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WAIVER WIRE WONDERS: Week 3

We will talk about a baker’s dozen this week. Players from all the skill positions to help keep your fantasy team up and running at top speed. Several players in this week’s story get a category promotion from last week, including our top recommended add of the week. Only a pair of hot pickups, but several in our next two categories are worth a look as players that are ready to explode down the road. Something for everyone this week. On to the wonders!

Smokin’ Hot

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay

Many scoffed at seeing Fitzpatrick even mentioned in last week’s story, where we had him “On the Radar.” He was not even the highest rated quarterback listed, with Joe Flacco taking those honors last week as a “Solid Pickup” (and we still like him, too). We were one of the first to speculate that he might be able to hold onto the starting job, and now it is well publicized that the coaching staff in Tampa Bay is saying the same thing. After lighting up New Orleans in Week 1, he did the same in Week 2 to the defending Super Bowl champions. Four more touchdown passes on 402 passing yards. Wow. On deck is a Monday night matchup where the spotlight will be on and Tampa Bay will be taking on a Pittsburgh defense that was just torched by Kansas City for 449 yards. The Fitzpatrick train is leaving the station and this will be the last opportunity to grab him off the wire.

WR Antonio Callaway, Cleveland

After a disappointing opening week that had him missing from the box score, Callaway had a strong Week 2 game against New Orleans. Normally, numbers to the tune of three catches for 81 yards and a touchdown would put a player “On the Radar.” In Cleveland that gets him listed in this week’s top category. Cleveland has moved on from Josh Gordon, so the team will need someone to step up and play a prominent role. Callaway is ready and looks to make a strong move up the fantasy radar. He is a player who can be picked up and started right away.

Solid Pickups

WR Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville

Blake Bortles has been spreading the ball around, and though we do not expect him to throw for close to 400 yards as he did this past week against New England, we like the looks of the Jacksonville’s third wideout. Against New England, Westbrook caught four passed for 83 yards, with one of those resulting in a touchdown. This came on the heels of a five-catch effort in the opener against the New York Giants, so the Jacksonville coaches like to keep him involved. Westbrook is a solid pickup this week.

WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay

In much the same way that a rising tide lifts all boats, Ryan Fitzpatrick is raising the level of all those around him involved in the Tampa Bay offense. Godwin is the third option, but he has found the endzone in each of the first two games this season. He upped his catch total to five this week, good for 56 yards. While the Tampa Bay offense is white hot, jump on board and own one of the wideouts.

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About Doug Coutts

Doug has been with Fantasysharks.com since the very beginning. He is a Senior Fantasy Football Staff Writer and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer Association (FSWA). Way back when, there was the Dynasty Den, Just Thinking Out Loud, and the Weekly Wrap-up. Along the way were television appearances on the local cable affiliate, and various other contributions. His weekly "Waiver Wire Wonders" column appears on Tuesdays.