Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: RB - Week 3

by Ryan R. Bonini and Tim Heaney on September 23, 2009 @ 00:00:00 PDT


Free agents to pick up in your fantasy football league

If you are serious about winning your fantasy league football championship, it is important to stay on top of your fantasy football team throughout the course of 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 in your league. Not being aggressive in picking up fantasy football free agents is not a wise move. Sometimes, even if you do not need the player for your starting lineup, it is wise to tuck the player away for depth as well as to block others from adding the player to their fantasy football team.

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.

Correll Buckhalter, Denver Broncos

Buckhalter is likely to see his role in the offense reduce as rookie runner Knowshon Moreno gains a stronger grasp of the No. 1 job, but Buck is doing enough to chip in. He has touched the ball 10 times each week and is averaging 61.0 rushing yards, 0.5 rushing touchdowns, 1.5 receptions and 20.5 receiving yards per game. You can find Buckhalter available in nearly two-thirds of polled setups.

Fantasy football free agents: Look to acquire

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

Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks

Seattle's best option for catching passes out of the backfield, Forsett filled the stat sheet on 11 touches Sunday, snaring six throws for 57 yards while also averaging seven yards a carry on his five totes. Even more interesting: The 5-foot-8, 194-pound sophomore was used twice in the red zone. Injury-prone starter Julius Jones (forearm) had his forearm wrapped with an ice pack following Sunday's game, so a bigger Forsett presence could be on the horizon. Forsett can be added in nearly all formats, but deep leaguers and point-per-reception players may not have a chance at him if they don't do it this week.

Tashard Choice, Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys RB Tashard Choice
Your Choice to replace Barber?

Marion Barber III (quadriceps) strained his quadriceps in Week 2, and there wasn't a timetable offered for him. If he were to miss Week 3, the sparsely used Choice would earn more action with Felix Jones. Choice's build (5-foot-10, 212 pounds) projects better as a replacement for Barber, but the Cowboys haven't shied away from running Jones between the hogs. Don't fret: The Cowboys enjoy using their top two carriers on a regular basis, and Choice exploded in place of Barber last year. Barber owners and depth seekers can obtain Choice in about 90 percent of leagues polled. Expect him to be plucked quickly as more Barber updates surface.

NEW - Chris Brown, Houston Texans

With Steve Slaton's early struggles, including his difficulty in holding on to the football, Brown should see some speculative love. He has been utilized 14 times this year, including twice in the red zone in Week 2. Head coach Gary Kubiak has said he wants to involve Brown for double-digit carries during a game if possible. With the potential waiver wire options at running back probably drying up, Brown should be at least considered in the 87 percent of leagues polled in which he's available.

Fantasy football free agents: Watch list

NEW - Lynell Hamilton, New Orleans Saints

Mike Bell (knee) is not expected to play in Week 3. Pierre Thomas (knee), the starter Bell replaced, still isn't at full strength. Reports say Hamilton (6-foot, 235 pounds) saw ample work in Wednesday's practice, meaning it could be assumed he'd be heavily involved this coming game. Don't make him more than a gamble pickup; Hamilton's fantasy value probably won't last past this week as long as the other backs heal properly. He's available almost everywhere, though, if you have an open spot for such risk-taking, especially if you play in deep touchdown-heavy scoring leagues.

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About Ryan R. Bonini

Founding KFFL in 1996, Bonini now serves as VP of Fantasy Sports Solutions for USA TODAY SPORTS, KFFL's parent company. Bonini was named 2009 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the FSWA, received honors with the Best Fantasy Football Series in '10 and was named into their Hall of Fame in '13.

His work has been found in USA TODAY Sports, Yahoo! Sports, FOX Sports, CBS Sports,, and many others. He has also been featured on numerous radio programs around the country. Bonini is a member of the PFWA, FSWA and FSTA.

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