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Week 3 Waiver Wire Rankings

Week 3 Waiver Rankings

Hey everyone! Week 2 is in the books, which means Week 3 Waiver Wire Rankings are upon us! The season grind continues as we continue to mold our teams towards a hopefully deep playoff run.

Below are a list of players you should be targeting in your league. We could simply be like every other site and write up five or six of our favorite adds for the week, but that would be bland af. This is our attempt to provide content to everyone. From people in 10 team leagues to the more challenging and less shallow 16 team leagues.

We added color coding to signify where you should be targeting them.

Green = Top Waiver Option

Gold = Streaming target

Blue = Bench Options/Flex Options

Purple = Deep league bench player

Quarterbacks

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  2. Blake Bortles
  3. Andy Dalton
  4. Ryan Tannehill
  5. Mitch Trubsiky
  6. Joe Flacco

Blake Bortles – The Jaguars’ signal-caller has been impressive this season ranking eighth among quarterbacks in standard fantasy points with 45.82 and third in the position in rushing with 77 yards. His matchup in Week 3 is a good one against the Tennessee Titans defense that just gave up 22.80 fantasy points to DeShaun Watson.

Andy Dalton – The Red Rifle shocked the football world by dropping 26.60 fantasy points against the tough Baltimore Ravens defense at home but has a mixed schedule ahead of him. Two road games against Carolina and Atlanta will not be easy but Weeks 4 and 5 have favorable home matchups against the Dolphins and Steelers. Don’t discount Dalton as he ranks currently in the top ten among quarterbacks in fantasy points.

Ryan Tannehill – The promising part about Tannehill’s fantasy game in 2018 is his rushing potential. With six average attempts per game, the sixth year player is now showing his mobility is again part of his game and we all know how productive dual-threat quarterbacks can be fantasy football.

Mitch Trubisky  – The youngster continues to struggle as a passer but has been productive on the ground. accumulating 40.8% of his fantasy points with his legs. Trubisky is definitely a useful deep or two-quarterback league streamer with a cupcake opponent at home in Week 3 versus the Arizona Cardinals.

 

Running Backs

  1. Gio Bernard
  2. Buck Allen
  3. Aaron Jones
  4. Corey Clement
  5. Latavius Murray
  6. Rashad Penny
  7. Devontae Booker
  8. Nyheim Hines
  9. Darren Sproles
  10. Doug Martin
  11. Frank Gore
  12. Mark Walton
  13. Ito Smith
  14. Jalen Richard
  15. CJ Prosise
  16. Spencer Ware
  17. Chase Edmonds
  18. Theo Riddick
  19. Corey Grant
  20. Rod Smith
  21. Chris Ivory
  22. Mike Gillislee
  23. Alfred Blue
  24. Ronald Jones
  25. Marcus Murphy
  26. Trent Cannon
  27. Damien Williams
  28. Wayne Gallman
  29. Tre Carson
  30. John Kelly

Giovani Bernard– With Joe Mixon out with injury, Bernard is a must-have if he is available on your wire or free agent pool. In last year’s action when Bernard was the lead back, the Cincy running back produced about 16 PPR (Point Per Reception) fantasy points per game and averaged 12 rushing attempts. This type of volume is always worth obtaining from the wire!

Javorius Allen – Is this the Baltimore red zone back? In 2017, Allen had 17 rushing attempts with 4 rushing touchdowns inside the opponent’s ten and vultured a touchdown from the lead back Alex Collins in Week 2.

The Ravens in the past have also shown a trust with using Allen in a pass-catching role, targeting him 60 times in 2017. Allen has some intriguing potential for a heavy workload if Collins continues with the fumbling issues that plagued him last year and should be picked up in all formats.

Aaron Jones – He’s baaaackk! After serving a two-game suspension, the explosive second-year back will rejoin the team this week. Jamaal Williams has done absolutely nothing to steal away the job from Aaron Jones. Jone shouldn’t be available in any leagues, let alone 41% of Yahoo leagues. If he’s available, hurry and add him ASAP.

Corey Clement – The Eagles running back situation is a bit crowded but recent injuries at the position have opened up opportunities for the second year running back.  In Week 2 (Game script in mind),  Clement played a passing back role when Darren Sproles could not go, seeing 6 targets and catching five passes. This Eagles back has also seen four total rushing attempts inside the twenty representing some usage in the red zone this year.

Update: Jay Ajayi is unlikely to play Week 3 against the Colts. Clement should be viewed as a solid RB2 this week and is now one of the top waiver adds of the week. 

Rashad Penny – Chris Carson szn appeared to last all of a game and a half. Penny took over as the lead back in the second half of last nights loss to the Bears. He finished with 10 carries for a measly 30 yards. With the abundance of backs and their poor offensive line, the Seahawks backfield is a mess. Penny currently has an unspectacular 2.24 YPC through two games. While running backs are always worthy of a bench spot, I wouldn’t fall over myself to add the rookie back. He’s currently owned in 64% of leagues which is probably too many honestly.

Devontae Booker – The best thing I can say about Booker’s fantasy potential is head coach Vance Joseph claims he will continue using a hot hand approach with his running backs. If Booker can get going in a game, he can hypothetically see a lead back like role.

Nyheim Hines – Hines has the pass catcher role in the Colts offense and averages five targets per game so far this season. The rookie running back took advantage of his red zone touch last game and converted it for a rushing touchdown indicating his role may not be tied to purely receiving.

