Willis McGahee RB (50%) – The Browns offense looked surprisingly explosive with Brian Hoyer at the helm. McGahee didn’t do anything in week 3 (8 carries, 9 yards), but now that Willis has had a week to get acclimated to the offense I expect him to get the majority of the carries and be more productive. I would hold off on starting him in week 4 against a good Bengals run D, but he could have significant value later in the season.
Max FAAB: $15
Bilal Powell RB (48%) – It looks like all the experts who touted Chris Ivory as the Jets primary running back were wrong. The Jets offense is showing signs of life under Geno Smith and Powell was a workhorse in week 3 with 27 carries and 4 targets in the passing game. I never thought I would be promoting a Jet as a viable fantasy option, but somehow I have two on my list this week.
Max FAAB: $22
Justin Blackmon WR (40%) – The Jags offense has been brutal, but Chad Henne is a moderate upgrade over Blaine Gabbert and Blackmon has the talent to succeed regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Blackmon is eligible to play in week 5, so if an impatient owner dropped him or your league-mates forgot about him, grab him now as he will be a decent flex play from week 5 on. Don’t forget that Blackmon was a top 15 WR the last 4 weeks of the 2012 season.
Max FAAB: $20
Danny Woodhead RB (36%) – That’s two weeks in a row of double-digit fantasy production from Woodhead and he’s become Rivers safety value option with 17 targets the last two games. His ceiling is low because he won’t get red zone carries, but in a PPR league he’s almost a lock for 10+ fantasy points. That’s more than most fantasy teams can say for guys on their bench.
Max FAAB: $10
Isiah Pead RB (14%) – The Rams were down big early and forgot about the run game (12 running plays total), but with Daryl Richardson banged up and not very productive when healthy, Pead has a shot to win the starting job outright. He is a former 2nd round pick, so the Rams obviously see something in Pead and he was a solid receiving option out of the backfield in week 3 ( 7 -43). I think it will be an even split in the short-term, but I think Pead is the more talented RB and could be starting outright by mid-season regardless of Richardson’s health.
Max FAAB: $15
Santonio Holmes WR (11%) – I am questioning my credibility as an analyst with two Jets on this list, but their offense looked borderline explosive in week 3. Geno Smith is going to have his growing pains as a rookie, but there is talent there. Holmes is by far the most polished WR on the Jets roster and if he stays healthy he is capable of the occasional game like his 5 catch, 154 yard, 1 TD performance in week 3. He’s a dice roll week-to-week but has more upside then most options you will find on the waiver wire.
Max FAAB: $12