Fantasy Football: Top 5 Waiver Wire Must-Haves from Week 3
If after last season someone said that the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills were going to be two of the top teams in the NFL in 2011, there is no doubt that they would've been labeled, at best, a very uninformed fan.
Once again the Minnesota Vikings proved they couldn't hold a lead if their lives depended on it as the Lions overcame a 20-point deficit to win in overtime, while the Buffalo Bills pulled the upset of the year thus far, defeating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Ryan Fitzpatrick out-dueled Tom Terrific? That just happened.
Additionally, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton earned his first NFL win in Week 3 when he threw for only 158 yards. Go figure.
As always, Week 4 produced a number of unlikely stars, which means these players are still hanging out on your league's waiver wire.
Here are some must-adds in the upcoming week of fantasy football.
Torrey Smith WR, Baltimore Ravens
When football fans saw that "T.Smith" had three catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter of the Ravens game, it looked like it was about time to do some research.
Torrey Smith, the rookie out of Maryland, didn't have a catch before Week 3, but he certainly showed he can do some damage when given the opportunity.
The St. Louis Rams secondary eventually got wise to Smith's ways to an extent, but even with the Ravens taking their feet off the gas pedal in the second half, Smith finished with five catches for 152 yards.
Expecting Smith to cross the chalk three times a week simply isn't realistic, but due to Anquan Boldin's inconsistency, Smith may quickly become a top option in Baltimore's passing attack.
The 22-year-old is a solid add for any fantasy roster that can use a wide receiver.
Nate Washington WR, Tennessee Titans
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that their is a real chance that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt tore both his ACL and MCL in Week 3.
Therefore, odds are that the former Rutgers standout is done for the season.
Enter Nate Washington. He has quietly been having a decent season in Britt's shadow, posting 13 catches for 166 yards the first two weeks of the season.
In Week 3, Washington picked up right where Britt left off, catching eight balls for 92 yards and a score. Washington is a must-add for anyone who owned Britt, and is a decent pickup for any team looking for receiver depth.
Victor Cruz WR, New York Giants
Fantasy aficionados had high hopes for Victor Cruz last season after a stellar performance against the New York Jets in the preseason.
Unfortunately, Cruz suffered a hamstring injury a few weeks into the season before he even had the chance to line up as a receiver.
However, this week against the Philadelphia Eagles with Mario Manningham out, Cruz showed some of the ability that had fans and analysts high on him from the time he entered the league.
Cruz had a fantastic stat line: Three catches for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Giants will likely not face too many more defenses that conveniently forget how to tackle this season, but Cruz undeniably looked impressive.
Manningham will likely return to the lineup next week against the Arizona Cardinals, but the Cards' putrid secondary makes Cruz an intriguing plug and play for Week 4.
Mike Kafka QB, Philadelphia Eagles
So as many can probably guess, the only reason he's in a conversation about fantasy football is due to Michael Vick's health status.
Vick broke his non-throwing hand in the third quarter of the Giants game, so his status is certainly up in the air for Week 4.
All Vick owners should probably play it safe and grab Kafka now just in case, but for fantasy teams still scrambling for a reliable quarterback, the Eagles do have a favorable matchup in Week 4.
The San Francisco 49ers do not have a very intimidating secondary, and the Eagles have a prolific passing attack when they execute.
Kafka could be a useful entity in two-quarterback leagues, or very deep leagues where strong quarterback play is tough to come by.
Donald Jones WR, Buffalo Bills
Believe it or not, it turns out that the Buffalo Bills are a real contender in 2011.
The main reason for that is the fact that Buffalo has been able to improve upon an already competent passing attack from last season.
While Stevie Johnson is going to be the most reliable receiver, David Nelson and Donald Jones both seem worth having on your fantasy team.
Odds are that Nelson is long gone in your league, but Jones is almost definitely still available, and he just went off for 101 yards on five catches against the Patriots.
The Bills like to throw the football and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has become one of the NFL's most pleasant surprises, so owning just about any Bills receiver seems like a good thing.
Buffalo plays another suspect secondary in Week 4 in the Cincinnati Bengals, so Jones could turn out to be a pretty solid flex play next Sunday.