Week 3 Waiver Wire: Last-Minute Pickups Who Will Win Your Matchup

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Daryl Richardson #26 of the St. Louis Rams rushes against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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If you're scouring the waiver wire for the last minute addition to your lineup that will secure victory, you've come to the right place.

As injury news comes in throughout the week or daunting matchups leave your best options in a less-than-stellar situation, it's key to make the best decisions when plugging someone from the waiver wire into your starting lineup.

However, if you look hard enough there are a few options on the waiver wire that can secure victory for you this week. Here are the names owners should be looking to add in Week 3.


Daryl Richardson

If you own Matt Forte and weren't fortunate enough to handcuff him in the later rounds of your draft with Michael Bush, Daryl Richardson needs to be a name you're familiar with.

In case you've never heard of Richardson, he's the backup running back for the St. Louis Rams who took over last week when fantasy football star Steven Jackson was sidelined with a groin injury. While most fantasy football observers thought Isaiah Pead was the guy to have, it was Richardson that posted nine fantasy points in Jackson's stead against the Redskins last week.

Richardson showed explosiveness in his opportunity and is averaging 6.1 yards per carry through two games. If Jackson is unable to go, Richardson could be in line for plenty of touches and the opportunity to put up really good numbers.

Even if Jackson does go (according to Yahoo! Sports his status is questionable) we should see Richardson get enough carries to make him valuable as Jackson has struggled thus far.

Richardson is only owned in 7 percent of ESPN leagues, so now is the time to scoop him up for this week and possibly beyond as Jackson's injury situation plays out.


Brian Hartline

Those scrambling to plug someone into their lineups at wide receiver need to look no further than Brian Hartline.

Hartline is coming off of the best performance of his career and it's likely he'll have a hard time matching them. He may not catch nine passes for 111 yards, but he should continue to put up respectable numbers.

The Dolphins offense doesn't have much beyond Reggie Bush, and Hartline emerged last week as a receiver that quarterback Ryan Tannehill can rely on. After seeing 20 targets in the first two weeks, there's no reason to think he won't continue to see the ball thrown his way.

Hartline is available in 75 percent of ESPN leagues right now so there's a good chance he's available in your league. If you need a receiver that can fill in this week and possibly become a weekly play, Hartline is your best bet.


Scott Chandler

Kicking yourself for missing out on Martellus Bennett?

You can make up for it by picking up Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler.

Chandler, much like Bennett, has snagged a touchdown in each of the first two games of the season. Much like Bennett, Chandler plays in an offense where he isn't the feature receiver but has big play potential.

With Donald Jones out for an extended period of time, Chandler has taken over as the Bills best threat in the slot and a primary receiver in the red zone.

With a matchup against the Cleveland Browns, Chandler should have no problems putting up another performance that will make him start-worthy. If he scores another touchdown, he could be just enough to put your team over the top in Week 3.