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NFL Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Week 2 had a huge amount of injuries and with that said players become available to add for your fantasy teams. Here are the more important players that should be considered to make your team stronger.

Justin Herbert-QB-LAC (ESPN 1.7%) (Yahoo-3%)

Herbert didn’t even know he was going to start and to throw for 311 yards and two touchdowns is impressive for the first-round rookie. Head coach Anthony Lynn has already mentioned Tyrod Taylor is still the starting quarterback. Herbert is primed to take over, and it shouldn’t be long before he does.

Next up: Carolina Panthers

Mike Davis-RB-CAR (ESPN-8%) (Yahoo-7%)

It’s quite surprising that Mike Davis has been in the league for six seasons and has done nearly nothing. He has only five touchdowns and 890 yards on 248 carries, a paltry 3.6 yards per carry average while playing for four teams (SF, SEA, CHI, CAR) in that span. The good news is that he won the back-up job behind Christian McCaffrey in an RPO offense that likes to feature the running back. Davis caught eight balls last week. He had only one carry for one yard.

Next up: Los Angeles Chargers

Darrell Henderson-RB-LAR (ESPN 45.7) (Yahoo 30%)

Henderson was an afterthought entering Week 2; however, after the injuries to Cam Akers (ribs) and Malcolm Brown (finger), he was thrust into action and was phenomenal. On 14 touches, Henderson put up 121 total yards and a touchdown. He was a third-round selection in 2019, so he has the talent; the question is volume and opportunity?

Next up: Buffalo Bills

Joshua Kelley-RB-LAC (ESPN 26.4%) (Yahoo 39%)

This isn’t just Austin Ekeler’s backfield. Kelley has demonstrated he has something to say after a terrific Week 1. He followed that up in Week 2 with 25 touches and 113 total yards. He caught two passes for 49 yards and is doing a lot of damage with stacked boxes (31.4% per Next Gen Stats). The Chargers also like him in goal-line situations. Ekeler won’t go away, but Kelley is here to stay.

Next up: Carolina Panthers

Others to consider: Myles Gaskin (MIA), Dion Lewis/Wayne Gallman (NYG), Jerick McKinnon (SF), Devonta Freeman (FA).

Corey Davis-WR-TEN (ESPN 27.2%) (Yahoo-42%)

Perhaps Corey Davis just needed to go undrafted in many leagues to finally show up on the NFL stage. After several years of giving fantasy owners next to nothing, he has shown up in the first two weeks of the 2020 season. Davis has put together back-to-back double-digit fantasy performances. With A.J. Brown out, he should continue to benefit from Ryan Tannehill lighting up the scoreboard.

Next up: Minnesota Vikings

Russell Gage-WR-ATL (ESPN 20%) (Yahoo-23%)

Can an offense actually support three wide receivers? At this point, it appears as if Matt Ryan is capable. Gage is the clear number three of the group with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley as 1A and 1B. Gage, as the third receiver, was excellent in Week 2 with six receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, and it builds on his Week 1 nine catches for 114 yards. It is all building on top of his eight targets per game from Weeks 12-17 in 2019. Gage is legit.

Next up: Chicago Bears

Mecole Hardman-WR-KC (ESPN 43%) (Yahoo-36%)

The Chiefs are a high-octane offense. We, as fantasy owners, want as many pieces as we can get. Now with the injury to Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman has an opportunity to be that piece. Hardman is in his second season and tallied two receptions for 30-yards against the Chargers.

Next up: Baltimore Ravens

Others to consider: Marquez Valdes Scantling/Allen Lazard (GB), Keelan Cole/Chris Conley (Jax), Golden Tate (NYG), Robby Anderson (CAR).

Jonnu Smith-TE-TEN (ESPN-40.3%) (Yahoo-68%)

Smith has been buried by Delanie Walker over the past few seasons, but now it’s his time to shine. In Week 1, Smith caught four passes for 36 yards and a score. In Week 2, he matched his receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. In total, Smith has8 catches for 120 yards and three TDs and is shining brightly.

