Ep. 76 Waiver Wire Week 3

We recap the last few games of Week 2 and give you a long list of Waiver Wire adds for Week 3. Need someone to drop to pick up these guys? We cover that as well with a list of guys that should not be rostered anymore!

Waiver Wire Week 3

To qualify for the waiver wire segment each week players must be less than 50% owned in ESPN leagues. This article is not in any particular order it just a list of players to add for the week.

Running Backs

Frank Gore-16.4% Owned- Gore is slated to get a larger volume of work with the rookie Devin Singletary going down in their week 2 slate. Gore will get the first opportunity at the starting role and we will have to see if the 36 year old can make the most of it. Shear opportunity should make him worth an add.

Jaylen Samuels-25.5% owned-James Conner gets a knee injury against the Seahawks and is considered day to day at this point in the week. Samuels was only used 3 times in the game but if Conner misses time he will be the lead back in Pittsburgh.

Raheem Mostert-11% owned- With Coleman out Mostert had the most carries on the team and added 3 receptions and a touchdown on Sunday. Mostert could be in line for a similar role if Coleman continues to be sidelined with a high ankle sprain.

Malcolm Brown-49.3% owned- Brown did fall back in fantasy points in week 2 but I still consider him a must add in leagues he is still available. Brown will be an RB1 if anything is to happen to Gurley and is a Flex option regardless, especially with bye weeks just around the corner.

Honorable Mentions: Jeff Wilson Jr– 0.1%, Rex Burkhead– 11%, Jamal Williams– 10%

Wide Receivers

Deebo Samuel-12.8% owned- Samuel finished as the top option for the 9ers this week. He led the team in targets, catches, yards, and was able to score a TD in the process. As the season progresses the rookie could see even more work especially as he builds a rapport with QB Jimmy G. With Dante Pettis moving into relative obscurity and the lack of other quality option Samuel is a guy who should be owned in most leagues 

Trey Quinn-4.9% owned- Quinn has struggled to make the most of his large target share through the first two weeks. If Quinn can capitalize on that target share and produce more yards he could become a solid flex play. Until then Quinn is probably sit on the bench and see what happens type of player. The volume is there and in PPR leagues there is always room for a player with a strong amount of targets each week.

Demarcus Robinson-1.1% owned- Demarcus Robinson will likely be the biggest talking point as we move toward week 2 waiver wire adds. Robinson had a monster week to finish as the WR 1. The frustrating thing with him though will be that there are so many weapons in that offense that from week to week it will be hard to trust him in your lineup. With Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman both vying for targets at the WR position expectations should be tampered for Robinson. He is a fine pickup but not worth overpaying to get him.

Nelson Agholor– 4.3% owned- With Jackson and Jeffery leaving with injury Agholor was able to feast with 8 catches for 107 yards and a TD. Arcega- Whiteside finished with one catch. If Jackson and Jeffrey are both out, look for Agholor to be the top option at receiver this week for the Eagles.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside-1.4% owned- Opportunity by injury.. Jackson goes out, Jeffery goes out, Everyone is out but Arcega-Whitside! JJ came in this season as one of the best wide receivers in this years rookie class. He is in a great offense and looks to take advantage of the opportunity. 

D’Ernest Johnson-.3% Owned- David Njoku goes out early in the first quarter with a concussion and it is unknown to this point if he will be ready to suit up in week 3. Johnson was targeted 4 times after Njoku went out and with OBJ getting banged up every now and then he could be a key player in this offense.

Chris Conley-20.3% Owned- Conley was a guy we mentioned last week. With another steady week under his belt where he was second on the team and targets and led the team in yards he is looking like a player who has carved out a role in this offense. The change to the rookie QB Minshew has not caused a massive dropoff for this Jaguars offense as a whole and that bodes well for Conley. 

Terry McLaurin-41% owned- McLaurin lead the wide receivers on the team yet again. He has a tougher matchup this week against the Bears this week I would be ready to start him after week 3.

