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Published: Sept. 19, 2011 at 02:52 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 19, 2011 at 07:59 p.m.

Week 3 waiver wire

Need to improve your fantasy team? Each week, NFL.com will offer up 10 players to target off the waiver wire to help you in the quest for a league championship. The number listed in parenthesis is the percentage of NFL.com leagues that the player is still listed as a free agent.

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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills (60.8 percent) 10

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills (60.8 percent)

    A preseason sleeper on NFL.com, Fitzpatrick showed that he belongs in the conversation when it comes to the top fantasy quarterbacks. After throwing four touchdowns in Week 1, the Harvard product went for 264 yards and three scores in a win over the Oakland Raiders. A perfect fit for the offense of coach Chan Gailey, Fitzpatrick needs to be owned in most leagues moving forward.

  • Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins (91.2 percent) 9

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    Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins (91.2 percent)

    If you watched NFL Fantasy LIVE the past two weeks, you know that Grossman has been touted as one of the top sleepers at his position. After two starts, he's on pace to record over 4,700 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. While that pace is certain to slow over the long haul, Grossman is still a great option for owners in Week 3 against a Dallas Cowboys defense that can't stop the pass.

  • Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs (63.4 percent) 8

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    Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs (63.4 percent)

    With Jamaal Charles out of action, Jones figures to share carries with Dexter McCluster (98.0 percent) in the Chiefs backfield. However, McCluster is listed as a wideout on the Chiefs official site, so he can't be used as a running back on NFL.com. So while he has more upside and still warrants a look off the waiver wire, Jones is the player to add if you need a running back replacement.

  • Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos (76.2 percent) 7

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    Willis McGahee, RB, Broncos (76.2 percent)

    The Broncos were without Knowshon Moreno in Week 2, which left McGahee to see a featured role for coach John Fox. He thrived in the spot, posting 101 yards and one score in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. If Moreno's hamstring remains an issue moving forward, McGahee is certain to see a prominent role in the offense. He's well worth a look, especially if Moreno is on your fantasy squad.

  • Ben Tate, RB, Texans (32.6 percent) 6

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    Ben Tate, RB, Texans (32.6 percent)

    No one knows when Arian Foster (hamstring) will be back at 100 percent and Tate has shown that he's a more than capable replacement. The Auburn product has rushed for 100-plus yards in consecutive weeks and is earning a bigger role in the Texans offense. Until Foster can return and shoulder a full workload, Tate is going to see his share of the workload and needs to be owned in all formats.

  • Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins (23.3 percent) 5

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    Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins (23.3 percent)

    So much for the Reggie Bush as a featured back project. The Dolphins appear to have moved away from the USC product, and instead allowed Thomas a chance to see a major role. That was evident in Week 2, as he saw 18 carries (compared to Bush's six) and put up the first 100-yard game of his NFL career. With a date against the Browns next on the schedule, Thomas now has some sleeper appeal.

  • Nate Burleson, WR, Lions (81.6 percent) 4

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    Nate Burleson, WR, Lions (81.6 percent)

    Believe it or not, but Burleson has more fantasy points than Roddy White and Dwayne Bowe after the first two weeks of the season. While that's likely to change as we move forward, it's hard to look past Burleson now that he's in a pass-laden offense with Matthew Stafford at the helm. He's well worth a look as a No. 4 fantasy wideout with real starting value against favorable opponents.

  • Eric Decker, WR, Broncos (98.9 percent) 3

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    Eric Decker, WR, Broncos (98.9 percent)

    Decker went off against the Cincinnati Bengals, posting 113 yards and two touchdowns in the absence of an injured Brandon Lloyd. With the veteran's status uncertain and Eddie Royal also banged up, it's hard not to see Decker more involved in the Broncos pass attack moving forward. He's well worth a look in most leagues, especially if Lloyd's ailment keeps him out more than a few weeks.

  • Fred Davis, TE, Redskins (84.7 percent) 2

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    Fred Davis, TE, Redskins (84.7 percent)

    Chris Cooley (knee) was active for the Skins in Week 2, but it was Davis who made the most noise in fantasy land. The USC product hauled in six passes for 86 yards and one touchdowns in a win over the Arizona Cardinals, and has scored the sixth-most fantasy points among tight ends after two weeks. Look for Davis' production to continue against the Cowboys, who struggle against the pass.

  • Dustin Keller, TE, Jets (38.8 percent) 1

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    Dustin Keller, TE, Jets (38.8 percent)

    Keller had a fast start to last season, posting five touchdowns in his first four games. That trend has continued in 2011, as he's recorded a combined 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns after two weeks. Time will tell if he can continue to produce at a high level, but right now Keller is clearly a No. 1 fantasy tight end. He faces the Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens in the next two weeks.

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