What a crazy week of fantasy we saw in week three. I mean it’s already week three and we have seen some huge performances. This week the focus was on how teams will play with their back up quarterbacks.
So how did it go? We had a total of six new starting QBs in week three and they went 3-3 in their debuts. All these QBs are still available on the waiver, but there’s only two that could be worthy of adding.
Of the three losing teams: the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, and the Miami Dolphins, only Steelers’ Mason Rudolph should be thought about. As for Jets’ Luke Falk and Dolphins’ Josh Rosen, don’t even think about it.
For the winners, I think all of them have a chance to be added to teams as value, but let’s wait on one of them. Below I will talk about which two should be added to your rosters.
But before we get there let’s talk about the big performances by several WRs this past weekend. There were even some RBs and TEs with big days, I mean I never thought my first win of the season would come off a near 200 point performance. Fortunately, I am some good trades that helped my team with it’s weakness. If you can’t find a trade that works for you, the waiver wire is your best option, and let’s see what’s available at each position.
- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 53.4 percent availability
- Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts, 81.6 percent availability
- Daniel Jones, New York Giants, 87.3 percent availability
- Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers, 99.4 percent availability
- Gardner Minshaw II, Jacksonville Jaguars, 94.8 percent availability
This is the most important part of your team and it’s success. Several of you might have lost games in earlier week’s for not having a QB with a good game. Last week, we spoke of the injuries to certain QBs like Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees and Cam Newton. There was also the benching of Eli Manning and there’s where we start our list.
But first, we have to add Jamies Winston if you haven’t already because he and WR Mike Evans crushed it Sunday has the two connected for three touchdowns. Winston is getting more and more comfortable in the Bruce Arians scheme, so grab him well he still available.
Brissett is showing that je is ready to take over as the primary QB in Indianapolis. I mean he doesn’t have any body to take his job, but they are looking like they haven’t lost a step with Andrew Luck’s sudden retirement. The Colts are 2-1 early in the season, and Brissett could look to have another good week against the vulnerable Oakland Raiders defense.
Jones has saved the New York Giants. He is their “savior” and they will be leaning on him all season long. Unfortunately, RB Saqoun Barkley got hur and is set to miss 4-8 weeks. This means that more pressure will be on Jones, but he handled it well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and could do the same this week against the Washington Redskins. Grab him now before he’s no longer available.
Allen filled in nicely for Cam Newton in week three, and we know he could do it again in week four. Ironically, this seems more like a revenge tour for Allen. You see despite having a great NFL debut, Allen grew up in the Arizona area and went to school at Texas Tech before transferring. He transferred to Houston and got benched.
You see where I’m coming from? Allen left Texas Tech where Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was his successor and Allen beat Murray this pat week. Week four is the Houston Texans, and he’ll be making an appearance to another familiar city as he attended the University of Houston. I think Allen has the right mindset to pull off the victory over the Texans with another big performance.
Minshaw was thrown in as a starter in the NFL after a half of the first regular season game. But he is showing improvements weekly and as the season goes on, he’ll be a more valuable piece to the owners who have him especially if he continues to share the ball amongst all his wide receivers.
- Frank Gore, Buffalo Bills, 55.7 percent availability
- Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots, 85 percent availability
- Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers, 97.3 percent availability
- Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers, 85.5 percent availability
- Darrell Williams, Kansas City Chiefs, 97.5 percent availability
Gore may be 36 years old, but he is showing he still has plenty left in the tank. With rookie Devin Singletary out nursing an injury, Gore took over the primary role at RB for the Bills. Whether Singletary plays in week four against the Patriots is still unknown, but those who add Gore should still expect him to have a big role.
Burkhead is outshining both Sony Michel and James White in the New England Patriots backfield. In their week three victory over the New York Jets, Burkhead put up more numbers than Michel and this has Michel owners frustrated. If you have the availability, add Burkhead as a handcuff to Michel and see which one along with White progresses as the season goes on.
