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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Wire

09.20.11 at 8:00 am ET

Here is our Week 3 waiver wire. Obviously, if any of our guys from last week are available, we still encourage you to add players like Cam Newton, Ben Tate, James Starks or Mike Tolbert. Here, we present you with ten new options. If you are looking for more, please check out our full waiver wire at

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

For those who have been reading Rotobahn, you know we like Dalton, but even we did not expect him to be this cool and calm this soon. He looks good out there and he has a GREAT array of weapons with Green, Gresham, Simpson and crew. He’s worth an add in most medium-to-large leagues right now as a backup or matchup option.

Roy Helu, RB, Redskins

We told you to add him last week. If you did, you beat the rush and saved some cash. If you are leveraged on Tim Hightower, you MUST add Helu. Sell out for him. Now, if you don’t have Hightower, we’d still go hard after this guy. He was the preferred player in the 2nd half for Washington and he should be the man there before the year is over. He could have predictable flex value in the near future. He should be owned in all formats.

Dexter McCluster, RB, Chiefs

Here’s what we said last week… “We called him out as a week-one sleeper and we were right. This is probably the guy to use as a handcuff to Jamaal Charles, even though he is listed as a WR on most sites. He is the guy who will explode in value if Charles goes down. And, certain sites, like Yahoo for example, give him multi-positional status, which is a rarity and could give him extra value depending on your league’€™s format.” Obviously, the dynamic has changed. He’s probably going to play as a tailback now, but he could have great value in leagues that give him multi-positionality. He won’t get all of JC’s touches and he is not Jamaal Charles, but he should be a viable flex play in most formats now that his touches are going to double. At least we think they will double.

Delone Carter, RB, Colts

We thought he looked pretty good and his role should grow. He held up ok for a rookie as far as pass protection goes. He has a chance to be a valuable player pretty soon. He’€™s already teasing flex value in 12-team performance leagues. If you are looking to build some depth, we like Carter.

Denarius Moore, WR, Raiders

Last week, at Rotobahn, we suggested that you “stash him.” Now you know why. This guy is a natural and he has all the tools. He could be a starter for you in any format. Add him for his upside in all leagues. You’ll see Denarius on top of a lot of waver wires this week … just remember who had him listed last week. At Rotobahn, we always try to be a week or so ahead of the breakout. Hopefully you already have this guy.

Eric Decker, WR, Broncos

One of our ‘€˜Drafting In Reverse’€™ guys, Decker finally got the reps he deserves, and there may be no looking back now. He has a nice combination of talents and lacks only top speed. Check out our take on Decker from our 2010 rookie rankings: “Here’€™s a guy we really like. Coach Turner has a late first round grade on this guy. He’€™s tough, sure handed and fast enough when you consider his size. We love him for dynasty and for keepers too. We think he can be a factor as a rookie.” He’s more than just a factor now. He’s made big plays for the Broncos in both week one and week two. He’s a great fit for John Fox’s style of play. Decker has legit upside and is a stable commodity at this point. They’d be crazy if they didn’t continue to expand his role. The injuries in Denver all but assure his role for the next few weeks. We strongly suggest you add him in long term formats and all but the smallest redraft leagues. Trust us, this kid is not a fluke. He may never look back.

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers

As I said last week, we’€™ve been pimping him for a long time, and we are starting to see his skills show up more consistently. He is a big athletic target and he fights for the ball. He has a lot more upside than most folks seem to think. He should be rostered in mid-to-large leagues and he is a player to watch in all formats. Carolina is putting the ball in the air and that bodes well for the secondary options like LaFell. He’s a nice keeper.

Fred Davis, TE, Redskins

We pimped him in ‘€˜Drafting In Reverse’€™ and we pimped him last week. He’s STILL available in 75% of leagues. He is now the co #1 in the Washington passing attack along with Santana Moss. Get him if you have a reasonable way to roster him.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Bengals

Andy Dalton is looking like a seasoned vet and that is good news for anybody who owns Bengals receivers. Gresham also benefits from some bad news. Talented second year receiver Jordan Shipley just landed on injured reserve. That opens up some targets in the middle of the field. Gresham is a high-end talent and now he has a good situation. Add him in all leagues mid-sized and up.



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