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Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 3

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 3

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups: Week 3

How is it going my fantasy football friends? We have enjoyed another week of football, which means another week on the waiver wire! For owners that tuned into last week’s waiver wire article, you probably feel pretty smart. Carson Wentz, Tarik Cohen, Buck Allen, Chris Carson, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, and Ben Watson all had productive fantasy days. If any of those guys are still on your waiver wire, go scoop them up!

Key Tips:

  • Similar to last week, I have listed the order in which you should prioritize each player, with some players from last week also included.
  • Do not feel like you have to make moves on the waiver wire. If you are 2-0 and feel your team is strong, then just stay put and save the FAAB for when you really need it. That being said if you are 0-2, you best be getting your butt to the waiver wire!

But enough small talk, here are your waiver wire targets for Week 3!

Quarterbacks

Trevor Siemian

Quarterback | DEN

  • ESPN: Less than 8% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 12% owned

In Week 2, two quarterbacks threw three touchdowns in the first half. One was Tom Brady, and the other was Trevor Siemian. Siemian shredded the Cowboys defense for a total of four passing touchdowns and has averaged 23.65 fantasy points through the first two games. Siemian in 2016 only had two games in which he scored more than 20 fantasy points. He has already matched that feat in 2017 and with games against the Raiders, and Bills upcoming Siemian is a great option.

Carson Wentz

Quarterback | PHI

  • ESPN: Less than 45% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 67% owned

Carson WentzConsidering that the ownership of Carson Wentz has only gone up slightly, I felt it necessary to put him back on this list. Wentz is the real deal folks. He has pasted the eye tests and just threw for over 300 yards against Kansas City on the road. With 46 passing attempts in Week 2 surpassing his 39 passing attempts from Week 1, it just seems like the Eagles are set on letting their sophomore quarterback sling it! With the opportunity and volume there for Wentz, he has a strong case to be a QB1, going forward. Yep, I am on the #WentzWagon

Deshaun Watson

Quarterback | HOU

  • ESPN: Less than 10% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 14% owned

The majority of  Deshaun Watson’s fantasy points came from a long touchdown run against the Bengals. Even though he still needs to work on his passing having that dual-threat ability is great for fantasy. In Week 3, he will play against the New England Patriots so the game script could allow for Watson to rack up some serious rushing yards in garbage time. In two games Watson has averaged 41.5 rushing yards which translate to more fantasy points than quarterback passing touchdowns in most leagues.

*QB Priority* Siemian, Wentz, Watson

Running Backs

Chris Thompson & Samajae Perine

Washington Redskins | WAS

Chris Thompson

  • ESPN: Less than 65% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 28% owned

Samajae Perine

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 22% owned

With a fractured rib injury for Rob Kelley, running backs Chris Thompson and Samajae Perine are prime candidates to get more work in the Redskins’ offense. Thompson’s production seems more likely to regress as his fantasy production has come on very few touches over last two weeks. However, he is still a viable option in PPR formats. In regards to Perine, he will get the first and second down work with Kelley out. Perine was not great against the Rams but still had a whopping 21 carries after Kelley left the game. He only had 67 rushing yards, but in fantasy volume is king and it appears Perine has been crowned. In the upcoming matchup against the Raiders, Thompson seems like the better fantasy start due to the game script, but Perine could be primed for a goalline touchdown.

Chris Carson

Running Back | SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 7% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 38% owned
Now here is a guy that has been referenced in every single waiver wire article that I have written so far this season. So hopefully you listened and already have him nice and cozy on your roster. But if he somehow is still available you must pick him up. I realize that the Seattle offensive line is very poor, but Carson is a starting running back that rushed for almost 100 yards last week. Running backs are tough to come by, so do not be stubborn. Keep Calm and Cars On.

Javorius Allen

Running Back | BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 8% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 55% owned

A common phrase in the Wild West was, “This town ain’t big enough for the two of us.” That is basically what Buck Allen is saying to former starting running back Terrance West. Back to back weeks, Allen has out-touched West and there are no indicators of that slowing down. Allen is great pass-catcher that offers a solid floor week in and week out.

Jalen Richard

Running Back | OAK

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 4% owned

Handcuff alert! Now for the most part handcuffs, I advise to stay away from, but Richard does have some individual value with his big play ability. Ironically after two weeks, he actually has more fantasy points than Marshawn Lynch. Lynch has yet to have 20 carries in a game, likely to keep him fresh, so if you are desperate for a high-upside running back Richard could be your guy to thr0w a dart with.

Darren McFadden

Running Back | DAL

  • ESPN: Less than 60% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 30% owned

Still owned in a lot of the leagues Darren McFadden’s value is 100 percent related to that of Ezekiel Elliot. Elliot’s suspension case should progress this week which could lead to the Cowboys’ star running back serving his suspension immediately. With that in mind, McFadden is worth a pickup if you need a starting running back just in case Elliot’s suspension begins.

*RB Priority* Allen, Carson, Thompson, Perine, McFadden, Richard

Wide Receivers

Devin Funchess

Wide Receiver | CAR

  • ESPN: Less than 5% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 13% owned

Devin Funchess Fantasy FootballPoor Greg Olsen. The superstar tight end broke his foot on Sunday and left quarterback Cam Newton without his safety blanket. However, luckily for Newton, Devin Funchess is a huge target that may be able to help fill the void. Funchess was second on the team in targets in Week 2(eight) and with a matchup against the Saints on the table, he has some plugin play value against a defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers over the first two weeks.

