Fantasy Football Week 3: 7 Wide Receivers You Should Start in Deep Leagues

Brian LendinoCorrespondent IISeptember 22, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 3: 7 Wide Receivers You Should Start in Deep Leagues

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    Injuries can kill your fantasy season seemingly out of nowhere. When that happens, as an owner you're left scrambling on the waiver wire for what you think is a sub-par player to replace your stud.

    That's not always the case, though. Haven't you ever heard the saying, "Championships are won in the waiver wire?"

    In deep leagues, it's sometimes tough to start a solid group of starters week in and week out because you simply never know who's going to break out and have a big game.

    No worries, I've already done that for you.

    Here you go. Seven wide receivers available in the majority of leagues who you should start in Week 3.

Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans

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    Jacoby Jones is so fast that everything in the background is a blur.

    With Kevin Walter going down to injury, Jones saw his looks increase in Week 2. His closing stat line was three catches for 48 yards on four targets.

    When Jones was given the opportunity to start in Week 2, he produced, and with Walter still questionable for Week 3, Jones could see even more action with the first-team offense.

    He's a solid choice given Walter's injury situation, and an even better choice if your league factors in return yardage and touchdowns, as he's always a threat in that area.

Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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    Eric Decker flourished in Week 1 against the Raiders, catching three balls for 53 yards, but also returning a punt for a touchdown. He received five targets and Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal were both healthy.

    In Week 2, with Brandon Lloyd out with a groin injury, Decker received nine targets and caught five of them for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

    Week 3 should see the same production, as Eddie Royal is now out with a groin injury for almost a month. So not only is Decker a week-to-week fill-in, he can be a valuable asset to your team to get you over the hump.

    He's being picked up off the waiver wire in most leagues (up 31.4 percent from last week), so make sure you get to yours fast before someone snags this gem.

Danario Alexander, St. Louis Rams

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    Danario Alexander has been hot and cold ever since he came into the league last year. One week he'll put up numbers like against the Giants, yet in another he'll not make a catch like he did against the Eagles.

    Danario is a "proceed at your own caution" kind of receiver.

    I'd advise adding him in the deepest of leagues, but if you're desperate, he wouldn't be a bad option.

    He has phenomenal physical tools, great hands and can go up and get the ball at its highest point (much accredited to his 6'5" frame).

    I'm a big fan of Alexander, but like I said, proceed with caution.

Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions

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    Nate Burleson is another player you want to jump on quick before you miss your shot as he's owned in just under 50 percent of ESPN leagues right now.

    Listen, everyone knows the Calvin Johnson is and always will be Matthew Stafford's first option. What we weren't ready for is the fact that the Lions offense is explosive enough to warrant two legitimate fantasy starters.

    Burleson caught a team-high seven passes on Sunday and another five in Week 1. However, the stat that catches my eye is that he's caught all but two of the passes thrown his way.

    He'll find the end zone, especially since the Lions offense isn't done maturing yet (as scary as that sounds).

    Burleson is a sure thing, and that's the truth.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders

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    Before last week against the Bills, I had no idea who Denarius Moore was. Now, I do.

    Moore caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Bills, and those numbers alone caused his ownership to rise over 10 percent in ESPN leagues.

    Here's the spin, Moore produced at such a high level against Buffalo that he's likely to keep it up, and with Jacoby Ford and Derrius Heyward-Bey injured, his stock is exponentially rising.

    Even if the two return, I still think he'll be a major factor in Oakland's offense and enough to get some points for your team.

Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

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    Brandon LaFell is a player I'm really high on going into Week 3, and much of that is because of the emergence of the Cam Newton-Steve Smith connection going on.

    LaFell isn't going to get No. 1 looks or No. 1 yardage, but his eight grabs on 10 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown is extremely respectable for what most believe is the third option in the Panthers offense.

    He's only owned in 2 percent of ESPN leagues, so there's no rush to go ahead and grab him. However, I would strongly consider giving him a look.

    Defenses are going to start devoting a lot of time to shutting down Steve Smith, so that alone could open up opportunities for LaFell.

    Also, his size makes him perfect for Newton in the red zone.

    Check out LaFell, you might like what you find.

Jerome Simpson, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Jerome Simpson caught four balls for 136 yards, that included an 84-yard bomb, last weekend against the Broncos.

    The stat that impressed me the most, however, was that Andy Dalton looked his way nine times throughout the course of the game, which leads me to believe that the Bengals really want Simpson to be an integral part of the offense.

    Simpson's stock is on the rise with the loss of Jordan Shipley for the season, but unfortunately his production is dictated on the performance of a rookie quarterback.

    If Andy Dalton is able to play a consistent level, Simpson is a wide receiver who should be seriously considered.