Fantasy Football: Who to add on Week 3 waiver wire

Pete Davidson
September 17, 2019 - 9:17 am
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Last week, I commented on how nice it was that the injury bug had not hit in full force.  So much for that.  In Week 2, we lost some exceedingly durable players who were cornerstones for their teams.  The effects of the injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees will be felt throughout fantasy leagues as not only do we lose two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, we’ll see corresponding damage to their surrounding skill players.  

Will JuJu Smith-Schuster be as valuable with Mason Rudolph throwing him the football?  We’re going to find out.  We’re also going to see what type of fantasy player Alvin Kamara is without Drew Brees running the show.  Michael Thomas will be trying to reestablish himself within that same new paradigm.  Hopefully Teddy Bridgewater can ease the pain in New Orleans, and, like I said, we’re going to find out.

I’m just scratching the surface in this space.  For a complete look at every relevant free agent, check out my expanded waiver wire over at rotobahn.com--where you’ll also find the Rotobahn Waiver Wire Podcast.  It will be embedded into the article, so it’s easy to find.  It’s also available on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Stitcher and most other podcast platforms.  Check it out.  It’s a quick 30 minute listen and it adds a lot of perspective to the article.

QUARTERBACKS

Josh Allen, Bills

How can he be owned in so few leagues?  This guy may not be the next great quarterback, but he’s a fantasy star for as long as he retains his mobility.  I’m adding him in all leagues.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers  

I’m bullish on Garoppolo as a strong QB2 option the rest of the way.  I like this offense from a depth perspective.  The only truly irreplaceable part is George Kittle.  The schedule is favorable so you can throw him in there on most weeks without hesitation.  Josh Allen gives us the big ceiling.  Garoppolo is more of a floor play but you get some weekly ceiling too.  He’s looked pretty good for a guy coming off a major injury.  I think we can safely forget about his August struggles now.

RUNNING BACKS

Raheem Mostert, 49ers

He looks good every time he touches the football, but in all honesty, you can say that about all the 49ers backs in Week 2.  The scheme was really working against the Bengals.  Mostert is a good add for teams looking for a short term boost at RB. 

Jaylen Samuels, Steelers

With Big Ben done for the year, the Steelers will be in plenty of throw-first situations.  This favors Samuels.  Throw in the fact that James Conner has a knee injury and though it appears minor, you should still view Samuels as a player to add in most 12-team leagues.  Even if the Steelers turn into a dumpster fire, Samuels has the kind of skill set that can still create fantasy production.  He’s an incredibly versatile talent who can morph from power back to slot receiver to H-back within a single series.

Chris Thompson, Washington

Through two games, Thompson has amassed 18 targets and before you say that a lot of that was due to game flow, I’ll remind you that Washington’s game flow is not expected to be much better on most weeks.  Thompson is a screaming buy in PPR leagues.  He’ll retain this value for as long as he can stay healthy, which sadly, is usually not all that long.

WIDE RECEIVERS

DK Metcalf, Seahawks

He’s probably the best receiver to prioritize this week because he’s looking fully recovered from his August knee surgery and because he plays with Russell Wilson.  Metcalf’s playing time ticked up another notch in Week 2—going from 77 percent in Week 1 up to 89.  DK also scored his first NFL touchdown.  He’s already taken in about half of Yahoo leagues, so he’ll be gone soon.  Act now if you can.

Deebo Samuel, 49ers

They were scheming the ball to him throughout the game at Cincinnati and he’s now up to 10 targets on the season.  What’s interesting and worth unpacking is that, while his Week 2 playing time dropped from 60 snaps to 29, his usage rose from no rushes to two and from 3 targets to seven.  Things are very much in-motion when it comes to the 49ers receivers, but it really seems that they have some specific plans for Samuel, who was involved in a lot of the plays when he was in there—either as the intended receiver/ball-carrier or as a part of the fake and or motion on a given play.  The feeling I’m getting is that, as they are able to design and rehearse more plays and packages, they will be able to use Samuel more and more.

Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs

One of my favorite sleeper receivers came on strong last week and you should be able to get some usage out of him for as long as Tyreek Hill remains out.  Robinson is a nice short term add in all formats until Hill returns in roughly a month.

TIGHT ENDS

Chris Herndon, Jets

He won’t help you until Week 6, but think about it.  Tight ends are already starting to drop off the board due to injury.  It will get worse before Week 6 and some smart GM will pluck Herndon away from you if you wait too long.  So, in leagues where you have a spot to stash a player, consider stashing Herndon now.

Will Dissly, Seahawks

He just keeps scoring touchdowns, and Russell Wilson has an elephant’s memory, so he’s not going to forget Dissly when they get down near the stripe.  Dissly was not on my preseason radar because he was coming off of a serious knee injury.  Now that we have some early returns, I think we have a buying opportunity in deeper leagues.  Heck, he could help you in any league where you need a tight end.