In our Week 3 waiver wire report, we’re sharing the proactive moves to make that will help you win a Fantasy Football championship.
There are players who have disappointed their owners, and it’s time to take action. Ronald Jones hasn’t touched the ball this season and Josh Gordon doesn’t have a team to play for. That’s why, as a Fantasy manager, your work is never done. You can’t control these situations, but that doesn’t give you an excuse not to plan ahead.
If you want to go beyond Week 13 and enter the playoffs, you have to start winning right now. You can still give a few of your players a second chance, but get ready to cut the dead weight if there’s a better option sitting on waivers.
The ownership for all of these players is under 35% on ESPN, so most of them should be sitting there on the Week 3 waiver wire…
Week 3 Waiver Wire Quarterbacks to Target
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
ESPN Ownership: 31.3%
When Fitzpatrick made our list last week, his ownership was under 2%. I warned players not to get overly excited about his performance in Week 1, as it could have been a fluke. However, he came with the heat again in Week 2.
Against a tough defense, Fitzpatrick completed 27 out of his 33 passing attempts for 402 passing yards. He also threw four touchdowns and one pick, and he now has eight touchdown passes in two weeks.
With Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard, he certainly has the weapons to be a Fantasy stud each week. It’s hard to account for why we’ve seen such a jump in the veteran quarterback’s production, but for Fantasy players, it’s worth riding the hot hand.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
ESPN Ownership: 10.1%
Like with Fitzpatrick last week, I don’t want to overreact to just one performance. It seemed like it was worth dropping Bortles in Week 1, as he only recorded 176 passing yards and paired one touchdown pass with one interception.
But he had the most poised performance of his career in Week 2 against the New England Patriots…
In addition to his 377 passing yards and four touchdown passes, he also added 35 rushing yards on the ground. That helped him rack up 32.6 Fantasy points. Looking at the weeks ahead, I like the shootout he could be in with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Running Backs to Target
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
ESPN Ownership: 22.6%
With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles injury risks this year, expect to see more of Clement as the season progresses. He only carried the ball six times in Week 2, but he managed to rush for 30 yards (5.0 yards per carry average), and he scored a touchdown.
On top of that, he also caught five passes for 55 yards.
If Sproles (hamstring injury) were to miss more time, Clement could see more snaps. While he wasn’t heavily involved in the passing attack in college, his five receptions in Week 2 is encouraging. That would boost his value in PPR leagues. If Sproles and Ajayi missed time, Clement could become the featured back.
Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills
ESPN Ownership: 3.2%
It’s hard to get excited about this offense, but if you are a LeSean McCoy owner and you haven’t already, it’s time to add Ivory as a backup. McCoy injured his ribs against the Los Angeles Chargers, and it was believed he suffered serious damage. It now appears he avoided a fracture, which means he should be ready for Week 3.
However, the Bills may take it easy with him in a tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings. Keep in mind that this offense is struggling, so it will have to keep throwing the ball to stay in the game.
But as a 223-pound back, Ivory could be utilized on all the goal-line opportunities.
Corey Grant, Jacksonville Jaguars
ESPN Ownership: 1.7%
This is the week to add a running back named Corey to your roster.
Like I said last week, T.J. Yeldon is still the player you want to own if Leonard Fournette is injured. He led the Jaguars with carries (10) and received five targets as a pass catcher. Although his total carries may seem low, it was just how the game unfolded.
The receivers on Jacksonville were dominating the Patriots, with the highlight being a 61-yard play from Dede Westbrook. The Jaguars simply did not need to run the ball that often in this matchup to drive down the field.
But even though he only recorded four carries against New England, Grant was still impressive as a receiver. He hauled in six of his seven targets for 56 yards and scored 12.9 Fantasy points. If Fournette misses more time, look for Grant to get more involved in the offense moving forward.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Wide Receivers to Target
John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
ESPN Ownership: 23.9%
If you add Brown to your team from the Week 3 waiver wire, you still have to worry about his ability to make it through a 16-game season. But so far in 2018, he’s shown a solid rapport with Joe Flacco. He’s averaging 3.5 catches per game, and he’s scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks.
He’s also averaged at least 13.5 Fantasy points per game in PPR leagues.
Even though he’s only 5-foot-11, he tied tight ends Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle with three red-zone targets in Week 1.
Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns
ESPN Ownership: 3.7%
I’m still bearish on the Fantasy production for receivers (outside of Jarvis Landry) in this offense with Tyrod Taylor leading the passing attack. In a 15-game season, he’s never averaged more than 201 passing yards per game.
But with the surprising news about Cleveland cutting Gordon, Callaway is now worth adding to your bench as a speculative investment.
Callaway fell behind Landry, Rashard Higgins, and David Njoku in targets, but he managed to turn his four targets into a 3-81-1 stat line. Weekly, he’s not going to provide consistent Fantasy production. But in a prime matchup where he can serve as a deep threat, he’d be worth rolling the dice on.
Jarius Wright, Carolina Panthers
ESPN Ownership: 0.1%
Christian McCaffrey (15 targets) and Devin Funchess (9), were Cam Newton’s favorite weapons against the Atlanta Falcons. But without Olsen, Newton also relied heavily on Wright.
With seven targets, Wright posted a 5-62-1 stat line. Working out of the slot, Wright should serve as a safety blanket for quarterback throughout the rest of the season. The Panthers will have a tough matchup against Cincinnati in Week 3, but Wright should be peppered with a similar amount of looks.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Tight Ends
Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
ESPN Ownership: 17.5%
In Week 1, we saw Hooper’s floor of 5.4 Fantasy points from three receptions and 24 receiving yards. In Week 2, we saw what his ceiling could be with a 5-59-1 stat line. If you’re still trying to replace Delanie Walker or Greg Olsen, Hooper is one of the better options still available on waivers this week.
His next opponent is the New Orleans Saints, a team that allowed two receptions for 54 yards to O.J. Howard and six total receptions for 35 yards to the tight ends on the Cleveland Browns.
Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens
ESPN Ownership: 0.4%
Until Hayden Hurst returns from a foot injury, Andrews could see an uptick in Fantasy production. Nick Boyle will still be targeted, but Andrews is the only tight on Baltimore who has scored a touchdown this season.
He’s seen a total of eight targets this year, so he’s averaging four per game.
The Ravens have a tough schedule ahead, facing the Denver Broncos in Week 3 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. Expect Flacco to lean on his safety blankets in those matchups, which now includes Andrews.
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