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NFL Fantasy Football: Week 2 Recap and Week 3 Hot Picks

Niala Samnarine

By Niala Samnarine

September 17, 2013

Week 2 Recap

Congratulations to everyone out there who has started their NFL Fantasy Football season at 2-0, you’re in good company as 25% of (real) NFL teams are currently holding the same record. For those of you who managed a 0-2 start, you’re in league with about 21% of NFL teams, but never fear. THE SEASON IS YOUNG!

If you didn’t let first week jitters scare you and started James Jones, Marshawn Lynch, Dez Bryant and Mike Wallace, your fantasy team probably won this week. (Just a little advice, don’t let one bad week scare you off!) Similarly if someone’s hot one week, there’s no guarantee that they will perform as well two times in a row. But that’s the beauty of fantasy, trying to predict who will rise and who will have an off week.

With that in mind, here are our Week 3 top waiver wire pickups.

Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Phillip Rivers QB, San Diego Chargers

Rivers is owned in 41% of leagues, if he’s available and your starting QB is off to a shaky start, he might be a worthwhile pickup. Historically Rivers struggles in October and November with a 3-12 record from the 2011 and 2012 seasons. If his September numbers follow history (5-2) he should have a solid month.

Eddie Royal WR, San Diego Chargers

Royal is owned in 23% of leagues, and after 2 games is the #3 overall fantasy WR. With Malcolm Floyd out indefinitely look for Royal to have a bigger role and continue to be a high producer for the Chargers. He is worth picking up against the Tennessee titans whose secondary gave up over 100 yards and a TD to Andre Hopkins and over 75 yards to Andre Johnson in Week 2.


Marlon Brown WR, Baltimore Ravens

He’s connected with Joe Flacco for a touchdownin each of the first two games and is owned in about 26% of Fantasy Football leagues.

He might be a long shot, however if you’re struggling at wideout, consider him among the top of the list to help you in Week 3.

Knowshon Moreno RB, Denver Broncos

He’s solidified himself as the Broncos starting RB and is still available in about 43% of leagues. In Week 3 he’s up against an Oakland Raiders defense that has been effective against stopping the run. Consider him a flex option for this week, but get him on your team to help out in upcoming weeks.

Kansas City Chiefs OR Minnesota Vikings DST

So we don’t normally talk about pickups for defenses and special teams, but I’ll make an exception for the Chiefs and Vikings. The Chiefs D looked solid against both opponents this year and if they stay fired up they may come out as one of the top defenses this year.

The Vikings D got off to a shaky start but kicked it into high gear against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. They will be playing the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, who are struggling offensively. If you need a couple extra points to put you ahead of your opponent look to pick up this Vikings defense.

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