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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks for Week 3

With Week 2 in the books after Monday’s 20-10 win by the Cincinnati Bengals over the Pittsburgh Steelers, there’s a quick turnaround for Week 3. On Thursday Andy Reid will return to Philly in the Kansas City Chiefs vs. the Philadelphia Eagles game.

This means it’s time tune up your Fantasy Football leagues with this week’s waiver wire picks.

Quarterbacks

Add: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

This veteran appears to have a new lease on life under new coach Mike McCoy. Upon getting the first win of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 2, Rivers had 419 yards and three touchdowns. This week, he’ll go up against the Tennessee Titans followed by games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders.

Rivers is a great pick as a backup quarterback but he can also be a starter in upcoming weeks when bye weeks begin.

Add: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Sophomore year seems to be agreeing with Tannehill as he’s led the Dolphins to two road wins over the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts. Tannehill’s arm looks good passing with 272 yards in Week 1 (one touchdown), followed by better Week 2 numbers: 319 yards and one score.

The Dolphins return home this week and will host the Atlanta Falcons. Last week the Falcons secondary gave up more than 350 yards and three scores to the St. Louis Rams. Week 1 wasn’t much better against the New Orleans Saints: more than 350 yards and two touchdowns.

Looks like Tannehill could have a good Week 3.

Running backs

Lots of running backs have bit hit by the injury bug so it’s time to add a few to your roster.

Add: Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

Ravens running back Ray Rice went down with a hip flexor injury on Sunday and has been listed as day-to-day with a not very serious injury. He will probably be questionable for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans. Pick up Pierce for some extra security.

Add: Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

Similar story here as Lions starting running back Reggie Bush is battling a knee injury. In Week 1, Bell had two touchdowns and last week, he had 8 carries for 31 yards. He should continue seeing some action and if Bush is out, could grab more carries.

Add: James Starks, Green Bay Packers

With rookie running back Eddie Lacy recovering from a concussion, Starks could see some more carries. In Lacy’s absence in Week 2, he took the rookie’s snaps. This week Green Bay will play the hot Cincinnati Bengals. The defense will have its eye on Aaron Rodgers arm rather than watching the team’s running game.

Add: Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

The Broncos initially seemed to love rookie running back Montee Ball but he didn’t endear himself to anyone with last week’s first quarter fumble.Enter Moreno as he ran for 93 yards and scored two touchdowns–something he hasn’t done in 26 games.

Ronnie Hillman is also seeing less action (two snaps) while Moreno sits as the team’s leader. With faith in the player by quarterback Petyon Manning, Moreno is a must own.

Drop: Isaiah Pead, St. Louis Rams

Pead sits in an offense that likes its passing game. In Sunday’s game with his one carry for one yard, this was telling and there’s not going to be a lot of future action with this player.

Wide Receivers

Add: Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers

After two weeks, Royal leads the league with five receiving touchdowns; three came against the Eagles. He also had seven receptions from eight targets and 90 yards in Week 2. Royal can also deliver in the red zone.

With Rivers on the rise, Royal will follow.

Add: Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams

This could be Pettis’ year to shine as the team has been focusing on its passing game. In Week 2, he had eight passes for 78 yards and one score. He flies under the radar but he’s worth picking up, especially if he starts putting up consistent numbers.

Drop: Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks aren’t big on throwing the ball around and if they do, it will go to Golden Tate before Rice. Maybe you need to own Tate if you don’t already.

To-date, Rice has been a target eight times; he has only three catches, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s inconsistent, battles injuries and he’s not efficient. There’s not a lot of reasons to own him.

Tight Ends

Add: Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

Clay’s quarterback likes to throw and in two straight weeks, the tight end has had five receptions. In Week 2, he had 109 yards. Clay is definitely a key player in the Dolphins’ offense and if you need a tight end, this goalline tight end is worth grabbing.

Add: Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

Graham adds value as he is a target for the redzone. Opposing defenses may forget about him instead focusing on the Texans’ two wide receivers. The New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski is 50/50 for Week 3 so a pick up of Graham may be worth it as the Texans play the Baltimore Ravens.

Defense

This week, the Buffalo Bills will play the New York Jets. Over the last two weeks (against the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers), the Bills defense has forced four turnovers and recorded eight sacks.

They have proven to be a solid fantasy football pick and this week against the Jets, they could do even more against this turnover-prone team with an AFC-worst minus-four turnover ratio (see play by Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith).

This could be a good week to start this defense and easily wrack up some points.

 

Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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