Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: WR - Week 3

by Cory J. Bonini on September 21, 2011 @ 18:46:02 PDT


If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the year.

Each week during the NFL fantasy football season, KFFL brings you its Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, which breaks down players to pick up. Be aggressive when picking up fantasy football free agents. Even if you do not need a player, you can tuck him away for depth or block others from adding him to their fantasy football team.

Note: Percentage of polled leagues in which player is available in parentheses

Fantasy football free agents: Priority additions

The following players should be high on your radar and are worthy of being added immediately to your fantasy football team.

Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (89 percent)

Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore
Moore to come?

All offseason long KFFL told you to acquire this guy, and he showed everyone why in Week 2. Decker, benefiting from Eddie Royal (groin), Brandon Lloyd (groin) and Demaryius Thomas (finger, knee) being injured, caught five balls for 113 yards and scored twice.

Groin injuries are tricky and tough to overcome; any one of those three receivers could play next week, but Decker is the healthiest of the group. He has a chance to become a regular weapon in the passing game.

Denarius Moore, Oakland Raiders (93 percent)

Moore was a preseason star who was held out of the box score in Week 1. Injuries to Oakland's top three receivers forced Moore into the starting lineup, and he reminded why he was getting so much preseason love.

Since Oakland has little in the way of a true No. 1 receiver, or a No. 2, for that matter, Moore could claim the top role. He plays much larger than his size (6-foot, 195 pounds) suggests. Don't expect monster games against better secondaries than the Buffalo Bills', but he is worth adding in all formats.

David Nelson, Buffalo Bills (97 percent)

We told you last week that Nelson could be a worthwhile pickup in deep leagues. This week, he is a must-add in all leagues. The 6-foot-5 target seems to have secured the No. 2 role, and Ryan Fitzpatrick trusts him. He caught 10 of his 14 targets for 83 yards and a score. Stevie Johnson commands double-teams, so look for Nelson to pick up the scraps and then some.

Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
Having Hass helps

Nate Washington, Tennessee Titans (78 percent)

The veteran receiver and his new quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, are on the same page. Washington was a deep threat early in his career but has transformed his game into that of a possession receiver who can take it the distance. He has 13 receptions in the last two weeks and should be on your PPR radar, regardless of your league's size. His 18 targets tie him multi-way for the 13th most among receivers.

Hasselbeck adds legitimacy to a Titans passing attack that has been missing since the Steve McNair days, and Washington's sure hands should earn him a spot on your roster. He is a worthy play in Week 3 whether or not Champ Bailey (hamstring) is sidelined.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

The following players will have greater significance in deep fantasy football leagues. In shallow fantasy football leagues, they are not as high of a priority but should be considered based on your fantasy football team's needs.

Preston Parker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (100 percent)

In this space last week we told you to keep an eye on Parker. Well, it didn't take long for him to live up to the potential we thought we saw in Week 1. The Buccaneers' offense needs him right now. They are thin at wide receiver, and Josh Freeman has to be able to rely on an intermediate receiver when Kellen Winslow is tied up.

Parker is a PPR target only at this point. He created separation and even produced a little extra after the catch in Week 2 when he took a short crossing route 51 yards. His matchup isn't too shabby this week, either, so introduce yourself to him on the waiver wire and look to get him in your lineup if possible.

Jesse Holley, Dallas Cowboys (100 percent)

Check the reality television comments at the door; Holley is going to get a legitimate shot at playing a significant role in Week 3 and perhaps Week 4 while Miles Austin (hamstring) recovers before Dallas' Week 5 bye. Dez Bryant (quadriceps) is also on the mend, so don't be afraid to believe in the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder.

His niche appears to be the big play, but Holley's size alone should land him a few red zone looks. We are not saying to rush out to grab him off the wire, but as long as either Austin or Bryant is out, Holley has enough value to warrant a roster spot in deeper setups.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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