On the Wire: 2010 Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Pickups

Dave StringerCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2010

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers scores the go-ahead touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on January 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Redskins 23-20.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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RB Mike Tolbert, San Diego

Two games, two Ryan Mathews fumbles and an ankle injury this week for good measure. Tolbert got the work this week in the Chargers crushing defeat of the Jaguars, picking up 82 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.

Don’t get too excited on this one since the Chargers are clearly heavily invested in Mathews. Two points worth noting. We now have evidence that Tolbert can produce when given an opportunity and he was the Chargers go to guy with a lead and Mathews out, not Darren Sproles.

RB Jason Snelling, Atlanta

After Michael Turner left with a groin injury, Snelling ran over the Cardinals defence in a home win. He racked up 129 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries and pitched in on the receiving end as well with five receptions for 57 yards and a score.

The Falcons have indicated that Turner could have went back in but his services weren’t required in a blowout win over the Cardinals. Nonetheless, giddy up to the waiver wire to see if Snelling is available since there is mounting evidence that Turner cannot stay healthy.

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WR Kevin Walter, Houston

Houston head coach Gary Kubiak seems like a perfectly smart coach and the Texans have won twice to open the season. So, if you think Kubiak has a sound offensive mind then it’s likely you’ll agree that he’s going to get Walter even more involved since he’s caught all 13 passes thrown his way this year for 173 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Looks like the whole Jacoby Jones vs. Walter preseason debate was a waste of time since there are plenty of touches to go around in Houston with tight end Owen Daniels AWOL, at least for the early part of 2010.


WR Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland

With Bruce Gradkowski in for the second half against the Rams, Heyward-Bey caught six balls for 80 yards which moves him into WR4 status with upside.

Murphy gets the same ranking courtesy of a six reception, 91 yard, touchdown performance.


WR Demaryius Thomas, Denver

Meet Denver’s new number one wide receiver. Although Eddie Royal has been solid over the Broncos first two games, he is clearly better suited to fulfilling the number two role with the 6’3”, 230 pound Thomas taking over for the departed Brandon Marshall in the team’s offence.

In his debut after missing Week 1 with a foot injury, Thomas was targeted nine times, catching eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against Seattle. He’s not starter worthy just yet but definitely worth grabbing on the waiver wire, if he’s available.


TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit

When backup tight end Tony Scheffler had seven targets in Week 1 to only two for Pettigrew, it seemed that Pettigrew’s recovery from a torn ACL suffered last season might relegate him to more of a blocking role at the position, at least for the early part of 2010.

However, he came back with a vengeance this week with seven receptions on eight targets for 108 yards. If wide receiver Nate Burleson’s ankle injury causes him to miss some time, Pettigrew will be in line for an increased workload in the coming weeks.


TE Dustin Keller, New York Jets

After suffering through a sophomore slump in 2009, Keller is getting more opportunities this year and in Week 2, he took advantage of it. Against the Patriots, Keller caught seven of nine targets for a cool 115 yards and a score.

He shaped up as a marginal backup at tight end entering the season but now look like a quality backup with upside, especially in dynasty leagues.


QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

Sanchez chewed up the Patriots in Week 2, proving either that he’s capable of bouncing back or that the Patriots pass defence is even worse than people thought it would be.

Sanchez dinked and dunked his way to 220 yards and three touchdowns while completing 21 of 30 passes.


Other Players to Consider:


QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo – This one’s for two-quarterback leagues or for the truly desperate.

QB Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland – See above and take note that I definitely prefer Gradkowski over Fitzpatrick and the Bills popgun offence.

TE Aaron Hernandez, New England – Six for 101 while catching all of his targets this week. Don’t expect him to be consistent but worth taking a flier on if you have a roster spot and need a backup tight end.


Week Two Review:

If you’re looking for accountability, here it is.


RB Brandon Jackson, Green Bay – Half empty, half full. A touchdown and 39 total yards but more  was expected at home against Buffalo.

QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia – Thumbs up. Passed for 284 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also chipped in 37 yards on the ground.

WR Mike Thomas, Jacksonville – Half empty, half full. Only four receptions for 43 yards but the eight targets were nice.

WR Mario Manningham, New York Giants – Thumbs up. Led the Giants in receiving yards for the second week in a row with 75 plus he added a touchdown.

WR Devin Aromashodu, Chicago – Thumbs down. Dropped to number four on the depth chart behind Earl Bennett.

QB Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle – Half empty, half full. Decent backup numbers with 231 yards passing, a touchdown and three picks.


Other Players to Consider:

TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville – Thumbs up. Maybe he’s finally fulfilling his promise. Nine targets, five receptions for 70 yards against the Chargers.

QB Shaun Hill, Detroit – Thumbs up. Threw for 335 yards and a pair of touchdowns with two picks.

WR  Brandon Lloyd, Denver – Thumbs down. Caught three of four targets this week but hard to envision Lloyd doing much due to the emergence of Thomas and the need to get Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney involved.


Dave Stringer is a staff writer at FFToday.com, home of the popular Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddycustom cheatsheet and draft tracking software.


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