Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3: 5 Wide Receivers to Carry Your Team
Wide receivers got you down? There's still plenty out there ripe for the picking.
Every year we see no-name guys (Brandon Lloyd?) come out of the woodwork to post ridiculous seasons. Some guys just need the opportunity and through injury or sheer ability are able to make it on the field.
All five of these players are still readily available in most leagues, and if you've got a guy on bye or an injury then these players could produce in a big way for you in the very near future.
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Denarius Moore looked unstoppable Sunday.
The Raiders are really hurting at wide receiver. Chaz Schillens is perpetually injured, and on top of that Loius Murphy, Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey have been unable to see the field so far.
Moore looks like what the Raiders thought they were getting by drafting Heyward-Bey seventh overall in the draft: he's fast and can get up and make big plays.
Moore has eight targets for five catches and a 146 yards. There's no doubt he's cracked the starting line up for the Raiders and if Jason Campbell develops a rhythm with Moore, then he could have a phenomenal season as the Raiders' primary receiver.
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The nice thing about McCluster is he's able to be played at either running back or wide receiver in almost every fantasy league.
With Jamaal Charles out for the year, McCluster is sure to pick up some of his slack. Thomas Jones might be considered the primary backup, but McCluster will probably see close to the number of carries Jones does on the season.
Considering McCluster's big play ability and open field evasiveness it makes him an interesting prospect.
He's also one of the Chiefs only productive players left on offense. By the end of the season you should expect to see him have more total touches as Jones, and will be a nice flex play for much of the year.
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The Broncos have been absolutely thrashed by injuries at wide receiver. Brandon Lloyd is being hampered by a groin injury that kept him out of play against Cincinnati.
On top of that, Eddie Royal is expected to miss another two to four weeks. It got so bad at one point the Broncos actually had Tebow suit up and play wide receiver for a couple of plays.
Eric Decker was a preseason sleeper and this situation only improves his value. He's already caught eight passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns this season. If he's still on the waiver wire in your league you need to go and get him.
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The Rams have struggled to find quality starting wide receivers that can give them consistent production.
Danario Alexander has always flashed his ability to be a big, deep threat and play wide receiver, and it seems like the Rams might have found one piece of their receiver puzzle.
Alexander has been targeted seven times for three catches and 122 yards. Mike Sims-Walker looks to be disappointing so far this season, often failing to create any separation. Brandon Gibson might be another option instead of Alexander. He sees the field quite often.
Alexander will continue to get looks from Bradford, who desperately wants to stretch the field. Some wide receiver will have to step up for the Rams fantastic second-year quarterback, just make sure whichever one it is will be on your roster.
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If you're in a pinch, here's a guy who can help you out.
Gaffney is the second receiver on a Redskins offense that has been doing surprisingly well.
Rex Grossman looks like a legitimate starting quarterback again, and has thrown more 300 yard games since starting for the Redskins.
Gaffney has caught eight passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. I don't recommend you pick him up with the expectation to start every week, but he will make an excellent flex play against weak defenses or if you have an emergency injury situation.
He can give you solid depth and the ability to flex in a wide receiver who could produce with a good match up.