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7 Buy-Low Fantasy Football Players Heading Into Week 3!

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It’s only Week 3, and no one should be giving up on big-name studs just yet, even if they are disappointing. We’re only two weeks in, folks! Two weeks! That said, others might be panicking, so and that you should be taking advantage of if the price is right. Here are a few great buy-lows heading into Weeks 3-16.

Great Buy-Lows

Demaryius Thomas | WR Broncos

You may or may not land Demaryius Thomas via trade on a discount. Try, though, as 4/48/0TDs and 5/62/1TD seem to be stat lines that are freaking his owners out. If you watched Week 2, you know he should have had another touchdown. His targets are fine. DT is playing just fine. Try landing this top 5 fantasy football wide receiver from owners that are panicking!

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NEWS: Wes Welker allowed to play in Week 3.

SMITTY: While it’s tough to say how much run Welker will get in Week 3, you have to think he will be a touch limited. Still, a touch limited in that Denver offense can still produce fantasy WR3-type numbers. But, for now, start Welker if you need the WR help, and expect a bigger bounce-back in Week 5 (Denver has a bye in Week 4). In some leagues, and not likely any bigger leagues, Welker might be available on waivers – Be certain to check! Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

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ARTICLE: Week 3 Waiver Wire Grabs

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1. Knile Davis KC RB – Every game the guy starts he could produce fantasy RB1 numbers. How many games will he start? That’s up in the air right now, as Charles (high ankle sprain) could play this week, or miss several. My early guess is that Charles misses at least Week 3, but he could progress well, this is the definition of TBA type stuff.

2. Khiry Robinson NO RB – With Mark Ingram out a month, we might see Robinson come in and be the runner we’ve been talking up for a year now. Then again, we are talking about the Saints, so it’s entirely possible Pierre Thomas just sees a huge boost in production. That said, it’s just as possible Thomas is a 80-yard, 1TD guy per start. I love the kid, I just wish I was making the call to run him out onto the field with the intention of giving him 15+ carries per game.

3. Antonio Gates SD TE – Believe it or not, Gates is available in a lot of leagues. He clearly still has some game left, so he should be grabbed if available and started!

4. Bobby Rainey TB RB – Considering Doug Martin (knee) participated in practice today (Tuesday), and was running with the first-team offense, it sounds like the Bobby Rainey show is no longer in fantasy theatres… however, Martin has some huge injury concerns, and setbacks happen, so Rainey still commands top waiver consideration given he can be a RB1 if starting.

5. Mohamed Sanu CIN WR – TEN is No. 1 against the pass in terms of yardage coming out of Week 2, and Sanu has big shoes to fill with AJ Green out (and high expectations after a big week last week). He wont catch defenses off guard in this one, but is still a strong fantasy WR3 option in larger leagues.

6. Danny Woodhead SD RB – He isn’t available in every format, but Woodhead has huge upside moving forward in PPR.

7. Niles Paul WAS TE – This guy was a beast last week, catching 8 passes for 99 yards and 1TD. He commands serious low-end TE1 respect moving forward, especially with Kirk Cousins now in the line-up. When Jordan Reed returns, expect a dip back into the ‘borderline’ TE1 area, but don’t be shocked if WAS puts their faith in Paul.

8. Donald Brown SD RB – Many might be expecting him to step right in and play well with Mathews out, but Woodhead still gets carries and pulls in the receptions out of the backfield. The Bills are are top 5-7 against the run, so I don’t see Brown having enough opportunity to have a big game in Week 3, especially given the sharing situation. He should be grabbed in all larger leagues just in case he can prove consistent over the next few weeks.

9. Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB – He looked great in Week 3. Can he stay healthy, though? Trent Richardson ran well, but put the ball on the ground. We might see Bradshaw take over here shortly.

