Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: TE - Week 3 (video)

by Herija C. Green on September 19, 2012 @ 11:46:00 PDT

 

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If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph
Target him again

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens (63 percent)

We said last week to keep an eye on Pitta. Now, after another week in which his production (eight receptions for 65 yards on 15 targets) dwarfed that of Ed Dickson (1-23, 4), we're saying it's time to pounce. The third-year pro is emerging as quarterback Joe Flacco's go-to guy, at least on the short and intermediate routes.

Right now Pitta is more of a volume receiver, which makes him ideal in point-per-reception formats. Still, at this juncture failing to act would be ... wait for it ... "Pitta-ful."

Martellus Bennett, New York Giants (55 percent)

While Bennett's two-week totals of nine catches for 112 yards shouldn't be considered eye-popping, he has scored in each of the team's two games and let a pair of would-be touchdowns slip away as well. Bennett won't be challenging wideouts Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz anytime soon, but with quarterback Eli Manning at the helm he can still be a productive fantasy performer.

Bennett would make a great reserve tight end if you've got a stud in place and is an upside option for those that are struggling to find production at the position as well.

Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings (39 percent)

Like Pitta, Rudolph is a returning resident of the report. His overall numbers were down a bit in Week 2, but he did score for the first time this season and is clearly a significant part of the team's passing attack. Again, he's a solid backup with the potential for more.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates
Gates missed out

Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders (99 percent)

With Oakland's running backs making almost no headway (29 carries, 61 yards combined) this season, quarterback Carson Palmer is putting the ball in the air early and often. Eleven of those 94 passes have gone toward Myers, and the Iowa product has caught every one of them for a team-high 150 yards.

Myers looks to be developing into Palmer's safety net over the middle. As such he holds immediate value in point-per-reception leagues.

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straits. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

NEW - Dallas Clark, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (76 percent)

The Cowboys haven't yielded that much yardage to the tight end position this season (47 yards per game), but they have given up touchdowns in both games, including one to unheralded Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy. If your starter is out go ahead and try Dallas in Dallas.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

Dante Rosario, San Diego Chargers (100 percent)

Question: If a player scores three touchdowns in a game and isn't owned in a single fantasy league, does it make a sound? Answer: It does, and it sounds a lot like millions of Antonio Gates (ribs) owners simultaneously smacking their foreheads with an open palm. Gates' availability will determine Rosario's role moving forward.

As amazing a game as Rosario had, it's hard to advocate adding him unless you're desperate - and I'm not talking regular desperate here; I'm talking shouting match with Octomom on Celebrity Apprentice levels of desperation.

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A graduate of the prestigious Top Gun school, Green's ego writes checks his body can't cash. When he's not overdrawing his ego's bank account, Green enjoys games of beach volleyball, riding his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, and buzzing the tower (whether the pattern is full or not). He resides in the Danger Zone and yes, Ice... Man, he is dangerous. He also writes.

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