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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Waiver Wire Receivers

Waiver Wire WRs and TEs for Week 3 in Fantasy Football

September 17, 2013

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Half of us are celebrating a Week 2 fantasy football victory this morning, while the other half are shaking our heads and wondering what went wrong. If you’re a part of that latter group, there’s reason to be optimistic for Week 3. There’s plenty of fresh talent available on the waiver wire right now, and a shrewd add or two could turn your season around. Let’s take a look at the popular trends at the wide receiver and tight end positions to see if anyone’s right for your team.

Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers: The hot WR add of the week has been Royal, and after his performance in the Chargers’ second game, it’s easy to see why. He racked up 90 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles, which was a stunning encore from his Week 1 line of 24 yards and two scores. Royal is getting plenty of targets, and is definitely worth an add as a backup wide receiver for your fantasy roster, though you shouldn’t expect him to put up five touchdowns in each two-week span.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Waiver Wire Receivers

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DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: Lots of people are predicting big things for Hopkins, and after his performance in Week 2, we’re starting to agree. He put up 117 yards and a score on seven receptions against Tennessee, and has made for a nice alternate option next to Andre Johnson in the Texans’ passing game. Now, Johnson missed some time in Week 2 with a concussion, but will likely be okay for the Ravens game. Still, Hopkins is worth a look as a potential breakout player all his own.

Marlon Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Brown has quietly put together two solid weeks of numbers in fantasy, and now he’s getting plenty of attention from prospective owners. After putting up 65 yards and a score in Week 1, he followed that up with 45 yards and a score against the Browns. He now has eight catches on the year. Brown makes a nice low-end add for the Texans game, and should continue to post solid numbers.

Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins: Before the season began, few fantasy owners knew who Clay was, and even fewer bothered to give him any consideration whatsoever. That’s changed now that we’re a couple weeks into the season. Clay has stepped up in the absence of free-agent acquisition Dustin Keller, tallying 163 yards on 10 grabs through two games thus far. Now’s the time to snatch Clay up, before other fantasy owners in your league start to take notice. Keep him stashed until you need a bye-week or injury replacement.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: We’ve been pretty high on Eifert since before the season began, and he’s just now starting to prove us right. He came up with three catches for 66 yards against the Steelers, and could have had more had QB Andy Dalton not missed on a couple of throws. Eifert’s got tons of potential, but thus far has been swallowed by the looming shadow of the more experienced receivers. If he hits his stride, he’ll be dangerous. Grab him as a backup TE.

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