Here are five long shots who are by no means fantasy studs, but if you are desperate or in a deeper league, give these five players a look.
In his first game as a Dolphin Jay Cutler looked more like a game-manager than a fantasy star. Most impressively for Cutler, he did not throw an interception. He finished throwing for 230 yards and one touchdown. This has left many to conclude that Cutler is a Formidable quarterback when coached by Adam Gase. We are not sure about all of that, but we do know that Cutler has a juicy match-up with the New York Jets in week three. The Jets have given up five passing touchdowns in two weeks, and have appeared susceptible to big plays (watch the Oakland game for examples). This is the week that DeVante Parker and Jay Cutler start to make noise. If you need a quarterback from the waiver wire in week 3, here is your guy.
Rob Kelley has been dealing with a rib injury, if he misses any time Perine should fill in for him. Perine showed well in week two posting 67 yards on 21 attempts. This play is only logical if Rob Kelley is ruled out for week 3, until then Perine is a great stash candidate.
Duke Johnson Jr.
With the Browns looking for offense, Johnson should see more opportunities, which seems promising heading into a week three match-up with the Colt’s porous defense. In week two Johnson took three receptions for 59 yards, while adding four carries for 21 yards. That was against a really good Baltimore defense, he could improve on those number against the Colts. Hue Jackson showed in Cincinnati that he can be creative with a pass catching back (think Gio Bernard) and with his team limited at wide receiver he will need to start doing that.
In week two the Browns lost their number one wide receiver to a broken hand. Leaving the door open for someone to step up. Rashard Higgins seized his opportunity posting 7 receptions for 95 yards against a solid Baltimore defense. In week three the Browns go to Indy to face one of the league’s worst defenses. Over the first two weeks the Colts have given up 638 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. Look for Kizer to have his best game as a Brown, and Higgins should have his share of that production as well.
It is no secret everyone knows how much Joe Flacco likes to throw to his tight ends. He showed this once again peppering Ben Watson with eight targets in week two. Watson managed to grab every one of these targets and came away with 91 yards to show for it. Watson has a week three match-up with the Jaguars who have surrendered 91 yards and a touchdown to the Titan’s tight ends in week two. They also gave up 41 yards to Texan’s tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz in week one. Fiedorowicz 41 yards could have been much better had he not left the game with a concussion. With little depth at the tight end position do not overlook Watson in this match-up.