The Waiver Wire – Week 3
Welcome back everyone to the one waiver wire article to rule all the others. As we all rolled into work this morning all we fantasy owners could talk about was the brutal hit the running back position took Sunday with injuries and how Eli Manning let them down in what should have been a big statistical day for all the New York football Giants. Injuries hit the fantasy community hard in week 2 and we lost a few players to season-ending injuries. Adrian Peterson is the biggest name that got hurt in week 2. AP looks to have dodged a major bullet (Not an ACL) but it has been confirmed he has a meniscus tear and will definitely need surgery to repair. We get into who you need to look at picking up if you own AP below. The other players who got hurt this week are; Brandon Marshall – Minor knee sprain and is week to week, Danny Woodhead – ACL tear he is done for the rest of the season, Jonathan Stewart – Hamstring injury week to week, Arian Foster – Groin strain and could miss 2 to 3 weeks, Doug Martin – Hamstring is week to week, Thomas Rawls – leg bruise week to week, Rashard Jennings – wrist injury shouldn’t miss any time, Ameer Abdullah – Foot sprain could be out significant time, Donte Moncrief – Shoulder injury week to week, Tyler Lockett – Sprained knee but was able to return to the game. Jimmy Garoppolo – AC Joint sprain week to week, Jay Cutler – Sprained Thumb week to week, and Josh McCown – Shoulder injury out multiple weeks.
With a number of significant fantasy players all getting hurt on the same weekend, it means you have some work to do on your league waiver wire. On top of all of those injuries we spoke of above, fantasy owners are still awaiting the season debuts of Rob Gronkowski who is still out nursing a hamstring injury, Jamaal Charles who is coming back from ACL surgery, Le’Veon Bell who has 1 game left on his suspension and Tom Brady & Josh Gordon who both have 2 games left on their individual suspensions.
With that being said let’s see who you need to be targeting this week in The Waiver Wire. Like always I will give 3 choices at each position (plus bonus’s from time to time). This is ranked in order of who I would target first to third. At the end of the day you control your waiver rankings, so go get the guy you want! Without further hesitation let’s dive right into week 3 of The Waiver Wire.
- Joe Flacco (ESPN 26% / Yahoo 29%) – Flock of seagulls was like a rollercoaster Sunday first looking awful throwing 2 interceptions and not being able to move the ball on a bad Browns defense. Then he caught fire threw 2 touchdowns and had his first 300 yard game of the season. Next week is Jacksonville and they are still a terrible defense.
- Matt Ryan (ESPN 48% / Yahoo 70%) – Matty Ice was just that Sunday leading the Falcons to a big win in the Black Hole. Ryan has looked comfortable all season long and it’s lead to back to back 300+ yard games. Julio looks like he will be ok and having a #2 WR under the age of 95 has really helped take the pressure off trying to force it to Mr. Jones. Up next is the Saints on Monday night and this one will be a shootout!
- Ryan Tannehill (ESPN 20% / Yahoo 29%) – Tannehill’s performance was a tale of 2 halves Sunday in new England. The first half was one every Miami player would like to forget as turnovers were a problem and execution on third down was awful. Then the second half happened (Jimmy G got hurt meaning the Pats played conservatively) and the Dolphins, more importantly, Tannehill caught fire. I love the pairing with Gates and if they can get on the same page, Tannehill has the weapons to be a weekly starter. Also, the Brown are up next so that’s a great way to stay hot.
*BONUS: Sam Bradford (ESPN 8% / Yahoo 8%) – The Wizard Sleeve wonder showed his 1st overall pick talent’s Sunday night vs the Packers. Losing AP is a big shot but Bradford looked like he had played in that offensive system for years and he and Diggs might be special in 2016. Bradford is a great grab in 2 QB leagues or 12, 14 or 16 team leagues.
- Jerick McKinnon (ESPN 24% / Yahoo 24%) – This one is pretty straight forward. AP is down with what looks like a meniscus tear and it could have him sidelined for 2 to 4 weeks. McKinnon gets the first shot at starting so he deserves a look. I am not a huge McKinnon fan based on size but starting RB’s don’t come around all the time. (Keep an eye on Asiata who also will give McKinnon breathers during the time AP is out as well as steal goal line carries)
- Jay Ajayi (ESPN 46% / Yahoo 27%) – Foster is hurt again, this story line is getting frustrating. We love the way Foster runs but he is in a brutal injury cycle and just seems to not be able to get out of his own way. Well, Jay Ajayi will finally get his opportunity to show the Miami front office he deserves a look as the #1 RB for at least a week or two.
- Fozzy Whittaker (ESPN 1% / Yahoo 5%) / Cameron Artis-Payne (ESPN 2% / Yahoo 1%) – Looks like Jonathan Stewart has a minor hamstring pull but it looks like he might miss at least a week. That means it’s going to be either Fozzy bear or CAP to take over lead duties. Keep an eye on the Stewart injury before putting that claim in.
