Week 3 Recap and Waiver Wire Scoops12 min read
Happy Tuesday comrades. Sweet baby Jesus blessed us with another excellent week of NFL football. There were not nearly as many injuries in week 3, which means that there will not be too many “must adds”. However, there are still several key players you should be considering on your waiver wire. I’m not naming names, but one of them just so happens to be a Chicago Bear whose last name rhymes with “killer”. Watch the video below or you’re not a good person.
Items of Note from Week 2
RB Waiver Wire Scoops
WR Waiver Wire Scoops
QB and TE Additions
Notes from week 3:
1. There were a lot of great football games this past Sunday. The Bears against the Cowboys was not one of them. The Bears lost 17-31 against a sneaky good Dallas team. Dak Prescott looked strong once again, bringing his pick-less streak to 3 games. Zeke had a solid game, rushing the ball 30 times for 140 yards. Jeremy Langford is set to be out for 4-6 weeks, so rookie back, Jordan Howard will see a huge bump in carries. The Bears outlook is indeed gloomy, however they do have one diamond in the rough. Please read on to find out more about this special fantasy asset.
2. The Bills mafia is back baby! The Bills put together a resounding victory Sunday afternoon over the NFC powerhouse Arizona Cardinals. Carson Palmer threw 4 picks as their offense was never able to fully settle in. Shady McCoy had the best fantasy game in this one, rushing 17 times for 110 yards and 2 TDs. Head coach and grade A football guy, Rex Ryan made what some called a “desperation move” last week when he fired his offensive coordinator, Greg Roman. Several news outlets reported that this could be Ryan’s last week at the helm if he doesn’t right the ship. Well, right the ship is exactly what Rex did as he and his bro, Big Rob, have secured a few more weeks of coaching together.
3. In another frustrating offensive performance Sunday, the Jets flopped against the Chiefs 24-3. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 6 interceptions, 6!!! This is absolutely ridiculous, a definite C’MON MAN. Football evaluation site, Pro Football Focus, handed Fitzpatrick their lowest single game grade of all time. The Kansas City D/ST was one of the only fantasy winners in this one, scoring a whopping 35 points in Yahoo standard leagues.
4. The Cleveland Browns were looking like an actual football team for a couple quarters there on Sunday against the Dolphins. However, late in the 4th quarter they found a way to lose in perfect Browns fashion. The Browns kicker, Cody Parkey, missed a 47 yard FG to win the game in regulation, which forced the game to OT where the Browns inevitably lost 24-30. The Browns management is now receiving quite a bit of flack because sources are saying they “went cheap” in their hiring of Parkey (who missed 2 additional FGs), and that there were some better kicker options on the market, AKA Robbie Gould. What a shame the Browns can’t do the right thing just one time. The Browns do have one shining star on their muddled roster in WR Terrell Pryor. On the Dolphins side of the ball, WRs Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker both had solid games. Ryan Tannehill also played well in the win throwing for 319 yards and 3 TDs.
5. The Packers regained their efficient offensive form in Sundays victory over the Lions. Matthew Stafford led a strong comeback for the Lions, but it ultimately fell short as the Packers went on to win 34-27 at home. Rodgers performed admirably, throwing for 205 yards and 4 TDs. Jordy Nelson went for 101 yards and 2 TDs and the big fella, Eddie Lacy, ran hard for 103 yards on 17 carries. Matthew Stafford continued his offensive success this week throwing for 385 yards and 3 scores. Newly acquired WR, Marvin Jones, was the primary beneficiary to Stafford’s success as he caught 6 balls for 205 yards and a 2 TDs.
6. The Vikings are legit. They can now call themselves one of the best teams in the NFL after defeating the Packers last week and the Panthers on Sunday. They beat the Panthers 22-10, ending Carolina’s 14 game home winning streak. The Vikings made Cam Newton look human on Sunday, forcing 3 picks and sacking him eight times. Cameron Artis-Payne seems to be the #1 back in Jonathan Stewart’s absence as he out-rushed Fozzy Whittaker 12 to 5 times. Greg Olsen was the top performer for the Panthers catching 6 balls for 64 yards. Kelvin Benjamin was held without a catch marking his first poor performance of the season. Jerrick McKinnon seems to be the lead back for the Vikings as he out-rushed Matt Asiata 16 to 6 times. Diggs was held to 40 yards on 4 receptions and TE, Kyle Rudolph, had another good outing catching 7 balls for 70 yards and a TD.
