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Week 3 – Waiver Wire – Philip Rivers, Eddie Royal, or Percy Harvin?

Posted by in NFL Week 3 Start 'Em Sit 'Em Advice on September 17th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Eddie Royal Waiver WireIn just after week 2, you’re already making transactions looking to improve your roster wherever you can. There has been a slew of injuries that are leaving you looking for a Plan B or your top draft picks are already letting you down. Here are the top waiver moves after week 2.

There are some concerns for RGIII owners. Although he’s actually put up solid back-to-back 20+ point games in week 1 and week 2, Robert Griffin III has been awful in the first half and clearly should take the blame for the losses in both weeks. His mechanics are off because of the knee injury and he’s afraid to get hit. There’s already talk that if the Redskins go 0-3, Shanahan should bench RGIII until he’s healthy and go with Kirk Cousins. Redskins fans are already calling for Cousins. If there is a QB controversy in Washington, you better start looking elsewhere for a reliable backup if you don’t already have one.

At the top of the QB waiver wire, I would take Philip Rivers. Rivers is looking good again despite not having a true #1 receiver. He has a bunch of roleplayers and he’s making it work. With a Malcom Flloyd, Eddie Royal, a healthy Antonio Gates, and now Danny Woodhead to work with on 3rd down, he has plenty of weapons at his disposal to work with. Ken Wissenhunt has been doing a great job with this offense and the Chargers offense should be back to the 27 PPG offense that we’ve been used to in year’s past when Rivers was a fantasy stud in the 2008-2011 years where Rivers averaged about 30 TD/year and threw for over 4,000 yards every single season. The Chargers are going to throw the football and throw it a lot. After Rivers, Sam Bradford and Jay Cutler have both gotten out to nice starts.

There aren’t many wide receivers to pick from. I was liking Kenny Stills after week 1, but he was quite in week 2. DeAndre Hopkins is available in some leagues and may even have a bigger fantasy impact than Andre Johnson. Hopkins came up huge for the Texans after Johnson left the game with a concussion. Eddie Royal now has 5 TDs this season which is the same amount of touchdowns he has had in the last 4 years combined. Royal was a stud for a sleeper in his rookie season, but has done nothing in the 4 years since then. He may be worth a flier to stash on your bench, but he’s too inconsistent to be considered a weekly starter. If you don’t need immediate help at WR, but looking to stash somebody for a playoff run, you can pick up Percy Harvin for an option down the stretch if you need to upgrade at WR. Harvin won’t be back until week 7 at the earliest, but he has hinted at returning week 7 and has said his recovery is going well.

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