WEEK 3 WAIVER WIRE
Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) – Perhaps the hold out led to a rusty pre-season and week 1 for Fitzpatrick, or perhaps the Bills pass-D isn’t nearly as good as we thought. Fitzpatrick started week 1 of the 2016 season against CIN (189 yds passing, 2-TDs/1-INT) very similar to how he started week 1 of the 2015 season against CLEV (179 yds passing, 2-TDs/1-INT). Fitzpatrick and the Jets passing game looked much better in week 2 as he threw for 374 yards/1-TD and added 21 yards on the ground. Fitzpatrick should be viewed as a high-end QB2 with low-end QB1 upside and should be owned in pretty much all league formats. If he is on your waiver wire, he is a must add in 12-team leagues or deeper and should be strongly considered as a streaming option or rock solid backup in all formats.
Joe Flacco (BAL) – Flacco looks to have picked up where he left off last season before he was injured and on his way to a career year. With a shaky RB situation in Baltimore and Trestman as the OC, Flacco looks comfortable and could be on his way to a career year, particularly if you keep in mind he entered the 2016 season with the 2nd easiest SOS vs the pass. Throwing for 302 yards and 2-TDs in week 2, Flacco looks back on track as a strong QB2 right now with low-end QB1 upside.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) – Tannehill played better than his numbers suggested in week, on the road against a very tough SEA defense. He only threw for 186 yards and no TDs, but he added 17 yards on the ground and a rushing TD. He also should have added a 40+ yard TD through the air, but a wide open Kenny Stills dropped a would-be TD pass. Again on the road and again against a tough defense in NE week 2, Tannehill threw for 389 yards and 2-TDs while adding 35 rushing yards. MIA can’t get their running game going and their defense doesn’t look much improved from last year. That, along with the fact DeVante Parker is back in the lineup and this is an Adam Gase coached offense leads me to conclude that Tannehill should move on from a disappointing 2015 season (for the entire Dolphin organization) and look to improve on his 2014 season, when he finished as a top 10 fantasy QB.
Sam Bradford (MIN) – In his first start as a Viking, Bradford completed 71% of his passes for 286 yards and 2 TDs against a solid GB defense. Bradford has always had the physical tools to be a very good QB but has spent most of his career injured or not at 100%, recovering from major injuries. Healthy now and in a Norv Turner offense, Bradford should be on everyone’s radar and is an “add now” candidate in deeper leagues and 2-QB leagues.
Dak Prescott (DAL) – Once again, Dak played well, throwing for 292 yards in week 2 and driving the Cowboys down the field with ease, but still had trouble finishing. In his first 2 weeks as an NFL QB, Prescott has thrown for 519 yards but has zero TD passes. He did run for a TD this week and Dez was very involved, which always helps. I think Dallas will start moving Prescott around more and letting him use his legs in the red zone, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the inefficiency just yet, but it something worth monitoring if he doesn’t convert more moving forward. He is still worth a grab for depth in deeper leagues until Romo gets healthy.
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Cody Kessler (CLEV) – I wouldn’t consider picking him up just yet unless you are in a really deep league and have the room to stash. Monitor the situation with McCown’s injury in Cleveland and add Kessler to your watch list for now.
Tevin Coleman (ATL) – Should be owned in every league as I stated last week and probably should be considered a RB2 at the moment, particularly with his big play ability. He was more involved in the passing game than Freeman for a 2nd straight week and scored another TD. Not much more to say other than if he is on your waiver wire, he is a must add.
Charles Sims (TB) – As I said last week when I listed Sims on the waiver wire, he totaled over 1,000 yards last season as a backup/3rd down RB. I also said, “should Martin ever go down, Sims has the talent be a weekly RB1”. Martin has gone down with a hamstring injury that might cost him a couple weeks, and soft tissue injuries tend to linger for running backs. Sims is a must own in all formats right now, especially PPR.
Christine Michael (SEA) – If available, I would pick up Michael right now, particularly if you are a Rawls owner. Rawls was outplayed for a 2nd straight week and didn’t return to Sunday’s game after banging up his leg. Meanwhile, Michael looked great again, averaging 6 ypc. I’m still not 100% sold on CM, and he does have limitations to his game, but right now, he looks like the best running option in SEA. If you need help or depth at RB, feel confident adding Michael as a player to use on bye weeks or spot starts.
