Fantasy Football: Lance Moore Tops Week 3 Scrap Heap of Waiver Wire Pickups
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Reggie Bush suffered a broken bone in his leg on Monday night, likely sidelining him for at least the next six weeks.
If this seems familiar, stop me.
If it doesn't seem familiar, you need to pay more attention.
In 2008, Bush suffered a knee injury, sidelining him from Week 8 to Week 13—and a funny thing happened from Weeks 8 to 13 to a Saints wide receiver named Lance Moore.
During that four-game stretch, Moore totaled 25 catches, 383 yards, and five touchdowns on 39 targets.
History tends to repeat itself, or so my parents taught me.
So it is with history in mind that Lance Moore becomes your top waiver wire target for Week 3 of the NFL season.
Now that the important stuff is out of the way, let's dig down deeper and see if we can't find any gems floating around.
Kyle Orton, DEN (46% owned)
Orton posted a line of 307/2/0 against Seattle on Sunday and looked solid doing it. The next four games for Orton are tough (IND, @TEN, @BAL, NYJ), but after that it's smooth sailing. Don't forget about the fantasy football playoffs either—Orton's schedule for Weeks 13-16 is cake (@KC, @ARI, @OAK, HOU).
Mark Sanchez, NYJ (23% owned)
Sanchez bested Tom Brady on Sunday in both stats and the win column. We'll see if this unhinged passing assault continues, but if it does Sanchez could finish as a high-end fantasy backup in smaller leagues and a borderline viable starter in larger leagues.
Mathew Stafford, DET (37% owned)
Stafford will return from his shoulder injury within the next few weeks, and if he's starting, we have to assume the shoulder is fine. In Stafford's absence, Shaun Hill has proven that this Lions team has the makings of an offensive juggernaut. It can only be assumed that Stafford's talent would kick it into high gear.
Donald Brown, IND (84% owned)
Brown received 16 carries to Joseph Addai's 20 carries on Sunday. The Week 2 distribution represents a big shift from the goose egg Brown posted in Week 1, so you have to feel good about his involvement in the offense. Brown's real value would be realized in the event of an injury to Addai, which has happened before.
Marshawn Lynch, BUF (58% owned)
Lynch carried the ball 17 times for 64 yards but failed to score. Seventeen carries is the most carries Lynch has had since Week 7 of the 2009 season. Speculation of a Lynch trade is swirling, and it seems that the Bills were making an effort to showcase him on Sunday. A change of scenery would be huge, and we should expect an uptick in production should a trade occur.
Peyton Hillis, CLE (57% owned)
The secret weapon in Cleveland is a secret no longer. Eric Mangini loves Hillis and is nicely incorporating him into the Browns offense. With only half the carries given to Jerome Harrison, Hillis produced the same number of yards and scored a touchdown. Hillis is turning into what might be a solid play in your flex spot.
Vincent Jackson, SD (83% owned)
Rumors are heating up of a deal with Minnesota, and if that's the case Jackson will be eligible to play in the Vikings' fifth game. If he is still sitting on your waiver wire, he's worth a roster spot for pure upside and hope that a deal gets done before Wednesday.
Kevin Walter, HOU (36% owned)
Walter caught all 11 balls thrown his way, totaling 141 yards and one touchdown. Walter is clearly going to be involved in the Texans' offense, at least until Owen Daniels is 100 percent, but his production may vary week to week based on the play of Jacoby Jones.
Demaryius Thomas, DEN (36% owned)
Thomas exploded in his first NFL game with eight catches, 98 yards, and a touchdown. Orton clearly trusts Thomas, as he led all receivers with nine targets. Thomas is still very raw, so don't expect this kind of production every week. But if you have the roster space, take a shot on a guy who might be Denver's top wide receiver by year's end.
Marcedes Lewis, JAX (45% owned)
Seven catches, 101 yards, and two touchdowns over the first two weeks is a pretty solid outing for a tight end. Garrard is clearly looking for Lewis, and while he probably won't finish in the top 12 tight ends, he is worth stashing in case his start continues to shine.
Dustin Keller, NYJ (48% owned)
Keller has now accumulated nine catches, 128 yards, and one touchdown. Conventional wisdom prior to the season said that Keller wouldn't have much value as the Jets would be content to run the ball and use Keller as a blocker. On Sunday night, Keller announced his arrival, and you should pay attention.
That wraps up the Week 3 Scrap Heap. For other fantasy football tidbits and insight, you can follow me on twitter @nathanwaddell.
Best of luck to you and your fantasy football teams this weekend. May your domination continue, or your comeback begin.
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