Waiver Wire Week 3 Pickups
Week two of the NFL season was not a good one, to say the least, in regards to injuries. We saw a handful of stars go down including both Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey. We also saw a few guys from last week’s article perform admirably and are again suggested adds if available. Joshua Kelley saw 23 carries against the Chiefs, James Robinson had his first career 100-yard game and Russell Gage’s usage has him locked in for a real role in that Atlanta offense. Now onto this week’s waiver wire week 3 pickups
Quarterback 19.3% rostered
Minshew Mania is real people. Don’t look now, but the mustache has put up back to back three-touchdown games, going for over 300 yards this week. His rushing stats should usually cover one turnover as he has had 19 yards in back to back games and averaged 24.5 YPG in 14 starts last year. He draws an easy matchup on Thursday night against Miami, who just got torched by a Josh Allen for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Minshew looks to be one of the best QB2’s available for the remainder of the year.
Quarterback 1.7% rostered
In my article last week, I highlighted Herbert in my “Quick Hits” section and said that I can see a “Rookie year Daniel Jones” like ceiling given his rushing upside and arm talent. Well what do you know, Herbert started this week and threw for 300 yards, one touchdown and racked up 18 yards and another score on the ground. He did that with no preparation as Tyrod Taylor had health issues right before game time and actually had to be admitted into the hospital. Coach Anthony Lynn foolishly stated that the job was Taylors if he is healthy, but after going toe to toe with reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, he would be a fool not to ride with Herbert the rest of the way. He is surrounded by weapons and has upside galore. If you can’t tell, I really really like this kid.
Running Back 18.9% rostered
Raheem Mostert went down Sunday and is believed to have some sort of knee injury that could cost him about a month or so. This would open the door to increased playing time for both McKinnon and Tevin Coleman when healthy. Coleman is supposedly dealing with a knee injury making McKinnon a higher priority. McKinnon is my preferred choice out of the two, given his pass-catching ability and explosiveness.
Deep leaguers can take a shot on Jeffrey Wilson if available.
Running Back 12.4% rostered
For the second week in a row, Gaskin has led Miami running backs in snaps and production. All eyes were on Howard and Breida this off-season, but it has been Gaskin who has operated as the starter. He has only carried the ball 16 times the past two weeks but has also tallied ten catches throughout that same span, giving him a decent floor as a flex play. While he won’t be a league winner, Gaskin is worth rostering in most leagues with 12+ teams, especially with how injuries went this week.
Running Back 0.8% rostered
Saquon Barkley is unfortunately done for the year with a torn ACL. Lewis stepped in as the lead back taking 10 carries for 20 yards and a touchdown while adding four catches for 26 yards. New York has already brought in Devonta Freeman for a workout and with snaps suddenly available, so monitor that on Tuesday. If Freeman signs, both backs will be borderline flex plays as they will eat into each others’ value and be playing behind a line that had healthy Saquon looking mediocre before he went down. Lewis is the preferred add over Freeman if it does happen. Don’t forget about Wayne Gallman…im looking at you dynasty players with 25 man rosters.
Running Back 0.8% rostered
Name another year when the consensus top two picks go down with bad injuries in the same week. Thankfully, Christian McCaffrey is not a season-ender, but he is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Mike Davis filled the CMC role nicely with eight catches for 74 yards and one rush for one yard. This is the same Mike Davis who looked pretty darn good in 2018 when given the opportunity and was speculated to be the Chicago starter before they drafted David Montgomery. He has proven that he can play at this level and this week he showed that he can fill the receiving void out of the backfield so the offense does not need to change their scheme too much. With no other back being a proven NFL player, Mike Davis is actually at the top of my list for short term fixes. Obviously, you have to weigh the FAAB you will spend to acquire him, knowing that he will be usable for about 5 weeks, but if you are hurting at the running back position, I like taking the dive.
Running Back 44.6% rostered
With both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown going down injured, the backfield was all Henderson’s. He played pretty well against a normally tough Philadelphia D-Line, taking 12 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown while adding two catches for 40 yards. Akers injury sounds like it could force him to miss some time whereas early reports on Brown are that he may be able to play through it. Even if Brown doesn’t miss any time, McVay will continue to use a committee meaning Henderson will be involved. Brown would probably be the preferred goal-line option but Henderson should be the 1A in early downs in the committee as well as the preferred receiving option, giving him solid flex value with upside for more if both Brown and Akers were to miss time.
