Fantasy Football Week 3: Waiver Wire Targets

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It’s waiver time!

Below are a list of names at each respective position that you should be monitoring, or targeting, before waivers run on Wednesday morning.

QUARTERBACKS 

+ Daniel Jones turned in an impressive performance against the Washington Football Team on the road last week and he gets a juicy matchup with a horrific Atlanta Falcons’ secondary this weekend. The Falcons have been absolutely bombarded by both Jalen Hurts and Tom Brady in each of their first two games, so the numbers indicate Jones is in for a positive day. Factor in what he’s capable of doing with his legs and how the Falcons will likely keep the game close, Jones is a top tier streaming option this week. 

+ Teddy Bridgewater has been serviceable in each of the first two weeks as the Broncos have covered the spread against both their previous opponents. He draws the weak New York Jets secondary this Sunday – another game where Denver should cover the spread and Bridgewater should turn in a productive game. 

+ If Derek Carr and Kirk Cousins are still on your waiver wire, picking them up is probably in your best interest. Carr has looked locked in on a snap-to-snap basis early in the season and this Las Vegas offense with Jon Gruden at the helm looks legit. Minnesota’s defensive woes appeared to have carried over from last season, which means that Cousins’ will have to continue throwing the ball more and more each week. With the playmakers he has around him, Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson, Cousins is more than capable of putting up sustainable fantasy value on a week-to-week basis. He was a QB1 last season and is currently trending in that direction. 

RUNNING BACKS 

This week’s running back waiver wire isn’t great, but here are a few names worth monitoring: 

+ As crazy as this sounds, you have to keep your eyes open for Jacques Patrick as the week rolls on. Signed by the 49ers off Cincinnati’s practice squad, Patrick is in line to make his NFL debut this Sunday against Green Bay’s porous run defense because of the multitude of injuries sustained last week in San Francisco’s backfield. JaMychal Hasty has already been ruled out and it looks like both Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon could miss time as well. The Packers have been gashed on the ground in each of the past weeks, so whoever is touching the rock for San Francisco is likely to have a positive week from a fantasy perspective. 

+ Nobody wants to actually pick up Cordarelle Patterson, but Arthur Smith and the Atlanta Falcons are making it a focus to use him in their backfield. Patterson’s value stems strictly from a PPR standpoint, as he only carried the ball seven times for 11 yards in Atlanta’s loss to Tampa Bay. Still, he saw six targets and caught five of them for 58 yards, finding the end zone through the air as well. If he’s going to continue to see targets and be on the field, you’ll be able to stream Patterson as a FLEX option in PPR formats. 

+ This feels like a good time to reiterate that both Alexander Mattison and Chubba Hubbard should be rostered in leagues, especially if you own Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey. Both Cook and McCaffrey missed time on Sunday in their respective games and they both don’t have the cleanest bill of health in recent memory. If either of these two was to go down and miss time, Mattison and Hubbard would be thrust into every down roles in their respective offenses. Add them now as the final spot on your roster and prioritize them if you own one of those two backs. 

WIDE RECEIVERS

+ The top pickup for this week, regardless of position, is Arizona’s rookie receiver Rondale Moore. An explosive playmaker from Purdue, Moore’s dynamic talents were on full display during Sunday’s win against Minnesota. He drew eight targets from MVP candidate Kyler Murray, catching seven of them for 114 yards, including a deep 77-yard touchdown. Moore’s athletic talent allows head coach Kliff Kingsbury to get creative with him and utilize him all across the field, which is why I believe he’ll become more involved as the weeks roll on. It’s clear that Arizona doesn’t have much interest in running the ball, so I’d expect Murray to keep throwing it at a high pace as the weeks roll on. Moore can be started everywhere, especially in PPR formats, as an explosive high-upside play. 

+ Courtland Sutton absolutely feasted against Jacksonville without Jerry Jeudy on the field, but Teddy Bridgewater’s current play suggests more than one pass catcher can be sustained in this offense. K.J. Hamler is still my personal pick to be involved, but Tim Patrick has been a quality receiver for his entire NFL career and he’s unquestionably going to be on the field more often than not. You’re probably banking on Patrick catching a touchdown pass to return value, but if you need to stream someone in a pinch, toss him into your FLEX spot. 

+ Las Vegas and Derek Carr, internally, are extremely high on Hunter Renfrow as a receiver. He’s routinely one of their highest graded players, per PFF, and his ability to move both in and out of the slot are a key piece to this offense. Renfrow is a safe PPR starter in your FLEX spot on a week-to-week basis because he’s the clear second option on this receiving corps, behind Darren Waller. He could even draw more targets as team’s make it their mission to “eliminate” Waller in their gameplans. 

+ The Minnesota Vikings apparently enjoy giving up points and yards to opposing teams in bunches, which honestly is a good thing from a fantasy perspective. Kirk Cousins has already attempted 81 total passes in the Vikings’ two games and K.J. Osborn has been a huge beneficiary of that so far. We know that Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are the top dogs in this passing game, but with tight end Irv Smith Jr. essentially out for the season, someone else is going to soak up those targets when opposing teams focus on slowing down both Thielen and Jefferson. Osborn has already caught 12 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown this season, already soaking up 15 targets from Cousins in this offense. As long as Minnesota continues to throw the ball this much, Osborn has value as a FLEX play. 

TIGHT ENDS 

+ It’s a pretty barren week for tight end waiver wire pickups, but I guess there are a handful of names that are somewhat interesting. Evan Engram is expected to return from injury this week and he’s only rostered in 33.9% of ESPN leagues, so if you’re looking for someone that should get targets in an offense that passes a lot he could be a start. Dawson Knox is an athletic freak playing tight end for Josh Allen in a potent passing offense and Dan Arnold draws the Texans, who are perennially terrible against the tight end position. Keep your eyes on Pittsburgh Steelers rookie tight end Pat Freiermuth, as Ben Roethlisberger has always fancied the tight end position in the passing game and the former Penn State standout did outsnap Eric Ebron last week. 

DEFENSES/SPECIAL TEAMS

+ These are the D/ST units I’m playing with confidence because of their opposing matchups: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, and the Las Vegas Raiders. 

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