Well Rush Nation, we are already through two weeks of the NFL Season. And, as you might expect, the Waiver Wire is already getting quite thin in some positions. Therefore, we really need to get our Waiver Wire Week 3 picks on the money. I also suggest you look at last weeks adds, as there are some stash adds that will be available.
And so, let’s look at those key Waiver Wire Week 3 adds.
I add Kirk Cousins again to this column this week, because he continues to deliver, when it counts. The Vikings might be 0-2, but Cousins has not done a lot so far this season. Cousins in QB9 on the season averaging almost 24 points per game. He is consistent, and has the weapons to continue to be a low end QB1 this week. Expect another shootout this week vs Seattle.
Daniel Jones has been a bit of a running joke (pun intended) in the NFL since he was taken 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, he seems to have matured this season. On Thursday Night Football, he looked very good and did not turn the ball over. He has over 500 yards passing and 122 yards Rushing, with 4 combined Touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing). This week he has a plus match-up vs Atlanta. With all the QB injuries this week, Jones looks a prime candidate to be added.
With Waiver Wire Week 3 looking thin at the Running Back Position, we have to look at a performance that might have surprised some on Sunday. Patterson was out-touched by Davis. However, it was only 16 touches vs 12. And with Gallman inactive, Patterson is fast becoming the 1B back in this offense. He got the Redzone carries, and scored twice against the Buccaneers. Patterson will only be, at a maximum, a flex play some weeks. However, it’s safe to say, that with this thin wire, he should be owned a lot more than he is.
Chuba Hubbard is a stash play. He won’t be a relevant starter soon. However, CMC did leave the game with cramp during the win vs New Orleans. It’s a reminder that CMC missed a lot of time last year. If he goes down, Hubbard is immediately relevant with RB2 numbers essentially being his floor. I’ld be stashing him if I had room.
I’ve been talking about Rondale for a while. I’ve been telling you all to grab him before he goes off. Well….. He went off! 7 Catches for 114 yards and a Touchdown off 8 targets. Welcome to the NFL Rondale Moore. He will feature in this offense moving forward. I hope most of you added him when he was free, because you might need to spend some add this week to grab him.
Patrick has a role whilst Jeudy remains on IR. He found the paydirt on Sunday, despite the ball being shared around so many receivers. By the second half, Bridgewater had completed to 8 different receivers. Watch out for K.J Hamler also, as he has a special relationship with Bridgewater. But Patrick is the one I would be owning this week. Especially as he has a plus match-up against the 0-2 Jets who just cannot seem to get anything going on offense. Expect more Redzone success this week for Patrick.
This is a boom or bust play. But if you are struggling for points and want to take a risk this week, being 0-2 or against the top scorer in your division, then Darius Slayton is a great flex play. He found the End Zone this week against Washington and this week he plays Atlanta, who have already shipped 80 points this season. They cannot seem to cover all that well and leave lots of open lanes. Especially to the deep ball. Slayton looks prime to capitalise this week.
I said a lot this offseason that Carson Wentz likes his Tight Ends. And, this week he targeted Jack Doyle 8 times, which was tied for second on the team on Sunday. In tight matchups against good defenses, Doyle will be the safety blanket. This week, the Colts face the Titans on the road. Expect Doyle to get more work, as long as Wentz is good to go.
I think most people knew Freiermuth would ascend to the top of this Tight End depth chart rather quickly. However, very few would have felt confident it would have been by Week Two. Whilst the numbers are still not quite there, with Diontae Johnson potentially being side-lined through injury, Freiermuth might get more work this week. Wait and see on the injury to Johnson. As worst, Freiermuth is a decent stash for your roster.
Daniel Carlson is currently the K1 on the season. Yes, it is very early. However, he finished as the K4 last year. The Raiders are scoring points, beating good teams, and are not missing Field Goals. Carlson has Miami this week, who might not have Tua. Expect more possession than usual for the Raiders. Which means, more potential opportunities for Carlson.
The Panthers defense stuffed the Jets. Not a huge surprise. However, they then stuffed New Orleans. This has put some folks on notice that they are, in fact, a rather handy defense. This week they have Houston that might, if they stick to their guns and not cave in to pressure, play Rookie Davis Mills at QB this week. Or, they go with Watson. However, with it being a short week, neither will be fully prepared. Expect turnovers on offer for the Panthers as the continue to stake a claim as one of the leagues top defenses.
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– Murf (@Murf_NFL)