Randal Cobb-18.3% owned- Michael Gallup will be sidelined for a few weeks. Gallup got meniscus surgery and is going to miss some time. Gallup has been the number 3 receiver in the offense and should slide into that #2 spot. 

Honorable Mentions: Keesean Johnson-1.3% , Marquise Goodwin-3.6% , Hunter Renfrow-6.4%, DJ Chark 22.2%

Quarterbacks

Daniel Jones-2.1%owned-Ladies and Gentlemen please give a warm welcome to the new starting quarterback of the New Your Giants. It is a “new era” in New York as Daniel Jones tries to get the Giants on track this season. Jones looked good this preseason and we expect him to build on that. With that being said limit your expectations as he is a rookie on a bad offense. We are expecting similar numbers to What Eli Manning has produced last year and the first two weeks this season; QB 15-24 range

Josh Allen-30% owned- Allen has not been extremely exciting to this point in the season but he has been steady. He finished as QB 7 this week even with a relatively poor stat line. Limiting the turnovers was key to his success this week. With another solid matchup next week and a couple of dates with the Miami Dolphins Allen has a rather friendly schedule moving forward.

Mason Rudolph-.2% owned- Rudolph has been thrust into the starting lineup with the news of Big Ben’s injury. Rudolph will get his shot to show that he can or cannot be the heir to Ben in the coming weeks of the season. With the injury to James Conner(looks like he may return) Rudolph could be forced to air it out more.

Teddy Bridgewater-.2%- Bridgewater is in a similar situation as Rudolph in that he must now step up to be the starter after a thumb injury to Drew Brees that required surgery and will likely keep him sidelined for at least 6 weeks. There are a ton of weapons in this New Orleans offense and Bridgewater should look to make the most of this opportunity.

Honorable Mentions: Luke Falk 0%, Jacoby Brissett-12%

Tight End

Will Dissly-2.2% Owned- Dissly had 2 touchdowns in week 2 so of course he needs to make our Waiver Wire column this week! With this potential each week and tight end so thin he may be an option you can pick up and play but beware of the goose egg weeks he can also put up.

Jason Witten-18.6% Owned- Jason Witten has put up 2 weeks with double digit fantasy points. Again, and we will probably say this all season, good tight ends are hard to come by and with the consistency in the first two weeks you can probably plug and play this week against a bad defense that just lost their best player in Minkah Fitzpatrick. 

Honorable Mentions: Noah Fant 11.2%

DST Streams

Cowboys-37.5% Owned  VS Chicago

Buccaneers-.6% owned VS Giants

We will Finish this off with a list of guys we deem Droppable:

Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Corey Davis, Mitch Trubisky, Eli Manning, Dede Westbrook, Jordan Howard, Dion Lewis, Ted Ginn, Kyle Rudolph, Dante Pettis

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.


Players Of The Week

QB:

Tom Brady @ Dolphins and Matt Ryan @ Eagles

WR:

Mike Evans @ Panthers and Adam Theilen @ Packers

RB:

Chris Carson @ Steelers  and Sony Michel @ Miami

TE:

Mark Andrews @ Cardinals and Evan Engram @ Bills

Start ’em, Bench ’em Week 2

For a more in-Depth analysis on These players Listen to Ep. 74 Start ’em Bench ’em on the Sleepers 2 Keepers Podcast

Start ‘em

QB:

Josh Allen @ Giants 

Sam Darnold @ Browns

Derek Carr @ Chiefs

WR:  

John Brown @ Giants 

Cole Beasley @ Giants

RB:

Adrian Peterson @ Cowboys

Dion Lewis @ Colts

Miles Sanders @ Falcons

TE:

Darren Waller @ Chiefs  

CJ Uzomah @ 49ers

Bench ‘em

QB:

Mitch Trubisky @ Broncos 

Joe Flacco @ Bears

WR:

Emmanuel Sanders @ Bears 

Tyler Boyd @ 49ers

RB:

Phillip Lindsey @ Bears  

Aaron Jones @ Minnesotta

TE:

Eric Ebron @ Titans  

Vance McDonald @ Seattle

For a more in-Depth analysis on These players Listen to Ep. 74 Start ’em Bench ’em on the Sleepers 2 Keepers Podcast

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article

Waiver Wire Week 2

To qualify for the waiver wire segment each week players must be less than 50% owned in ESPN leagues. This article is not in any particular order it just a list of players to add for the week.