10. Kirk Cousins WAS QB – A strong back-up for any team, the guy produces decent numbers.

11. Isaiah Crowell CLE RB – Worth a grab on upside/talent alone.

12. Larry Donnell NYG TE – A high-end TE2 now, no question. A great bye week play.

Both Josh Gordon and Mike Asiata (and Jerick McKinnon, especially in dynasty leagues) were on last week’s add/drop list, so they are likely already gone, but Gordon would rank No. 1 overall if still available.

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ and Smitty talk about the upcoming Week 2 of the 2014 fantasy football season! Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 9/9/14

Guest: Smitty

Topics: Cordarrelle Patterson, Bernard Pierce, Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Jordan Cameron, Pierre Garcon, Roddy White, Josh Gordon, Wes Welker, Michael Floyd, Andre Ellington, Bobby Rainey, Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, Golden Tate, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, Joique Bell, Chris Ivory, Keenan Allen

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Waiver Wire: Top 10 Pickups entering Week 2

With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look at this week’s top pickups. Comment below to throw out other names or talk about these guys below.

No Brainer: Josh Gordon – Make sure Gordon isn’t sitting on waivers, as there is a chance that he could see the field this season. Read more here.

1. Justin Forsett – Clearly this week’s top pickup, but Pierce could be the main man, too, so don’t blow all your FA cash on Forsett, but don’t miss out on trying to land him either (and make sure Pierce isn’t available for whatever reason).
2. Allen Hurns – Is he for real? Well, we sent out a last-minute Smart Alert on Sunday morning suggesting that he get picked up in very large leagues… we saw talent, this isn’t a guy that just had a huge week 1. He could continue to be a solid WR3 at least.
3. Isaiah CrowellTate is a huge question, so Terrance West (be certain he isn’t on waivers) is the next man up and has huge upside, but so does Crowell, proof by his 2TDs in Week 1.
4. Brian Quick – Brian Quick caught seven passes for 99 yards in Week 1. He should be available in large leagues right now believe it or not… he shouldn’t be, but for some reason he is. He is the team’s No. 1 WR.
5. Derek Carr – Derek Carr completed 20-of-32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. In dynasty, he isn’t likely available, and shouldn’t be since he was my favorite rookie QB all off-season long… but in redraft, he has fantasy QB2 appeal.
6. Lorenzo Taliaferro – If planning ahead, this could be a guy that eventually starts in BAL. Forsett could be the main man all year, or Pierce could be (make sure he wasn’t dropped), but I like this rookie enough to stash (x10 in dynasty).
7. Bobby RaineyMartin (leg) is said to be ok, but this is a must-add for Martin owners at least.
8. James Starks – In case Lacy (concussion) can’t play, suffers setbacks, or suffers further injury.
9. Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Solid add, but he had a long TD that he most likely won’t see very often.
10. Ahmad BradshawT-Rich didn’t look good, so this is a decent move if looking ahead, although, Bradshaw isn’t a lock to stay healthy by any means.

ARTICLE: Who could disappoint, who could surprise in Week 1?

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Our friends over at FantasyPros asked us to participate in a two-question expert panel where the following (below) questions were asked. My answers are also below; keep in mind that the topics were to call out ‘surprise’ players on the good and bad side, so don’t go sitting DeMarco Murray for a mediocre option or anything, it’s just at tough matchup, and disappointment isn’t hard to imagine for this Week 1 contest:

Q1: Give us the player you think will be the top positive surprise this week (someone who will be a good sneaky start for owners).

BEN TATE (RB, at PIT) – “This isn’t the easiest matchup known to man, but it certainly won’t hold Tate back from getting good usage. Could Cleveland struggle to score? Could Pittsburgh get up big and force the Browns to pass, pass, pass? Sure, but that’s why this is a “surprise” pick, and I think Tate deserves such confidence given he has 100/1TD upside each game that he starts.”

Q2: On the flip side, name the player you believe will be week 1′s biggest disappointment.

