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October 05, 2009
Scouring the unemployment line in search of a steal? These neglected players can spruce up your roster
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October 05, 2009

Bargain Binge

Scouring the unemployment line in search of a steal? These neglected players can spruce up your roster

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Whether you are looking to replace some duds or are in need of spot starters now that bye weeks are beginning in the NFL, you're going to have to dig into the free-agent pool soon. Although early breakouts such as Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham have likely been snapped up, there's still value to be found in the discount bins. Take Ravens wideout Kelley Washington, for example. The seven-year vet is owned in fewer than 10% of all leagues but is a hot target in Baltimore's suddenly high-powered passing attack. Through three games the former Bengal and Patriot was thrown to 13 times, making 12 grabs (including one for a TD). That ties him with Derrick Mason, the Ravens' widely owned fantasy starter, for the team lead in catches.

Here are some other lightly held properties that can add value to your roster:

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers

The decline of Chris Chambers, 31, has created an opportunity for the sure-handed Floyd, who had two catches for 65 yards against Miami on Sunday. Snap up this soon-to-be starting No. 2 wideout in one of the league's better passing offenses.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Chiefs

If ineffective quarterback Matt Cassel, the prize pickup of Kansas City's off-season, is on notice from coach Todd Haley, can disappointing veteran Larry Johnson (2.5 yards per carry) be far behind? For this team in transition the versatile Charles (6.3 yards per touch) should soon be given a bigger role in the Chiefs' offense.

Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers

The blazing-fast rookie from Ole Miss (4.28 in the 40), deemed a reach in the third round by many draft experts, has since drawn praise from coordinator Bruce Arians for being a quick study. With his first 100-yard game last week against the Bengals, Wallace has shown that he deserves to replace the disappointing Limas Sweed as the No. 3 wideout. Wallace's value will only increase as Ben Roethlisberger gets more comfortable looking for him.

Andre Caldwell, WR, Bengals

By catching a four-yard TD pass in the Steelers game on Sunday, Caldwell not only provided the Bengals with an upset win but he also tied Chad Ochocinco for the team lead in receptions with 14. It was widely believed that Chris Henry would be Cincy's third wideout, but he's been relegated to backup split end, which has meant more opportunities from the slot for last year's third-round draft pick.

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