Jay Ajayi (MIA) – Ajayi isn’t a player that should necessarily be on your waiver wire, but I’m sure there were some owners who dropped him after he didn’t suit up in week 1. It should come as no surprise that it took Foster all of 5 quarters to get injured this year and this should be Ajayi’s chance to show what he can do. Ajayi has been in the doghouse the last few weeks in MIA and probably didn’t help himself any by fumbling this week, but he does have the talent to be a 3-down RB in this league, and a solid one at that. I question whether or not Ajayi steps up and seizes the moment, but with Foster on the shelf for at least a week or two and the Dolphins at home against the Browns in week 3, the opportunity is presenting itself and it doesn’t get much better.
Jerick McKinnon /Matt Asiata (MIN) – Without a timetable on Peterson’s return, it’s hard to say how high to prioritize a McKinnon or Asiata pickup right now. McKinnon was a hot commodity in dynasty circles this year because of the way he has flashed when on the field along with the fact that Peterson is getting older. Now, with AP down, McKinnon SHOULD be in for a large workload and a shot to get the bulk of the snaps at RB until AP returns. That being said, it was Asiata who received more carries Sunday night after AP went down. Still, McKinnon should be the RB who benefits most in AP’s absence and receives the most touches. The question now becomes how much does Asiata eat into McKinnon’s touches and fantasy value, and is Asiata worth fantasy consideration? It’s not a question we can answer until we see them play, but McKinnon is the guy I would pick here, and for AP owners, he is a player you should add right away unless you are really strong at RB. Both McKinnon and Asiata are players to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks along with the extent of AP’s injury. For those in deeper leagues with room or for AP owners, I would try to grab McKinnon this week.
Shane Vereen (NYG) – Vereen has been involved to the tune of almost 48% of the snaps at RB for the Giants this season and actually had more carries in week 2 than Jennings, running for 42 yards and adding 24 yards on 3 catches in the receiving game week 2. The Giants haven’t been in a situation yet this season finding themselves down by double digit points, trying to climb back into a game…which is where you would expect Vereen to have success. I think with the carries he is receiving to go along with his impact in the passing game, Vereen will continue to have a decent floor in PPR leagues (somewhere around 8-9 points) plus the upside to get heavily involved should the Giants find themselves in a position that requires them to throw the ball or work from their no-huddle offense. I think Vereen is worth a pickup in 12-team or deeper PPR leagues and should be on everyone’s watch list.
Fozzy Whittaker/Cameron Artis-Payne(CAR) – Stewart went down in week 2 with a hamstring injury, and Whittaker filled in nicely, gaining 100 yards rushing on just 16 carries and added 31 yards on 3 receptions. Stewart is dealing with an ankle injury as well and he has a long track record of lingering injuries. If Stewart misses time, Whittaker could take over as the lead runner in this backfield after his week 2 showing. He is likely to split the load with Cameron Artis-Payne and possibly Tolbert at first. CAP was technically 2nd on the depth chart at RB to begin the year, but he has been a healthy scratch in both weeks 1 and 2. I think Whittaker is worth picking up in deeper leagues as a possible fill in for Stewart if you need help or depth at RB, but this is definitely a situation to keep an eye on as Artis Payne will also have an opportunity to show what he can do should Stewart miss more than a game or two.
Dwayne Washington (DET) – Washington put up 31 rushing on 4 carries against the Titans in week 2 after stealing a goal-line carry and rushing TD in week 1. In this backfield, that isn’t really enough reason to consider picking Washington up, but Abdullah left week 2 with an injured foot. The X-rays were negative, so no broken bones, but that doesn’t mean he won’t miss any time. Riddick will get the biggest uptick here if Abdullah does miss, but Washington is certainly someone to keep an eye on. He could share the early down workload and will most likely get the goal-line carries. For those in deeper leagues with deep rosters, he is worth consideration as a week 3 pickup, particularly if you are an Abdullah owner.