Running Backs

Malcolm Brown-6.5% owned

Coming into the season Brown looked like he would be the backup/handcuff to Todd Gurley with the team talking up Gurley. This game showed that Brown has a role outside of just handcuff. Brown was able to rush for 53 yards and 2 TD’s and looks to have a clear role in the red zone offense. 

Chris Thompson- 18.9% owned

With Guice going down Thompson was able to take on a larger role in this game. Thompson is likely to be the change of pace back all season but with AP likely to be the starter Thompson has a clear path to usage in the passing game.

Adrian Peterson– 30% owned

Again Guice is “likely to miss some time” with a knee injury giving Peterson some value in the coming weeks. We have heard Jay Gruden and Peterson not getting along but with Guice looking like he will be out for a week or two Peterson should be active and get playing time. 

Gio Bearnard– 32% owned

He had 2 catches and 7 carries in week 1. I am still not a big fan of this offensive line here but Joe Mixon looks to miss some weeks with an ankle injury and in the past when Gio has stepped up to the RB1 in Cincinnati he has been a startable running back. He deserves to be rostered in 100% of leagues and I expect the production to hold true again until Mixon is back.

Honorable Mentions: Ronald Jones-40% Raheem Mostert– .1% Justin Jackson-40%

Wide Receivers

Deon Cain-1.1% owned

Devin Funchess went down with a collarbone injury in game one against the Chargers. He was later put on IR. Funchess had the second most targets on the team and the colts will be looking for another playmaker now that he is down. Deon Cain came into the league last year as a promising wide receiver but was out all year with an ACL injury last year. Now down a player and with a competent quarterback I expect cain to be the wide receiver 2 in this offense.

Marquise Brown– 28.2% owned

Brown lived up to the nickname “Hollywood” on sunday. Brown was able to break a couple of deep balls for TD’s and finish the day as one of the top receivers. If Jackson can continue to throw the ball like he did and Brown and Jackson can take advantage of a soft schedule then Brown is a guy that is very much worth looking at.

Terry McLaurin-7.3% owned

McLaurin lead the wide receivers on the team with 7 targets. He turned his targets into a whopping 5 catches, 125 yards and a touchdown! Not bad for a rookie! I don’t expect this kind of game out of Keenum each week but we have seen Keenum produce for receivers in the past i.e., Theilen and Diggs. Even if you are not a believer in Keenum and think he could get benched at some point this season I would argue this would help as Dwayne Haskins and McLaurin were college teammates at Ohio State.

John Ross-4.5% owned

He lead his team in targets with 12(big eye emoji). Everyone expected Tyler Boyd to be the biggest benefactor with AJ Green out but this was not the case in week one. Ross caught two long balls and took them to the house bringing his average to 22.6 yards per catch on 7 catches. You can expect a regression in the coming weeks but as long as he can stay healthy he should be a viable flex option until Green is back!

Randal Cobb-11% owned

5 targets, 69 yards, and a touchdown. Cobb looks like the “Cobb of old times” and the clear number 3 on what could be one of, if not the, best offense in the league! If you are a wide receiver needy team I think he will be a quality add.

Honorable Mentions: DK Metcalf– 63% Ted Gin jr.-15.3% Chris Conley-8.8% Mecole Hardman-17% Danny Amendola-3%

Quarter Backs

Matthew Stafford– 16.3% owned

Finished as QB4 this week throwing for more than 300 yards and 3TD’s.  Stafford has gotten a lot of hate in recent seasons for his struggles due in part to having few weapons and a bad offense. Stafford has a new offensive coordinator who wants to have a more balanced offense. Stafford has several weapons in Kenny Golladay, TJ Hockensen, Danny Amendola, and Marvin Jones. The rushing attack is improved with both Kerryon Johnson and CJ Anderson in the mix. Yes Stafford has a tough schedule with the Bears and Vikings both on the schedule twice but has a real opportunity to finish as a QB1 this season due to the above mentioned factors.

