With two weeks of Fantasy Football behind us in 2015, the Week 3 Waiver Wire targets start to dwindle. Of course, injuries rear their ugly head every week, but quality performances on the gridiron shined, too.
Thanks to Tony Romo’s broken clavicle, the Dallas Cowboys are in a pinch. Romo’s backup, Brandon Weeden, completed all seven passes he attempted in Week 2 and collected a TD, too. But now he needs a backup. Moreover, Weeden is a Waiver Wire target if you lost Romo or need to fill a QB2 spot.
Even though WR Waiver Wire choices are minimal this week, RB and TE options are plentiful. So be mindful about which positions you target this week.
As always, ownership percentages come from ESPN and we’re only listing players who are owned in no more than 30 percent of leagues. If you’re having trouble picking between a few players, try the Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule Comparison Tool.
Let’s take a look at the Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets by position.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (18 percent owned)
In a two-QB league, Taylor slots nicely into your QB2 role. Yes, he just threw three interceptions and three TDs against the New England Patriots in Week 2, but he gets a weak Dolphins’ defense in Week 3. The Dolphins have allowed 745 yards in the air, and 284 on the ground through two games. Taylor has rushed 14 times for 84 yards and a TD already this year. He also looked poised in some of the last drives against the Patriots when the Bills tried to mount a comeback in Week 2.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens (23 percent owned)
After recovering from an MCL injury that sidelined him in Week 1, Taliaferro worked as the red zone RB for the Ravens in Week 2. Taliaferro capitalized, rushing seven times for 34 yards and a TD, plus he caught 3-of-3 targets for 12 yards. Although the Ravens’ Week 3 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals, have shut down RBs so far (194 rushing yards against and zero rushing TDs), Taliaferro is a low-risk FLEX or RB3 option who could vulture more than a couple of TDs if the Ravens break through the Bengals’ defense.
Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (22 percent owned)
If he continues to vulture TDs from LeSean McCoy, Williams turns into a reliable handcuff for McCoy. In each of the first two games, Williams recorded a TD without rushing for more than 55 yards per game. In Week 3, the Bills take on the Miami Dolphins who are sixth worst in rushing yards allowed (284) but have yet to allow a rushing TD. Williams could change that latter stat for the Dolphins.
Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (15 percent owned)
In Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, Jones rushed 19 times for 123 yards, two TDs and he caught three passes for 23 yards. Frankly, his Week 3 opponent, the New York Giants, have clobbered RBs so far, allowing only 136 yards on 45 rushes. Jones is a better fit for FLEX spots in Week 3, but going forward he could be a Waiver Wire add you’ll use again and again if his Week 2 upside returns.
Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys (12 percent owned)
Generally, I’ve been avoiding Dallas’ RBs because of their running-back-by-committee (RBBC) system. The Cowboys’ face the Atlanta Falcons this week, a matchup that favors Dunbar, the passing-down back in the RBBC. Through two games, Dunbar has caught 11-of-13 for 115 yards. The Falcons haven’t given up much on the ground yet (160 yards and two TDs), but their aerial defense gives Dunbar a chance to breakout in passing-down situations.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys (23 percent owned)
There’s not too much that excites me about Beasley except that Cowboys’ star WR Dez Bryant is out for about eight more weeks. If you injuries already plagued your WR core or eliminated your FLEX options, Beasley is a warm body who’s caught 8-0f-11 targets for 63 yards this year, but also had an untimely fumble in Week 1. He’s been targeted three times inside the red zone, for what that’s worth.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans (20 percent owned)
Here’s another WR who’s less than 30 percent owned, but for good reason. Still, he did record a TD for his only reception in Week 2. Sadly, DGB isn’t a great Fantasy asset in Week 3 because the Titans play the Indianapolis Colts, who’ve allowed only 195 passing yards in 2015. Where your WR4/5 or FLEX options have run dry, DGB is as good as any sub-25-percent owned WR.
Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals (19 percent owned)
If Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton can keep finding the end zone (five TDs in the first two weeks) when he passes, then Jones’ value rises. At the same time, Jones has caught 4-of-8 targets this year, including a TD. Jones’ Week 3 opposition, the Ravens, also limit Jones’ value.
Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers (26 percent owned)
In each of the first two games, Green caught 5-of-6 targets and recorded a TD. It appears he’ll be a force in the Chargers’ offensive attack, so get him before he’s gone.
Richard Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (14 percent owned)
Despite a poor Week 3 matchup, Rodgers fits well in TE2 roles. In each of the first two games, Aaron Rodgers targeted Richard four times, including two targets inside the 10 yard line in Week 2. Richard should continue to get looks from Aaron, but in Week 3 the Packers play the Kansas City Chiefs, who’ve allowed 5-of-11 targets to TEs through Week 2.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (15 percent owned)
Atop the Bills’ TE depth chart, Clay has caught 7-of-10 targets including a TD in Week 2. Even in the run-heavy Bills’ game plan, Clay will get chances to score when Tyrod Taylor scrambles and needs targets. You can get Clay on the Waiver Wire now as a solid TE2 and hope more upside surfaces when the Bills play the Miami Dolphin in Week 3.
Cincinnati Bengals (22 percent owned)
The Bengals go to Baltimore to play the Ravens whose QB, Joe Flacco, has 18 INT and 13 TD in his career against the Bengals. Already, the Bengals have five takeaways and have allowed only 600 total yards of offense so far.
Overall, the potential on the Week 3 Waiver Wire is lackluster. Take advantage of the TE depth where you can and strengthen your FLEX options. Otherwise, pickings are slim this week. Here’s hoping your teams are healthy, but as always, feel free to ask questions in the comments section. Be sure and check out our weekly Fantasy Football articles below to help get you ready for Week 3 action.
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