Waiver Wire Week 3
Week two in the NFL had a number of injuries, upsets, and letdowns. It’s the nature of the game and it’s why we love it. The following are my Week 3 Waiver Wire pickup recommendations as I fill in for Brandon Hamer for the week.
Raiders | Rostered: 28%
The week one Monday night upset was clumsy and required overtime that handed him the game on a gift Lamar Jackson fumble. However, this past Sunday involved a road win in Pittsburgh in which Carr went 28 for 37, threw for 382 yards, and 2 TDs. It was an impressive performance against a tough AFC defense. Carr could be a nice bye week replacement player, but considering bye weeks don’t start until week 6, you probably don’t need to pick him up unless you’re in a deep league.
Other Pickups: Daniel Jones. He looked pretty good Thursday night, but can you trust him as a starter? I wouldn’t unless you were desperate.
Cowboys | Rostered 61%
Pollard should be rostered in 100% of all leagues. Yes, he is in the timeshare with Zeke, but Pollard is outperforming most starters in the league. Pollard is a player you want to have not only on your team but in your Starting lineup. The Cowboys are going to use him more and more, and I predict he’ll become the starter by mid-season. Coaches don’t care about where you were drafted, or how much money you make. They care about wins. If the Cowboys find themselves winning more games when they give Pollard a lot of touches, it won’t be a hard decision. Get him on your team.
Patriots | Rostered 54%
White has 12 receptions on 13 targets over two games. He’s a PPR gem for those looking for an RB2 or flex player. The NFL has been leaning past-happy for years, but so far after two weeks, RB’s not named Henry or Aaron Jones have been quiet. Scoop him up if you can.
Through 2 weeks, WRs DOMINATING RBs with weekly scoring…
Week 1: 16 WRs, 7 RBs with 20+ fantasy points (PPR)
Week 2: 15 WRs, 5 RBs with 20+ points
Pass-heavy NFL and more teams switching from a bell cow to a committee approach
Something to keep monitoring, it caught my eye
— Josh Larky ↗️ (@jlarkytweets) September 20, 2021
Falcons | Rostered: 3%
Who doesn’t love garbage time? Cordarrelle Patterson finished with seven rushes for 11 yards and a touchdown along with 5 catches for 58 yards and a score on six targets in Sunday’s beat-down loss to the Bucs. It would take a lot of courage or an awful fantasy roster to have to start him, but in PPR you could do worse. I expect a lot more games like this from the Falcons. They look awful and may use Patterson more moving forward.
The snap counts may seem like a mess, but let’s try to think big picture here. The Ravens, 49ers, Falcons all have injured or poor backfields, and the Texans are rebuilding. Why wouldn’t the Texans be on the phone trying to move one of their RB’s for future draft picks? They’re not going to get much, but rebuilding teams are always selling. It’s a reach, but might be worth the stash if you have the space.
#Texans Week 2 RB snap rates:
David Johnson – 43%
Mark Ingram – 31%
Phillip Lindsay – 23%
Rex Burkhed – 18% https://t.co/R5GpUFOVya
— Jared Smola (@SmolaDS) September 20, 2021
Giants | Rostered: 30%
I never understood why the Giants offseason was so heavily focused on getting new WR’s. Spending a first-round pick on Kadarius Toney instead of adding OL help is beyond me. Shepard is having a great start to the season. He was a heavy target of mine late for best-ball leagues and I think he’s definitely worth rostering. The Giants are always going to be trailing, and Shepard has seen 19 targets after two weeks, which is actually more targets than Kenny Golladay. Pick him up.
Cardinals | Rostered: 10%
Moore is trending upwards and I would try to get him now before he starts to overtake A.J Green and Christian Kirk in Targets and Snaps. This is a player you’re going to want to stash. At 5’7, 180lbs, Moore might not seem like much, but the kid is tough as nails, and Kyler Murray is on pace for a huge fantasy season.
Jaguars | Rostered: 27%
Jones has found the endzone in back-to-back weeks. He has 11 receptions on 20 targets. While Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark get all the hype, Jones is quietly having a great start to the season. It’s actually quite amazing he isn’t owned more in leagues. If you have the room on your bench add him.
Dolphins | Rostered: 17%
Nobody likes this guy in Fantasy. While DeVante Parker hasn’t found the endzone yet, the snaps and targets are there. The Dolphins haven’t looked great out of the gate, but with Tua starting and Will Fuller coming back next week Parker should start to get some breathing room. Fuller when healthy is a lethal deep threat that forces safeties from cheating up. I think Parker finds the end zone next week for the first time.
None worth grabbing. There are only a handful of good Tight Ends in the league, and they should be owned.
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