7. The Eagles are possibly legit, as they moved to 3-0 in their drubbing of the Steelers Sunday afternoon. A combination of their stellar defense and another impressive performance by Rookie QB Carson Wentz propelled the Eagles to a 34-3 victory. Wentz finished 23/31 for 301 yards and 2 TDs. He spread the ball around very nicely and the only real fantasy beneficiary was veteran scat-back Darren Sproles who caught 6 balls for 128 yards and 1 TD. Ryan Matthews was held back due to his nagging ankle injury. Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner soaked up the carries and each scored TDs (Smallwood out-carried Barner 17-8). Big Ben and DeAngelo Williams both disappointed, however Antonio Brown had a good day catching 12 balls for 140 yards.
8. The Falcons outscored the Saints 45-32 in Monday night’s shootout. Matt Ryan threw the ball well, but it was the Falcon’s run game that truly cemented the victory. Tevin Coleman rushed for 42 yards and 3 TDs, and also caught 3 passes for 47 yards. DeVontae Freeman had his first stellar performance of the season rushing for 152 yards and also catching 5 balls for 55 yards and a TD. The only no show on the electric Falcons offense was Julio Jones. He caught only 1/7 targets for a measly 17 yards. Drew Brees put up Drew Brees numbers throwing for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. The absence of WR Willy Snead helped the other 2 Saints receivers Brandon Coleman and Michael Thomas post solid fantasy numbers. The Saints tight end, Colby Fleener, finally lived up to the preseason hype catching 7 balls for 109 yards and a TD. The only no show for the Saints was speedy WR Brandon Cooks who only caught 2 passes for 13 yards.
RB Waiver Wire Scoops
Jordan Howard – RB Chicago Bears
With the injury (out 4-6 weeks) and poor play by Jeremy Langford, rookie 5th round draft pick Jordan Howard will get a chance at starting for the Bears. Ka’Deem Carey, Chicago’s short yardage back, is nursing a hamstring injury and may not play in week 4. Unfortunately, in the midst of writing this post, Joique Bell posted a photo on his Instagram with GM Ryan Pace. The deal is not “official” yet, but it appears that the Bears did sign Bell to some sort of deal. Bell will likely take over the short yardage carries, but lacks the pass catching ability that Howard has shown competence in. Howard is a top add this week as the feature back in the Bears offense.
Dwayne Washington – RB Detroit Lions
Washington has emerged as the early downs back for the Lions after the season ending injury to Ameer Abdullah. He has not produced tremendously well thus far, but will receive a lot of carries for the rest of the season and likely a couple TDs. He is a waiver wire pick up if your team is lacking RB depth and is a solid flex play next week against the Bears.
Wendell Smallwood – RB Philadelphia Eagles
Smallwood is a 5 ft. 11, 201 lb. rookie running back out of West Virginia. He rushed 17 times for 79 yards and a TD in the Eagles blowout win over the Steelers. The Eagles’ primary back, Ryan Matthews, has been suffering from a nagging ankle injury and was a non factor against the Steelers. Philly’s head coach, Doug Pederson, stated that Matthews will remain the #1 back, but that the offense will continue to rotate even when he is 100% healthy. Smallwood is a tentative add if you are lacking RB depth, but the Eagles have a bye this week and he will be no more than a flex play in week 5 against the Lions.
Kenjon Barner – RB Philadelphia Eagles
Barner is the other Philadelphia back that excelled in Matthew’s absence against the Steelers. He is more of a change of pace back that will catch a lot of passes out of the backfield. Unfortunately for Barner he is playing behind one of the premier pass catching backs in the league in Darren Sproles and is only a tentative add and stash for the time being.
Cameron Artis-Payne – RB Carolina Panthers
Cameron looks to take over the early down back role for Carolina until Jonathan Stewart returns from injury. He is the man to own over Fozzy Whittaker, but is not much more than a flex option.
