These Week 3 Free Agents May Still Be Available

William Del PilarContributor ISeptember 24, 2009

Did you miss the first wave of free agent players to pick up and are now scrambling? I may not have the answer, but let’s take a look at some players that could possibly start for you as well as some depth players.

QB Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers defense is horrible: sixth worst defending the pass, 282 yards per game; tied for fourth worst defending the run, 168 yards per game; and finally, second worst in scoring, allowing 33.5 points per game. That means Leftwich has to keep up with opponents.

Bucs QBs will hand the ball off a lot this year

Poor Bucs D = Leftwich throwing more

He is averaging about 46 pass attempts per game for 286 yards and two touchdowns per game. View him as a backup right now with spot starter potential. As long as the Bucs don’t give up on the season and decide to go with Josh Freeman.


RB Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks: Just keep an eye on Forsett if you’re in point-per-reception (PPR) leagues. Why, you ask? In Week 2 he had six receptions for 67 yards that included eight targets. That was much more productive than his rushing numbers of 5-35-0, despite the above-average 7.0 yards-per-carry average, thus the PPR reference.

Edgerrin James supposedly will eventually see an opportunity to supplant starter Julius Jones.

However, Forsett is the one with the numbers, and though we know this could quickly change, if you have the roster depth, stash him for a couple of weeks and see how this pans out. As stated, PPR leagues only.


WR Davone Bess, Miami Dolphins: What I find interesting about Bess: 10 targets and 10 receptions! He catches whatever comes his way, and even though for the season he is only 10-86-0, in larger leagues he may be worth a flier to see how he does over the next few weeks. He is not great value right nowjust an efficient player.

However, in the end, if you can fill your roster with bye week or injury fill-ins (if you don’t have quality depth) like Bess, you are better off than the owner who has inconsistent players for depth. Only look at him in deep leagues.


WR Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sims-Walker is nothing fancy right now but has a season total of 6-106-1 that includes 10 total targets. However, I like him because starter Troy Williamson (torn labrum) is gone for the year and the team let wide receiver Nate Hughes go (team signed him to the practice squad).

In other words, they are short on receivers, and Sims-Walker is going to see several targets. He’s fragile, so there’s always concern regarding his health, but there are worse choices. He was an early sleeper by many analysts so don’t forget that.


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 player’s listed conform and are good fits with your league’s scoring rules.

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