Next up: Minnesota Vikings

Others to consider Mike Gesicki (MIA), Jordan Reed (SF), Dalton Schultz (DAL), Mo Allie-Cox (IND), Drew Sample (CIN).

 

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NFL Week 7 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.

Andy Dalton-QB-DAL (ESPN-26.3%) (Yahoo-3%)

It was an ugly performance for Dalton, but the entire offense was terrible. Ezekiel Elliot fumbling, players dropping passes, and injuries to the offensive line. However, this offense is too powerful to have bad weeks, and Dalton is talented enough to start in a handful of teams. Dalton finished the game with 266-yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.

Others to Consider: Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Derek Carr(LAS), Daniel Jones (NYG), Kyle Allen (WAS).

Boston ScottRB-PHI (ESPN-10.6%) (Yahoo-14%)

The injury to Miles Sanders will force Scott to the forefront. Scott was the RB1 when Sanders was out in Week 1. Scott didn’t fare well, collecting just 54 total yards and two receptions. He hasn’t done much in the limited time since then by averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. The good news is that he should be the bell-cow until Sanders returns.

LaMical Perine-RB-NYJ (ESPN-11.9%) (Yahoo-17%)

When Le’ Veon Bell left New York for Kansas City, it left an opening for the rookie Perine to exploit. The door can close fast when Adam Gase is still the head coach. Instead of letting the rookie showcase his skills, Gase gave the volume to Frank Gore. The offense is horrid, but Perine could offer owners an option,especially if Gore goes down.

Jeremy McNichols-RB-TEN (ESPN-0.5%) (Yahoo-1%)

Rookie Darrynton Evans was Derrick Henry’s backup, but he has been placed on IR with a hamstring injury. McNichols will replace him but won’t get much action as long as Henry continues to run over people without being injured. McNichols rushed five times for 51 yards and looked good doing it. Henry owners should be flocking to him.

Others to Consider: Gus Edwards (BAL), JD McKissic(WAS), DErnest Johnson (CLE), Justin Jackson (LAC), JaMycal Hasty (SF).

Keelan Cole (ESPN-14.3%) (Yahoo-29%)

The Jaguars are getting three-wide receivers into fantasy relevancy, and Cole is one amongst DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault. Cole had 143-yards on six catches in his biggest haul on the year. Chark and Shenault will continue to get the volume, but Cole looks to be the red zone guy and is targeted three-to-five times a game.

Travis Fulgham-WR-PHI (ESPN-47.2%) (Yahoo-31%)

Out of nowhere, Fulgham has earned the fantasy communityattention. In three-straight weeks, Fulgham has scored a touchdown and has at least 57+ yards. After his 10-152-1 against Pittsburgh, Fulgham caught six passes for 75-yards and a score versus Baltimore. He has now earned the spot regardless of when DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery return. When Jackson and Jeffery do return, there is good reason they won’t remain healthy for the season’s duration.

Preston Williams-WR-MIA (ESPN-40.9%) (Yahoo-25%)

DeVante Parker went down with a groin injury. Williams will step into the number one role if Parker misses any time. Even though Williams doesn’t pop on the statistical front thus far, he has the talent when given the opportunity. Keep in mind he is also just about a year away from healing from his ACL tear. Looking at touchdowns and Williams has three in the last four contests.

Others to Consider: Tee Higgins (CIN), Tim Patrick (DEN), Mike Williams (LAC), Laviska Shenault (JAC), Marcus Johnson (IND).

Trey Burton-TE-IND (ESPN-6.2%) (Yahoo-20%)

Mo Alie-Cox missed last week, and Jack Doyle has not done anything special. However, since returning from injury, Burton has at least five targets in his previous three contests and at least two or more catches. He scored twice against the Bengals and has a history of being in the Frank Reich’s offense.

Others to Consider: Darren Fells (HOU), Anthony Firkser(TEN), Irv Smith (MIN), Richard Rogers (PHI).

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Week 6 NFL Waiver Wire

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we enter bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.