Case Keenum-1.2% owned

Was surprisingly solid in his Redskins debut throwing for 380 yards and 3TD’s. Keenum is not in a high powered offense but against a good Eagles defense he was able to move the ball down the field effectively. Keenum does not have a grueling schedule outside of facing the Bears in week 3 and should be able to turn in some solid weeks. 

Andy Dalton-4.2% owned

Andy Dalton didn’t WOW us in week one but looked solid against Seattle. The rain caused the ball to slip out of his hands once and lose a fumble but the second fumble call was worse than the NFC Championship game no call.. Maybe a little extreme but that is up there on one of the worst calls I have ever seen! He gets an improved 9ers defense from a year ago but I think he is a low end starter in leagues rostering multiple QBs.

Honorable Mentions: Josh Allen-20.5%

Tight Ends

CJ Uzomah-.4% owned

Coming off a 4 catch 66 yard game against a solid Seattle defense Uzomah is a deeper league add but could serve you well on a TE needy team.

TJ Hockenson-30% owned

He had the second most targets on the team behind Ammendola. That defense looked about as bad as Miami so I do want to be cautious but I am very optimistic in what we saw from him week 1. Although rookie tight ends tend to not put up points I believe Hockenson will be an exception to this trend. If tight end is your biggest weakness on your roster Hockenson should be your number 1 waiver add!

Jimmy Graham- 48.6% owned

Jimmy Graham is older but looked to prove the doubters wrong this week by catching 3 of 6 targets for 30 yards and a TD. Yes Jimmy needed the TD to be relevant, but the 6 targets were encouraging and usage at a position as shallow as TE is a premium even if it does not lead to production every week.

Darren Waller- 26.8% owned

Waller look like a primary target in the Raiders pass attack and was able to turn in a solid performance against a good defense. Combine that usage with the lack of depth at the TE position and the usage of the TE in Oakland last year and you get a perfect storm for a strong waiver add.

Honorable Mentions: Vernon Davis-.6%

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.

2019 Fantasy Football Busts

The Fantasy Football season has arrived! With this week/ Weekend being a “Draft Day” Holiday for many we wanted to give you guys to avoid this season!

2019 Running Back Busts

Although we cannot agree on these two together we both make an intriguing case to why these guys can bust this year!

Derrick Henry- Tennessee Titans

First bad part of Henry, he is going in round 4 and there is too much risk of re-Injury. Henry has injured his right leg on two separate occasions. Once in college and once in his rookie year. As of right now he has injured one of his legs and has been in a walking boot since Friday.

Second, Dion Lewis did not go anywhere. Henry is not used in the passing game. Dion got 67 targets last year compared to Henrys 18.

On top of all of that he plays on a terrible offense and Jeremy McNickles is getting hyped as a change of pace back. This may be nothing or just to help fuel Henry’s fire but it is definitely worth noting.

Henry is going to have to score touchdowns again this year  to stay relevant. He is still on the high from the end of the season which was great but remember it was only 5 games and 60% of his Fantasy points came in those 5 games!

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Aaron Jones- Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones is a young back who flashed his potential last season after serving a two-game suspension for a substance abuse violation. Jones also missed the last 2 weeks of the season with an injury going on IR.

Jones has never got the opportunity to be the lone back in this offense and I don’t believe her will get that chance again this year.

With Jamal Williams still in the fold and his recent knee injury at the end of the season his value is just too low to be being taken in the middle of the 3rd round.

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.


2019 WR Bust

With the depth at wide receivers this year there are a couple guys we don’t believe will live up to the draft expectations.