DEMARCO MURRAY (RB, at SF) – He faces the 49ers, and I think it’s tough to expect big numbers out of him this week. Always start your studs, don’t sit him for a mediocre option or anything, as he could still find his way into a scoring situation somehow, but Week 1 could be rough on Murray owners.”

Read the entire article here.

IDP Rankings Cheat Sheet – September

Below are IDP Rankings (Cheat Sheet) created by content contributor BuckysGT.

1 Luke Kuechly CAR 1 Harrison Smith MIN 1 JJ Watt HOU
2 Lavonte David TB 2 Jonathon Cyprien JAX 2 Robert Quinn STL
3 Vontaze Burfict CIN 3 T J Ward DEN 3 Chandler Jones NE
4 Paul Posluszny JAX 4 Morgan Burnett GB 4 Jason Pierre-Paul NYG
5 Bobby Wagner SEA 5 Barry Church DAL 5 Muhammad Wilkerson NYJ
6 Alec Ogletree STL 6 Eric Berry KC 6 Greg Hardy CAR
7 Mychal Kendricks PHI 7 Mark Barron TB 7 Calais Campbell ARI
8 Patrick Willis SF 8 Earl Thomas SEA 8 Cameron Jordan NO
9 Derrick Johnson KC 9 Eric Weddle SD 9 Charles Johnson CAR
10 Jerod Mayo NE 10 Tyvon Branch OAK 10 Ezekiel Ansah DET
11 James Laurinaitis STL 11 Kenny Vaccaro NO 11 Mario Williams BUF
12 Chad Greenway MN 12 Bernard Pollard TEN 12 Demarcus Ware DEN
13 Navorro Bowman SF 13 Antrel Rolle NYG 13 Rob Ninkovich NE
14 Paul Worrilow ATL 14 Tyrone Mathieu ARI 14 Cameron Wake MIA
15 Brian Cushing HOU 15 LaRon Landry IND 15 Carlos Dunlap CIN
16 DeMeco Ryans PHI 16 Matt Elam BAL 16 Lamarr Houston CHI
17 Donald Butler SD 17 Donte Whitner CLE 17 Michael D Johnson CIN
18 Perry Riley WAS 18 Deone Bucannon ARI 18 Olivier Vernon MIA
19 Karlos Dansby CLE 19 T.J. McDonald STL 19 Geno Atkins CIN
20 Ryan Shazier PIT 20 Kam Chancellor SEA 20 Chris Long STL
21 Wesley Woodard TEN 21 Antoine Bethea SF 21 Jared Allen CHI
22 CJ Mosley BAL 22 Aaron Williams BUF 22 Everson Griffen MIN
23 Stephen Tulloch DET 23 Reshard Jones MIA 23 Justin Tuck OAK
24 Jerrell Freeman IND 24 Reggie Nelson CIN 24 Sheldon Richardson NYJ
25 Curtis Lofton NO 25 D.J. Swearinger HOU 25 Akiem Hicks NO
26 Koa Misi MIA 26 Calvin Pryor NYJ 26 Gerald McCoy TB
27 DeAndre Levy DET 27 William Moore ATL 27 Ndamukong Suh DET
28 Zach Brown TEN 28 Stevie Brown NYG 28 Adrian Clayborn TB
29 D’Qwell Jackson IND 29 Eric Reid SF 29 Michael Bennett SEA
30 Daryl Smith BAL 30 Patrick Peterson ARI 30 Jurell Casey TEN
31 Lawrence Timmons PIT 31 HaHa Clinton-Dix GB 31 Jerry Hughes BUF
32 AJ Hawk GB 32 Troy Polamalu PIT 32 Cliff Avril SEA
33 Nick Roach OAK 33 Charles Tillman CHI 33 Cameron Hayward PIT
34 Mason Foster TB 34 Ryan Clark WAS 34 Demarcus Lawrence DAL
35 Jon Beason NYG 35 Da’Norris Searcy BUF 35 Henry Melton DAL
36 Kevin Minter ARI 36 Dawan Landry NYJ 36 Kyle Williams BUF
37 Sio Moore OAK 37 DeAngelo Hall WAS 37 Marcell Dareus BUF
38 Brandon Spikes BUF 38 James Ihedigbo DET 38 George Selvie DAL
39 Donta Hightower NE 39 Jason McCourty TEN 39 Justin Smith SF
40 Bruce Carter DAL 40 Tim Jennings CHI 40 Nick Fairly DET
41 Danny Trevathan DEN 41 Prince Amukamara NYG 41 Dion Jordon MIA
42 Khalil Mack OAK 42 Richard Sherman SEA 42 Brian Robison MN
43 Manti Te’o SD 43 Janoris Jenkins STL 43 Micheal Brockers STL
44 Demario Davis NYJ 44 Major Wright TB 44 Linval Joesph NYG
45 Brad Jones GB 45 Devin McCourty NEP 45 Derrick Morgan TEN
46 Jamie Collins NE 46 Lardarius Webb BAL 46 Aaron Donald STL
47 Justin Houston KC 47 Alterraun Verner TB 47 Julius Peppers GB
48 Von Miller DEN 48 Joe Haden CLE 48 Dontari Poe KC
49 Danelle Ellerbe MIA 49 Earl Wolff PHI 49 Mathias Kiwanuka NYG
50 Clay Matthews GB 50 Dee Milliner NYJ 50 Cedric Thornton PHI