Kenneth Farrow (SD) – The Chargers are getting riddled with injuries this year and have already lost 2 of their top 3 RBs. Losing Oliver seemingly didn’t hurt too much until Danny Woodhead was lost for the year with a torn ACL in week 2. Now, it looks like Farrow is #2 on the depth chart in SD, playing behind Melvin Gordon who only saw about 1/3 of the offensive snaps at RB for SD in the 2015 season. Gordon started 2016 with a solid performance, but again, he only took about 1/3 of the snaps (23) in week 1. Someone is going to have to take some pressure off, and right now it’s Farrow. For that reason alone, he is probably worth consideration, but only in deeper leagues right now.
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Devonte Booker (DEN) – Booker looked solid in week 2 and is the clear handcuff to Anderson right now. He is someone who might be worth grabbing in deeper leagues, particularly if you own Anderson, but for the most part and for most non-Anderson owners, just keep him on your watch list as a potential pickup should Anderson get injured (which has been known to happen).
Charcandrick West (KC) – He finally showed up in week 2, rushing for 61 yards on only 6 carries. West has taken a back seat to Spencer Ware thus far, and with Jamaal Charles likely set to return in week 3, West is simply a player who will likely only have value if someone in front of him gets injured. Still, we haven’t seen what the KC backfield will look like with Charles in the mix, so this is a situation to keep an eye on.
Zach Zenner (DET) – I mentioned Washington earlier, and how he has shown well in limited opportunity and gets a bump if Abdullah misses extended time. Well, Zenner is another guy to watch for if Abdullah misses time. He was the pre-season and offseason favorite early-down back in Detroit, and if Abdullah doesn’t suit up Zenner should be active, meaning opportunity. Another situation to keep an eye on.
Kenneth Dixon (BAL) – The RB situation in Baltimore is messy right now with no clear lead back and Buck Allen not suiting up on game days. Dixon is close to a return and could be given a shot to take control of this backfield where neither West nor Forsett has shown enough to keep Dixon at bay. Again, not something worth necessarily acting on just yet, but more of a pre-emptive pickup in leagues with savvy owners.
Will Fuller (HOU) – I said it last week and I’ll say it again this week: If he is on your wire, grab him now! He should not only be owned but should probably be in many starting lineups most weeks.
Travis Benjamin (SD) – With Allen down for the season and Woodhead now done as well, Benjamin looks like the #1 target in the passing game…at least he did in week 2. Playing against the Colts in week 3, I don’t see much changing so grab him if he is available and throw him in your starting lineup this week.
DeVante Parker (MIA) – Parker made his 2016 debut in week 2 after being talked up all offseason and preseason in Miami, and he looked pretty good. He was targeted 13 times and caught 8 passes for 106 yards. Sure, garbage time helped his numbers, but I think it’s important to note that he tied for the lead in targets (with Landry) in a game MIA crawled back into. If he is out on your waiver wire, grab him.
Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) – FROM WEEK 2: Enunwa has good size and plays the slot on a team that doesn’t has a receiving threat at TE. He could be viewed as their receiving TE and their 3rd WR, and Gailey has even said as much. Playing almost 90% of the snaps in week 1 along with catching 7 passes for 54 yards and 1 TD says he will remain involved this year and could produce as a WR3 or weekly flex play…so pick him up before someone else does! (UPDATE: 9/20): Enunwa caught all 6 of his targets Thursday night for 92 yards vs the Jets. He had 5 catches for 90 yards in the 1st half, and then seemed to “tweak” a rib injury that limited his practice time early in week 2. He stayed in the game and should be ok. So far in 2016, Enunwa has 13 receptions on 14 targets for 146 yards and 1-TD. If he is still available on your waiver wire, he is a must add high-end WR3 that’s really starting to look more like a solid WR2.
Mike Wallace (BAL) – I said it last week, Wallace is a big-play receiver, and with Flacco, it looks like he finally has found a QB and team (Since leaving PIT) willing to game-plan for and utilize his big play ability. Wallace followed up a “big play” week 1 66 yard TD with 2 TDs in week 2, one from 7 yards out and another from 17 yards out. It looks like Wallace may be a threat from anywhere on the field and has become Flacco’s favorite WR in Baltimore. If Wallace is on the waiver wire, pick him up now as he definitely looks like he should be owned in all leagues.