Wide Receiver 1.8% rostered
We talked about his quarterback above, so let’s get down to the facts for Cole Sr. He has 12 targets on the year compared to DJ Chark’s seven and touchdowns in back to back games, outscoring Chark in PPR points 33.5 to 23.9. Don’t get it twisted, Chark is the team’s number one option, but it’s encouraging for Cole’s rest of season outlook that he is currently outscoring Chark. Minshew seems to trust him and for a team projected to throw a ton to stay in games, that is music to fantasy player’s ears. Cole should be considered a worthy flex play in PPR leagues moving forward.
Wide Receiver 1.1% rostered
In even more terrible news, Courtland Sutton has been ruled out for the year with a torn ACL. This obviously makes Jerry Jeudy the receiver to own in Denver and if he is available is worth arguably the rest of your FAAB money. But in all but the smallest of leagues, Jeudy is gone. Enter Hamler. This year’s second-round pick was lost in Jeudy’s shadow. He is blazing fast and demon out of the slot. He received seven targets last week and will slot in as the likely third option behind Jeudy and Fant and is worth a pickup in leagues of 12+. Tim Patrick actually served as the direct replacement for Sutton outside and is worth rostering in deeper leagues that start a lot of flex positions. I would leave him on the wire in all other leagues.
Tight End 1% rostered
Blake Jarwin who? Schultz stepped right in like he belonged in the starting unit from day 1, turning a respectable 10 targets into 9 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Yes, Dak threw the ball 47 times, but he also had three rushing touchdowns. That most likely won’t happen again this year, so for Schultz to get in the endzone on a day where Dak ran it in three times himself, is encouraging. I’d like to say that I want to see another game out of him before I’m sold, but I’m not going to…because I’m already sold. The scheme is why we loved Jarwin so much and Schultz fit that perfectly. I actually had him in the “Quick Hits” section of last week’s article and grabbed him where I could and boy am I happy that I did. I see top 15 potential here for the rest of the year.
- Both Jimmy G and Drew Lock were injured on Sunday, opening the door for their replacements, Nick Mullens and Jeff Driskel to make some starts. Driskel looked surprisingly good against a super tough Steelers defense and is my preferred option given his weapons. Both are just streamable QB2’s needed in a pinch.
- While Frank Gore saw 21 carries this week, the Jets are just God awful and a clear tank-job. While I saw a lot of people drop some serious cash for Josh Adams to only have him see one carry, the guy no-one is talking about is Lamical Perine. We all know Gase is an idiot, but maybe he has enough sense left in him to not run his 93-year-old running back and see what he has in his fourth-rounder who looked pretty good in limited reps this week. Don’t be surprised if Perine gets 10 touches next week. He is worth an add in dynasty leagues if available and deep re-drafts if you have a bench spot.
- Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling were in this section last week. This is the last I will include them, especially with the Adams injury. Lazard is still my preferred option.
- Braxton Berrios is a nice one-week flex play in deeper leagues if Jamison Crowder cant go again. He thrived in the slot with six catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. I’m only touching him in leagues of 14+ teams and I’m not spending any FAAB. Other guys to look at in leagues this size are Isaiah Ford, Damiere Byrd, Adam Humphries, and Darnell Mooney.
- The Indianapolis Colts are pretty banged up on offense, but two guys who could benefit are Michael Pittman Jr. and Mo Alie-Cox. Cox’s physical traits have always been tantalizing and he will hopefully get the opportunity we all have wanted for so long after posting five catches for 111 yards.
- Drew Sample filled in admirably for the injured CJ Uzomah and playing with a Quarterback who loves his tight ends through the first two weeks, should see enough volume to be a nice bye week fill-in if you get into a pinch.
Brandon aka @Doublehfantasy1 has been playing fantasy football (and winning championships) since 2002. He has a special place in his heart for larger leagues and lives by the motto, “If you’re in a 10 team league, first thing you should do as commissioner is add more people”. Brandon is dedicated to providing deeper analysis on players after years of seeing useless vanilla takes all over the mainstream fantasy world for years. Brandon is a life long South Jersey resident but the only thing he loves more than a good beer is the Buccaneers. Go Bucs!