Cody Wagner @CwagsFantasy
Waiver Wire: Week 3
Bye week teams: No teams on bye.
For this on-going waiver wire article I will be breaking skill players down into 3 categories and then conclude by recommending some likely free-agent Defenses to stream.
• Game Changers: Game changers are exactly what they sound like. Players that through injury or opportunity rise up and become real impact players immediately. They may not be the best or most well-known players, but they are in a position to impact fantasy scores on a weekly basis.
• Depth with upside: Again, the name is fairly self-explanatory. These are players that are just waiting for that opportunity to excel. Often they possess a solid talent and elite measurables, but they just have not had the opportunity to “break out” yet. This often includes handcuffs of underwhelming players or players that have started slow at deep positions, i.e. a QB or TE, that still have you believing in their talent.
• Hail Mary’s: This section is easily going to be the highest turnover section of your roster. And in some cases, the players will literally change from day-to-day. They are often role players that flash or deeper roster players that may have moved up due to injury, trade, or just plain old ineffectiveness.
Giovani Bernard – RB | Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Mixon should miss the next 2-4 weeks, Gio isn’t really a three-down back, but he will start with Mark Walton backing him up. I do expect the Bengals to be a more airborne team while Mixon is absent, but Bernard is a very capable back and usually does most of his damage through the air anyway. He should be an RB2 with upside against the Panthers D.
Chris Godwin – WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dude has scored in every game he’s played in this year including preseason. He looks like a great WR3 flex option and if you’re worried about Djax, he’s out targeted him so far. I see Godwin as a more consistent producer than Djax at this point. Also, The Bucs play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night next week, so that game could easily get out of hand and offer a ton of offensive production.
Antonio Callaway – WR | Cleveland Browns
With the departure of Josh Gordon, that opens up a ton of targets for Calloway. He played on 50 of 62 snaps against the saints. That’s a pretty sizeable amount. I think he’s the more reliable option than Rashard Hollywood Higgins is. He about as talented as they come, has more speed and will likely be the second option on this team in targets behind Landry.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I said it last week, we’ll give him one more chance to prove it. Fitzy absolutely crushed it again and then came out in his best Connor Mcgregor impersonation to just show everyone who the king really is in Tampa. I think Jameis is going to have to sit and wait for Fitzmagic to make a mistake before he sniffs the starting line up again.
Ted Ginn Jr. – WR | New Orleans Saints
The dude is not done, I don’t care if Cameron Meredith does come back. This dude has Brees’s trust and he still has the tremendous speed to get open at any time down the field. Snatch him up and start him in your flex. This looks to be a more high scoring offense than last year as their defense looks like it will struggle.
DEPTH WITH UPSIDE:
Jordan Wilkins – RB | Indianapolis Colts
I know I know I said bad things about him last week, but a lot of people dropped him last week and he split carries with Marlon Mack and almost doubled his production. I may have spoken too soon, which can often happen when you’re trying to make weekly assessments of rookies. Anyway, he looks to be a large part of this offense, that will likely continue to need to score a lot. He also leads the RB in targets, but that could change if they have a lot of negative game scripts. Nyheim Hines was involved as well but only had one target in the matchup. This could be a tough backfield to know who is going to have a better week, week to week, but there is value and an injury here or there could offer tremendous opportunity.
Calvin Ridley – WR | Atlanta Falcons
He won’t do this every week obviously, but he leads the Falcons in receiving yards and was second on the team in targets behind Julio. He got in the end zone for his first NFL touchdown. I think people have been waiting to have faith in him until because Mohamed Sanu is still lurking around the depth chart. I think that changed this week. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out target Sanu for the rest of the season. He’s too much of a talent.
Ito Smith – RB | Atlanta Falcons
Ito got 9 carries and one target against the Panthers. Tevin Coleman is obviously the lead back, but with Devonta Freeman expected to miss a couple more weeks, look for him if you’re lacking at RB depth. The 4th round draft pick out of Southern Miss is small, but shifty and will assume a similar role next week. They play the Saints next week, whose Defense has looked suspect at best, but could always provide a showdown through the air that could suit both of Atlanta’s back just fine.
Tyler Boyd – WR | Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Boyd floated under the radar this week because his counterpart scored 3 touchdowns, but he actually had just as many targets and more yards. He also got in the end zone and with Mixon banged up and out for a couple weeks, I could see the passing game where the Bengals collect their hay, especially going up against the swiss cheese that is the Carolina Panthers D. This could be a great game with a lot of offense. Start em if ya got em.
O.J. Howard – TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’ve been suspect about Ole “Orange Juice” Howard last year and earlier in the preseason, especially since they shelled out that scrilla for Cameron Brate. This dude is just a way better player than Brate and always seems to make big plays happen. That’s a guy I want, that’s a guy you should want. I mentioned this earlier, the Bucs play the Steelers next, whose defense is atrocious. They also have a lot of weapons that defense will have to show attention or they will consistently get burned. That being said, He’s a lock to be a TE1 next week