Week 3 Waiver Wire: Best Players to Add at Every Position
Find the best fantasy football players available, add them, and then go back to winning or start winning.
It's that easy, right?
Well, not exactly because many variables factor into adding players to keep your team afloat.
For one, the size of a league differs across the spectrum as well as the format. Therefore, one waiver wire player may be great in one league or quite the opposite in another.
That said, some solid fantasy players are still available. So, let's check them out before they become unavailable.
Quarterback: Brandon Weeden, Browns
Yes, Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns.
After a horrendous debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, Weeden pulled a 180-degree turn against the Cincinnati Bengals.
In going 26-of-37, Weeden compiled 322 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He didn't turn the ball over and five different players caught three-plus passes. One thing about Weeden, though, is that when he's cold it's a scary day.
However, when Weeden is on like we saw against the Bengals, he'll torch any secondary. Plus, with Trent Richardson to dump the rock off to on checkdowns, Weeden's yards will accumulate quite well.
Also, for the Browns to have any chance at competing, they must throw the ball. It may be Cleveland's offensive weakness, but the running game needs to get set up without facing a stacked box.
Others Worth Considering: Alex Smith (49ers), Sam Bradford (Rams)
Runningback: Pierre Thomas, Saints
The New Orleans Saints can do themselves a huge favor by running the ball more.
Right now the Saints field arguably the worst defense and every opposing offense will put up points in 2012.
Well, the best way to minimize the damage is to utilize the ground game. Against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Pierre Thomas only carried the ball nine times but gained 110 yards and one touchdown. He also added 33 yards on four receptions.
Unfortunately, his inconsistency (barely produced in Week 1) is because of how much New Orleans must rely on Drew Brees for any chance to win. What the Saints need, however, is another reliable offensive threat, and Thomas has that capability.
His production on the ground will slow the game pace down and, in turn, give the Saints defense some much needed rest. We all know Brees can burn a defense whenever he wants, but limiting an opponent's possessions are crucial to gaining an edge.
Others Worth Considering: Mike Tolbert (Panthers), Andre Brown (Giants)
Wide Receiver: Donnie Avery, Colts
This is the healthy version of Donnie Avery that we haven't seen since 2009.
And three years ago Avery didn't have a quarterback like Andrew Luck targeting him all over the field.
Now, though, Avery is easily enjoying the best start to his career with 12 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown. Luck has proven the ability to spread the field consistently well and Avery is just part of the group.
With so much other reliable targets like Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener and Donald Brown out of the backfield, Indianapolis can move the chains better than anticipated. Include Avery to this offense around Luck and he'll produce simply because everyone contributes quite well.
Avery, at the very least, provides depth at the receiver position and Luck's development will increase his numbers.
Others Worth Considering: Brandon LaFell (Panthers), Brian Hartline (Dolphins)
Tight End: Scott Chandler, Bills
Scott Chandler is quietly becoming the Buffalo Bills best receiving target for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Through two games he has six receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns and has moved the chains six times.
Now, yes, receiver Steve Johnson still has more yards than Chandler, but he'll get double-teamed as 2012 progresses if no other receivers step up. That is where Chandler then becomes more of an emphasis for Buffalo's passing attack.
Standing at 6'7", Chandler's size alone is impossible to play single coverage against, and he's certainly Fitzpatrick's best red-zone threat. His production will also increase courtesy of C.J. Spiller's running game, because play-action is now relevant and Chandler will face more man-to-man downfield.
If anything, he provides nice depth at tight end, but also worth the start when needed.
Others Worth Considering: Heath Miller (Steelers), Brandon Myers (Raiders)
Defense: San Diego Chargers
No, the San Diego Chargers haven't faced an elite offense yet in 2012.
But that's just what anyone should want in fantasy football, because matchups are vital to racking up points.
As for the Bolts, this defense has proven legit thus far by allowing only 24 points and ranking No. 1 against the run. Also, the Chargers don't live off turnovers, which is more important than at first glance.
Last season the Green Bay Packers thrived off interceptions but didn't record many sacks and allowed way too much yards and points per game. So, from an all-encompassing perspective, the Packers didn't get many fantasy points and that can be costly.
San Diego on the other hand for 2012, has the ability to apply constant quarterback pressure and stuff the run. Include defensive backs like Eric Weddle and Quentin Jammer and the pass defense is sound as well.
Others Worth Considering: Buffalo Bills
Kicker: Justin Tucker, Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have an explosive offense and are even better inside the red zone.
Still, every team needs a kicker, and this holds just as true for fantasy.
To that end, Ravens rookie Justin Tucker is one guy deserving of strong waiver wire consideration. Through two games he's attempted six field goals and has connected on all six.
In addition, five of Tucker's kicks have been from 40-plus yards and two of those five from 50-plus. Not to mention the young kicker is perfect on extra points.
For as much as Baltimore will move the ball in 2012, Tucker will get plenty of scoring opportunities each week. And as we all know, having a strong kicker can be the winning or losing difference.
Others Worth Considering: Connor Barth (Buccaneers), Shayne Graham (Texans)
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