Fantasy Football Week 3: Get Your Claims In On These Waiver Gems

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 3: Get Your Claims In On These Waiver Gems

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Louis Murphy #18 of the Oakland Raiders catches a touchdown pass during their game against the St. Louis Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Imag
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    So, with week two of the fantasy football season drawing to a close tonight, it's time to start looking at making some waiver wire claims.

    You know the guys I'm talking about; the ones who, despite performing better than most options on teams' rosters, still find themselves sitting on the waiver wire. 

    These 10 players are owned in less that 50 percent of leagues, but how long that will last is anyone's guess. In other words, you'd better hurry to snap them up as quickly as possible. 

10. Tennessee Titans D/ST

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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rolls out under pressure from the Tennessee Titans defense during the first half at LP Field on September 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/G
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    The Titans' defense was a sorry unit in 2009 due to injuries and poor play.

    But so far this year, the Titans have looked pretty solid against a couple of teams expected to do well.

    Granted, Oakland turned out to be terrible and Pittsburgh was without their top two quarterbacks for most of the game, but points are points, and from a defense, you should take them where you can get them.

    The Tennessee pass rush is back to being scary, and they should be able to hang with a Giants' offense that looked downright awful this week. 

9. Bernard Scott, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 19:  Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals beat the Ravens 15-10.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Ima
    Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

    More and more people are jumping on the Bernard Scott Express week after week and with good reason.

    Scott has looked like the best back in Cincinnati thus far, while Cedric Benson continues to underwhelm us with his performances. 

    Scott is the third down back in Cincinnati, and he's got big play potential. If Benson continues to struggle, don't be surprised to see Scott take over as the every down back.

    At the very least, he's a handcuff requirement, although how much longer you'll be able to get him remains to be seen. 

8. Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 02:  Receiver Tony Moeaki #81 of the Kansas City Chiefs congratulates Leonard Pope #45 after Pope caught a pass for a touchdown during the game against the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas C
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    Moeaki was another one of those highly drafted rookie tight ends, going in the third round of this year's draft. Kansas City struggles to throw the ball with any consistent success, but with Moeaki they found a big, reliable target. 

    He's not going to get you a ton of points, given how seldom the Chiefs throw, but he's an excellent backup candidate. 

7. Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    While Tampa Bay will not, in all likelihood, continue to have the kind of success they've had in the first two weeks of the season, Josh Freeman will.

    He's a big, strong kid, with good instincts and decision making skills. He's also got good mobility and has put up 35 points in the first two weeks. He's a perfect backup option, and one who's available in most leagues. 

6. Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers breaks a tackle on his way to scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    Williams had yet another big week against Carolina, putting him squarely in the Buccaneers' top receiver slot. 

    He's the best young wideout we've seen this year, and he's still available. While he'll probably have some ups and downs, he's still going to put up strong numbers as the top wideout in Tampa. 

5. Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans

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    LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Kevin Walter #83 of the Houston Texans makes a catch against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 19, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans defeated the Redskins 30-27 in overtime. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Imag
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    Walter has continued his recent trend of following up mediocre weeks with huge ones. He's widely available, even more so than teammate Jacoby Jones, who's not a starter. 

    Walter's a perfect slot receiver and even if he loses his job, don't expect his numbers to falter too much. Play him in the even numbered weeks, and you'll be just fine. 

4. Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 19: Bryant McFadden #20 and Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers break up a pass in the end zone intended for Nate Washington #85 of the Tennessee Titans late in the fourth quarter at LP Field on September 19, 2010 in Nashvi
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    Vince young looked really, really bad against the Steelers on Sunday.

    But, despite both of his quarterbacks struggling, Washington managed to score a second touchdown catch.

    This is where his value lies; he's a deep threat who loves to score touchdowns and have big days. He won't add a ton in PPR leagues, but if you're getting points for yards and scores, you're in great shape with him.

    Add to that the fact that he's available in most leagues, and you've a gem of a waiver claim. 

3. Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Todd Heap #86 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a pass over Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by J
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    On the surface, it looks like Heap returned to Earth Sunday against Cincinnati.

    But then you remember that no one in the Ravens' passing game had that great of a performance, so comparatively, Heap was pretty solid. 

    As long as he's healthy, the big man is one of the more talented tight ends in football. Ride him till he gets hurt, but when he does, be ready to cut bait for greener pastures. 

Mark Clayton, WR, St. Louis Rams

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    I said it last week, and I'll say it again this week: Mark Clayton is the best wide receiver in St. Louis.

    That means, when the Rams throw the ball, Sam Bradford's probable target is Clayton. This means lots of points, even when defenses key on him. Yet, he's widely available.

    Go figure. 

1. Louis Murphy, WR, Oakland Raiders

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 21: Louis Murphy #18 of the Oakland Raiders runs for yardage as Charles Tillman #33 of the Chicago Bears closes in during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raiders defeated the Bears 32-17. (Ph
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    Murphy is the most consistent receiver in Oakland, and he had a huge week two, going off for 91 yards and a score.

    He's not the biggest guy, but he's fast and has decent hands, both things that should make him a good target for Jason Campbell all season long.

    Expect his ownership levels to take a big jump this week.