Tyrell Williams (SD) – For a second straight week, the Chargers lost a player vital to their passing game. Williams was targeted 6 times on Sunday (tied for team high) and hauled in 3 receptions for 61 yards and a TD. I spoke about his big play ability last week and the Chargers are going to need him even more now that Woodhead is out for the year. Pick him up if he is available and consider him a solid WR3 with upside for now.
Victor Cruz (NYG) – Cruz caught 4 passes for 91 yards and tied Shepard for the 2nd most targets in week 2 with 8. Last week, I said “He’s not the WR1 he was before his injury, but he was on the field for 90% of the snaps and there is a real chance Cruz preforms as a mid-low WR2 this season. I’m not sold on him as anything more than WR3 until I see more, but he should definitely be owned in all leagues”. Well, I am sold on Cruz as a WR2 after watching him play again this week, taking 94% of the offensive snaps. I did say he should be owned in all leagues, and I’m sticking with that. If Cruz is somehow on your wire, grab him now, he should not only be owned but should be in starting lineups most weeks.
Cole Beasley (DAL) – I probably should have had Beasley on here last week, but I wanted to see how he and Prescott looked together 2 weeks in a row…and on the road. There definitely seems to be real chemistry between Prescott and Beasley right now and Beasley is playing about 2/3 of the snaps. While he is a better PPR option, Beasley should be considered in all formats right now if you need help or depth at WR. I would recommend picking him up in all PPR leagues, 12-teams and deeper.
Corey Coleman (CLEV) – Coleman should still be owned in most leagues, but after a slow start in a bad offense, it’s possible he may have been dropped in some leagues. If so, grab him now as he looks like McCown’s favorite target (even though McCown could miss a few weeks), and we’ve seen McCown be good enough in the past to make players very fantasy relevant. *Note – I wouldn’t start Coleman until we see something from Kessler or McCown returns to the lineup.
Torrey Smith (SF) – Smith led the team in targets with 10 in week 2, and this is a Chip Kelly offense…which means volume. I’m not sold on Smith enough just yet to recommend that he be added in every league, but I do think he is someone worth taking a shot on in 12-team leagues or deeper (if you need help or depth at WR) simply bc this offense is going to try and run a lot of plays, and it looks like they could be behind a lot as well.
Tyler Boyd/B Lafell (CIN) – Lafell is still technically the #2 WR here, but both players saw 80%+ snaps and both were targeted 8 times on a sloppy day in PIT, but it was Boyd who had the bigger game this week, catching 6 passes for 78 yards. Lafell is still the safer option, but Boyd offers more upside and looks solid enough to recommend in deeper leagues right now as a grab for those who need help or depth at WR.
Sammie Coates (PIT) – Coates is still pretty raw and is only really seeing playing time bc Markus Wheaton has missed the first 2 games with a shoulder injury. Still, Coates could be emerging as a situational, big play receiver in PIT after catching 2 passes for 97 in week 2, one week after catching 2 passes for 56 yards. Coates might be worth a shot in deeper leagues, at least until we see what the PIT offense looks like when Wheaton returns.
Kenny Britt (LA) – Britt is the number 1 passing option on a terrible passing team. He is a player that should probably be owned simply bc he will continue to see targets, but he is also a player who you can’t count on from week to week. The Rams want to run the ball, and they have one of the best RBs in the NFL, so against weaker defenses, Britt and the passing game could disappear and against strong Ds, Britt and the passing game are hard to count on. Still, in deeper leagues with deep rosters, if you need help at WR Britt could be a guy to target if there aren’t many other available options.
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Rishard Matthews (TEN) – was targeted 6 times and caught 4 passes for 40 yards against Detroit in week 2. He was a big pre-season acquisition and considered the Titans #1 WR until Sharpe emerged. Not sure anything will come of this, but put Matthews on your watch list.
Jermaine Kearse (SEA) – had 6 targets in week 2 after receiving 7 in week 1. Baldwin looks to be ok though and it doesn’t look like he will miss any time, so for now, just keep an eye on…Lockett and Baldwin are both dinged up.
Breshad Perriman (BAL) – Had 2 catches for 32 yards on 5 targets in week 2, but still is just rotating in at WR. In dynasty leagues, Perriman is obviously on a roster in pretty much every league, but I’m not sure he’s involved enough to warrant a pick up just yet in redraft leagues. Definitely keep an eye on Perriman for later in the season, once he gets a better feel for the NFL game. It’s very possible he could do something similar to what D Parker did in MIA last year, finishing the last 4-5 weeks of the season as a solid fantasy play.
