We are starting to get a closer picture as to what teams and individual players bring to the table this year. As we approach the end of the first quarter of the season, it’s time to really try to find the gems on the waiver wire or lesser known players who will be making plays each week. Let’s Dive In!
1) Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins has now been dropped by the Buccaneers due to off-field concerns. Cameron Brate has now emerged as a red-zone target for Jameis Winston in this offense. He caught two touchdowns on Sunday while hauling in 5 receptions for 46 yards. This was his first real game action as the primary tight end in the offense and he’ll likely get more targets after Week 3’s great performance. He does have a tough matchup against the Broncos in Week 4, but he should be picked up if you are in need of a tight end.
2) Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins) – Here is a player that seems to have found a niche in an offense with a lot of firepower. An offense with DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, and Pierre Garcon, you figure that a slot receiver in this offense would struggle to find catches. He has scored over 10 points in PPR formats all 3 weeks of the season. If you are looking for WR depth on your roster, Crowder could be a nice add for your club. He plays a Cleveland team that has struggled against slot receivers all year.
3) Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings) – It’s time to come to the realization that Kyle Rudolph has become the old Antonio Gates of Norv Turner’s offenses in San Diego. Sam Bradford seems to look for Rudolph all over the field and he is a trusted target. Just like Brate, if you are looking for some tight end help, look no further than Rudolph in Minnesota. He faces a streaky Giants defense next week at home.
4) Fozzy Whittaker (Carolina Panthers) – He will be Cam Newton’s lifeline out of the backfield until Jonathan Stewart returns. Newton and the coaching staff trust him and is a real asset in the passing game. Expect the Panthers to be aggressive in their passing offense when they play Atlanta on the road next week after a weak performance against the Vikings.
5) Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) – I really like Flacco and the Ravens offense especially in their matchup with the Raiders next week. The speed and playmakers on this Ravens offense will be facing a Raiders defense that has given up a ton of yards so far this season. The speed of the receivers on the outside compared to the Raiders’ secondary is a strength. I predict a high-scoring game for the Ravens at home.