Tyler Lockett

Wide Receiver | SEA

  • ESPN: Less than 32% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 40% owned

In Week 2, Tyler Lockett tied Doug Baldwin with a team-leading ten targets from quarterback Russell Wilson. He actually ended up leading the Seahawks in receiving yards as well. It is tough to trust Lockett, with Wilson off to another slow start, but let it be known once Wilson gets going Lockett will be one of the main beneficiaries. If you can stash somebody, Lockett would be somebody that could pay dividends down the line.

Jermaine Kearse

Wide Receiver | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 4% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 6% owned

I really wanted Robby Anderson to be a thing in 2017. Unfortunately, the Jets had other plans and traded for Jermaine Kearse who has taken on the number one wide receiver role. A player that will most likely just benefit from garbage time, if you are in need of a receiver Kearse could be your guy. As a number one wide receiver on a team, he has value. He has led the team in targets the last two weeks.

Rashard Higgins

Wide Receiver | CLE

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned
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Oh Corey Coleman, not again. Yes, Coleman once again has broken his hand. So with Coleman out and Kenny Britt well, nowhere near being on the field Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins stepped up big. Seven catches for 95 yards, there is a chance that this could be the number one guy on the Browns. Obviously, it is still a longshot, but so was Terrelle Pryor last year. With the Browns in rebuilding mode there is no reason why Britt would play over any of these younger receivers. As much as I thought Britt could have been a thing in Cleveland, it just has not happened. Higgins has an opportunity and gets the Colts this week to solidify his status in the favorable matchup.

J.J. Nelson & Jaron Brown

Wide Receiver | ARI

J.J. Nelson

  • ESPN: Less than 13% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 20% owned

Jaron Brown

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned

With David Johnson on the shelf, Carson Palmer was forced to use some of his other weapons on the offense to make plays in Week 2. J.J. Nelson caught his second consecutive touchdown and Jaron Brown led the team with 11 targets. Nelson should be the priority claim as he has the big-play ability. But do not sleep on Jaron Brown either who was heavily targeted by Palmer. Either way, the Cardinals’ receivers have a great matchup this week against the Cowboys who are dealing with a ton of injuries at the cornerback position.

*WR Priority*Nelson, Funchess, Higgins, Kearse, Brown, Lockett

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle

Tight End | IND

  • ESPN: Less than 72% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 64% owned

Jack DoyleWith a 15 percent drop in ownership since the beginning of the season, there is a chance that Doyle, may be free on your waiver wire. If he is available to make sure you grab him and start him this week! The Colts are playing the Browns and the Browns just love to give fantasy points to tight ends. It also helps that Doyle showed great chemistry with Jacoby Brissett last week. Brissett targeted Doyle eight times and completed every single one for 79 total yards.

Ben Watson

Tight End | BAL

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 2% owned
Hey, look Ben Watson made my list for the second week in a row! But seriously, Watson impressed last week against the Browns with 92 yards on eight receptions. The tight end position is an integral part of the Ravens’ offense and they are often peppered with targets by Joe Flacco. Right now, it looks like Watson is the prime candidate to take on that role. Despite having zero targets in Week 1, his Week 2 performance now has him with the second most targets on the team! He also has a nice matchup in Week 3 against the Jaguars who have allowed the third most fantasy points to the tight end position so far in 2017.

Zach Miller

Tight End|CHI

  • ESPN: Less than 2% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 5% owned

Coming off a nine target game against the Buccaneers, Zach Miller is another guy to keep an eye on. The Bears lack playmakers and Miller is the go-to guy in the red zone. Through the first two weeks, he is tied for the most red zone targets (four) at the tight end position.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Tight End | NYJ

  • ESPN: Less than 1% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 3% owned

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will make his NFL debut Week 3 against the Dolphins as he is eligible to return from his suspension. He impressed during the offseason so it will be interesting to see if he can make an impact on a Jets team that is so desperate for offensive weapons. He does have a nice matchup against Miami, as a week ago the Dolphins allowed the most points to the tight end position.

*TE Priority* Doyle, Watson, Seferian-Jenkins, Miller 

Defense/Special Teams

Miami Dolphins

Defense/Special Teams

  • ESPN: Less than 4% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 4% owned

The Dolphins defense is still available in many leagues and they have the Jets coming up in a favorable matchup. Can anybody Josh McCown pick-six?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Defense/Special Teams

  • ESPN: Less than 9% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 26% owned

The Buccaneers defense played great against the Mike Glennon led Bears, and this week they could get another turnover-prone quarterback: Case Keenum. If Sam Bradford cannot go, the Buccaneers are great to start on the road against the Vikings.

Kickers

Nick Folk

Kicker | TB

  • ESPN: Less than 4% owned
  • Yahoo: Less than 3% owned

Nick Folk is the kicker of the week! Folk will be playing the Minnesota Vikings, who have allowed the most fantasy points to kickers over the first two weeks of the season. The Vikings have a good defense, so look for them to stall the Bucs’ offense resulting in field goal attempts for Folk. It is also helpful that they will be playing indoors in the nice safe dome.

– Andrew Erickson is a fantasy writer for Gridiron Experts. Follow me and vote in my twitter poll!

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Andrew Erickson

Andrew is a Roger Williams University graduate where he majored in Marketing. While there he interned at a sports marketing agency where he had the opportunity to work with many professional athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.

After college, Andrew started to write his own fantasy blogs via Wordpress.com to show his friends why he calls himself the Fantasy Football Master. He calls himself this because back in '07 in his first ever fantasy football league he drafted the Bears defense in the 1st round. He then proceeded to win the entire league. #DefenseWinsChampionships

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