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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3: Why You Must Add Patrick Crayton

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Patrick Crayton #12 of the San Diego Chargers ready at the line of scrimmage against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ryan PhillipsContributor IIISeptember 21, 2011

After being inactive for the San Diego Chargers' Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots, receiver Patrick Crayton will see action in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Head coach Norv Turner hinted as much on Tuesday, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Normally Crayton wouldn't be a good addition to your lineup, but San Diego's No. 2 wideout, Malcom Floyd, will almost certainly miss Sunday's game with a groin injury suffered against the Patriots. Quarterback Philip Rivers typically relies heavily on whoever is his No. 2 receiver is, because top-target Vincent Jackson usually draws tons of attention.

Tight end Antonio Gates, who usually sees the most balls thrown his way, has not looked fully healthy yet this season and was held without a catch by the Patriots in Week 2. That means that Crayton will likely see a lot of balls coming his way if he proves to be fully over the ankle injury that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the year.

If you own Floyd and are left without a good replacement, it would be a smart idea to pick up Crayton until the Chargers' real No. 2 guy is back and healthy. Crayton is a solid veteran who should contribute, as the other options for the Chargers are youngsters Bryan Walters, Vincent Brown and Richard Goodman.

The Chiefs are currently reeling, having allowed 89 points through the first two weeks, and now that safety Eric Berry is out for the year with a torn ACL, things aren't likely to get better.

The Chargers should have a huge week offensively, and with Floyd out, Crayton is certain to be a big part of their attack. Pick him up if you need another receiver.

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