ARTICLE: Update August 29th ADP Data

Below is ADP (Average Draft Positions lists out there) Data as of today, August 29th, 2014. This is actually an average of the averages, as we use multiple industry ADPs and average that data together (including our friends over at FFCalc). This data is critical info to have on draft day, as it tells you where players are getting drafted on average — You don’t want to reach on your sleepers, as the value and upside is often how late you can grab them.

1 LeSean McCoy RB PHI
2 Adrian Peterson RB MIN
3 Jamaal Charles RB KC
4 Matt Forte RB CHI
5 Calvin Johnson WR DET
6 Eddie Lacy RB GB
7 Jimmy Graham TE NO
8 Peyton Manning QB DEN
9 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN
10 Dez Bryant WR DAL
11 Montee Ball RB DEN
12 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
13 A.J. Green WR CIN
14 Julio Jones WR ATL
15 Brandon Marshall WR CHI
16 DeMarco Murray RB DAL
17 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
18 Drew Brees QB NO
19 Giovani Bernard RB CIN
20 Doug Martin RB TB
21 Jordy Nelson WR GB
22 Arian Foster RB HOU
23 Antonio Brown WR PIT
24 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI
25 Alfred Morris RB WAS
26 Andre Ellington RB ARI
27 Zac Stacy RB STL
28 Julius Thomas TE DEN
29 Randall Cobb WR GB
30 LeVeon Bell RB PIT
31 Rob Gronkowski TE NE
32 Keenan Allen WR SD
33 Rashad Jennings RB NYG
34 C.J. Spiller RB BUF
35 Vincent Jackson WR TB
36 Reggie Bush RB DET
37 Toby Gerhart RB JAC
38 Andre Johnson WR HOU
39 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN
40 Victor Cruz WR NYG
41 Matthew Stafford QB DET
42 Roddy White WR ATL
43 Shane Vereen RB NE
44 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI
45 Ryan Mathews RB SD
46 Pierre Garcon WR WAS
47 Michael Crabtree WR SF
48 Percy Harvin WR SEA
49 Michael Floyd WR ARI
50 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN
51 Chris Johnson RB NYJ
52 Ben Tate RB CLE
53 Andrew Luck QB IND
54 Ray Rice RB BAL
55 Joique Bell RB DET
56 Bishop Sankey RB TEN
57 Frank Gore RB SF
58 Vernon Davis TE SF
59 Tom Brady QB NE
60 DeSean Jackson WR WAS
61 T.Y. Hilton WR IND
62 Jordan Cameron TE CLE
63 Torrey Smith WR BAL
64 Julian Edelman WR NE
65 Matt Ryan QB ATL
66 Nick Foles QB PHI
67 Trent Richardson RB IND
68 Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK
69 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI
70 Marques Colston WR NO
71 Wes Welker WR DEN
72 Jason Witten TE DAL
73 Pierre Thomas RB NO
74 Brandin Cooks WR NO
75 Mike Wallace WR MIA
