Fantasy Football: Week 3 waiver wire
|09.17.13 at 10:18 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 3 waiver wire. I have a lot of free agent targets for you today. These are all players who should help you in typical 10-team leagues, and there are plenty of options to choose from. If you play in deeper leagues, please feel free to check out my expanded wire over at Rotobahn.com. I’ll be adding players throughout the day as I continue to work through the Week 2 games.
As usual, I’ll be back again this Friday with the Week 3 starts and sits. Jim Hackett and I will be doing another podcast later this week and I’ll be hosting our Sunday morning chat here at WEEI.com, so bring your lineup questions.
Sam Bradford, Rams
Wake up, people. Bradford is playing solid football and he’s got an absurd group of receivers to work with, giving him some of the easier pre-snap reads you’ll ever see. It’s easy to play quarterback for the Rams right now. He should be owned in all formats but is still available in 52 percent percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Jay Cutler, Bears
Things are going to keep getting better in Chicago. Cutler has a better offensive system and coach, but he’s also got the best set of receivers he’s ever worked with and much improved pass protection. He’s a player to own in all formats and you can still add him in 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
The Dolphins sure look like a team intent on throwing the football. It’s almost as if they are allergic to running the football at times. While I do expect more balance than we’ve seen so far, Tannehill makes for a strong backup going forward and can start for you on most weeks. He’s available in most 10-team leagues.
Terrelle Pryor, Raiders
He’s got a lot of upside, and teams will have to start honoring Darren McFadden more than the Jaguars did last week. Pryor should be owned in all formats right now, but he’s only taken in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Colts
His ownership rose sharply late last week after the news of Vick Ballard‘s ACL injury spread, but Bradshaw is only taken in 87 percent of leagues, so there’s still a chance you can nab him. I’d check into that if I were you. He’s a weekly starter for as long as he stays healthy.
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
He’s not a good bet to stay injury-free, because he never really has, but Moreno is a very startable back right now in just about any league size and he is widely available. You can still land him in 46 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’s is totally outplaying the younger backs in Denver right now. It’s not close.
James Starks, Packers
One of my favorite players is making a serious comeback. Starks is running better than I’ve ever seen him and depending on the status of Eddie Lacy this week, he could be a starter in Week 3. In fact, it looks very likely at this point. Starks is worth a claim in all formats by Lacy owners at minimum. He’s available in 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Bernard Pierce, Ravens
He’s available in over 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and with Ray Rice‘s hip issue, Pierce could be leading the way for an undetermined period of time. Unless good news comes out on Rice’s hip before you bid or make claims, this is the back to go after right now. Even if Rice does return to the field this week, the need for rostering Pierce as a quality handcuff has been underscored.
Ben Tate, Texans
He’s been outperforming starter Arian Foster on a per-touch basis, while only receiving about a third of the work. If you own Foster and you do not have Tate on your bench, you really need to rectify that situation. Seriously. Do it right away if you are lucky and he is still there.
Joique Bell, Lions
Not only is he a very underrated player, but he plays behind a very injury-prone Reggie Bush. If Bush is one of your starters, then you really need to own Bell, and he’s worth rostering in most leagues even if you aren’t a Bush owner. You can still get him in 26 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Le’Veon Bell, Steelers
His timetable to return is murky, but he could be back in a few weeks and he’ll be a bell cow back ball-carrier when that happens. Bell is worth a roster spot in most formats just due to his upside. He can still be had in 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Bryce Brown, Eagles
His ownership is down and it will drop a little more this week, but I’d go against the grain here. The Eagles’ run-heavy offense is going to create some heroes, and Brown likely will be one of them. If you are tethered to LeSean McCoy as your RB1, you’d be crazy not to pick up Brown just in case. If you don’t already have him, then this could be your week to scoop him up. He’s currently available in 57 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Josh Gordon, Browns
You can still add him in 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and that is a total joke. This guy has WR1 upside starting this week and he’s a legit weekly starter in 10-team leagues. Snatch him immediately if you can. His suspension is over.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
He’s obviously past his concussion woes and he looked every bit as good as advertised last week as he won the game for the Texans in overtime. Hopkins needs to be owned, period. You can still get him in 52 percent of Yahoo! leagues, if you can believe it.
Julian Edelman, Patriots
What does this guy need to do to get respect? He’s only taken in 82 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he should be taken in all of them. Make sure he’s taken in your leagues, especially if it’s PPR scoring.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals
Still unowned in 31 percent of leagues. I’d add him for sure if he was there for the taking. He has huge upside, and Larry Fitzgerald is banged up, too.
Chris Givens, Rams
He’s a player who just seems to get better and better, and he broke out with a 100-yard game in Week 2. Add him if you can. He’s available in 31 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars
You’ll have to wait another two games, but you’ll have a weekly starter when he gets back. In smaller leagues, that is a very good play if you can afford the roster spot. Blackmon was coming on strong at the end of last year and we expect him to hit the ground running in Week 5.
Eddie Royal, Chargers
He’s still there for the taking in 79 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and while I don’t see him keeping up the pace, he is heavily involved and should stay that way for the time being. He can help you if you have trouble at your WR3 spot.
Marlon Brown, Ravens
He’s won the job by not getting hurt. His value may or may not hold up, but he should be rostered in all leagues for the time being. Jacoby Jones is out at least another month. He’s available in 75 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
Martellus Bennett, Bears
Bennett is the least owned of all the weekly starters at the tight end position. If you are looking for a starter, you can still land him in one out of four Yahoo! leagues. Bennett has been a staple of the Bears offense through the first two weeks and his red zone ability has been on full display. He needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Tyler Eifert, Bengals
You can still get him in 81 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he has a lot of upside now that they’ve cleared off a few of their tougher matchups in Cincinnati. He could emerge as the second option in the Bengals passing game and it could happen soon. He’s worth stashing now if you are looking for more upside at tight end.
Dwayne Allen, Colts
He could make it back for Week 3 and he’s going to be a big part of their offense when he’s healthy. He’s available in 84 percent of Yahoo! leagues and he has more upside than people realize with the way Andrew Luck is throwing the ball.
Jordan Reed, Redskins
He’s available in almost all leagues and he is a serious talent with a growing role. He may be more of a player to watch rather than roster in smaller formats, but he is on his way. He may pass starter Fred Davis soon if he hasn’t already. The Washington coaching staff is very high on this kid, as is Rotobahn.
Charles Clay, Dolphins
They are throwing it a ton and he’s obviously the guy taking over most of what was left behind by the injured Dustin Keller. Can he keep it up? Probably not at this pace, but he can help you right now if you are in need. He’s available in virtually all leagues.