21 Sep Waiver Wire Advice: Week 3
Who wants to make their fantasy teams better for the upcoming week? Whether you won or lost your first two matchups of the season, everyone should be raising their hands. Never get complacent with success and always strive to get better. No matter your league size, there are several savory waiver wire additions to steer your teams towards the Promised Land. Here are my picks for Waiver Wire Advice: Week 3
What in the world has gotten into Derek Carr so far this season? After a very hot start to his professional career, Carr had fizzled out, looking very average the last few years. Over the first two weeks of this season, the QB has been unstoppable. He has lit up two of the best defenses in the league in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, Carr picked up an ankle injury on Sunday, which has given him a questionable tag for Week 3. The expectation is that he will be ready to roll, and if you are in need of a steady QB, Derek Carr is your guy. Complimented by Darren Waller and some speedy wideouts, Carr looks rock solid this season.
Another extremely consistent, yet overlooked quarterback, Kirk Cousins has put together another magnificent performance early on this season. He carved up an impressive Arizona defense for 244 yards and 3 touchdowns on Sunday. He has plenty of weapons to throw to between Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and emerging WR in K.J. Osborn (more on him later). His next matchup is against the Seattle Seahawks, in what looks to be an extremely high-scoring affair. With Dalvin Cook a bit banged up, look for Cousins to deliver another ace performance.
Teddy 2 Gloves has looked awesome since joining the Denver Broncos. After Jerry Jeudy went down with an ankle injury in Week 1, I became skeptical if Teddy could keep up this level of production. Boy, is it a good thing he still has Courtland Sutton. The two connected on 8 catches for 153 yards on Sunday. I think that both of these players are going to keep their fantasy teams very happy moving forward.
Other QBs worth considering: Sam Darnold, Daniel Jones, Taylor Heinicke, Justin Fields
Rondale looks like the WR you want on this team not named, “DeAndre Hopkins”. He definitely passed the eye test in Week 2, showcasing his footwork and impressive football IQ. The elusive rookie caught 7 catches for 114 and a TD. He is bound to be a top waiver add in several leagues.
What an unexpected breakout it has been for K.J. Osborn early on this season. After a solid Week 1, Osborn followed up with an impressive 6 catches for 91 yards and a TD. He looks to be the perfect complimentary piece to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. He might be a slightly sneakier pickup than Rondale, and I think he has similar upside.
Quez Watkins has the big play ability to win you some fantasy weeks. You simply cannot teach his quickness. After running an elite 4.35 seconds at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, Quez showed off his cheetah-esque speed on a pair of deep balls. It is extremely difficult to total 117 receiving yards on only two catches. If Devonta Smith is the thunder on Philly’s receiving corps, there is a solid chance that Quez might be the lightning.
Other WRs worth considering: Zach Pascal, Freddie Swain, Quintez Cephus, Elijah Moore, Adam Humphries, Braxton Berrios
If you did not spend all of your FAAB budget on Elijah Mitchell last week, there is a solid chance you are considering spending a small fortune on Cordarrelle Patterson. It was difficult not to like what you saw from Patterson on Sunday. His talent has never been in question, he has just never been in a situation to consistently produce high-quality fantasy production. It seems very possible that Atlanta might be the perfect setting for him to finally do it. He would be my top addition of the week and his WR eligibility only strengthens the case.
It seemed like Dalvin Cook came up limping over a dozen times in this game. Cook is officially questionable for Week 3 with an ankle injury. We have already seen how successful Mattison can be as the lead back in previous seasons. If Cook gets bad news on his injury outlook, Mattison has the ability to win you weeks.
McKissic has to be rostered in a lot more leagues than he currently is. I expect this percentage to increase drastically this week. He is far too skilled in the passing game to not be utilized. His usage might be at the expense of Antonio Gibson some weeks, but this is a player who needs to be rostered in almost all leagues. If you have Gibson on your team and are leaving McKissic on waivers, you are officially playing with fire.
Who said Dallas was not big enough for two fantasy-relevant RBs? Tony Pollard has looked absolutely awesome so far this season. He should be rostered in 100% of leagues.
Jeff Wilson Jr.
I cannot stress enough adding Jeff Wilson Jr. if you have an open IR spot on your bench. I truly think that he will be the RB to own on the team once he comes back from injury. Beat the pack to the waiver wire because he will be a hot commodity in a few weeks.
Other RBs worth considering: Sony Michel, Michael Carter, Kenneth Gainwell, Zack Moss, Philip Lindsay
This list of additions should give you a decent advantage on your league for tomorrow morning’s waiver wire. Go set your alarms for 3:00am and get ready to look like a zombie at work in the morning. I hope you get your guy(s) and it is all worth it. Good luck!
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