Chris Godwin- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Early in the offseason Godwin looked to be a Sleeper for the season and was the talk of many in the industry. All of this hype drove up the ADP on Godwin to the middle of the 4th round!

I think Godwin can make a leap from last year but the 4th round is way too early now. Guys like Golladay, Lockett, Kupp, Ridley, and Byod are all on the board and should have a  better season than he.

Godwin is behind one of the best receivers in the league in Mike Evens who has averaged over 140 targets per year. This is even including last season when Godwin, Humphries, Jackson, Brate, and Howard were all getting targeted!

There is a lot to like this year in Chris Godwin but unless he slides back down into the 7th round or later I would not recommend taking him this year. 

Allen Robinson- Chicago Bears

Many are still believing in the potential stardom that Allen Robinson could have had coming off a huge 2015 season but a devastating ACL tear in the opener for the 2017 season ended that hype.

Allen Robinson was WR41 last season but is being taken as WR31 this season. With Mitch Trubisky still at the helm for the bears and Anthony Miller ready to take on a larger role in his second season it is hard to see Robinson’s prospects improving from his production last season.

If Robinson were going later in drafts say somewhere around WR40 which would move his ADP to the 9th round there would be substantially more value to be found with him, but as is Allen Robinson is someone to avoid while there are more high upside options.

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.

2019 QB Bust

Two Quarterbacks going in the top 12 both have the potential to disappoint this season.

Andrew Luck- Indianapolis Colts

Luck had a really bad start to the season last year coming off yet another injury. He only averaged 16 points through the first 3 games and when you take a guy that early you have to rely on him.

Luck has been falling in ADP since the scare of the injury popped back up but he is still the QB 8 in the 8th round. If you are going to take a QB in single digit rounds why take a risk? What happens when Luck is not ready for week one? You have to draft 2 quarterbacks which will take up more coveted spots on your bench for wide receivers and running backs! Goff, Wilson, Roethlisberger, Prescott, and Stafford are all guys I am happy with and not much risk around any of them. They are all going in later rounds.

If you are going to spend up on a QB Luck is not one I would be willing to take the chance with at least as of today.

Kyler Murray- Arizona Cardinals

Murray was the number 1 overall pick in this draft and was highly touted coming out of college. He moves to an NFL team led by rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kingsbury has brought the college air raid offensive system with him not unlike the system in which Murray came from. From there the good stops.

The offensive line in Arizona does not look to have improved the offensive line in the offseason and that could prove to be his biggest downfall. Murray has not impressed thus far in the preseason and will likely struggle to find consistency this season. Murray is going as QB12 in drafts currently with several more established veterans or players with more upside being drafted behind him. Murray’s ADP has simply risen to the point that he no longer has upside value.

Murray is one to avoid in all leagues except dynasty and 2 QB/ Superflex leagues.

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.

2019 TE Bust

If you decide to punt on the Tight end position here are couple of guys going as TE 1 that we recommend you avoid.

David Njoku- Cleveland Browns

Njoku finished with the second most targets on the team last year and still could not be Fantasy relevant. With the addition of Odell Beham jr. his targets will go down and that should be enough to want to keep you away. Use the 8th round for depth building in the draft before wide receivers and running backs all disappear. 

Last season Njoku had the biggest opportunity he will probably ever see and he did not show up for the occasion. With less opportunity this year you have to expect him to finish lower than last.
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TJ Hockenson- Detroit Lions

Hockenson was the highest drafted TE this season being taken #8 overall. That is a lot of hype to like up to especially in being that the last TE the Lions drafted with a top 10 pick did not work out so well. The pressure will be on for Hockenson to be good if not spectacular right away. Rookie TE’s usually struggle as the position is actually quite tough to master. Hockenson will find it tough to make an impact. The best finishes from a rookie TE since 2010 have been by Gronk and Evan Engram who both finished as #5 in their respective seasons. Those are two pretty good names to be mentioned within the TE circle but those are the exceptions, not the rules.

Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.