Seth Roberts (OAK) – Had 6 targets a week after catching a TD. He is not worth picking up just yet, but someone to keep an eye on as he does have the skills to be productive should something happen to Cooper or Crabtree.
Dennis Pitta (BAL) – 12 targets, 9 receptions for 103 yards and he out-snapped all other BAL TEs for the 2nd week in a row. After looking like an up and coming TE in 2012, posting almost 700 yards and 7 TDs, Pitta has pretty much been out of football since. He managed only 4 games in 2013, 3 in 2014 and didn’t play last season. Pitta looks like he may be recovered and he definitely looks to be the #1 TE in Baltimore. While week 2 could be close to his ceiling, don’t be surprised if Pitta is very involved week to week. If he is on your waiver wire, grab him now, Pitta should be owned in all leagues.
Martellus Bennett (NE) –Many owners were worried after Bennett served mostly as a blocker in week 1, but he was very involved in week 2 catching 5 passes for 114 yard and 1 TD. Only 2 weeks until Brady is back and I don’t think Gronk will necessarily hurt Bennett’s value when he returns. If Bennett is on your waiver wire, grab him now, he should be owned in all formats.
Clive Walford (OAK) – After being talked up all preseason and offseason, Walford disappointed in week 1. In week 2 however, Walford was very active, targeted 7 times and catching 6 passes for 50 yards and a TD. Look for him to continue to be more involved as the season moves on. Walford probably isn’t going to be super consistent just yet, but the upside is there. He should be owned in 12-team leagues and deeper as a low-end TE1 with upside for more.
Jacob Tamme (ATL) – Tamme was involved again in week 2, receiving 8 targets and catching 5 passes for 75 yards and 1 TD. I view Tamme as a guy who should be owned in pretty much all formats right now, but unlike Walford, I think his upside is very limited. Pick him up if he is available and use him while he’s hot if you need help at TE.
Jesse James (PIT) – James’ stat line wasn’t particularly impressive in week 2, posting 3 catches for 29 yards on 5 targets, but he did score a TD. Something else that I think is important to note is that James has taken 100% of the offensive snaps in PIT this season and looks to be a regular target in the red zone. Until Green returns (if Green returns) James should be picked up and owned in 12-team and deeper leagues, and maybe even in all formats if he continues to play every snap.
Kyle Rudolph (MIN) – FROM WEEK 2: Rudolph looks like he may finally be ready to contribute on a weekly basis at TE. While he isn’t going to be the player many of us thought he would be at one time, he can still put up more than serviceable numbers and be a red-zone threat. With Bradford waiting in the wings, Rudolph could still see his stock increase. If he is on your WW, pick him up as a top-end TE2. (UPDATE: 9/20): Rudolph caught 4 passes on 8 targets for 65 yards and a TD Sunday night against the Packers. With Bradford stepping in and playing well and the run game slow to get going in MIN, I stand by what I said last week and will add that Rudolph should probably be viewed as a low-end TE1 until further notice.
Jack Doyle (IND) – Many thought the 2 TD catches in week 1 was a fluke and Doyle would not be involved too much moving forward…at least not enough to warrant a pick up. After 4 catches for 37 yards on 5 more targets in week 2, Doyle looks like he will be utilized in this offense enough to provide fantasy value as a bye week play or spot start, and possibly more. I would pick Doyle up in any format if you need help at TE and he should be grabbed in deeper leagues regardless.
Jordan Cameron (MIA) – 5 catches and a TD…and I’ll be honest, I’m not sold on Cameron. Most, or maybe all of his stats came in garbage time and it’s the only time we’ve seen life from him in 2 years. Still, he was once considered a top-tier TE and is only 28 years old in Adam Gase’s offense, so take notice for now. Maybe consider him in deep leagues with deep rosters, otherwise keep him on your watch list for now and let’s see what happens.
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C.J. Uzomah (CIN) – Eifert will back soon and Uzomah didn’t have a particularly good week 2, but he was still heavily targeted. Keep an eye on the TE situation in CIN and keep Uzomah on your watch list.