Fantasy Football On Target: Josh Gordon, Antonio Brown were busy

by Tim Heaney on September 24, 2013 @ 11:08:55 PDT

 

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Wide receivers

Week 3 util leaders
 Rk
Player
Tm
Wk 3
1
Josh Gordon
CLE
20
2
Cecil Shorts
JAC
15
3
Pierre Garcon
WAS
14
4
Antonio Brown
PIT
13
5
Julio Jones
ATL
13
6
Stevie Johnson
BUF
13
7
Calvin Johnson
DET
13
8
Randall Cobb
GBP
11
9
Santonio Holmes
NYJ
10
10
Robert Woods
BUF
10
11
Davone Bess
CLE
10
12
Aaron Dobson
NEP
10
13
Golden Tate
SEA
10
14
Nate Washington
TEN
10
15
Torrey Smith
BAL
9
16
Mike Williams
TBB
9
17
Jordy Nelson
GBP
9
18
Santana Moss
WAS
9
19
Stephen Burton
JAC
9
20
Nate Burleson
DET
9
21
Chris Givens
STL
9

Looks like Gordon wasn't hurt by Brian Hoyer taking snaps. That could continue in the Cleveland Browns' future. Don't expect that every week, but if they don't trade him, at least there's more hope he can consistently produce WR3 numbers with his downfield potential.

Shorts continued his role as the big fish in a highly risky offensive pond. (Note Burton's presence.) Unfortunately, he typically has performed better with Chad Henne behind center, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will likely go with Blaine Gabbert (thumb) in Week 4. At least Justin Blackmon will be back in Week 5, at least, to improve the program's ceiling.

Guess Todd Haley listened to Brown's pleas for more looks. He's still the Pittsburgh Steelers' best big-play weapon in the passing game; it's just that Haley has had trouble deploying him that way. Will he get that many targets if Pittsburgh isn't trailing big early and Ben Roethlisberger can't put it all on his shoulders?

WAIVER WIRE: With 17 targets over the last two weeks, Woods has found a rhythm with Manuel as the Buffalo Bills' second most frequently targeted option. He's becoming a WR4 stash with flex and bye appeal.

Though Kenbrell Thompkins caught two scores, Dobson still got more targets. Problem was, he hasn't been able to make up for his drops in the way Thompkins has; the latter looks to be a more trusted associate, but Tom Brady's New England Patriots still are searching for ways to improve. They're yearning for the weekend Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) can return.

Sidney Rice had the big Sunday for the Seattle Seahawks, but Tate was sought out more frequently. Don't ditch him yet.

WAIVER WIRE: Kenny Britt looks like he's losing ground in Tennessee Titans looks. His five on Sunday came with many miscues. Washington, Kendall Wright, and Justin Hunter, who caught the game-winning score, sit ahead of him on the depth chart. It's getting harder in most leagues to justify stashing the talented but flawed Britt. The other trio, conversely, looks like better bench filler.

WAIVER WIRE: Nate Burleson's productive day might be the last he'll have for a bit. His recent car accident will probably sideline him indefinitely and open the door for Ryan Broyles to see similar attention. Grab him in deep leagues.

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