Post Week Three Waiver Wire Pickups

By Zack Cimini

Whose out there that can help your squad get back in the heat of things before it’s too late?


Jason Campbell (33% owned in Yahoo)- Everyone in the Redskins organization seemingly wants Campbell out, but should they be looking at other positions? We think so. The Redskins usually were one of the best at running the football. Now three weeks into the season and Clinton Portis highest run total was 79 yards against the Rams. With their running game looking like it may be in the bottom five all season long, it means Jason Campbell is going to be airing it out. With their season likely to fold and no running game, expect Campbell to be a decent fantasy option at quarterback.

Brett Favre (71% owned in Yahoo)- We all knew there would come a point and time where Favre would have to win or lose a game with his arm. He threw a throw for a game winning touchdown that has made everyone stop their flapping mouths on Favre returning. For the first time this year though Favre seemed to be comfortable throwing it down the field and mixing it up a bit.

Running Backs
Jamaal Charles (9% owned in Yahoo)- Larry Johnson’s days seem to be done in Kansas City. His production has been atrocious and Charles is just waiting for the quick gun slinger mentality of Todd Haley before he is inserted into the starting lineup. Another poor game or two by Johnson and expect just that. Charles put up decent numbers against the Eagles in limited action and KC will likely keep adding more touches for him.

Fred Taylor (35% owned in Yahoo)- It could just be a one week wonder for Fred Taylor as far as production. He had 21 carries, and has only seen carries over twenty, four times in the last few seasons. New England got tired of their quarterback getting drilled every time because of their horrible ratio of pass to run. Taylor has a lot left in the tank thanks to Jacksonville being one of the earliest in the league to go with a time share at running back. Don’t forget before MJD, Taylor was sharing carries with James Stewart and others.

Jerome Harrison (6% owned in Yahoo)- James Davis was supposed to be the sleeper in Cleveland, but he has been setback by a myriad of things to start the season. So Harrison became the primary backup to Lewis who missed this past week of action. When Lewis is back it’ll be interesting to see how all three are used together. For now though Harrison has the most upside.

Glen Coffee (22% owned in Yahoo)- One of the top five must need hand cuffs for fantasy owners is widely available. It just goes to show how fantasy owners would rather fill their roster up with depth they don’t need. Coffee should get at least three starts it looks like, as Gore has been declared out for a minimum of three weeks. Expect the 49ers to mix in some carries for Michael Robinson, but Coffee should get between 18-22 carries a game. Against the Vikings he carried the ball 25 times and had a hard go finding holes. He should fare batter in the next three weeks and Is a strong play in all.

Wide Receivers
Davone Bess (9% owned in Yahoo)- With Ginn being their downfield target, Bess is their possession receiver over the middle as well as hot route receiver. The Dolphins like to use him in their quick screen attack, which sooner or later should result in a big gainer for Bess. Last week against the Chargers after Pennington went down, it seemed that Chad Henne was zeroed in on Bess. The two probably have chemistry with each other dating back to last season when both were drafted by the Dolphins. Bess remember was undrafted and likely worked with Henne one on one in practice drills. Move Bess up in your rankings and Ginn down.

Pierre Garcon (27% owned in Yahoo)- We truly believed Garcon was a one week wonder and was why we left him off our week two waiver wire pickups. As against the Dolphins he only had the one catch which resulted in a touchdown. Garcon though is the big play threat that Manning will use to his disposal for a couple of air it out tosses every game. Two weeks in a row now they’ve connected for big scores, and Garcon seems to be getting more and more comfortable with the offense. Garcon is not worthy of starting yet but can fill a spot on your bench until enough is seen from him.

Kelley Washington (3% owned in Yahoo)- Joe Flacco is proving that he is the real deal. Last year we had question marks around his protected season as the Ravens really didn’t let him win or lose the game. Now they’re letting him make plays and he is showing he is one of the premier quarterbacks in the league. With Flacco having two 300 yard games under his belt already it means the Ravens have went from not just two receivers worthy of fantasy consideration but three. With that amount of yards and balls be throwing around, Kelley Washington has been a quiet sleeper and one of Flacco’s favorite targets. With Washington factoring in the offense don’t wait for that big game or a Ravens receiver to go down before scooping him up.

Tight Ends
Brent Celek (59% owned in Yahoo)- Why he wasn’t one of the higher rated tight ends going into the year is questionable. The Eagles have always made their tight ends a high part of their offense, and with LJ Smith out of the picture, Celek figured to be a strong option. Three weeks in and he is outperforming all tight ends except Tony Gonzalez. Teams will disguise more coverages to stop him but he should continue to have a breakout year.