Andy Dalton-QB-DAL (ESPN-0.2%) (Yahoo-3%)

Unfortunately, Dak Prescott’s season is over. It is always uncomfortable to see a top-five quarterback leave due to an injury, and now our fantasy teams are worse for it. However, Andy Dalton is available in most leagues. He is a veteran quarterback in charge of an offense that is superbly combined with a horrid defense. Even Dalton should get your team many points. Against the Giants, Dalton finished the game 9/11-111 yards.

Others to Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Jared Goff (LAR), Justin Herbert (LAC).

Alexander Mattison-RB-MIN (ESPN-41.5%) (Yahoo-40%)

Dalvin Cook left the contest against the Seahawks with a groin injury. We know as fantasy owners Cook’s health is continuously at risk due to him playing just 34 games of possible 53 (64%) since his rookie season. Getting Mattison should have been a priority for all Cook owners during the draft, as Mattison is a top handcuff for all running backs. Mattison rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries after Cook left. If Mattison is still on the wire, he is worthy of a giant portion of your FAAB.

Damien Harris-RB-NE (ESPN-42.4%) (Yahoo-54%)

There are several running backs on the New England Patriots roster that do several things. Meaning the volume for Harris may not be there as many would hope. However, as long as Sony Michel is out with injury, Harris can be fantasy relevant. He had over 100 yards in Week 4 but did not receive a target. Another concern is Cam Newton quarterback sneaks at the goal line. Harris is a reliable option to have as players go down with an injury and bye weeks strip away options.

JD McKissic-RB-WAS (ESPN-44.5%) (Yahoo-6%)

Antonio Gibson has done a stable job as a rookie. Still, McKissic will add value through catching the ball out of the backfield. Even though Gibson is a good receiver out of the backfield, McKissic caught six passes to Gibson’s five. They two backs also had identical scrimmage yards McKissic (49) Gibson (51). Gibson will be the primary ball carrier, but if you like what Gibson is doing, McKissic isn’t too far behind.

Others to Consider: Duke Johnson (HOU), Jamaal Williams(GB), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Mike Boone (MIN), Justin Jackson (LAC), D’Ernest Johnson (CLE).

Chase Claypool-WR-PIT (ESPN-8.9%) (Yahoo16%)

The number one add of the week. When Diontae Johnson went out against the Philadelphia Eagles, it awoke Claypool, who did a variety of continuous damage to the Eagles defense. Claypool became the first Steelers rookie receiver to score three or more touchdowns in a game in the past 30 seasons, by scoring four times. This output may have vaulted him as the second receiver,or it may have carved out a larger role. Either case, more volume is headed toward Claypool.

Travis Fulgham-WR-PHI (ESPN-0.2%) (Yahoo-3%)

Fulgham was a beast against the Steelers, catching 10 of 12 targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. It indeed could be a breakout game for the 2019 sixth-round selection out of Old Dominion. However, it also could be just one game. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are returning soon. Don’t forget about Greg Ward and Dallas Goedert break out games earlier this season. Monitor and decide, but he should be a lower option.

Tee Higgins-WR-CIN (ESPN-40.5%) (Yahoo-53%)

It is becoming more apparent that the two receivers for Cincinnati are Tyler Boyd and Higgins even before AJ Green(hamstring) left the game on Sunday. The workload will now increase for the rookie, who has at least six targets in four straight contests and three straight with ten plus fantasy points. With the Bengals behind in most of their games, Joe Burrow will repeatedly connect with Higgins as they grow together.

Others to Consider: Henry Ruggs (LAS), Laviska Shenault(JAX), Preston Williams (MIA), Jeff Smith (NYJ), Alshon Jeffery (PHI), Cedrick Wilson (DAL), Mecole Hardman(KC), Golden Tate (NYG).

Cameron Brate-TE-TB (ESPN-1.8%) (Yahoo-2%)

Brate has always made money down near the goal line. With OJ Howard (Achilles) out for the season and Rob Gronkowski being more of a blocking tight end, the volume could open up for him. Chris Godwin is soon to return, and Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are higher options. Still, Brate will be getting the targets, especially getting closer to the end zone.

