Each week Greg Boyce, my colleague on the sports desk at Philly.com, will scour the waiver wire to bring you the best options to fill those pesky holes on your roster. Here is his report for Week 3:
Before we get into Week 3, I just want to go back to my suggestions last week. Eric Decker (5-113, 2 TDs) and Devery Henderson (3-103, TD) had very good games. Unfortunately, people have jumped on them. On ESPN, they have both been added in over 30% of leagues. But they are not 100% owned so they might still be available in your league and I still support picking them up.
Onto Week 3.
*Percentages are the percent of leagues that the player is owned in
Denarius Moore OAK (Yahoo 21%, ESPN 10%)
Right, I know, it was only one game and he plays for the Raiders. But five catches, 146 yards and a touchdown last week on a team that didn’t get production out of the receiver spot in Week 1 is enough for me. Plus, there is this from head coach Hue Jackson this week when asked about Moore continuing to get more playing time. "Oh boy, you better believe it. I mean there's no doubt. You can't deny that one." Eight targets and a bomb of a 50-yard home run touchdown from Jason Campbell. For a team that is defended to run with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, Moore may get some one-on-one opportunities going forward.
Nate Washington TEN (Yahoo 15%, ESPN 5%)
All good things for Washington and the Titans coming up. They are going up against Denver, which was torched for 260 yards from the Bengals top two receivers with a rookie quarterback throwing the ball. Last week, Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck was accurate and efficient against a tough Baltimore defense, throwing for 358 yards. And with teams keying on Tennessee’s top wide receiver, Kenny Britt, Washington has quietly put together two solid games, catching 13 balls in two weeks. He has not scored a touchdown yet, but especially in a PPR league, Washington is a good fill-in for the week.
Other favorable matchups
Jerome Simpson CIN (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 49%) vs. SF
David Nelson BUF (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 7%) vs. NE
Scott Chandler BUF (Yahoo 33%, ESPN 34%)
I am usually scared to go with the guy with a hot streak who is a relative unknown in prior seasons. But three touchdowns in two games and Chandler becomes all the more appealing, especially with the way the Bills’ offense has looked, especially with Ryan Fitzpatrick completing 63% of passes. Chandler had only four targets and two catches in Week 2 but one of those catches resulted in a touchdown and on the other, Chandler was tackled at the 1-yard line, just shy of another score.
Fred Davis WAS (Yahoo 27%, ESPN 30%)
He has moved up from my ‘Watch’ list to my ‘Add him now list’ after a game in which the Redskins threw the ball 43 times. Rex Grossman targeted Davis seven times on Sunday and he caught six of them. The lone incompletion came when the Redskins were on Arizona’s 25 and Grossman looked for him in the endzone. What was impressive about the touchdown Davis had in Week 2 is that the Redskins had first down at the goal line and opted to throw the ball. Davis has clearly usurped Chris Cooley as the top tight end in Washington and has now caught a team—high 11 of the 13 balls thrown his way.
Roy Helu WAS (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 18%)
Though Helu is the backup to Tim Hightower, it didn’t stop Mike Shanahan from using him 10 times out of the backfield last week. In averaging 7.4 yards per carry, Helu may have made Shanahan take notice that he has another back to utilize. And though Hightower has done well so far, you know Shanahan’s history with utilizing his running backs, handing the reigns over in a matter of seconds. Helu also had three catches in Week 2.
Dexter McCluster KC (Yahoo 44%, ESPN 22%)
With the loss of Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs now have Thomas Jones (Age: 33) as the primary running back. Just looking at his numbers in 2010 and it is tough to sell me that Jones could handle a full workload successfully. McCluster has never had a true position before this season but now he will definitely be the Chiefs back along with Jones. Though Todd Haley has not said how many touches each guy will get, McCluster figures to be a factor. And on a team that has fallen hard after winning the AFC West in 2010, it might be time to switch up the offensive attack. McCluster has nine catches this season and has been used on 22 plays. Those numbers should jump.
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