Fantasy football is like anything else—it's about timing and luck. If you need a wide receiver or running back, now is the time to trade for one of these studs, as they are going to blow up. Let's look at their fantasy prospects going forward.
Arizona's Pro Bowl receiver was held in check his first two games. In Week 3, Fitz showed signs of life, catching nine balls for 114 yards and a score. Fitzgerald is developing a nice connection with quarterback Kevin Kolb, who appears to be the starter going forward. Plus, the next four games are easy for this big target; Miami, St. Louis, Buffalo and Minnesota.
There is a school of thought that the New England receiver is still feeling the effects of the dropped pass in the Super Bowl and is mad about not getting a long-term deal. Whatever the reason, Welker was invisible in the Patriots' opener, started to get it together in Week 2, and was great against Baltimore in Week 3. In that game, he caught eight passes for 142 yards. Welker will get plenty of looks going forward due to his play and as well as Aaron Hernandez's injury, which will keep him out a few more weeks. Welker is particularly valuable in a points-per-reception league.
I am not big on going gaga after one game. However, Detroit's Leshoure could be an exception. The former Illini star was brilliant in his first NFL appearance, rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown. He will be the Lions' feature back going forward on a team that needs to establish a running game and could be the fantasy sleeper of the year.
I know to trade for one of these guys you will give up a lot. I think it's worth it, as any of them will provide an immediate spark for your team.
Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on The Score (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl