Week 3 Waiver Wire Hot List
Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys FINALLY decided to get Choice more involved in their offense last Sunday at Indianapolis. The result: 19 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown. Since Jason Garrett took over for Wade Phillips as the head coach in Dallas, the Cowboys are running the ball 34.0 times per game (under Phillips: 21.1 rushing attempts per game). Go get him.
James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: Green Bay rarely runs the football, so don’t expect a ton of production from Starks. However, the veteran ball-carrier stepped in admirably on Sunday vs. San Francisco and picked up 73 yards on 18 carriers. The Packers need to focus more on their ground game and if they choose to do so, it looks like Starks could be the man for the job.
Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans: Britt hit the shelf at the end of October due to a hamstring injury and has been out ever since, meaning his former owner could have given up and sent him packing. That’s good news for you because Britt is set to return to action within the next two weeks (possibly this weekend). If you remember correctly, this guy scored seven touchdowns over his first eight games to start the year.
Ben Watson, TE, Cleveland Browns: Watson posted a season-high ten receptions for 100 yards and one touchdown this past Sunday at Miami, which is the first reason you should consider adding him for Week 14. The second reason is the fact that Cleveland heads to Buffalo on Sunday to play a Bills defense that has given up more fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season than any other team in the league.
Robert Meachem, WR, New Orleans Saints: It’s always hit-or-miss with the Saints wideouts outside of Marques Colston, but keep in mind that Meachem has posted 211 receiving yards and three touchdowns over his last three games. He won’t see a lot of targets (3.5 per game), but Meachem is a big-play receiver who can make your week with just one reception.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers: With the way things have been going in Carolina this season, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to find out that J-Stew is sitting on your waiver wire. The good news is that the third-year back has rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown over his last two games. The bad news is that Carolina is a dreadful football team this season, so it’s difficult to trust their offense. Upcoming showdowns with Atlanta (twice) and Arizona offer some decent upside.
Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams: Last Sunday at Arizona was only the second time in the last seven weeks that Bradford failed to throw two or more touchdown passes. The rookie from Oklahoma isn’t the best option on the board, but if you’re in need of some QB help down the stretch, don’t be scared to pick up Bradford. Remember, this guy is averaging 221 passing yards per game this season.
James Davis, RB, Washington Redskins: The speedster from Clemson got some burn on Sunday against the Giants and picked up 81 yards on 12 touches. The wheels appear to be coming off the bus in Washington right now, but with the Buccaneers and Jaguars still on the schedule, Davis will have a chance to make some noise. The upside here is that the Redskins’ receiving unit is so thin that quarterback Donovan McNabb is often forced to check-down, which makes a dual-threat back like Davis even more valuable.
Roy Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys: Williams hasn’t scored a touchdown since October 17, but with rookie wideout Dez Bryant out for the season due to a fractured right fibula, owners should expect to see more targets heading Williams’ way. The Cowboys currently rank fifth in the NFL in passing offense (265.9 yds/gm), so the opportunities will be there.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers: Smith is ONLY ADVISED for owners in quarterback trouble that play in deeper leagues. The guy is surrounded by weapons (Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Brian Westbrook) and has a favorable upcoming schedule that features games against the Seahawks, Chargers, Rams and Cardinals. However, we all know Smith has struggled in the past, so you can’t expect much consistency.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: If for some reason Lynch is available in your fantasy league, make a move. The dual-threat back is coming off a sensational 100-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers and has an upcoming schedule that features games against the 49ers, Falcons, Buccaneers and Rams. After Sunday’s outing, Lynch could finally be set to start producing consistent fantasy numbers.
Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions: This one is a long shot, but if Best is on the open market, he should be one of your primary targets heading into Week 14. Despite battling turf toe injuries on both feet for the majority of the season, the rookie from California looked as explosive as ever this past Sunday against the Chicago Bears when he amassed 97 total yards on just ten touches. If his breakaway speed is finally back, look out.