Others to Consider: Austin Hooper (CLE), Drew Sample(CIN), Robert Tonyan (GB).

 

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NFL Week 5 Waiver Wire

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Fantasy football teams are starting to take shape. Hitting the waiver wire is a critical task in filling the holes or adding significant depth, especially as we near bye-weeks and an increasing list of injuries.

Justin Herbert-QB-LAC (ESPN-11.8%) (Yahoo-16%)

Herbert now has five touchdowns in his three games played with 931 yards and three interceptions. He also has added 47 rushing yards. Herbert continues to play well after being thrust into action in Week 2 and it would be surprising to see him let go of the reigns now.

Others to Consider: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA), Teddy Bridgewater (CAR), Gardner Minshew (JAC).

Damien Harris-RB-NE (ESPN-15.4%) (Yahoo-31%)

Sony Michel is headed to IR while Harris had his return last Sunday. Harris feasted on the poor Kansas City run defense for 100 yards on just 17 attempts. He will continue to share the load with Rex Burkhead and James White but look for him to get a hefty amount of carries.

D’Ernest Johnson-RB-CLE (ESPN-0.0%) (Yahoo-3%)

Johnson went undrafted in 2018 and was invited to the New Orleans Saints rookie camp but was not signed. He then took his services to the Orlando Apollos of the now defunct Alliance of American Football and played well. Johnson rushed for 372 yards and added 22 receptions. When the league folded, he signed with the Browns in 2019. Johnson only rushed four times last season, but now he may have a huge chance. Nick Chubb is on IR and Johnson will fill the void on a team that runs constantly. Kareem Hunt will have the lion share, but Johnson should chip in nicely.

Justin Jackson-RB-LAC (ESPN-8.8%) (Yahoo-6%)

First check to see if Joshua Kelley is available, then Justin Jackson. Kelley is the most heavily owned and he should be. However, with Austin Ekeler out for what could be the entire season. However, if he can get the volume, he may be a worthwhile addition.

Others to Consider: Anthony McFarland (PIT), Chase Edmonds (ARI), Alexander Mattison (MIN).

Tim Patrick-WR-DEN (ESPN-0.6%) (Yahoo-2%)

There needs to be a deep receiver to replace Courtland Suttonand Patrick could be the one. He caught six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown against the Jets on Thursday night. He isn’t rostered in many places and if the Broncos are consistently behind, he could make a nice weapon opposite Jerry Jeudy.

Hunter Renfrow-WR-OAK (ESPN-36.1%) (Yahoo-41%)

When Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards are out this enables Renfrow to get some volume. Last week he caught five passes for 57 yards against Buffalo. In Week 3 he caught six passes for 84 yards and a score. With the Raiders facing the Chiefs next week, there could be plenty of passes going around to make Renfrow a flex candidate.

Scotty Miller-WR-TB (ESPN-11.3%) (Yahoo-16%)

Miller is someone Tom Brady can rely on and with Chris Godwin and now Mike Evans dealing with injuries he may be the only receiver getting some love from him. Not to mention OJ Howard left with a possible Achilles injury. Miller has 83 yards in consecutive games and scored his first touchdown last week.

Others to Consider: Christian Kirk (ARI), Jeff Smith (NYJ), David Moore (SEA), Gabriel Davis (BUF), Darnell Mooney(CHI).

Drew Sample-TE-CIN (ESPN-3.0%) (Yahoo-3%)

Joe Burrow uses his tight end and the RPO system allows that to happen. Sample nearly had a touchdown until somehow Myles Jack robbed him. He has solid fantasy value and has 15 targets over three games. With CJ Uzomah out for the season, Sample could be a every week starter for owners in a bad tight end roster crunch. He is more of a blocker than a receiver, but he will get the volume.

Others to Consider: Mo Alie-Cox (IND), Dalton Schultz(DAL), Cameron Brate (TB), Robert Tonyan (GB).

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