Week #3 Waiver Watch Of Truth
Week #3 Waiver Watch of Truth
Another exciting and somewhat frustrating week of fantasy football is in the books. As I have previously mentioned and will continue to do so, working waivers is complicated and is often more a matter of luck, then it is experience. No one is ever going to predict everything with 100% accuracy and you are always going to be gambling whenever you select a waiver wire player. Remember as always that these selections are not simply ‘plug and play’ players, you have to pay attention to how they have been used, how productive they are, and how they might be used by their respective teams in future games.
With all of that in mind, here are the players I believe need to be owned before Week 3 kicks off.
Daniel Jones, 22% rostered on Sleeper
Daniel Jones is criminally underrated by the fantasy community. In the first two games of this season against two good defenses, (Broncos and Washington), he has produced over 20 fantasy points in each outing and his next three games are against the Falcons, Saints, and Cowboys, it’s fair to say that he should remain productive for the next few weeks of the season.
In his game against the Washington Football team he went 22 of 32 for 249 yards with one passing TD and 95 rushing yards on a mere 9 attempts and a score on the ground as well. Those are some impressive stats and it does appear that Daniel Jones has turned a corner, especially if you compare his stats last year at this time. He is far more efficient as a passer this year, has yet to throw an INT (he had already thrown 3 in 2020 at this point), and has a rushing score in both games. If you need a dual threat QB or just need a good streamer, Jones is a viable option especially with an easier matchup next week.
Derek Carr, 29% rostered on Sleeper
Carr is currently listed as questionable for week 3 but he has had a pretty good start to this season against some tough defensive opponents, in the Ravens and the Steelers. However, Carr still scored over 20 fantasy points against both of those teams’ talented secondaries and has over 350 passing yards in both games and 2 TD passes in both as well. Carr went 28 of 37 for 382 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. As long as he doesn’t miss time Carr should definitely be added but again keep an eye on the injury reports this week. The Las Vegas Raiders get to host the Dolphins next, who may be without Tua Tagovailoa, meaning it could be a relatively easy and productive day for the entire Raiders offense and defense.
Teddy Bridgewater, 22% rostered on Sleeper
This is a repeat from last week so I will keep on encouraging you to roster Mr. Bridgewater if he is sitting on waivers in your league. He gets absolutely zero R-E-S-P-E-C-T and yet he delivers in spite of it. This week he went 26 of 34 for 328 yards and 2 TDs. He continues to be a productive fantasy QB and an effective real life one as well, if he is still available in your league, correct that situation soon, go out and get Teddy and I would say play him against the Jets at Mile High.
QB Honorable Mentions
Taylor Heinicke, (10% rostered on Sleeper)
Also just friendly advice Jacoby Brissett is probably available on waivers and may even start next week for the Dolphins. I DO NOT recommend picking him up or starting him in week 3. That was an ugly outing he had against Buffalo and I don’t think he will turn it around by next week.
Cordarrelle Patterson, 15% rostered on Sleeper
This is somewhat complicated because Patterson is listed in many platforms as either a running back or a receiver and in some cases has both designations so he may provide you with some added flexibility. There are not a lot of bright spots in the Falcons offense at the moment but Patterson is definitely one of them. In both games this season he has had 7 rushing attempts while also mixing in as a receiver. In week 1 he had 54 yards on the ground, in week 2 the Buccaneers run defense bottled him up as a rusher, except on his rushing score, and instead he had 58 receiving yards on 5 receptions. He may not be the most explosive player but he is definitely involved in the Falcons offense and it looks like he will have a role for the foreseeable future.
J.D. McKissic, 39% rostered on Sleeper
Another dual threat running back who is also an efficient receiver. McKissic was heavily involved in the Washington Football Team’s win on Thursday night. He might have only had 10 rushing yards but that included a rushing TD while also catching 5 passes for 83 yards. Although he won’t be replacing Antonio Gibson, when Washington is in a high scoring game or need to spell Gibson, McKissic will definitely be involved. He will still be a risky play in mostly weekly fantasy leagues but he is a good player to stash on your bench and see what the balance between him and Gibson looks like after a few more weeks.
