Top 5 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Adds at Every Position for NFL Week 3

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2012

Top 5 Fantasy Football Waiver-Wire Adds at Every Position for NFL Week 3

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    Whether you're looking to shake up your roster after an 0-2 start or boost your team's performance after a great start, the waiver wire is the easiest way to do just that.

    With the NFL season still being so young, there should be plenty of available players that could potentially upgrade your current roster. Today, we'll look at five players at each position who are the best fantasy football waiver adds heading into Week 3.


    *Please note that any percentages used in this article will come from Yahoo! Sports.


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    1. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

    Bradford is coming off a game in which he threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns while leading the St. Louis Rams to victory. However, Bradford is only owned in just over 20 percent of leagues.

    While there was definitely reasons to be wary of Bradford after his major sophomore slump, he's proven through two weeks to be a quality fantasy quarterback this year.


    2. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

    Tannehill is the first of three rookie quarterbacks worth a roster spot heading into Week 3. 

    While Tannehill wasn't spectacular in his second start of the season, he did put up 214 total yards and two touchdowns. What makes him such a quality pickup this week is his ability to create plays with both his legs and arm.

    There will definitely be some rocky points during Tannehill's rookie season, but he also has the potential of having some huge games for your fantasy team.


    3. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

    Few quarterbacks were as impressive as Weeden during Week 2 of the NFL season. His performance against the Bengals (322 passing yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions) was one of the best by a rookie quarterback in recent memory.

    However, the reason Weeden ranks below Tannehill is the fact that his offense isn't quite as talented as the Dolphins offense. He'll need to prove that he can be consistent to crack your starting lineup, but Weeden is definitely worth snagging from this week's waiver wire.


    4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

    While Wilson may be more talented than the two rookies ranked ahead of him, the fact that the Seahawks offense will be heavily run through Marshawn Lynch makes him the No. 4 pickup this week.

    His ability to make things happen out of nothing makes him a potential wild card week in and week out.


    5. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs

    It's hard to trust anything out of Kansas City these days, but Cassel is coming off a solid game in Week 2.

    He threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns and picked up another 25 yards on the ground. The problem with Cassel is that he is about as inconsistent as they come at the quarterback position.

    He'll be a solid backup option during bye weeks, but until he proves to have games like this on a more consistent basis, he'll be nothing more than a backup.

Running Backs

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    1. Andre Brown, New York Giants

    With Ahmad Bradshaw still a question mark for Thursday's game against the Carolina Panthers, Brown could potentially be the No. 1 back for the Giants.

    After Bradshaw left Sunday's game with a neck injury, Brown stepped in with 90 total yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries. If Bradshaw misses a good amount of time with this injury, Brown has the potential of being a No. 1 fantasy running back for a few weeks.

    That type of production is absolutely worth picking up off the waiver wire.


    2. Mikel LeShoure, Detroit Lions

    LeShoure will be making his first appearance of the season this week after a two-game suspension.

    With Kevin Smith struggling mightily against the San Francisco 49ers, LeShoure should have an opportunity to get plenty of touches in Week 3. If he shows to be more dynamic than Smith, he'll easily have a shot to take over starting duties for the Lions.


    3. Jackie Battle, San Diego Chargers

    Ryan Mathews still hasn't returned from his injury, and the biggest benefactor of that has been Battle. 

    While he didn't put up a ton of rushing yards (69), he did record two rushing touchdowns and looks like Mike Tolbert version 2.0 for San Diego. Even when Mathews does return, Battle should continue to get goal-line carries and be a solid flex option in your fantasy league.


    4. Shaun Draughn, Kansas City Chiefs

    The fact that Jamaal Charles is still having issues with his knee should be scary to many fantasy owners.

    While Charles hasn't been ruled out of any games, the uncertainty surrounding him makes backups Peyton Hillis and Draughn solid pickups this week. What makes Draughn an intriguing player is the explosiveness that he showed in Week 2.

    Despite only receiving six touches, Draughn was still able to to gain 79 total yards. If Draughn gets an increased role and takes advantage, he could become quite the fantasy weapon for the Chiefs this year.


    5. Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

    There is definitely some risk surrounding Miller, but the Dolphins appear content with getting him involved in the offense.

    In Week 2, Miller had 10 rushes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers are certainly good enough to start at the flex position in many leagues if he can consistently do that.

    Even if he doesn't always play this well, Miller has at least solidified himself as the No. 2 back in Miami. With Reggie Bush being prone to injuries, if anything happens to him, Miller has the potential of becoming a legitimate No. 1 back in many fantasy leagues.

Wide Receivers

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    1. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams

    No receiver had as big of a week as Amendola, who put up 160 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 2.

    With Sam Bradford looking like a legitimate franchise quarterback, Amendola should continue to get plenty of opportunities to put up huge points in fantasy football.


    2. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals

    As an undrafted rookie in 2008, it has taken Hawkins quite some time to get a shot in the league. Now that he has that shot, he's been simply brilliant for the Bengals.

    Through two games, Hawkins has 10 receptions, 142 receiving yards and one touchdown. While those numbers aren't worthy of a starting spot at receiver on your fantasy roster, he could still be an extremely valuable flex option.