Wilson is on a bye this week, but this could be the best time to grab him off the waivers before anyone does. We have seen Wilson go two straight weeks with two rushing touchdowns an we hope to see this a lot more. Of course, the San Francisco 49ers will likely have Tevin Coleman back after the bye and they have Raheem Morsert and Matt Brieda ahead of Wilson, but he’s still worth a stash on the bench for the future weeks.
Jamaal Williams has been in the mix a lot for the Green Bay Packers. In week three, he had 61.7 percent of the snaps and he should be able to get more snaps as this new Packers offense looks to get both RBs involved.
Darrell Williams did a great job in week three as he was splitting snaps with LeSean McCoy. Williams lead the team in rushing and really helped open things up early for the Kansas City Chiefs who were without starter Damien Williams. If Damien or McCoy aren’t set to go, we will see Darrell have another big role.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers, 50.1 percent availability
- Demarcus Robinson/Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs, 37.6/55.7 percent availability
- DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars, 59 percent availability
- Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles, 63 percent availability
- Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots, 94.8 percent availability
Valdes-Scantling is having a break out year so far and I think we will continue to see him have a successful season with QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Davante Adams continuing to have a difficult time connecting due to the opposing defenses. Valdes-Scantling is becoming the second option for Rodgers and he should be added to your rosters as the Packers continue to face tough opponents. Plus, you have to start him against the Philadelphia Eagles secondary that gives up a ton of big plays.
After questioning which one to add last week, the Chiefs answered it and decided that it’s both Robinson and Hardman. They both had big play touchdown in week three and as long as Tyreek Hill continues to stay out we should see them both get a lot of targets.
If I told you that DJ Chark, not Dede Westbrook, is the top receiver on the Jacksonville Jaguars would you believe me? Chark has found a real connection with Minshaw and the two look to start turning their season around after struggling the first two weeks. Look for Chark to get another touchdown in week four as he continues to led this Jaguars team in receiving yards and receptions.
Agholor showed why he is the top choice on the Eagles offense to pick up because of the unknown status of WRs Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery. Despite the dropped catches and fumble in week three, Agholor got two touchdowns and helped give the Eagles offense a chance to win the game. With a short week, we hope that Jeffery or Jackson will return, but either way Agholor will be an option, so add him now before he’s gone.
Dorsett’s value goes up with Antonio Brown no longer on the New England Patriots. In weeks that Brown didn’t play. Dorsett found himself in the endzone for a touchdown. We look for this to be an every week thing as Dorsett takes over as the deep threat guy which is good for him and owners of QB Tom Brady.
- Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts, 54.0 percent availability
- Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys, 58.0 percent availability
- Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks, 75.7 percent availability
- Jordan Akins, Houston Texans, 99.7 percent availability
- Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills, 99.7 percent availability
Ebron didn’t found his way into the end zone in week three, but he had some big plays for the Indianapolis Colts. If WR T. Y. Hilton is not able to go Sunday then Ebron will definitely be the top target for Brissett along side TE Jack Doyle, so add him to your roster before he’s no longer available.
Witten didn’t find the end zone in week three, instead it was the running back show as the Dallas Cowboys handled the Miami Dolphins. Despite going touchdownless, Witten is still a top target for QB Dak Prescott and we could see him used a lot in their week four showdown with the New Orleans Saints.
Dissly has back to back weeks with a touchdown catch, and if he stays healthy we could see this all year long. He looks like he is finally back into form and will continue to be a big role in the Seahawks offense because we know how much QB Russell Wilson loves using the TEs in the red zone.
Akins and Knox are both rookies that made some noise in their week three games. Could this be a good sign of things to come for them this season? As the team’s WRs struggled mildly for both the Houston Texans and the Buffalo Bills, their QBs had to rely on them to get the wins this weekend. How often will they see targets and touchdowns though? That’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on as the bye weeks approach us.
Let’s make week four better than the last and hope that you pick up the right players to help you win as we start hitting the ground running.