NFL Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 3
By RahimAli Merchant
Before I get trade happy and try to replace the weak points on my roster, I want to share with you my waiver wire for week 3 in fantasy football.
How did you do this week? I hope you replaced your injured players with some of the top players on the waivers? Or maybe you were comfortable with what you had on your roster and did not feel like you needed to improve on what you had?
I know I am comfortable with what I have, but like I said last week, my teams are different. You see I drafted players on my team from one specific college football conference, so of my three leagues I did three different conferences. One was the SEC, in which Matthew Stafford is my quarterback, while having Alvin Kamara, A.J. Green, Jarvis Landry, and Amari Cooper. I failed to win last week with the terrible play of Stafford and Cooper, but this week is a different story.
It was nice to see Matthew Stafford and Amari Cooper bounce back with performances we are used to seeing, but there are still other players available on the waivers who have had consecutive solid weeks in fantasy. So let’s see who you may be able add on your roster.
1. Ryan “Magic” Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 69.9 percent availability
2. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos, 75.7 percent availability
3. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals, 81.5 percent availability
4. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, 91.1 percent availability
5. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars, 89.9 percent availability
Four of the Five are repeats from last weeks waiver wire additions. This week is much of the same, and it may stay like this for a while, especially if you’re in a 10 team league and everyone has a good quarterback. The moment one of the top quarterbacks have a bye or get injured, you know who to jump on. I’m not sure how much longer Ryan Fitzmagic will be the starter with Jamies Winston returning in a few weeks. Case Keenum had an explosive week one and proved to all the Denver fans that they shouldn’t fear of a last-place finish in the division, and the backfield duo really helps make everything easier for him. Dalton and top receiver A.J. Green lit up the Ravens in the first half of their Thursday night divisional showdown, and we could see a lot more passing from Dalton and the Bengals with running back Joe Mixon likely to miss a few weeks. Flacco might have lost to Dalton and the Bengals, but the Ravens offense has its moments where they can be explosive, and it looks like they plan to use all the offensive weapons available to Flacco, like running backs Alex Collin and Buck Allen (running back waiver). Bortles and the Jaguars beat the Patriots with ease this week, and it is one of the first times he has beaten the Patriots in his career. He also did it while proving that there is more to the Jaguars than star running back, Leonard Fournette, who missed week 2 with an injury. That was no problem for Bortles as he found four different teammates in the end zone for touchdowns.
Speaking of touchdowns and finding the end zone, all of the running backs on this week’s waiver wire have been a huge part of their team’s offense and are likely going to see more with the different situations they are in.
1. Bilal Powell, New York Jets, 42 percent availability
2. Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos, 38.4 percent availability
3. Javorius “Buck” Allen, Baltimore Ravens, 81.2 percent availability
4. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals, 60.6 percent availability
5. Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills, 96.8 percent availability
Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell both look to continue to be part of the Jets offense while rookie quarterback Sam Darnold gets more and more comfortable with the feel of the NFL. Even though both backs are splitting carries, Powell’s power to run through the tackles and get you small yards on more rushes is a good feeling for those who add him. I hope you were able to add Lindsay to your roster before last weeks games. If not then you better get him quick cause he could be the new top back in the Broncos offense. Of course, I think that both he and Royce Freeman will be a part of the team’s success. Lindsay should be on your team and in your lineup, just hoping for him to find the end zone. Javorius “Buck” Allen has found the end zone in back to back games in the passing back role and we should continue to see that from him as the season goes on. Allen has really helped Flacco and the Ravens offense gets off to a quick start, and hopefully it will stay this way for all the season as the Ravens look to take their division. Giovani Bernard may not be on your roster yet, but with Joe Mixon expected to miss a few weeks, Bernard’s value is set to rise and he could be very productive as a pass-catching back with an already explosive offense after two weeks. How about Chris Ivory? Remember when he was the star running back for the Jets? Well, we may be able to see if he has any star ability left as he becomes the first Buffalo Bills player to score a touchdown this season. With LeSean McCoy also banged up, Ivory could see more snaps and be an option to make your roster.
