Week 3: Waiver Watch of Truth
Same intro every week folks, if you’re new to this series carry on, if not drop down to the QB
section. Some fantasy players believe leagues are won in drafts, others believe they’re won through trades, I personally believe championships are won on the waiver wire. Every league is different and it’s undoubtedly a combination of the three but let’s make sure you’re up to speed on this week’s top waiver wire adds.
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew madness continued Sunday! Minshew put up another good week scoring 22 fantasy points on 339 yards and 3 touchdowns against 2 picks. He completed 30 of 45 pass attempts in the 33-30 loss to the Titans. This could be business as usual if they continue to trail in games. The mustached QB has had a hot start to the season with 6 passing TDs and over 500 yards. He’s definitely worth stashing on your bench or even starting vs Miami this week. He is rostered in only 19.3% of ESPN leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
I included him last week as an honorable mention but I have to add him again. He balled out throwing four touchdowns on his way to 26 fantasy points! The former Dolphin was the 3rd highest scoring fantasy Quarterback between weeks 7-17 last year and he’s picked up right where he left off. If he’s available in your league you should scoop him up even if you don’t necessarily need him. He’s owned in 34.4% of ESPN leagues.
Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
This year’s 6th overall draft pick got a surprise start due to Tyrod Taylor reportedly having chest pain from aggravating an injury. Herbert looked great at times and led the Chargers to a nail biting overtime only to come up just short against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Head Coach Anthony Lynn is apparently sticking with Tyrod as he said “If he’s 100 percent ready to go, he’s our starter,” so that definitely makes you want to pump the brakes on Herbert as he could be back on the bench as soon as this Sunday but over 300 yards and 21 fantasy points in his debut is quite enticing. He’s definitely worth considering picking up in 2 QB or superflex leagues. He’s rostered in just 1.7% of ESPN leagues.
Honorable mentions: Derek Carr LV, Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA.
Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers
Davis looks to be the next man up behind CMC and found himself stepping into a receiving role on Sunday against the Bucs. Davis caught all eight of his targets for 74 yards but only managed 1 yard on one handoff. McCaffrey’s timetable to return from an ankle injury is reportedly 4-6 weeks so Davis is a must add on the waiver wire. The journeyman could play a role even when CMC comes back since a good amount of his receiving work came before McCaffrey’s injury. Davis is owned in just 0.8% of ESPN leagues.
Dion Lewis, New York Giants
Superstar RB Saquon Barkley went down with a knee injury in the first half which has now been confirmed to be a season ending ACL tear. Lewis took over catching 4 of 5 targets for 36 yards as well as carrying the ball 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown. Fellow RB Wayne Gallman was a healthy scratch on Sunday so Lewis had no competition for snaps but barring a trade or signing, Lewis will be the next man up and will get a very large workload in a committee type approach with Gallman. I’m truly sorry for Barkley owners but it’s time to dust yourself off and begin the grind. Pick up Lewis and Gallman if possible. Adding free agent Devonta Freeman would also be wise as there have been murmurings about the Giants signings him. Lewis is rostered in just 0.8% of ESPN leagues.
Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
Gaskin came out of nowhere in week 1 leading the Phins in touches and showing promise. He tallied 26 touches through the first two games which is exactly what backfield mates Jordan Howard and Matt Breida have managed combined. Gaskin had another solid outing hauling in 6 balls for 36 yards and rushing 7 times for 46 on the ground. Gaskin looks to have the receiving job on lock and is making a case for a larger role. He is only rostered in 12.4% of ESPN leagues.
Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers
Jerick McKinnon is officially back! After missing two years of action he proved that he still has play making ability. He was only handed the ball 3 times on Sunday vs New York but made the most of it by turning on the Jets (see what I did there?) for a 55 yard scamper on a 3rd-and-31. He also ran for an 18 yard touchdown. With Raheem Mostert ruled out for at least this upcoming week with a mild MCL sprain and Tevin Coleman out with a knee injury for “multiple games” McKinnon is sure to receive a large role. He is rostered in 18.8% of ESPN leagues. If McKinnon is unavailable in your league, Jeff Wilson JR. is a decent option for this week if you’re desperate.
