Fantasy Football: 10 Week 3 Pickups That Will Get You Back on Top

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2010

Fantasy Football: 10 Week 3 Pickups That Will Get You Back on Top

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    Fantasy football Week 3 is here, and help could be on the way for many fantasy owners looking for a spark.

    Week 2 provided an abundance of fantasy revelations, including the rushing outbursts of Atlanta’s Jason Snelling and San Diego’s Mike Tolbert.

    Both players stepped in for injured starters and racked up yards while helping their teams to blowout wins.

    Here’s a look at 10 waiver wire pickups you should consider making before Sunday.

No. 10: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England

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    Following the trade of Laurence Maroney and the ACL injury to Kevin Faulk, Green-Ellis figures to get more action as the season unfolds. 

    His yardage production has been fairly minimal this season, but he did record a team-high 10 carries in the loss to the Jets last week.

    The Patriots could look to run the ball more Sunday against hapless Buffalo, giving Green-Ellis a good chance to succeed for at least one week.

No. 9: Jordan Shipley, WR, Cincinnati

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    The epitome of a possession receiver able to work in the slot, Shipley has started the season strong by recording five catches in each of the first two games.

    The rookie should find holes against the Panthers secondary Sunday, and appears to be one of Carson Palmer’s favorite targets.

    Don’t expect big yardage totals or many touchdowns, but Shipley could become a valuable asset in PPR fantasy leagues.

No. 8: John Kuhn, RB, Green Bay

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    The fate of the Packers running game could rest in the hands of an unlikely source Monday night when Green Bay travels to Chicago.

    Fullback John Kuhn was the most effective ball-carrier in the Packers win over the Bills, finishing with nine carries for 36 yards.

    Green Bay likes to utilize starting running back Brandon Jackson primarily as a receiver, opening the door for Kuhn to get work near the goal-line.

    The good chance Kuhn finds the end zone against the Bears makes him a nice addition for fantasy owners in deep leagues looking for some immediate help.

No. 7: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland

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    Finally, Heyward-Bey is starting to show some of the potential that made him the No. 7 overall pick in 2009.

    Last year, Heyward-Bey played a very minimal role in the Raiders passing game and looked lost.  After hearing about how much he had improved over the summer, it was not until his performance last Sunday against the Rams that he actually showed something.

    Heyward-Bey caught six passes for 80 yards in the win, and could have another productive day Sunday against the Cardinals defense.

No. 6: James Jones, WR, Green Bay

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    With Donald Driver aging and Ryan Grant ailing, the Packers figure to utilize Jones extensively as the third wide receiver for the remainder of the season.

    Despite his modest numbers in the win over the Bills, he was targeted a team-high seven times by Aaron Rodgers.

    Since the Packers aren’t likely to run the ball very much against the Bears, Jones should get plenty of looks once again.

    It would be a good idea to move quickly and add him to help bolster your receiving corps.

No. 5: Martellus Bennett, TE, Dallas

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    The Cowboys love Bennett, and it showed in last week’s loss to the Bears.

    Tony Romo targeted his No. 2 tight end a whopping 11 times in the game, and those numbers could be similar Sunday when the Cowboys face the Texans.

    Houston’s pass defense has struggled mightily this season, and the Cowboys have little interest in running the football to begin with.

    Look for Bennett to have a big game in Houston and produce all year long.

No. 4: Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta

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    Falcons coach Mike Smith says Michael Turner is ready to go heading into the huge Week 3 clash with the Saints in New Orleans, but Snelling figures to be a factor in the game.

    Although the Saints run defense has held up against Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore in the first two games, they have given up enough yards to make fantasy owners consider a long look at Snelling.

    After totaling 180 yards and scoring three touchdowns last week in the blowout win over Arizona, Snelling could soon find himself squarely on the fantasy radar.

No. 3: Deon Butler, WR, Seattle

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    Butler gives Seattle a “speed guy” in the passing game and provides fantasy owners with the potential for big plays.

    The second-year pro has been somewhat of a surprise this season and is coming off a strong game against the Broncos in Week 2.

    Butler finished with 5 receptions for 50 yards and was targeted eight times by Matt Hasselbeck.

    Those numbers should improve this week against the Chargers secondary in Seattle.

No. 2: Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego

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    Ryan Mathews hasn’t been ruled out for Week 3 just yet, but all signs point to Darren Sproles and Mike Tolbert carrying the load for San Diego’s running game.

    Tolbert was magnificent in relief against the Jaguars, rushing 16 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

    The stocky runner should get all the carries around the goal-line, making him a valuable fantasy asset this week and perhaps beyond.

No. 1: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver

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    Thomas has all the tools to be the next Brandon Marshall in Denver. In Week 2 against the Seahawks, he showed he might not be as raw as some believed coming out of Georgia Tech.

    The big target tallied eight receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in the win, demonstrating he has clearly earned Kyle Orton’s trust.

    With Denver likely to be forced to come from behind against the Colts in Week 3, Thomas looks like a strong play.

    Don’t expect his production to tail off anytime soon.