    Considering the fact that Dalton appears confident in Hawkins' abilities, he should see more throws come his way in the upcoming weeks.


    3. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns

    After Brandon Weeden's four-interception performance in Week 1, I would have told you to run far away from any of the Cleveland Browns receivers.

    However, Weeden was much improved in Week 2, and Little should become his favorite target. Against Cincinnati, Little had five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown.

    If he can continue to improve with Weeden, Little has starting-caliber potential written all over him.


    4. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

    It's hard to trust any of the Dolphins receivers, but Hartline at least looks like Ryan Tannehill's No. 1 target. His nine receptions and 111 yards led the team on Sunday, and Tannehill should continue to look his way throughout the season.

    Hartline will need to become a touchdown target to truly be a great fantasy receiver, but he is still absolutely worth a pickup on the waiver wire this week.


    5. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins

    It's possible that Hankerson could see his targets decrease if Pierre Garcon returns in Week 3, but so far, Hankerson has shown to to be quite the deep threat for the Redskins.

    He's still a raw prospect, but he recorded 68 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 and should continue to get looks throughout the season.

Tight Ends

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    1. Martellus Bennett, New York Giants

    People weren't quite sure how Bennett would fit in with all the weapons the Giants have at receiver, but it is now pretty clear that Bennett is going to be a huge part of this offense.

    He now has 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns in two weeks and should continue to be a touchdown magnet for New York the rest of the season. If Bennett is available in your leagues, which he is likely to be since he's only owned in 39 percent of leagues, you need to snatch him up right now.


    2. Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins

    Yes, I'm recommending that you potentially pick up four different players from the Dolphins this week. 

    The offense looked good this past week, and Fasano is quickly becoming Tannehill's safety valve. He'll get constant looks and will have plenty of opportunities for big weeks in fantasy football.


    3. Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders

    Everyone in Oakland has been struggling, but the connection between Carson Palmer and Myers has actually looked decent.

    Myers has 11 receptions and 151 yards in two games, and while those numbers aren't spectacular, they are good enough for a backup spot on your roster.


    4. Anthony McCoy, Seattle Seahawks

    Don't let the fact that McCoy is probably available in every league in the world scare you away. He was targeted more than starting tight end Zach Miller while recording five receptions, 41 yards and a touchdown.

    It's possible that McCoy will become a non-factor, but if he continues to get looks from Russell Wilson, he'll be a quality fantasy option.


    5. Dante Rosario, San Diego Chargers

    With Antonio Gates out in Week 2, Rosario took full advantage of that injury and had a huge game against the Tennessee Titans.

    His three touchdowns are two less than he has had in his whole career. While he probably won't get that many touchdowns in another game this season, this one performance should definitely get him more looks in the upcoming weeks.


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    1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

    The Ravens offense has been quite dynamic this season, which means that Tucker has gotten plenty of opportunities to put up points in fantasy football.

    The fact that Joe Flacco is such a hot-and-cold quarterback is why Tucker is the No. 1 waiver-wire pickup this week. If Flacco can't get the ball in the end zone, Tucker will be an even more valuable asset.


    2. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

    There is a lot to like about what the Vikings are doing on offense, and Walsh has looked great through the first two weeks. He's hit all six of his field-goal attempts this season, including two from over 50 yards.

    As long as Walsh can continue to be accurate, he could put up huge numbers this season.


    3. Phil Dawson, Cleveland Browns

    After the Browns offense looked completely helpless in Week 1, it came back this past week to put 27 points on the board.

    Rookies Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson look like seasoned veterans, and Dawson should get plenty of opportunities to put points up on the board for the rest of the season.


    4. Connor Barth, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The Buccaneers scored 34 points in Week 2 against the New York Giants, and Barth contributed two field goals and 10 total points.

    If Tampa Bay continues to play offensive like it did on Sunday, Barth will be a great pickup off the waiver wire this week.


    5. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams

    The big reason that Zuerlein wasn't drafted in many leagues is because no one was quite sure what to expect from the Rams offense this year.

    However, Sam Bradford has looked good, and the Rams look like they'll be a competitive team this year. That means Zuerlein should be able to have some big weeks for your team throughout the season.


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    1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Tampa Bay gets the Dallas Cowboys this week after Dallas was only able to put up seven points against the Seattle Seahawks.

    The Buccaneers have the same type of physical secondary that could cause the Cowboys issues this week, making this unit an excellent pickup.


    2. New Orleans Saints

    Few defenses have been as bad as the Saints this year, but even fewer teams have been as terrible as the Kansas City Chiefs have been through two games.

    The Saints have the defensive players to be a solid unit, and they might reach that potential this week against Kansas City.


    3. Indianapolis Colts

    The Colts defense hasn't been very good this year, but it does get the Jacksonville Jaguars this week.

    Any defense getting Jacksonville is worth a pickup off the waiver wire.


    4. Buffalo Bills

    Even though the Cleveland Browns looked much better on offense in Week 2, there are still major questions surrounding that team.

    With the Bills getting Cleveland this week, the combination of Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams could cause major issues for rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.


    5. Miami Dolphins

    The Dolphins get Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets this week. Considering the fact that Sanchez is capable of going 10-for-27 in a game, the Dolphins defense could have a huge week.