Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 3

by Cory J. Bonini on September 21, 2011 @ 15:38:59 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: 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.

Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans (66 percent)

Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck
Hass just gets the job done

We are not going to give Hasselbeck a strong endorsement, because we all know what he is at this point in his career. However, that doesn't mean he isn't worth a backup spot on your team. Hass uncharacteristically threw for 358 yards in Week 2, but more importantly, he has a connection with Kenny Britt and Nate Washington.

Hasselbeck is a midrange backup and should be on rosters in all standard formats.

Fantasy football free agents: One-week plays

The following fantasy football pickups are for those who need injury or bye week replacements. They are not players you immediately acquire - unless your team is in dire straights. Some have, however, shown some life and should be followed in case they materialize as options beyond their temporary use.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (89 percent)

The rookie completed his first NFL game in Week 2. He was efficient in Week 1 before getting knocked out with a wrist injury. Following an up-and-down preseason effort, Dalton has shown poise in the pocket. He has completed a robust 66.1 percent of his passes for 413 yards. The former TCU star hasn't thrown an interception yet, compared to his three touchdown strikes. He has taken five sacks already, but that is not so bad since he is smartly protecting the football.

The San Francisco 49ers have allowed an average of 22.5 standard fantasy points per game to the quarterback position this year. That translates to 314.5 yards per game through the air and an average of 2.50 touchdowns each outing. Beyond this week, consider Dalton a No. 2 or No. 3 in normal leagues. He has some upside with the right matchup and should be considered a capable injury or bye week fill-in if you are in a pinch.

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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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