Week 3 Waiver Wire: Best Additions at Each Position
Week 3 doesn't feature a lot of exciting games, but it does offer some ideal matchups for a number of players who are available to be picked up on the waiver wire.
Last week's waiver wire pickups included names like Joique Bell, Knowshon Moreno and Julius Thomas. They are already stashed away by teams, and it's probably too late to take them, but other players are emerging whom you should absolutely take as soon as possible.
While there are a number of players you could take at each position, let's take a look at the biggest players at QB, RB, WR, TE, K and D/ST.
Note: All Percent Owned or scoring numbers are provided by ESPN.com and their standard scoring measurements.
QB: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (34 pct. Owned)
I'll admit that this really surprised me.
Rivers has been fantastic through the first two weeks of the season. He's put up 22 and 29 points respectively after throwing for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns so far. He's currently the fourth highest-scoring QB behind Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick.
And Rivers hopes to continue his prolific passing numbers as the Chargers head to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans, who have allowed nearly 500 yards and four touchdowns in the air from Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub.
The coaching change in San Diego seems to have done a lot of good for the Charger offense. It is putting up some great numbers as a whole, and Rivers has a lot more time in the pocket so far than he did in 2012. Other owners apparently haven't bought into him yet, but that doesn't mean you can't pick him up and look like a genius this week, not to mention the rest of the season.
RB: James Starks, Green Bay Packers (6.2 pct. Owned)
The Packers seemed determined to phase Starks out of the offense this season, but he forced his way back in after the Week 2 injury to Eddie Lacy.
Starks went off against the Washington Redskins. After not registering a single carry against the San Francisco 49ers, he exploded in Week 2 with 132 yards rushing and a touchdown, breaking the 44-game drought in which the Pack had not had a 100-yard rusher.
James Starks: snaps @Packers streak of 44 straight regular-season games without a 100-yard rusher— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2013
According to Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, there's a chance that Lacy could be out until Week 5. That means the majority of carries will go to Starks, and that means a possibly valuable Flex player going up against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3.
WR: Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (4.9 pct. Owned)
I would say Eddie Royal here, but he's getting so much love from all over the place that he's bound to disappoint everyone as soon as he has one bad game.
Instead, I'm going to go with a guy who's starting to impress a lot of people. Brown was an undrafted receiver out of Georgia, but at 6'5'' and 205 pounds, he's starting to become an attractive red-zone option for Joe Flacco.
So far, Brown has put up double-digit points in both of his games, grabbing a combined eight receptions for 110 yards and two scores.
The Ravens will be taking on the Texans next week, and Houston's defense hasn't done the best job defending the pass. It's allowed only 312 passing yards, but it has also let opposing QBs throw six touchdowns while generating just one interception.
When the Ravens get close to the goal line, they will call upon Brown to be that towering, physical receiving threat. As a flex player, he's going to put up good points most weeks, and he's a great long-term option.
TE: Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts (7.9 pct. Owned)
This guy went from being super hyped in the offseason to a complete preseason disappointment to an emerging sleeper two weeks into the year.
He may sound like a volatile option, but he's also bound to put up points while Dwayne Allen is out.
Speaking of Allen, he was just downgraded to doubtful for the Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers. This means that Fleener will see the majority of the snaps at the position. The 49ers may be a tough assignment, but Luck has a chemistry with Fleener that dates back to their time together at Stanford.
After putting up 69 receiving yards and a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins, Fleener is a good guy to bring in this week if you don't have someone like a Jimmy Graham or a Jared Cook. He's a good option because of his potential to have an explosive game, so Fleener's worth the risk at the tight end position.
K: Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints (22 pct. Owned)
Kickers don't put up huge amounts of points, but if yours is really upsetting you, bring in Hartley.
The Saints kicker has already made six field goals and three extra points through just two games. He's had 12 and 11 points through the first two weeks, and the Saints will be playing a weaker opponent in the Arizona Cardinals.
Don't bring in a kicker just for the heck of it, but if yours is seriously struggling, bring in Hartley.
D/ST: Minnesota Vikings (8.1 pct. Owned)
Starting a defense is almost entirely based off of who it's playing, and you can't get much better than playing the Cleveland Browns.
The Vikings put up 17 points last week thanks to a kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson and a defensive touchdown from Brian Robison. While it'll be hard to put up two touchdowns for a second week in a row, opposing defenses have scored 17 and 11 points off of Browns turnovers in the first two weeks.
With the talent and big-play potential that the Vikings have on that side of the ball, a starting a D/ST, even if only for one week, may be a smart move.
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