Fantasy Football Week Three: Players of Interest

William Del PilarContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Let’s take a look at some hot waiver wire pickups for you to target.

I have to say I’m burning up because I had New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham on all my waiver lists last week. However, he was never my top choice in my listings as I wanted to see how he would do in Week Two.

Needless to say he’s not a secret anymore. Go figure!


RB Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys

We now know that starter Marion Barber III (quadriceps) has a good chance to miss one or two weeks, despite recent reports saying he might play in Week Three. An absence by Barber would elevate Choice behind Felix Jones.

However, Choice is merely a temporary solution until Barber comes back, and Jones, in two weeks of play, has averaged 6.5 touches per game for 59 yards. He has zero receptions and one total touchdown. Choice is not a slam dunk but worth grabbing as Jones has yet to show he can carry a full load.


WR Mario Manningham, New York Giants

He’s this week’s fantasy darling and for good reason. He came on huge last week against the Dallas Cowboys with 10-150-1 that included 13 targets. That gives him 17 targets for the season, and he may have the coaches considering him as a starter. Take a flier on him in any league format or size.


WR Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears

The Bears have stated he has come in and quickly picked up the speed of the NFL game. That translated into a Week Two performance of 6-70-1. He has 14 targets so far this year. Pick him up and see what happens as it appears he has chemistry with quarterback Jay Cutler.

I must say this, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal was a rookie last year with Cutler! Knox has greater value in point-per-reception leagues but larger non-point-per-reception leagues are viable for him as well.


WR Bobby Wade, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs showed us this past week they will throw with quarterback Matt Cassel as their gunslinger (39 attempts). Wade for some uncanny reason was the team’s leading receiver with 6-72-0. A flier in point-per-reception leagues.


WR Julian Edelman, New England Patriots

This kid looked great, but he’s only an immediate add if you own Wes Welker (knee); if Welker is active, odds are Edelman won’t be. That and Edelman is a short-term solution until Welker comes back.

If you have the roster depth and want to take a shot, go for it, but realize odds are he will go back to non-starter status. For the record he went 8-98-0 with 16 targets.


For other players and detailed breakdowns, check out’s own waiver wire and other articles. Regardless of what you use, it’s up to you to make sure the players listed conform and are good fits with your league’s scoring rules.

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