2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Weekly Waiver Wire (Week 3)

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It is only two weeks into the 2010 Fantasy Football season, but already some owners are prepared to hit the panic button.  While a trade is never a bad idea (if it makes sense), your best bet to improve your roster is always through the waiver wire.  Sure your top players may not be producing at the same level you had expected them to when you drafted them, but it is only two games!  Even the best players in the world can have two quiet games in a row (see Drew Brees).

So don’t hit the panic button just yet.  Take a look at the waiver wire, and if any of these guys are available, pick them up.  And if that doesn’t work, then maybe it is about time to seek out a trade.

Josh Freeman, QB, TB – Freeman may not put up remarkable yardage totals, he has shown the ability to work the ball down the field and get it into the end zone when needed.  Freeman threw for an impressive two touchdowns against a strong Panthers’ secondary and although he faces a tough Steelers defense in week three (and therefore should not be started in any league), he can be a solid addition to any team looking for depth at quarterback.

Jason Snelling, RB, ATL – Anyone who watched the Falcons throttle the Cardinals may have noticed that Michael Turner no longer looks like “The Burner” we once knew him as.  Coming into the 2010 season, word out of the Falcons camp was that Turner had regained his breakaway speed, but that assessment looks to be far from the truth after the first two weeks of the season.  And to make matters worse, now he has a groin injury to worry about.  While we are not ready to completely abandon hope in Turner, we do suggest that you keep a close eye on this situation and pick up Snelling in the meantime.  He racked up 186 yards and three touchdowns in place of Turner on Sunday, and it may not be the last you see of him.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN – When the Broncos drafted Thomas in the first round of the 2010 draft, they were hoping they had their replacement for Brandon Marshall.  After sitting out the first game of the season with an injury, Thomas returned in week two and upon first glance it appears as though the Broncos got exactly what they were looking for.  The rookie our of Georgia Tech recorded 8 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks, and while it would be a little far fetched to expect such totals on a regular basis, he should be able to produce some strong stats against favorable opponents on a Broncos team that appears committed to the pass.

Lance Moore, WR, NO – Which New Orleans player will benefit the most from Reggie Bush’s injury?  Most would probably assume the answer to this question is Pierre Thomas, but I would argue that it may in fact be Lance Moore.  Moore has been an afterthought in fantasy circles for the past couple of seasons, but in 2008 he was a key factor in the Saints’ offense, recording 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns.  So what does that have to do with Bush being injured?  During that season, Moore filled in for an injured Bush on much of the short yardage passing plays.  If Moore ends up filling in for Bush once again, he could develop into one of the best sleeper pickups off waivers this season.

Tony Moeaki, TE, KC – It is tough to rely on any fantasy player that relies on Matt Cassel to throw him the ball, but Moeaki may be an exception.  If there was any doubt about his three receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown in week one, he answered them with another solid five receptions for 58 yards in week two.  Not stunning numbers, but solid production for any fantasy tight end.  If you are in need of some help at that position, Moeaki is your man.

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