not talking about McCluster. But, unfortunately for Charles’ owners, that scenario has indeed played out. McCluster is listed as a WR/RB and gives you value at both spots. He’ll catch more footballs than any other Chiefs back and will likely split carries, in the very least, with Thomas Jones. One more thing about McCluster, he has the potential to be a playmaker. That’s a talent that not many others on this team possess.
Thomas Jones: So Jamaal Charles is done for and Jones waits in the wings. He was the #1 back last year and has produced for most of last three or four years. He’s a logical pickup, right? Well, not so fast. There is a reason why the Jets let him walk two years ago. There’s also a reason why he went from the Chiefs main man in the backfield to being practically non-existent. Why you may ask? Um, he’s getting old. That’s as blunt as it gets. Running backs start to hit the wall at around 28-29 years old…Jones is 33. This isn’t to say that Jones won’t have a good game or two at some point down the road, anything’s possible. It’s just not likely.
Denarius Moore: This is an interesting call. He had a good preseason, showing some flashes. When the year starts in Denver on Monday Night, he’s pretty much a non-factor in the Oakland offense. Then, 35,000 Oakland receivers get hurt and are out for week number two, leaving the team with no other option than to start Moore. And, he responds with a beast of a game (5 catches; 146 yards; 1 TD). But let’s remember, this is Oakland. This team’s decision making hasn’t made much sense over the past several years. Moore’s got the skill set to be electric, but there’s also a chance that other wideouts come back and he slips into inconsistent obscurity. He’s worth a pick up and as long as others are out, he’s worth a play. However, tread lightly and keep up with the news in Oaktown.
Eric Decker: Talk about beast performances in week 2, Decker blew up! He’s another wide receiver who took advantage of an injured teammate. With Brandon Lloyd surprisingly out, Decker took over and combined with Kyle Orton for an impressive line (5 catches; 113 yards; 2 TD’s). Is this the start of more things to come? Well, Lloyd might think so, because he quickly got back on the practice field this week. If you pick up Decker, the hope is that Lloyd attracts the attention thus opening up Decker for a ton of receptions. The thought here is that Decker won’t often replicate what he did in week 2, but will be starter worthy as a #2 (depending on matchup) or #3 WR on your roster.
Nate Burleson: We all knew this Lions offense had the chance to be special. But lost in that shuffle at times was Nate Burleson. That’s not so much the case any longer. There are a ton of weapons on this team and Burleson has nicely fit in as one of them. With opposing teams trying to keep Calvin Johnson under wraps, things have opened up for Burleson and he’s making the opposition pay. Johnson leads the team in targets with 17, but his receiving counterpart isn’t far off with 14 of his own. As long as this offense is clicking and Burleson is healthy, he’s more than worth a roster spot.
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