The New York Giants Backfield
The Giants’ primary RB, Rashad Jennings, has been nursing a left thumb injury and is questionable to play this week against the stingy Minnesota defense. Shane Vereen, their change of pace back and #2 option, is now out for the season with a tricep injury. The backfield is certainly a complicated situation at the moment. Orleans Darkwa will likely be the Giants’ early downs back until Jennings return and is a decent short term add. Bobby Rainey will likely take over Vereen’s pass catching role for the rest of the season and is a strong add, especially in PPR formats. Rookie back, Paul Perkins, received a good amount of preseason hype, but will likely not see consistent playing time unless one of the other backs give up their role.
WR Waiver Wire Scoops
Terrell Pryor – WR Cleveland Browns
It is not often that a Cleveland player will be touted as a must add, but that is exactly what Pryor is. The former Ohio State QB went off last week against the Dolphins: 8/12 receptions for 144 yards, 35 passing yards, and 25 rushing yards. He will primarily play receiver, but the potential for both passing and rushing yards elevates his value to a new level. With Corey Coleman being sidelined for the foreseeable future, Pryor will be the focal point of the Browns offense. I would absolutely use my waiver wire claim on Pryor this week.
Jamison Crowder – WR Washington Redskins
Jamison had another solid game in week 3 catching 4/7 balls for 78 yards and a TD. He seems to be the real deal in a Redskins offense led by Captain Kirk. He is a must add in any format as he has shown consistency and an eye for the end zone.
Adam Humphries – WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Humphries is a 5 ft. 10 slot wide receiver out of the University of Clemson. He was second in receiving yards for the second week in a row to budding superstar Mike Evans. He is a solid add based on targets alone (5, 8, and 12), but faces tough matchups the next two weeks against Denver and Carolina.
QB and TE additions
Carson Wentz – QB Philadelphia Eagles
The second pick of this year’s draft has continued to impress. He has thrown 5 TDs on the year and 0 picks. He is on a bye in week 4, but has a salivating matchup week 5 against the Lions. Add him if you are lacking QB depth as he seems to be the real deal.
Zach Miller – TE Chicago Bears
Miller absolutely beasted on Sunday night for the Chicago Bears. He had two TDs and is right back in the mix to become a Pro Bowler (eh). It’s officially Miller Time. The stud tight end caught 8/9 targets for 78 and 2 TDs. He is a must add if you like drinking Miller Lites and watching the Bears, or if you just need a tight end.
Jimmy Graham – TE Seattle Seahawks
Graham went off in week 3 catching 6/9 targets for 100 yards and a TD. It was his best game in recent memory. If a frustrated fantasy owner dropped Graham after disappointing showings in weeks 1 and 2 then he is a must add. His ceiling is obviously among the highest of any tight end in the league.
Kyle Rudolph – TE Minnesota Vikings
The dynamic pass catcher out of Notre Dame had another strong week in an unfavorable matchup against the Panthers. He caught 7/10 targets for 70 yards and a TD. He has the second most targets out of any TE through 3 weeks and has cemented himself as a solid TE start. He, like Graham, is a must add.
Cameron Brate – TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brate emerged into the fantasy limelight after an impressive performance in the Bucs week 3 loss against the Rams. He caught 5/10 targets for 46 yards and 2 TDs. Brate will now takeover the TE1 role as former starter, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, was dropped by the team after a DUI. It is obvious that Winston trusts the 25 year old TE out of lovely Naperville, Illinois because he received the red zone targets that Jenkins was ignored on. He is a free agency add if you are in need of a TE.
Jack Doyle – TE Indianapolis Colts
Doyle had another solid week as he is quickly emerging as the top TE in the Colts’ offense. He both outproduced and out-targeted the teams’ stated TE1 Dwayne Allen. This is a situation very similar to the one mentioned in Tampa. Doyle is no more than an add and stash TE, but if he continues showing consistency he could be a viable starter.
Thanks for reading kids. As always, any questions or comments can be directed to me through Twitter @lockdog5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a nice week and look for my Week 4 Fantasy Outlook on Friday.