Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/25/12

Pickups of the Week

Giants D/ST (31.0 percent) 

Really? Michael Vick has 11 turnovers through three games? Wow that's incredible. Thank you ESPN for informing me of this every chance you get... Vick's 11 turnovers is a big reason why the Eagles have been the most generous fantasy football team to opposing defenses. 

Bilal Powell, RB, Jets (1.1 percent)

Week 3 stats: 10 carries, 45 yards, 2 rec, 24 yards, 35/84 snaps

Some things in the world don't change: Referees blowing Seahawks games, Roger Goodell being a tight ass and Shonn Greene continuing to suck. Word on the street is that Greene could possibly cede touches to the more talented Powell.

Lawrence Tynes, K, Giants (10.8 percent)

Week 2 stats:   4-4 fgm/a, 3 xp

Week 3 stats:  5-5 fgm/a, 3 xp

So long as Ahmad Bradshaw is sidelined or limited, the Giants will lack a bruising, power running back which will result in plenty of field goals. 

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Redskins (60.5 percent)

Week 3 stats: 4 rec, 56 yards, 7 Targets, 60/77 snaps

While his week 3 stat-line isn't all that impressive, it is worth noting that his 7 Targets was tied for the team high with Fred Davis. Mike Shanahan says he has earned the right to start, even when Pierre Garcon returns.

 How Are They Still Available?

Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions (36.9 percent)

Week 3 stats: 26 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD, 60/96 snaps played

Leshoure put down the reefer and took up the football. It's been whispered by many that Leshoure would be the starting running back after his suspension was over, which makes it odd that he is owned in only 36.9 percent of leagues. The No. 1 pick-up, if he is available.

Cardinals D/ST (18.7 percent)

Seahawks, Patriots, Eagles oh my. Arguably the No. 1 defense in the league right now. Should be owned immediately. IMMEDIATELY.

 

Donnie Avery, WR, Colts (15.6 percent)

Week 1 stats:   3 rec,    37 yards, 1 TD, 8 Targets,   66/66 snaps

Week 2 stats:   9 rec, 111 yards, 10 Targets,      65/70 snaps

                Week 3 stats:  2 rec, 28 yards, 9 Targets, 79/81 snaps

Austin Collie, always a threat to sustain a concussion, instead ruptured his patella tendon and is now done for the year. This leaves the highly targeted Donnie Avery as the clear No. 2 receiver behind Reggie Wayne.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Giants (65.5 percent)

Week 1 stats:   4 rec, 40 yards, 1 TD, 6 Targets, 54/56 snaps

Week 2 stats:   5 rec, 72 yards, 1 TD, 10 Targets, 55/71 snaps

                Week 3 stats:  6 rec, 73 yards, 1 TD, 7 Targets, 55/61 snaps

How can you tell if your league sucks? If Bennett isn't already owned, your league sucks.

Danny Amendola, WR, Rams (81.4 percent)

Week 1 stats:   5 rec, 70 yards, 9 Targets, 52/58 snaps

Week 2 stats:  15 rec, 160 yards, 1 TD, 16 Targets

                Week 3 stats:  5 rec, 66 yards, 9 Targets

Standard league owners of Amendola are no doubt unimpressed with his outing on Sunday, but he plays for the Rams where touchdowns are few and far to come by. 

Brent Celek, TE, Eagles (89.5 percent)

Week 1 stats:   4 rec, 65 yards, 8 Targets, 89/95 snaps

Week 2 stats:   8 rec, 157 yards, 11 Targets, 76/80 snaps

                Week 3 stats:  2 rec, 36 yards, 6 Targets, 54/66 snaps

Celek is bound to break the goal-line on one of his many targets. It's surprising he hasn't already.

Heath Miller, TE, Steelers (27.6 percent)

Week 1 stats:  4 rec, 50 yards, 1 TD, 7 Targets, 80/81 snaps

Week 2 stats:  3 rec, 19 yards, 1 TD, 3 Targets 66/66 snaps

                Week 3 stats: 8 rec, 60 yards, 2 TDs, 10 Targets, 76/76 snaps

Is Heath Miller going to score a touchdown every game? No. Will Miller reach 10 touchdowns this year? Probably not. Is he worth an add if all the other tight end options are already taken? Most definitely. 

Feel Free to Drop

It's the first two weeks of the fantasy season. The waiver-wire will never have as many juicy free agents as it does right now. Feel free to hold on to your backup kickers, tight ends and defenses, but know that there is not a better time to add points to your starting lineups than right now. Others won't be as conservative. Jordy Nelson might not be a guy you want to drop in a deeper league, but in a smaller league, it would be beneficial to drop him if you needed a running back. A better question to ask is, who wouldn't you drop to get Mikel Leshoure? That answer depends entirely on your team and your league.

Kevin Smith, Anquan Boldin, Jordy Nelson, Jonathan Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Mark Ingram, Donald Brown, Robert Meachem, Fred Davis, Ryan Williams, Sidney Rice, Justin Blackmon, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Titus Young, Felix Jones, Nate Burleson, Laurent Robinson, Reuben Randle, Daniel Thomas, etc.

*All Snap Count Data courtesy of ProFootballFocus



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