NFL Week 3 Waiver Wire: Must-Have Fantasy Football Pickups

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent ISeptember 17, 2012

NFL Week 3 Waiver Wire: Must-Have Fantasy Football Pickups

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    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell is a must-add fantasy-football player. If you don't already own him, you need to scour the waiver wire and snatch him up before he's off the board for good in 2012. 

    LaFell isn't the only hot player available this week in fantasy football, either. 

    Here are the top waiver-wire additions you need at each position to win your fantasy league.

    Note: All fantasy stats and information are courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

Sam Bradford: Quarterback, St. Louis Rams

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    With 36.52 fantasy points, Sam Bradford has been on target so far to start the 2012 NFL season, and he's still available in 79 percent of fantasy leagues. 

    Bradford has completed over 70 percent of his passes in 2012 for 508 yards with four touchdowns and only one interception, and he did it against two tough defenses: the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. 

    He's going to get better as the season goes on, and I'd expect no less from the former No. 1 overall draft pick. 

    Now is the time to pick Bradford up, even if it's just as an insurance policy for your starter. He won't be around much longer.

Brandon LaFell: Wide Receiver, Carolina Panthers

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    I picked Brandon LaFell up last week as my flex receiver and I wasn't disappointed. He scored 11.5 points for me, and I won't be letting him go anytime soon. 

    LaFell and the Carolina Panthers are just getting started. 

    I'm surprised to see that LaFell is still available in 68 percent of fantasy leagues, and my advice to you is simple: Pick him up before he's gone. 

    LaFell is stepping into the role vacated by Legedu Naanee and, truth be told, he's much better suited to be Cam Newton's No. 2 target than Naanee ever was. He'll continue to produce big numbers throughout the 2012 season as he and Newton develop the rapport needed to excel.

Jackie Battle: Running Back, San Diego Chargers

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    Jackie Battle? Who is that?

    Battle is Norv Turner's new touchdown-making machine at running back, and as long as the San Diego Chargers are without Ryan Mathews, he'll continue to produce big fantasy numbers. He's also available in 99 percent of fantasy leagues.

    Even when Mathews does return, there's no guarantee he'll be healthy for long. 

    If you have the need for a running back, Battle's your man. He scored 19.90 points in Week 2 on the back of two rushing touchdowns, and Turner is always looking for red-zone specialists. He'll be a part of the Chargers' offense all year. 

Martellus Bennett: Tight End, New York Giants

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    Martellus Bennett is becoming a big part of the New York Giants' offense and the more he plays with Eli Manning, the better he'll get. He scored 14.20 points last week, hauling in 72 yards and one touchdown. 

    Bennett is available in 67 percent of fantasy leagues, and though he does have issues dropping passes on occasion, I see his production continuing to trend up as the 2012 season progresses. 

    Consistent tight-end production can be hard to come by. Since the Giants don't have much of a running game to speak of (23rd in the NFL), I expect Manning's passing totals to soar. Bennett will be a big recipient, and his production will be solid and steady.

Cleveland Browns: Defense

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    If your fantasy defense hasn't been pulling its weight, take a look at the Cleveland Browns.

    Through two games, this unit has scored 26 points—the No. 3-ranked defense in fantasy football. Somehow, the Browns' defense is still available in 90 percent of fantasy leagues. 

    The Browns' offense isn't great, but their defense will keep them close in most games, utilizing a strong pass rush and a stifling secondary—not to mention D'Qwell Jackson. 

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