Pickups After Week 3
Mikel Leshoure – RB Lions – If you did not grab him last week you better act quickly if he is still on your waiver wire or free agent list. The Lions went to Leshoure early and often as he carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards and added 34 more on 4 receptions. He is clearly the lead back for the Lions going forward and with the weapons on the outside he should be able to put up nice numbers.
Jeremy Kerley – WR Jets – Kerley is an interesting player for the Jets. He had 2 catches for 73 yards and a TD in week 3 versus the Dolphins. Kerley now has 2 TD grabs through 3 weeks of the season and could be in line for more targets. Jets rookie WR Stephen Hill left the game with a hamstring injury and could be iffy this week. That might be all the time Kerley needs to step in and take a bigger role in the offense. Kerley is also a kick and punt returner, so he has extra chances to score.
Heath Miller – TE Steelers – Miller is that old comfortable blanket that have not used in over a year, but once you get it out you remember why you like it. Miller had 8 grabs for 60 yards and 2 TD and was that old comfortable blanket once again for Big Ben. Miller is going to be an active part of the offense the rest of the season, but he is still not a threat for a lot of yards after the catch, but he is a threat to score a TD in the redzone. It looks like the Heath Miller of 2009 could be back in Pittsburgh.
Ramses Barden – WR Giants – Barden stepped onto the scene in a big way on Thursday Night Football with 9 catches for 138 yards. This was a very important performance for Barden, who saw extra playing time with the injury to Hakeem Nicks, to make his statement on the WR3 position for the Giants. Barden should be seeing more playing time than Ruben Randle and Domink Hixon after this week. His real value though is as a handcuff to Nicks or Cruz owners as an injury to one of them raises his stock.
T.Y. Hilton – WR Colts – Hilton was the flavor of the day for the Colts passing game this week as he notched 4 catches for 113 yards and a TD. Hilton was targeted 8 times in the game and showed his speed and quickness with his 28.5 yards per catch average. Hilton should be in line for more opportunities as Austin Collie may be done for the season with a knee injury suffered on his only catch of the game. The problem is that Hilton is not a player that will give you consistent stats, but he is always a threat once he gets the ball in his hands.
Tashard Choice – RB Bills – Choice is a name you know as the guy who could not cut it with Cowboys, but he is getting a second chance with the Bills and the injury this week to CJ Spiller. Spiller left the game with a separated shoulder and Choice stepped in and ran 20 times for 91 yards and added 2 receptions for 8 yards. The Bills have shown that their offensive line can open up holes for any of their running backs and Choice is going to be the guy, for at least next week. We need to see how bad the injury is to Spiller and there is a possibility they may try to get Fred Jackson back sooner as well. If you own Jackson or Spiller then you should grab Choice.
Jacquizz Rodgers – RB Falcons – It was made clear this week that the Falcons intend to spread the ball around in the backfield more than in years past. Rodgers had 10 carries on the game and added 5 receptions in the passing game and finished with 67 total yards and a receiving TD. Michael Turner had his best game of the season and that could have been due to fresher legs with Rodgers spelling him more than in the first 2 games this season. Rodgers is also going to be used a lot more in the passing game, so expect to see more of Rodgers as the season goes on.
Lamar Miller – RB Dolphins – Reggie Bush went down with a knee injury at the end of the first half and that left Miller and Daniel Thomas to carry the load for the Dolphins. Miller was the most effective running the ball with 48 yards on 9 carries. Thomas got the bulk of the carries with 19, but for the second week in a row Miller is showing he is the more effective runner. The injury to Bush is not considered serious, but he will have an MRI on Monday to confirm. If Miller’s current play continues expect him to see an increase in his workload next week and going forward.
Shaun Hill – QB Lions – Stafford left the game in the 4th quarter with a strained leg muscle, and we will find out more on the severity of the injury tomorrow. If Stafford is out and you own him and need a backup then you should target Hill. Hill, as we saw at the end of regulation and in overtime was looking for Calvin Johnson a lot and has been in this offense for some time and in the league forever. He is only a stop gap pick up.
Jerome Simpson – WR Vikings – Simpson will be coming off his 3 game suspension and looks like he could be heading into a good situation. Harvin is the clear cut #1 and Kyle Rudolph has become the #2 target in the passing offense, but no one has emerged as the 3rd option. Simpson has the best skills of the remaining receivers and he may have been forgotten about due to his suspension. Simpson should be see favorable matchups and with the maturation of Ponder, Simpson could be a steal.
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