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Fantasy Football 2012, Week 3: Waiver Wire 100

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A lot of articles about the waiver wire can look alike, so we try something a little different this week by ranking 100 players that are available in fantasy leagues.


"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."

George Bernard Shaw did not play fantasy football, but he brings up an interesting point. When it comes to the waiver wire, we can't just talk about all the guys that are making headlines. A dedicated fantasy owner should have a good idea of players who are on the radar and haven't blown up yet. Once a player that is at the end of your bench is losing his luster, you can cut him for a guy that has some promise.

Most of the time the easiest way to get help on the waiver wire is to look at what happened the previous week, then help use that to project how the next few weeks will go. That's especially true when it comes to injuries. You'd have to be a fantasy idiot to not expect C.J. Spiller to bust out. It's not that simple all the time, though. Daryl Richardson was a fantasy unknown and he ranked 10th in rushing yards for Week 2.

It's with that idea in mind I thought I'd put together a little list of the top 100 guys that are both on the radar and could go off and mixed in some stealth bombers that are off the radar and may see a sudden boost like Richardson.

The following is a list of offensive players that are available in at least 25 percent of leagues. They're rated on their current value with all things being equal (format, need, need for upside, a plug-n-play guy for the next couple weeks):

1. Brandon LaFell

2. Randall Cobb

3. Danny Amendola

4. Dennis Pitta

5. Andrew Luck

6. Jacquizz Rodgers

7. Evan Royster

8. Brian Hartline

9. Kyle Rudolph

10. Rashard Mendenhall

11. Donnie Avery

12. Mikel Leshoure

13. Brent Celek

14. Austin Collie

15. Greg Little

16. Martellus Bennett

17. Mike Williams (TB)

18. Kendall Hunter

19. Andre Brown

20. Mike Goodson

21. Dexter McCluster

22. Jake Locker

23. Greg Olsen

24. Alshon Jeffery

25. Russell Wilson

26. Daryl Richardson

27. Donald Jones

28. Jason Avant

29. Kevin Ogletree

30. Carson Palmer

31. Jonathan Dwyer

32. Jermaine Gresham

33. Robert Turbin

34. Dustin Keller

35. Bilal Powell

36. Vick Ballard

37. Vincent Brown

38. Kendall Wright

39. Rod Streater

40. Leonard Hankerson

41. Daniel Thomas

42. Rashad Jennings

43. Stephen Hill

44. Jonathan Baldwin

45. Brandon Gibson

46. Scott Chandler

47. Heath Miller

48. Andrew Hawkins

49. Santana Moss

50. Laurent Robinson

51. Mohamed Massaquoi

52. Golden Tate

53. Julian Edelman

54. Sam Bradford

55. Ryan Fitzpatrick

56. Lamar Miller

57. Javon Ringer

58. Bernard Scott

59. Nate Burleson

60. Alex Green

61. Brandon Stokley

62. Bryce Brown

63. Ryan Tannehill

64. Jackie Battle

65. Armon Binns

66. James Jones

67. Coby Fleener

68. Steve Smith (STL)

69. Brandon Myers

70. Matt Cassel

71. Kevin Kolb

72. Bernard Pierce

73. Harry Douglas

74. Jacoby Jones

75. Braylon Edwards

76. Emmanuel Sanders

77. Jerome Simpson

78. Mark Sanchez

79. Anthony Fasano

80. James Starks

81. Doug Baldwin

82. Kevin Walter

83. Lance Ball

84. Marcel Reece

85. Andre Roberts

86. Mike Tolbert

87. Jeremy Kerley

88. Aldrick Robinson

89. Dante Rosario

90. Jerome Simpson

91. Isaiah Pead

92. Michael Jenkins

93. Shaun Draughn

94. Davone Bess

95. Brandon Weeden

96. Ronnie Brown

97. Marcedes Lewis

98. Tim Tebow

99. Joe McKnight

100. Tashard Choice

Not in a deeper league? Here are a few guys that might be available for some 10-team formats:

David Wilson- The rookie from Virgina Tech made it to Coughlin's doghouse quickly by fumbling on his second carry of the season. Consequently, Wilson didn't see another offensive snap for the rest of that Cowboy game. He only saw six snaps on Sunday and had a big drop as well. He's a better own than Brown for the long haul and he could be a pleasant surprise and bust out. After all, he got plenty of reps with the ones in preseason.

Pierre Thomas- Thomas kind of went off thanks to his 48 yards to launch him to 110 yards on nine carries. P.T. also added four catches for 33 yards. The NO backfield isn't as messy as we once thought with Darren Sproles not even registering a carry so far this year. Thomas is in front of Ingram on the value scale and should be owned by any owner that isn't sure about their RB4 or has a back that is struggling right now.

Denarius Moore- His numbers weren't of the eye-popping variety with only three catches for 67 yards. Moore led the team in targets (tied with DHB) and many of them were down the field. He's only going to get better and should be owned in all leagues.

You can follow me on Twitter (@MikeSGallagher) for some input or ask me a question about this list and who you're considering to cut. You can also check out the SB Nation Fantasy War Room 4-8:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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