Honorable mentions: Frank Gore NYJ, Chris Thompson JAC, Jamaal Williams GB, Carlos Hyde SEA.
Michael Pittman JR. Indianapolis Colts
Sophomore speedster Parris Campbell was enjoying a hot start to 2020 leading his team in routes and tying for the lead in targets but that all came crashing down as Campbell was carted off the field in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Vikings with a knee injury. Campbell is out “indefinitely” with a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee. It’s not season ending but will most likely land him on IR. Pittman saw an increased role and will look to build on his 4 of 6 targets for 37 yards. With Campbell missing time Pittman should have plenty of opportunities. The talented rookie second round pick is owned in 14.6% of ESPN leagues.
Keelan Cole SR, Jacksonville Jaguars
An honorable mention last week but Cole earned his very own write up with a stellar performance against Tennessee. Cole has carved out quite a role for himself after catching just 24 passes for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. He already has 11 catches for a little over 100 yards and two scores in the first two weeks. Cole is proving to be one of Minshew’s favorite targets and quite a fantasy contributor. He’s already put up 33.5 points in PPR formats and should be picked up if still available. He’s rostered in just 1.9% of leagues.
KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos
Hamler saw plenty of looks in his NFL debut Sunday vs Pittsburgh. He caught 3 of 7 targets for 48 yards and received a carry for 9 yards. With top receiver Courtland Sutton done for the season with an ACL tear, Hamler or Tim Patrick could be great pick ups. Hamler is rostered in just 1.1% of ESPN leagues and Patrick is owned even less than that.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
Davis followed up his big week 1 performance with a solid outing vs Jacksonville. Davis caught three of five targets for 36 yards and a touchdown. Davis will remain a solid play as long as AJ Brown is sidelined with his knee injury. Davis is rostered in 35.6% of ESPN leagues. If he is unavailable Adam Humphries had a solid day with 5 of 6 targets for 48 yards and a TD. He’s owned in just 1.7% of leagues.
Honorable Mentions: Quintez Cephus DET, Braxton Berrios NYJ, Damiere Byrd NE, Zach Pascal IND, Chase Claypool PIT, Laviska Shenault JR JAC.
Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys
Schultz lost a fumble on Sunday but the good news was that the former Stanford Tight End was targeted 10 times, catching 9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown for a whopping 21.8 fantasy points. Schultz looks like he’ll continue to have a large role in this high octane passing offense due to starting Tight End Blake Jarwin tearing an ACL in week 1. Schultz is owned in just 1% of ESPN leagues.
Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals
Sample was a 2nd round pick last year, turning in a very disappointing rookie season mainly due to injury. The former Washington Husky impressed in camp, showing good chemistry with Burrow and receiving praise from his coaching staff. With starting Tight End C.J. Uzomah suffering a season ending Achilles injury on Thursday night, we got a small sample (sorry, not sorry) of what this kid can do. Sample made the most of his opportunities catching seven of nine targets for 45 yards. Sample could thrive as a security blanket for Burrow and could rack up points in PPR formats. He is rostered in just 0.1% of ESPN leagues… Probably by him and his family.
Honorable mentions: Mo Alie-Cox IND, Jordan Reed SF.
I added this section just to give you guys a list of players that I either included the previous week or are obvious adds that have a decent chance of being available but are most likely rostered in your leagues. These guys are definitely worth checking the wires for.
Top Priority list:
QB Joe Burrow CIN 45.1%
WR Russell Gage ATL 20.2
WR N’Keal Harry NE 39.6%
RB Josh Kelley LAC 27.9%
RB Darrell Henderson JR LAR 44.6
TE Mike Gesicki MIA 47.7%
TE Jonnu Smith TEN 40.3%
Take all of this with a grain of salt as I obviously don’t know the details of your specific situation, what you need, who you’d drop and who else is available in your league.
Thanks for reading and as always, stay true.