2013 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

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Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

The Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups piece won’t be as full of waiver wire options like there was last week, but there are still a few guys who you can add to give your team some depth and help with injuries.

QUARTERBACKS

Philip Rivers – Chargers (ESPN OWNED 31.9%/YAHOO OWNED 38%)

One of the things that worried me about Rivers the most was his offensive line, which has played surprisingly well through 2 games. Against the Eagles, Rivers took only one sack while passing for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns. Through 2 games he’s been averaging 307 passing yards, with 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception. He’s a very dicey QB1 because of the lack of playmakers in the receiving game, but he’s earned out trust as a QB2.

Sam Bradford – Rams (ESPN Owned 90.3%/YAHOO OWNED 47%)

I was a bit surprised that Bradford is owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues. He passed for 352 yards, which is his season average so far, and 3 touchdowns in the loss to the Falcons Sunday. This is definitely not the Bradford from the past. With the addition of Jared Cook, a better running game and a strong option in Chris Givens, Bradford will have QB1 status in the right matchups.

Jason Campbell – Browns (ESPN OWNED .3%/YAHOO OWNED 0%)

It’s pretty rare to find a quarterback on the waiver wire past week one, but Campbell could be one of them. Brandon Weeden sprained his right (throwing) thumb after whacking it against left guard John Greco’s helmet midway through the fourth quarter. X-rays came back negative, but sprained thumbs on a throwing hand are tricky. Journeyman Campbell could get the start against the Bengals. Remember, the Browns new regime was not a fan of Weeden coming in. So if Campbell does start and has a good showing, there could be a bit of a controversy going into Week 4. As usual, Campbell is nothing more than a low-end QB2.

RUNNING BACKS

James Starks – Packers (ESPN Owned 2.5%/YAHOO OWNED 10%)

If you are an Eddie Lacy owner like I am, I am sure you were just as pissed when he was knocked out early with a concussion. After taking over lead duties, Starks actually showed why many of us had high hopes for him last year. Against the Redskins, Starks rushed 20 times for a whopping 132 yards and a touchdown. There is no news yet on how severe Lacy’s concussion is, but he looked pretty woozy coming off the field. If Starks starts Week 3 against the Bengals, temper expectations as the Bengals’ front 7 is much more talented than the Redskins.

Danny Woodhead – Chargers (ESPN Owned 11.5%/YAHOO OWNED 31%)

In regular PPR leagues, Woodhead racked up a total of 13 points due to his 8 receptions. This was one of the reasons I was high on him in the preseason. He played ahead of Ronnie Brown on third downs, has soft hands and can pick up the blitz. Woodhead won’t have huge games like this often. But once bye weeks hit, he could be a nice filler option. Or he could even be a decent low-end flex option if your team succumbs to injuries. Non-PPR might as well avoid him unless Ryan Mathews goes down with an injury. Woodhead’s value is strictly for PPR leagues only for now.

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