76 Kyle Rudolph TE MIN
77 Lamar Miller RB MIA
78 Golden Tate WR DET
79 Jay Cutler QB CHI
80 Steven Jackson RB ATL
81 Darren Sproles RB PHI
82 Terrance Williams WR DAL
83 Reggie Wayne WR IND
84 Fred Jackson RB BUF
85 Jordan Reed TE WAS
86 Cam Newton QB CAR
87 Stevan Ridley RB NE
88 Seattle Defense DEF SEA
89 Kendall Wright WR TEN
90 Tony Romo QB DAL
91 Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR
92 Knowshon Moreno RB MIA
93 Carlos Hyde RB SF
94 Eric Decker WR NYJ
95 Dennis Pitta TE BAL
96 Bernard Pierce RB BAL
97 Greg Olsen TE CAR
98 Sammy Watkins WR BUF
99 Danny Woodhead RB SD
100 Zach Ertz TE PHI
101 Robert Griffin III QB WAS
102 Riley Cooper WR PHI
103 Devonta Freeman RB ATL
104 Mark Ingram RB NO
105 Colin Kaepernick QB SF
106 Rueben Randle WR NYG
107 Philip Rivers QB SD
108 Justin Hunter WR TEN
109 Mike Evans WR TB
110 San Francisco Defense DEF SF
111 Terrance West RB CLE
112 Dwayne Bowe WR KC
113 Jeremy Hill RB CIN
114 Russell Wilson QB SEA
115 Carolina Defense DEF CAR
116 Andre Williams RB NYG
117 DeAngelo Williams RB CAR
118 Hakeem Nicks WR IND
119 Anquan Boldin WR SF
120 Denver Defense DEF DEN
121 DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU
122 Andy Dalton QB CIN
123 Steve Smith WR BAL
124 Darren McFadden RB OAK
125 Martellus Bennett TE CHI
126 Danny Amendola WR NE
127 New England Defense DEF NE
128 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
129 Markus Wheaton WR PIT
130 Khiry Robinson RB NO
131 St. Louis Defense DEF STL
132 LeGarrette Blount RB PIT
133 Jordan Matthews WR PHI
134 Jarrett Boykin WR GB
135 Ahmad Bradshaw RB IND
136 Kenny Stills WR NO
137 Ladarius Green TE SD
138 Carson Palmer QB ARI
139 Cincinnati Defense DEF CIN
140 Chris Ivory RB NYJ
141 Cecil Shorts WR JAC
142 Christine Michael RB SEA
143 Kenny Britt WR STL
144 Tavon Austin WR STL
145 Shonn Greene RB TEN
146 Kansas City Defense DEF KC
147 Stephen Gostkowski PK NE
148 Antonio Gates TE SD
149 Eric Ebron TE DET

RADIO: Listen to Russ Bliss talk fantasy football on Wednesday night!

Take a listen to Russ Bliss’ fourth radio show of the 2014 fantasy football season! Russ has been doing fantasy radio for over 20 years with his famous “The Red Zone” program, which airs on NBCSports Radio (1060am). Smitty is slotted to join Russ almost every Tuesday night, and below is the fourth show of the year. Take a listen!

The Red Zone With Russ Bliss

Date: 8/27/14

Guest: Gary Davenport

Topics: IDP topics, handcuffs, and more.

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