James White, 53% rostered on Sleeper
Although I try to avoid selecting players that are over 50% owned, that was not really possible this week. Most of the other running backs I could talk about are either owned even more than White or are clear handcuffs to lead backs and won’t see reliable fantasy production unless the lead back is injured or the team is resting that player. James White on the other hand is part of the strange monster that is the Patriots backfield. It is always a risk to stream most Patriots running backs and Bill Belichick likes to keep everyone guessing. However, White has tended to be a consistent receiving option, getting 6 receptions in both games and had a rushing TD as well against the Jets. If Mac Jones continues to play dink and dunk to avoid mistakes, expect to see White continue to be involved in the Patriots game plan.
Running Back Honorable Mentions
Tony Pollard (61% rostered)
Alexander Mattison (39% rostered)
Sony Michel (49% rostered)
Demetric Felton (0% rostered)
K.J. Osborn, 9% rostered on Sleeper
I will be the first to admit, I may have missed the boat on this young receiver. Hopefully, your league mates did as well. I thought his first game was an anomaly and he would disappear as Cook, Thielen, and Jefferson would soak up targets. Instead defenses are spending so much time worrying about those three that they leave Osborn space to operate. This past week he had 5 receptions on 6 targets for 91 yards and a TD. Week 1 he had 7 receptions on 9 targets for 76 yards. If you don’t own one of those other three pieces of the Vikings offense and even if you own Cook you should definitely pick up Osborn, he is in the midst of a breakout that hopefully will continue.
Rondale Moore, 51% rostered on Sleeper
Another player that may be difficult to get on waivers but he is still available in almost half the leagues. Moore has also been extremely productive in the Arizona passing attack, he has 13 targets over the first two weeks, and he had 68 yards in week 1 and 114 in week 2 while also catching a touchdown. Clearly Kyler Murray believes in him and he has played well alongside Hopkins, Green, and Kirk, so feel free to add him since there seem to be plenty of passing opportunities to go around in this offense.
Freddie Swain, 0% rostered on Sleeper
After being non-existent in week 1, Swain came alive for the Seahawks in week 2 catching all 5 passes thrown his way for 95 yards and a TD. The third wide receiver in the Seahawks offense will always be playing second fiddle this season to Lockett and Metcalf but if Swain is able to continue this production he could be extremely valuable as a flex player on your team. This again is more of a stash player since Wilson is known for spreading the ball around, so don’t expect Swain to immediately start posting similar numbers next week but get him while he is cheap.
Wide Receiver Honorable Mentions
Zach Pascal (37% rostered)
Henry Ruggs (60% rostered)
Tim Patrick (34% rostered)
Jack Doyle, 2% rostered on Sleeper
Carson Wentz finally seemed to remember that tight ends exist and Doyle was largely the recipient of this attention. He was targeted 8 times and caught 5 passes for 64 yards, while not a huge stat line, if this trend continues Doyle could be a reliable streaming tight end and we know from Wentz’s time in Philadelphia that he has no problem spreading the ball around to his pass catchers. Up next for the Colts is the Tennessee Titans who can definitely put up points via Derrick Henry so hopefully it will be a fantasy friendly outing for the Colts offense as well which would certainly help Doyle and all of the Colts receivers.
Maxx Williams, 0% rostered on Sleeper
Another Arizona Cardinal who has benefited from the air raid offense in week 2. Williams collected all 7 of his targets for 94 yards. However, there is a definite boom-or-bust quality to Williams; he was targeted just once in week 1 despite being on the field for 80% of the snaps and put up a big fat zero that week. If you want to swing for the fences Williams is definitely a good stash pick but don’t add him to your active lineup until we know what we can normally expect from him, the next two weeks will tell you a lot about his usage in the Arizona offense.
Tight End Honorable Mentions
Austin Hooper (34% rostered)
Jared Cook (57% rostered)
Good luck on the wire y’all and as always, stay true.
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