Here are five players to watch when setting your fantasy football rosters for Week 3 of the 2013-14 NFL season.
Ray Rice is likely to be sidelined Sunday, so look for Pierce to step up in a big way. Last year, Pierce averaged 4.9 yards per carry on his way to a nice rookie campaign. Pierce offers the Baltimore Ravens a more bruising approach to their running game. If Pierce ever gets away from the Ravens and Rice, he will become a starter in this league, much like Ben Tate.
Can he keep this going? Maybe, but not at this pace. He has 10 catches and five touchdowns. With Danario Alexander already out for the season and Malcom Floyd likely to miss a few weeks, look for Royal to be the focal point of the offense. Everyone thought Vincent Brown would be the receiver to have in this offense, turns out Royal is the man.
Wright goes from four targets in Week 1 to 11 targets in Week 2. With Kenny Britt claiming he’s gone after this season, look for Wright to take over this receiving game. He had a beautiful grab last week in the end zone. You can’t always trust Jake Locker but Wright should get most of his targets, so it’s definitely worth a WR3 start in all formats.
Ellington will get more touches this week as Rashard Mendenhall could be sidelined with a toe injury. Even if Mendenhall plays, look for Ellington to get involved in the passing game. He is a speedy 5-9 back out of Clemson who has shown speed and versatility. I wouldn’t start him quite yet, but look to pick him up as he’s only owned in 2.8 percent of leagues.
By default, Fleener is now the starting TE for the Indianapolis Colts. With Dwayne Allen’s season-ending hip surgery, look for Fleener to become a main option in Indy. He had eight targets in Week 2 after only getting one target in Week 1. Fleener is definitely worth an add in all leagues as a TE2 option.