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.
Wayne Gallman:1.2% Owned- Arguably the top pickup of the week for a running back needy team. Saquan Barkley went out early in the game in week 3 with a high ankle sprain and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Gallman is the guy that will slide in his place for the time being and should get a good workload. We do need to temper expectations as Gallman is not near the talent as Barkley and will not get all of the work Barkley does but he will be a starting running back for the next month or more!
Rex Burkhead: 22.1% Owned- With James White out for week 3 Burkhead was able to absorb the extra targets up for grabs. Burkhead was the best back for the Patriots this week and has been involved in the offense every week this season. He and Michel appear to have the carries pretty well locked up with Burkhead sprinkling in the passing game. James White will be back but Burkhead has proven to this point that he can be a flex play with upside from week to week or a great bye week fill in.N
Jamal Williams: 15.9% Owned- While Williams has not been the most talked about back in this offense, he has been the one trending up the most in recent weeks. Aaron Jones is still the lead back in this offense but Williams has seen almost 50% of the Packers offensive snaps. Williams involvement in the passing game and the coach’s endorsement this past week give plenty of reason to have Jamal Williams rostered for your team.
Darrel Williams: 2.5% Owned- With McCoy going down with an ankle injury Darrel Williams got most of the work and Darwin Thompson was sprinkled in. Although Reid said he expects McCoy to play this week Williams deserves to be rostered as he was used the most with Damien Williams and McCoy not being 100%.
Honorable Mentions: Frank Gore: 58% Owned, Darwin Thompson:28.1% Owned
Nelson Agholor: 45.9% Owned- Agholor was targeted heavily the past 2 weeks with both Jackson and Jeffrey nursing injuries. There is cause for some concern with the likelihood of Jeffrey returning to action this week seeming better everyday. Agholor has battled drops through both weeks but sheer volume has buoyed him. Even with Jeffrey returning to the fold Agholor should see enough targets to be a solid flex play in week 4 and moving forward until Jackson is able to return.
Phillip Dorsett: 11.4% Owned- 10 for 148 and 3TD’s, those are Dorsett’s numbers this season when AB has not played for the team. With AB now gone for good Dorsett’s fantasy value is going to increase significantly. Dorsett is a big play waiting to happen with his elite speed and with all of the weapons around him Dorsett will have the opportunity to get in one on one coverage and beat defenders deep. Dorsett has not proven to this point in his career that he can be trusted in fantasy but this season it appears could be the season he does prove it. Dorsett should be rostered in a large amount of leagues and is a flex consideration week in and week out.
DJ Chark: 41% Owned- Chark has been the number one Wide out through 3 weeks on the Jaguars. He has received 15 targets and 277 yards almost 100 more than Dede Westbrook who is seen as the WR1 by many. Minshew thus far looks to be a talented quarterback and I look to see these numbers hold up by the wide receiver through the remainder of the season.
Golden Tate:47% Owned- Plain and simple, we are getting ahead of the rush pickup[ of Tate. He serves his last week of suspension this week and should be flying under the radar of top targets to pick up this week. Tate has been a play maker wherever he has played and now with a confident young QB who will need more help now that Barkley is out he will be a good stash to have for the rest of the season.
Mohamed Sanu: 37.6% Owned- Sanu is the #3 receiver on a team with a solid offense. In recent seasons Sanu has managed to stay relevant being the #3 receiver. Thus far this season Sanu has not received less that 6 targets which provides him with a steady fantasy floor. Sanu will likely not have many weeks but with bye weeks coming his steady targets share will make for a solid flex play or bye week fill in.
Preston Williams: 3.2% Owned- Williams is in an anemic offense but has seen his targets creep steadily up each week. This week Williams received 12 targets in what is the Dolphins ‘best’ performance this season. If Williams can continue to see a large share of the targets he will have a steady fantasy floor moving forward in the season.
Taylor Gabriel: 3% Owned- Gabriel went off on Monday Night Football! He was the top target on the team with 7 and turned 3 of those into touchdowns. My confidence in Trubisky from week to week is not high but if he can keep getting the ball to his playmakers he has a chance to be good. Gabriel is a guy to pick up and put on your bench for now.
Honorable Mentions: Mecole Hardman– 44.8% Owned, Cole Beasley– 19.4% Owned, Trey Quinn– 2.6%, JJ Nelson– 0.1%
Jacoby Brissett: 19.3% Owned- Beef Brisket was the sweetest piece of meat on the wire this week as far as QB’s go. He is averaging 17 fantasy points per game and looking better with every start so far. With this offensive line and play makers around him I would roll the dice on him with the expectation of his performances to continue.
Gardner Minshew: 5.2% Owned- Minshew was drafted the exact pick as Tom Brady only 18 years apart! So basically he is the next Tom Brady and you should have him on your team. Really, he has looked good through two and a half weeks and I am not confident Nick Foles takes this job back once he is healthy. In two quarterback leagues he is a starter and a solid streamer option from week to week in standard one quarterback leagues.
Daniel Jones: 14.6% Owned- Jones looked great in his first start in the NFL. He moved in the pocket, and scrambled a few times for touchdowns. If you are desperate for a quarterback in week 4, which most shouldn’t be due to the Jets and Titans being on BYE and not having viable options, you can play him but He is another guy I would stash on the bench to make sure these numbers are sustainable.
Honorable Mentions: Kyle Allen-1.5% Owned, Teddy Bridgewater-6.4%
Jordan Akins: 0.3% Owned- Not the top tight end option but definitely got the most work he has through his short career. Akins got 5 targets and turned them into two Touchdowns. Both he was untouched and wide open so I wouldn’t read too much into the production other than bad defensive play by the Chargers. Tight ends are hard to come by so it is not a bad idea to pick him up for a stash and see if his usage will go up in the coming weeks.
Will Dissly: 27.3% Owned- Dissly started this season slow with 1 catch in the first game after coming off a season ending injury last season. Through the last two weeks though it seems clear that the Seahawks are looking to get him more involved. Dissly has 3TD’s in the past two weeks and has produced like a TE1. That being said, it should be mentioned that a garbage time TD at the end of regulation helped him this week. His 7 targets this week though are encouraging, and for TE needy teams Dissly should be a top waiver claim.
James O’Shaughnessy: 0.2% Owned- O’Shaughnessy is not a sexy pickup but at the TE position which everyone knows is surprisingly thin he has been consistent this season. With 5, 4, and 3 targets respectively in his first 3 games he has been targeted enough to garner some attention. O’Shaughnessy is not going to have many huge games but through 2 weeks he was the TE12. If you are a team with more need elsewhere but are still looking to upgrade at TE O’Shaughnessy would be a cheap option with a steady floor.
Honorable Mentions: Dawson Knox: 0.3% Owned
Steelers– 15.7% Owned VS Bengals
Packers– 65.5% Owned VS Eagles
Greggory Cline and Trevor Calvert Contributed to this Article.