Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: QB - Week 3

by Bryce McRae and Tim Heaney on September 22, 2010 @ 18:35:00 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.

NEW - Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (72 percent)

Among all the quarterback chaos in the NFL, not many are mentioning the four-touchdown season from Freeman. His first two opponents (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers) weren't exactly juggernauts, but that doesn't mean you should write him off.

The football-heady Freeman also has a strong arm and is taking more advantage of his mobility. He still needs some work on his throwing accuracy, but his one interception so far shows his decision making might be improving. The groundwork is there for him to blossom with a bit more work this season.

Compared to what he had last year, his Kellen Winslow-Mike Williams combo can become an embarrassment of pirate booty. Due to his matchup this Sunday with the Pittsburgh Steelers and his Week 4 bye, many will shy away from acquiring him right now. If your QB spot is set for Weeks 3 and 4, you should be more inclined to pounce while no one is considering him.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

These fantasy football free agents shouldn't be on your immediate list. They may have had a big week. They may have talent but are buried on the depth chart and merely awaiting an opportunity. Still, fantasy football players must know who they are for their potential contribution in the future.

NEW - Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders (98 percent)

Tampa Bay Buccanners QB Josh Freeman
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Gradkowski replaced Jason Campbell in Week 2, and while he wasn't brilliant (11-for-22, 162 yards, one touchdown, one pick), the former gave new life to the offense. Sounds familiar, right? He delivered two 200-yard and one 300-yard performance at the helm last year in replacing JaMarcus Russell.

Gradkowski will start in Week 3. Upon his entry last week, he paid decent attention to wide receivers Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey, which was what this new system was going for. The new signal caller would've had a better shot at dethroning Campbell in the offseason if he hadn't suffered a groin injury in camp.

At this point, Gradkowski might be better off utilizing the Raiders' skill positions in reading the Raiders' offense, which aims to be more vertical under Hue Jackson ... not a bad proposition for a strong No. 3 or low-end No. 2 quarterback.

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.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills (99 percent)

Yup, Fitzpatrick's newfound starting role makes him worth a look in some fantasy leagues facing the New England Patriots in Massachusetts. The Pats' D surrendered 220 yards and three scores to the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez last week.

Safety Brandon Meriweather has essentially been benched. Young corners Darius Butler and Devin McCourty have struggled. New England hasn't put a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks (four sacks in two games).

Buffalo's offense isn't the caliber of New York's, but even if New England blows out Buffalo (a strong possibility), there could be plenty of garbage-time points for Fitz. The Cincinnati Bengals' Carson Palmer threw for 345 yards and two scores, most of it in garbage time, during a blowout loss to New England in Week 1.

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About Bryce McRae

Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.

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