Another week in the books for everyone's fantasy team, how'd you do?
Did Rob Gronkowski's 27-yard performance take the gem out of your doughnut?
Did Philip Rivers' 173 yards and two interceptions and no touchdown passes have you scrambling the waiver wire for a possible backup quarterback?
Are you pushing the panic button right now and ready to add a receiver you never heard of just because he had a good week?
Well, don't hit that submit link yet. Here are the top five players who had tremendous Week 3 performances who are still lingering on the waiver wire.
I'll let you know if you should snag them, or leave them hanging.
Top Five Surprises
TE Heath Miller, Pittsburgh: Week 3 @ Oakland: 8 receptions, 60 yards, 2 touchdowns. Rank 1st 21 percent owned.
Miller had 10 targets against the Raiders reaping the benefits and finished as the No. 1 scoring tight end from Week 3. With Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown sharing targets, Miller may not always have monster games, but he should put up consistent numbers from the tight end position.
In fact he's off to a great start. He's currently ranked 4th amongst tight ends in points scored and is tied with Vernon Davis for most touchdowns from tight ends with four. He has a bye week coming up, but if he isn't on your fantasy roster yet, and you are in need of a tight end pick him up.
WR Nate Burleson, Detroit: Week 3 @ Tennessee: 10 receptions, 69 yards,1 touchdown. Rank 6th 7 percent owned.
In terms of being a No. 2 wideout on a team, Burleson has done a fairly nice job in the last few years, not finishing with less than 55 receptions and 625 yards in a season.
However, in terms of fantasy production, Burleson can be frustrating. He doesn't compile a ton of yards, he only averages 41.3 yards a game in his career, and has only one 1,000-yard season. He also rarely factors in the red zone, in his nine year career, he averages four touchdowns a season.
It's also disappointing to look at 10 catches and only see 69 yards come from performance. The performance however, did give him the sixth most fantasy points from a receiver, and ranks him 28th overall.
Burleson may have some value in a PPR league, but it's not enough to start making him a flex option. Keep him unowned unless a significant injury happens to Calvin Johnson.
QB Christian Ponder, Minnesota: Week 3 vs. San Francisco: 21/25, 198 yards, 2 touchdowns. Rank 7th 2.3 percent owned.
I don't think anyone saw this coming, and there are a few blind sides I am speaking of. First off, San Francisco losing to Minnesota. Secondly, and more importantly for fantasy owners, the nice start to the season for Christian Ponder.
For the first three games Ponder has a 70 percent completion rate, 713 passing yards, four touchdowns, and more importantly, no interceptions. His performance against one of the toughest defenses in the NFL netted him the 7th most points by a quarterback in Week 3, and have him ranked 12th overall.
Now, some will put his performance in a different perspective and argue the first two games were against Indianapolis and Jacksonville, and the San Francisco game was statistically his worst, and the only reason he scored so many points was because of the 33 rushing yards he compiled along with a rushing score.
I say forget all that, he has shown so far this year that he is making smarter and better decisions, and he has a running game that complements his passing.
If you are in need of a backup quarterback, Ponder is a good guy to go to. Especially is you need an emergency starter this week. They play Detroit who has given up the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks, just ask Jake Locker owners. He torched the Detroit secondary for 378 yards and two touchdown passes
WR Ramses Barden, New York Giants: Week 3 @ Carolina: 9 receptions, 138 yards. Rank 8th .5 percent owned
Barden's performance against the Panthers was good enough to net him the 8th most fantasy points of any wide receiver. However, prior to this game, Barden had only one reception. In fact, his 10 catches for 162 yards are career highs in a season.
Barden is a big physical receiver, but with Hakim Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Martellus Bennett becoming Eli Manning's favorite red zone target, it's going to be hard for Barden to find consistent looks.
The one bright side (and it really isn't) is Hakeem Nicks tends to get banged up a lot. If Nicks goes down Barden may be asked to fill in that role. For now, keep an eye on Barden and see if he gets used more.
WR T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis: Week3 vs Jacksonville: 4 receptions, 113 yards, 1 touchdown. Rank 11th .1 percent owned.
Last week I stated that Donnie Avery from Indianapolis should not be picked up. He had a monster game against the Vikings (nine receptions for 11 yards). But I had a feeling he wasn't going to be consistent, last week Avery put up two catches for 28 yards.
Rookie wideout T.Y Hilton complied a big game, putting up the 11th most points by a wide receiver. Hilton, like Avery, should not be added until one of these guys emerge as a consistent target.
That might end up sooner than later as Austin Collie is going to be out for the rest of the season with a torn patellar tendon.
However, it might take a few weeks before Avery or Hilton are considered a clear cut favorite for the No. 2 wideout spot, or worse, they could end up sharing targets, which would give neither any fantasy value.
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