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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Pickups


Erin Skelley, aka "Erin the Fantasy Girl" on Texans Radio/Sports Radio 610 in Houston, dishes out waiver wire magic for Week 3.*

A few Sunday observations:

If you thought Jamaal Charles couldn't possibly have a worse game on Sunday, you were wrong.

Charles went down, and they kept falling, one after another: A.J. Green, Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Ryan Mathews, Knowshon Moreno, Eric Decker and Mark Ingram. Reading Twitter was like watching a train wreck, but with more whining.

Antonio Gates' three-TD game mostly just annoyed fantasy owners who benched him.

Detroit's kicker missed two field goals. Not to be outdone, Cincy's kicker misses three. Good job by me drafting Mike Nugent on TWO teams.

Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery were benched by most league owners after hearing they would almost certainly NOT play.

Of course, they played. 

Johnny Manziel played too. Aggie "whoops" echoed throughout Houston as he gently handed the ball to Isaiah Crowell.

Cowboys win and commit only one turnover. That's right.

True to form, the Cowboys still commit silly penalties.

Eli Manning finishes the day leading the league in interceptions. As expected.

J.J. Watt scores a touchdown. Also as expected.

Such a wild day. If you're still reeling from the madness, here are a few waiver gems to calm the nerves. Take a deep breath and let the wire do its magic.

Knile Davis, RB, Kansas City Chiefs – And this is why you handcuff. With Charles exiting Sunday's game early with an ankle injury, Davis stepped in and gave a very Jamaal-like performance with 101 yards and two touchdowns. No word yet on how long Charles will be out, but he's not expected to return week 3.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins – Let's face it, RG3 was struggling out of the gate anyway. His injury on Sunday perhaps accelerates what was already destined to happen – benching Griffin, adding Cousins. Sunday's performance (250 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions) against the Jags is a good sign for Cousins, who may have just earned a starting job.

Matt Asiata, RB, Minnesota Vikings – Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota and is expected to play this week, but at some point a suspension is expected. Asiata, who delivered with 84 yards and a touchdown, is worth stashing if still available. 

Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers – Another running back with a fill-in assignment, Brown takes over for the injured Mathews. Brown only mustered 21 yards on seven carries, but he's expected to get the lead role in Mathews' absence over the next 4-5 weeks.

Khiry Robinson, RB, New Orleans Saints – Ingram's broken wrist elevates both Robinson and Pierre Thomas. While no starter has been declared, Robinson has more carries and appears to be the lead candidate. Just hold onto the ball, Khiry!

Niles Paul, TE, Washington Redskins – Last week's Allen Hurn is this week's Niles Paul, with eight receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Keep your eye on Jordan Reed's status. He's currently week-to-week, and Paul would be a nice filler.

Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Bucaneers – Filling in for an injured Doug Martin, Rainey rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries. Why would the Bucs ever play Martin again?

Erin Skelley joins Texans Radio every week on SportsRadio 610. Follow her on Twitter @erinskelley. She'll babble fantasy to anyone who will listen.

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