With the news about the Cleveland Browns trading Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots, everyone who dropped him will try to grab him up again, but that’s good for those who don’t make much of that move because it allows us to add other receivers who have proven themselves.
1. DeSean Jackson, Tampa Buccaneers, 38.9 percent availability
2. Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets, 43.2 percent availability
3. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars, 51.6 percent availability
4. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens, 76.1 percent availability
5. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns, 96.3 percent availability
With Fitzmagic at quarterback, Jackson is playing like it’s 2013, and these two could very well be the biggest surprise duo of the season. In just two games, D-Jax has 275 yards and three touchdowns off nine catches, and there is at least one more start for the two of them, so jump on it while you can. Enunwa stood out as the top option for Sam Darnold this week despite a losing effort. Look to continue seeing Enunwa be a big part of the Jets’ offense and add him to your roster as soon as you can. Keelan Cole and the Jaguars had a huge game against the Patriots, and this was actually the first step of what could be a nice season for the young, talented receiver. Let’s not forget his ODJ-ish catch of the football that changes the momentum of the game. You had to have a lot of confidence in Ravens’ John Brown to add him before their Thursday night game against the Bengals. After his performance in that game, your confidence is even higher, and if you’re in need of a receiver, John Brown could be your guy. He is already becoming one of Joe Flacco’s favorite receivers and it’s only week three. For Callaway, his biggest chance to prove himself is now. After the Browns traded Gordon, Callaway is the next man up behind Jarvis Landry and he had a good week against the Saints as he caught his first ever NFL touchdown in the regular season. As the Browns continue to put themselves in nail-biters and coming up short, Callaway could help them win a few games, and you could win as well.
Of course, your team can’t be complete without a tight end, and I hope you found your replacement for Walker and Olsen, but don’t let it be their backups. Even if you have a good tight end, you may just want another one to fill your roster or even start as a flex. I have a feeling that’s what I’ll need to do with my PAC-12 team. But let’s see who is available for you when you need them.
1. Ben Watson, New Orleans Saints, 63.6 percent availability
2. Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts, 64.4 percent availability
3. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons, 82.5 percent availability
4. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars, 70 percent availability
5. Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks, 75.7 percent availability
I still believe Watson could have value on the Saints’ offense, especially in PPR. I know he hasn’t done much of anything thus far, but he’s still worth a spot on the bench for when you need him in bye weeks. But who is Eric Ebron? I forgot how talented of a catching tight end he was at North Carolina before being drafted by the Detroit Lions. He has since joined the Colts and Andrew Luck is not afraid to give him the ball. I honestly think Ebron will pass up Jack Doyle as the top tight end. In the first two weeks, Ebron has scored a touchdown in each game while Doyle hasn’t done much. So keep an eye on this one as Ebron could be a sleeper tight end in most leagues. I gave you a heads up last week about Austin Hooper and I’m not sure how long he’ll be a hot waiver add, but while Falcons’ running back Devonta Freeman is out with an injury, Hooper is a solid add and we saw that as the offense woke up and Hooper got himself a touchdown. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was part of the Jaguars big win over the Patriots this past weekend. He was one of four players to catch a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles and we could expect to see him continue to get looks as long as Leonard Fournette is out and Bortles actually plays well. He many just be a part replacement, but should be stashed on the bench as a backup in all leagues. Will Dissly is still on the list from last week. I believe in him already and it’s only been two weeks. In those two weeks, quarterback Russell Wilson has found him twice for touchdowns. Dissly may be a pass-blocking rookie tight end, but he is slowly emerging as the top tight end and Wilson’s end zone threat. Dissly should be added on your team as a starting or flex tight end as long as Doug Baldwin is out, especially with the running game lacking. Believe in the rookie and add him, that’s what I did.