Waiver Wire Week 3
We are now 31 games into the season, with just Monday Night Football between the Browns and Jets to come. Which means it’s time for us to deliver our Waiver Wire selections for Week 3. Don’t forget, you will get the audio version of this podcast out on Tuesday.
So without further delay, here are our selections for Week 3:
Week 2: 19/30 for 253yds 1TD, 21yds Rushing, 1TD Rushing
It’s a hattrick of appearances for Josh Allen this week in what could be his final appearance for the season due to his rising ownership. Josh Allen is currently the QB12 on the season and is putting together a solid season. It’s not amazing, or massively impressive, but it’s better than most of the drafted selections so far. This week he has the Bengals who just conceded 41 points to Jimmy G and the 49ers. They struggled to stop the run and the pass, so I expect Allen to rush for another TD this week.
Week 2: 26/42 for 311 Yards 2 TDs 1INT, 2yds Rushing
I have decided to go back to Dalton this week. He once again threw over 40 times and went over 300 yards, with 2 Touchdowns. As a result, he appears on this list again. I think Buffalo will take the lead early and hold on for the win, meaning that with the negative game script, Zac Taylor will be more inclined to throw the ball 40 plus times again. Therefore, it’s wheels up on Dalton again. Andy Dalton is the QB11 on the season and ahead of highly drafted QBs such as Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan. Feel comfortable starting Dalton this week unless you have a top QB.
Week 2: 17/28 for 146 Yards 3 TDs 1INT, 25yds Rushing, Fumble
In a week where Brissett set a career high in touchdowns (3), the Colts got the win. The most important thing here is the Colts aren’t the same team they were in 2017. The coaching isn’t the same. And the Offensive Line is much better. Also, the defence can play.
Brissett threw for 146 yards and three touchdowns. He did have a fumble and an INT but he came out the game with 21.3 fantasy points. His next three games are tasty to boot. He takes on Atlanta and Oakland at home and then goes to Arrowhead vs a weak Chiefs defence. That last game could turn into a shootout and may produce fantasy points galore.
Week 2: 13 Rushes 83 yards, 3 Rec 68yds 1 Rec TD
If you read this last week, and started Mostert, we expect to be on your Christmas Card list. Mostert was a week winner last week and was the RB3 overall in PPR for the week (Still 1 game to go of course). As he’s only 10.6% owned, this is for the rest of you who didn’t sign him up last week. The Steelers are 0-2 and are likely to be without Big Ben this week. This could mean that although Mason Rudolph looked decent on Sunday, he still doesn’t have a ton of experience in the NFL. As a result, I expect the 49ers to dominate the game and Mostert to get even more volume.
Week 2: 3 rushes 18 yards, 1 Rec, 13 yards
Samuels is a must add in case Conner is not ready to go on Sunday against the 49ers. Conner left the 28-26 loss to the Seahawks in the 4th Quarter with a knee injury. With Big Ben potentially out, and Donte Moncrief being abysmal, Samuels will see plenty of work if he gets the start. He is a short term add, but Samuels gives you RB1 upside. He produced a RB1 and RB2 performance in games last season when Conner was down.
Week 2: 19 rushes 68 yards, TD 2 Recs, 15 yards
In a week where Devin Singletary went down with a hamstring issue, Gore rolled on. Mr Perennial led the team in carries and found the end zone. Gore at age 863 rumbled along for 3.5 yards per carry gaining 68 yards off 19 carries. The fact Singletary left the game and was immediately ruled out isn’t good news. It was classed as a soft tissue injury but is now being called a hamstring issue. I cant see him playing next week at least.
Talking of next week, the Bills take on the Bengals. The Bengals are woeful on defence. Against the 49ers they missed so many tackles it was laughable. They are currently giving up 27.9 fantasy points per game. Fire up the ageless wonder Gore in a game the Bill’s can control from early on.
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Week 2: 7 Rec 55 Yards 1TD
Chark followed up a bumper Week 1 with a solid PPR Week 2 performance. Gardner Minshew II clearly isn’t bothered about Dede Westbrook and is using Chark and Chris Conley as his primary targets. Whilst the Jags are struggling on offense, D.J Chark should be considered as a flex play until further notice. I expect it to be rough, but I expect Chark to give you a safe floor every week.
Week 2: 5 Rec, 87 yards 1TD, 2 Rush 7 Yds
With Dante Pettis struggling and not managing to get a single target so far this season, it appears Deebo Samuel has jumped up to #1 on the Depth Chart. Samuel led the 49ers in targets, receptions, receiving yards, longest reception, and grabbed a TD. This 49ers team isn’t quite up to full speed on offense for the season, but they are still dropping points on other teams. It seems to be, that moving forward, it is Samuel that should be the WR to own in San Fran. Next week sees a difficult matchup, but should be reasonably ok due to the volume.
Week 2: 6 Rec 172 Yards 2TDs
After gaining just one point in week one off one catch for zero yards Robinson went off.
Let’s get one thing straight. When the Chiefs decide to hit the afterburners, god help their opponents. Patrick Mahomes is ethereal. He has the ability to make extra time in, around or miles away from the pocket. Last week it was Sammy Watkins, this week Robinson. Next week, who knows.
This is a big boom or bust pick. The boom is unreal. The fact Tyreek Hill is missing will help Robinson. What goes against this is the Chiefs take on the Ravens next up. The silver lining here is the way the Chiefs get people open through great scheming. Watkins should garner double coverage from the Ravens and Robinson may get loose once or twice. That’s all it needs to be. Flex play plugin all day.
Week 2: 4 Rec 25 Yards 1TD
I never thought I’d be putting Jason Witten into a Waiver Wire column again. Especially when he retired. But I also didn’t think he would make an appearance at all when he came back this season. However, with back to back Touchdowns in the last two weeks, and playing Miami this week, (who are giving up points for fun with 102 points conceded in 2 games so far), it would not surprise me to see Witten making it a hat-trick this weekend. I don’t consider Witten as a keeper for the season, but if you are streaming Tight Ends now, there is no safer option to stream this week.
Week 2: 5 Rec 50 Yards 2TDs
After showing some promise last season, Dissly got injured and vanished from people’s minds. He then had preseason build up again this year, only to get injured again in Week One. Again, he vanished into the night like Dracula.
Week 2 rolls round and bam. Just like that Dissly is once more back in our sight lines. In a close scoring affair with the Steelers he caught 5 balls for 50 yards. That’s 10 points right there in PPR leagues. Tack on two touchdowns and he suddenly becomes a streamable TE with upside.
The Seahawks next two games are against, possibly a Drew Brees-less Saints and the Cardinals. I say as a streamer, Dissly provides a safe floor if healthy and a high ceiling bonus. Stream away Rush Nation.
Once again, this is tough to find a competent streamer. So after considering Zane Gonzalez and Matt Gay, we decided to go for the man who kicked 4 FGs last time out. Cam Newton and the offense don’t look good at this moment in time. Slye will get opportunities to kick some FGs as the Panthers offense will just attempt to keep the scoreboard moving and try and stop their season from fading into insignificance so early.
The Green Bay defence has been reborn under Mike Pettine and the new additions to this defensive group. This D/ST is currently ranked 4 on the season, and they started with 2 very tough games. This week they face a Broncos offense that is struggling to score points and get going. I expect more takeaways for the Packers D and to continue their hot start to the season as they move to 3-0.
Don’t forget to tune-in to our audio show tomorrow (Tuesday) for more detail on these picks. But until next week Rush Nation, keep rushing!
-Stocks & Murf @5yardrush