Averaging 30 snaps a game, Hines should have a consistent role in this rotation as look as he has cured his preseason fumbling issues.

Corey Grant – In Week 2’s victory over the Patriots, Grant played 42.3% of the snaps and produced 69 total yards including catching six passes. With ten combined touches, the Jaguars speedy back showed he has a role when starter Leonard Fournette is not in the lineup.

 

Wide Receivers

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  1. Keelan Cole
  2. Chris Godwin
  3. Antonio Callaway
  4. DeSean Jackson
  5. Ryan Grant
  6. Geronimo Allison
  7. Calvin Ridley
  8. Anthony Miller
  9. Donte Moncrief
  10. Dante Pettis
  11. James Washington
  12. DeDe Westbrook
  13. D.J. Moore
  14. Willie Snead
  15. Tyrell Williams
  16. Brandon Marshall
  17. Christian Kirk
  18. Cole Beasley
  19. Taylor Gabriel
  20. Albert Wilson
  21. Terrelle Pryor
  22. Courtland Sutton
  23. Tyler Boyd
  24. Travis Benjamin
  25. Dez Bryant
  26. Jaron Brown
  27. Mohamed Sanu
  28. Jermaine Kearse
  29. Tre’Quan Smith
  30. Trent Taylor
  31. Jakeem Grant
  32. Rashard Higgins
  33. DeAndre Carter
  34. Mack Hollins
  35. Bruce Ellington
  36. Chris Conley
  37. Damarcus Robinson
  38. Ryan Switzer
  39. Zay Jones
  40. Deonte Thompson

Dante Pettis – With a matchup against the Chiefs, Petts has a great opponent to rebound against after only producing one reception for 35 yards. Even if Marquis Goodwin is good to go this week, the 49ers rookie receiver still should have a role in this offense after logging at least 72% of snaps in each game this season.

James Washington – The Steelers rookie caught his first touchdown of the year in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs and was a much bigger part of the game plan as Washington logged 80.5% of snaps. He is still only owned in 3% and 10.5% of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues respectively.

Dede Westbrook – Moving into the slot continues be a money maker for fantasy wide receivers production and Westbrook is no exception as he flashed exceptional athletic ability by breaking free for a 61-yard touchdown against the Patriots.  The second-year player is second on the Jaguars in receiving yards, third on the team with 11 targets, and still available in 17% of Yahoo leagues.

Willie Snead IV- The Ravens’ free-agent addition has seen seven targets and produced 52.5 receiving yards per game,  extremely solid volume at the wide receiver position in ten or twelve person leagues. Snead’s playing time has have been steady, logging 52.5% and 67.1% of offensive snaps in the first and second games respectively.

Antonio Callaway – The rookie receiver saw a huge spike in playing time after Josh Gordon’s release by logging 80.6% of offensive snaps in Week 2. With Calloway likely to see an increase in opportunity for the rest of the year, he needs to be added in deeper leagues with only 7% and 3% ownership in Yahoo and ESPN leagues.

Christian Kirk – Kirk has seen solid playing time by logging 84.9% and 68.9% of offensive snaps the first two games. With Larry Fitzgerald dealing with a hamstring injury, the potential opportunity combined with consistent playing time even on a bad offense is worth investing in deeper leagues.

Taywan Taylor- Taylor saw a spike in playing time by logging 40.7% of offensive snaps in Week 2 against the Houston Texans. Despite only seeing four targets, the second year receiver displayed playmaking skills with an 18 yard touchdown.

Albert Wilson – Miami’s free-agent addition flashed in Week 2 with two touchdowns but is still only seeing about half of the offensive snaps for the season. With Devante Parker likely to return soon, Wilson’s snap counts will likely stay the same or even drop.

Terrelle Pryor – The Jets receiver played in 67.7% of offensive snaps last game in catch up mode against the Miami Dolphins.and produced an 84 yard 4 catch performance on eight targets. Pryor’s playing time was surprising considering the Jets receiver rotation was more crowded with Jermaine Kearse also active.

Tyler Boyd – Boyd is being used in starter like fashion playing in 87.5% and 76.3% of offensive snaps the first two games and is seeing sneaky volume averaging seven targets a game.  The Cincinnati Bengals receiver is only 2% owned in both ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

 

Tight Ends

  1. Jonnu Smith
  2. Cameron Brate
  3. Ricky Seals-Jones
  4. Will Dissly
  5. Vance McDonald
  6. Jessie James
  7. Ian Thomas
  8. Dallas Goedert
  9. Vernon Davis
  10. Virgil Green

Jonnu Smith – In his first game after Delanie Walker went down, Smith played in 100% of offensive snaps and should continue to be counted on to play a heavy workload. Despite only seeing three targets last week, this type of playing time is a more important factor than volume which should improve as Marcus Mariota gets healthier and more acclimated in the offense.

Cameron Brate – Brate has produced in the past but his decrease in playing time is very concerning. Competing with 2017 first round pick O.J. Howard, the veteran tight end has logged less than 40% of snaps in each game of the 2018 season.

Will Dissly – At this point, Seattle has so few offensive weapons, Dissly is a viable option as a pass catcher in their offense. Averaging five targets a game, Dissly has also seen some red zone usage with 2 targets and a touchdown.

Vance McDonald – While Jesse James produced big numbers in Week 2, McDonald still played in almost half of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps and saw five targets. Health is always an issue but the sixth year tight end has the talent to take over the starting role and be a major contributor.

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