Waiver Wire: Week 3

TYLER ORGINSKI @FFTYLERO


Whether you won or lost, this is the time to either bolster that winning roster or look ahead to getting the W in week three. Active teams win leagues, and you are now tasked with the difficult decision on not only who to pick-up but how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider the order in which the players are listed, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in ~33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week three waiver wire article. 

 

Quarterback

Josh Allen –  (3% FAAB)

Last week, if you picked up Allen and streamed him, you were rewarded with a 22 point performance. The matchup is just as juicy this week as the Bills take on the Bengals defense who just surrendered 41 points to the 49ers. Allen could have a huge day on the ground. 

Matthew Stafford –  (2%)

Stafford has looked crisp in his 385 yards 3 TD affair against the Cardinals in week one and looked solid in week two vs. the Chargers with a 245/2/2 line. He will likely flirt with top 12 upside in a favorable matchup against the Eagles whose defense is still a huge pass funnel. Case Keenum just went for a 380/3 line vs. the Eagles in week one, and Ryan just went 320/3/3 last week. Stafford can easily replicate those numbers this week. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Jimmy Garoppolo

 

Runningback

Raheem Mostert – (14-16% FAAB)

Mostert headlines this RB list for a variety of reason. For starters, McKinnon is on IR, and Tevin Coleman is out for multiple weeks. Thus, thrusting the oft-injured Matt Breida into a starting role.  Regardless of Breida’s health, Mostert had a prominent showing in week three. Not only did he lead the 49er RBs in snaps (47%) but he was also lead all RBs in the passing game with four targets. If he is going to continue to see double-digit rush attempts and be featured in the passing game, flex this man with confidence. 

Darwin Thompson – (9-10%)

The Chiefs ended week two with both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams banged up. While neither injury is thought to be serious, it does flash some warning signs. McCoy is a 31-year-old back who has taken a beating in his career, and Damien Williams has never handled a large workload. With the state of the Chiefs offense, having Darwin as a bench stash sounds appealing. 

Jaylen Samuels – (7-9%)

James Conner exited the game with a knee injury last week. While the injury is not expected to sideline him that long, in Conner’s absence, Samuels saw 21 snaps to Snell’s 2. There was some concern Snell would eat into Jaylen’s workload in Conner were ever to go down, but that is not the case, Samuels is the clear back-up. 

Frank Gore – (6-8%)

Before the season started, the Bills backfield was entirely too crowded. Now, after week two, it is starting to work itself out. With McCoy getting cut and TJ Yeldon being a non-factor, this is shaping up to be a near-even split between Singletary and Gore. Singletary suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s game, and Gore saw 21 touches. If Singletary cannot suit up, Gore will bring your flex spot the most stable floor. 

Justice Hill – (3-4%)

This one is much more speculative, but I love what I have seen from Justice Hill thus far. His usage is far from ideal, but the Ravens have also been ahead in their two games played. With the Chiefs on deck in week three, we could see a Justice Hill break-out. Stay a week ahead of the waiver wire on this one. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Ronald Jones (Barber isn’t good) – Jeff Wilson Jr. (49ers goal-line back) – Chase Edmonds (elite cuff) – Tony Pollard (elite cuff)- Alexander Mattison (elite cuff)

 

Wide Receiver

If Mecole Hardman is available, pick him up before the players below: 

Demarcus Robinson – (13-15% FAAB)

This one is simple; he is tied to the Chiefs offense and Patrick Mahomes’ arm. He saw 78% of the snaps (to Hardman’s 76%) and took his six targets for a 6/172/2 line. Even if this usage doesn’t stick, you take the shot. 

Golden Tate – (9-10%)

If you play with more casual players, you can likely bid much less. In any PPR league, you are going to want Golden Tate when his suspension is up. Get one week ahead of waivers on this one and grab Tate. He had an off-year with the Eagles but has been a PPR monster for 5+ years. There isn’t anyone outside of Engram in his way to compete for targets and it helps that Danny Dimes was also just named the starter over Eli in week three. 

Nelson Agholor – (7-8%)

In week two, both Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson were injured. It appears that Djax is going to be ok, but Alshon is doubtful. In their absence, he saw a whopping 16 targets for a 10/118/1 line. Carson Wentz tends to look Agholor’s way early and often. If Alshon sits, Agholor stands to benefit in what will likely be a high scoring game vs. Detroit. 

DJ Chark/Chris Conley – (6-7%)

Chark has caught in 11 balls for 201 yards and two touchdowns so far in his two games; Conley, 10/170/1. They are both eating with Minshew at QB. Employ them as WR3s with boom or bust potential until they give you a reason not to. 

Deebo Samuel – (5-6%)

Deebo saw 88% snap rate in week one but saw that rate drop to 40% in week two. However, he currently leads the 49er WRs in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. This WR group is a bit of a mess, but Deebo is worth holding until someone emerges. 

James Washington – (5-6%)

Moncrief is a bust, and it appears James Washington will get his shot. He has looked great in preseason games but has yet to put it together in the regular season. The opportunity and the shower narrative with starting QB Mason Rudolph intrigues me. 

Randall Cobb – (3-4%)

Randall Cobb is not the player he used to be. However, he has stayed relevant in two weeks with a 9/93/1 line on 11 targets. With Gallup out 2-4 weeks, he is first in line to benefit 21.8% vacated target share. 

The 1%ers (guys I would spend only 1% on):

Trey Quinn (PPR) – AJ Brown – Marquise Goodwin – Cole Beasley (PPR) – JJ Arcega-Whiteside

 

Tight End

Chris Herndon – (2-3%)

Herndon comes off suspension in week five (also Jets bye week). Last year; he was a top-eight TE from week’s 6 to 16. While the Jets may not be the most fertile fantasy ground right now, Darnold should be recovered from his mono by then. It is also exciting to see starting Jets TE Ryan Griffin never leaving the field. Herndon will fill that role when he returns and has a chance to break-out. There is not much upside left at TE on waivers at this point, Herndon may be your last chance to get a Top 12 guy. 

Will Dissly – (1-2%)

It’s great to see Dissly come back from a brutal knee injury and post a 5/50/2 line last Sunday. I cannot expect those TDs to continue, but there are very few options in the passing game outside Lockett and Metcalf. He is worth a pick-up and a hold if you are hurting at TE. 

 

 




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