- Quincy Enunwa (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 10%) – Since last year the Guru’s have loved the raw athleticism of Enunwa and this year he is finally getting the national attention he deserves. He has been balling the first two weeks of the season seeing 8 & 6 targets respectably and delivering 6/92 Thursday Night. Enunwa plays in one the best passing offenses in the league and with Marshall potentially out for next week his value skyrockets!
- Victor Cruz (ESPN 42% / Yahoo 37%) – I am so happy to see Cruz back on the fantasy radar because we all know how unbelievable he was for 2 seasons. Cruz was limited in week 1 but looked like he got his football legs under him in week 2 leaving the win over the Saints with a stat line of 8/4/91/0. If he was able to find the end zone that would have been a top 10 fantasy performance for the week.
- Mike Wallace (ESPN 63% / Yahoo 59%) – Well I have officially hit rock bottom and have put Mike Wallace on our waiver wire list. William Wallace is still a one trick pony but unlike last year Flacco throws a great deep ball and like Ginn in Carolina his production is based on down and distance scenarios. The targets are there for you to take a gamble on him and see if he can keep up the production. Also having Jacksonville up next makes starting him a little more logical than week 1 or week 2.
*BONUS: Cole Beasley (ESPN 7% / Yahoo 10%) – The white cowboy is looking like Dak’s favorite target and has been delivering decent yardage totals and has the terrible Bears secondary up next. A bad holding call held (See what I did there) Beasley back from an even better stat line against the Redskins.
- Dennis Pitta (ESPN 11% / Yahoo 11%) – Pitta looks like he is finally fully back from a bad hip injury that has taken 2 years of his NFL career and Flacco is happy to have his big safety blanket back. Losing Watson has left this job Pitta’s to lose. 12/9/102/0 is a great stat line and to repeat up next for the Ravens is Jacksonville. Great TE streaming option this week.
- Kyle Rudolph (ESPN 32% / Yahoo 30%) – Bradford looked great Sunday night and so didn’t Rudolph. Norv Turner offense loves to lean on their TE’s and with Bradford behind center, I think it increases Rudolph’s fantasy value drastically. Bradford has always loved leaning on his TE’s throughout his career and I think this is going to be a great combo moving forward.
- Jacob Tamme (ESPN 11% / Yahoo 6%) – I am not a big Tamme guy, he is slow, ok hands but his early season production makes you have to take a look. New Orleans is up next and he has been one of Ryan’s favorite targets early on. I think Tamme makes it two weeks in a row with a touchdown grab and has another solid yardage day.
- Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 55% / Yahoo 39%) – Ravens have looked good on defense and Jacksonville just had 3 turnovers and allowed another 2 sacks last week to San Diego. Great streaming option this week.
- Los Angeles Rams (ESPN 36% / Yahoo 74%) – We all know the Rams play the Seahawks well but the defense looked elite on Sunday. Tampa Bay is up next and they are coming off a 5 TO game against the Cardinals. I like the Rams chances to get a few turnovers and maybe a defensive touchdown.
- Miami Dolphins (ESPN 6% / Yahoo 7%) – The Dolphins are not a great defensive unit but the Browns are in shambles and are forced to start their 3rd string QB Cody Kessler Sunday in his first ever NFL start. I like the Dolphins chances to make this kid first ever game a nightmare, especially when you hear that they don’t feel he is ready to play in the NFL yet.
- Nick Novak (ESPN 9% / Yahoo 7%) – The Texans are showing they can move the ball with no problem between the 20’s but their lack of redzone touchdown efficiency has had the turning to Novak to salvage points when they get close. The pats defense is globally known to use bend don’t break scheme and will consider a Novak FG a victory Thursday night.
- Adam Vinatieri (ESPN 95% / Yahoo 45%) – Old man V is not available at all in ESPN but damn Yahoo what do you have against Sir Adam? Vinatieri is pretty much automatic and with Luck under center ever time the offense gets the ball they have a shot to get into scoring position. Like his matchup against SD this week as well because it’s at home.
- Cairo Santos (ESPN 28% / Yahoo 47%) – Santos hasn’t missed a FG yet which means no negative points for you the fantasy owner and the Chiefs like the Texans are able to move the ball between the 20s with higher than average consistency early in the season. When his number is called Santos has delivered and that is a great piece of mind for any fantasy owner.
*BONUS: Nick Folk (ESPN 2% / Yahoo 36%) – This one is for my co-worker who was talking about adding the Jets kicker this week. After taking a closer look I think Folk is not a bad play either this week or all season long. The offense with the emergence of Enunwa looks to be playing at an even higher level than last year. What that means is a lot of scoring opportunities for Folk owners moving forward and it starts this week against the Chiefs.
Well there you have it, week 3 of The Waiver Wire is in the books. I will see you all next Tuesday for another edition of The Waiver Wire! If you ever have any fantasy questions hit us up via our email: Insider@tffgurus.com or on Twitter @or our friends at @dafantasyfather & @