Here we are, entering week 3 of the NFL season. Which means it’s time for another edition of deep league waiver adds.
Just like every year, things are going just the way we expected them to. Your NFL rushing leader? It’s not Zeke Elliot, David Johnson, or Todd Gurley. Nope, it’s Matt Breida. The leader in passing yards? It’s none other than Ryan Fitzpatrick—who also happens to be setting the fantasy world on fire. And at the TE position, Seattle’s Will Dissly has so far outscored the big three of Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, and Zach Ertz through two games. Who saw that coming? Nobody. But that’s fantasy football for ya.
The point is, all three of those aforementioned guys were basically free in fantasy leagues just about a month ago. So, if you’re reading this article, you already know the drill. Or in this case, the shovel. That’s right, folks. You’d better grab one, because it’s time to dig. This week, we’ll once again be discussing a few players who, despite flying under the radar thus far, could become viable fantasy producers sooner rather than later.
Here are this week’s DEEP league waiver wire adds.
Josh Rosen—Arizona Cardinals
Things have gotten very, very ugly in Arizona. So bad, in fact, that Mr. Rosen could soon be Risin’. Admittedly, yours truly listed Sam Bradford as a potential pick up in this very article just two weeks ago. I’ll willingly take the L on that one. Bradford has been, in a word, disgraceful this season. Through two games, he has thrown for a putrid 243 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs. Any optimism we had for the Cardinals offense as a whole has gone out the window. Even David Johnson has struggled. It’s hard to believe the coaching staff won’t soon give its first-round pick a chance to show what he’s capable of. With the terrifying Chicago Bears defense set to roll into the desert, that chance could come as early as this weekend. It’s very easy to envision Khalil Mack and Co. eating Bradford for lunch and forcing the Cardinals’ coaches to throw Rosen to the fire. In 2 QB leagues, he’s worth a look as a potential streaming option. Because make no mistake, the Rosen era is coming. And probably a lot sooner than we all expected.
Jordan Matthews—Philadelphia Eagles
Nothing quite compares to an old friend. That’s exactly what the Philadelphia Eagles have in Jordan Matthews. In the wake of Mike Wallace’s broken leg, the Eagles re-signed their former WR on Wednesday morning. And believe it or not, he could be in line for immediate work. Alshon Jeffrey still isn’t ready to play, and outside of Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor, the defending Super Bowl champs are quite thin on the pass-catching front. Enter Matthews, who happens to be good friends with none other than Eagles starting QB Carson Wentz.
Jordan Matthews says he and Carson Wentz had been joking for a while about playing together again, but didnt think it would happen
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) September 19, 2018
Will their friendship translate to fantasy success? That remains to be seen. But, in Matthews, you’re getting a player who’s primed for more opportunity, and he’s most likely sitting on your league’s waiver wire right now. To me, this is a no-brainer. Go grab him, even if it means making room on your bench.
Terrelle Pryor—New York Jets
What if I told you that there’s a WR who’s just two years removed from a 1,000-yard receiving season and that that same guy is on pace for over 1,000 yards this season, yet he’s available in most fantasy leagues? Well, I have good news for you. That player exists, and his name is Terrelle Pryor. With all the buzz surrounding Quincy Enunwa so far this year, the former QB has gone largely unnoticed, yet he’s quietly established himself as the main cog in the Jets’ offense. Through 2 games, he’s caught 7-of-11 targets, and it appears that he could be supplanting Robbie Anderson as one of QB Sam Darnold’s preferred receiving options. After flopping as a free agent with the Redskins in 2017, Pryor is so far flashing the type of ability that made him an early-round fantasy pick just one season ago. Don’t wait for Pryor to blow up in a “revenge game” scenario vs. the Browns on Thursday night football. If you’re looking for WR help, see if he’s available on your team’s waiver wire, and don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.
Jake Butt—Denver Broncos
It’s taking everything in me not to force out a butt pun with this write-up. But I digress. Let’s talk about Denver TE Jake Butt. Though the Michigan product is listed as the second TE on Denver’s depth chart, he has so far out-targeted and caught more balls than starter Jeff Heuerman. And despite playing only 44% of Denver’s offensive snaps, the second-year man appears to be building a bit of a rapport with QB Case Keenum. In week 1, the pair connected on 2-of-4 attempts for 29 yards. In week 2, those numbers nearly doubled, as Keenum found Butt on 4-of-6 attempts for 48 yards. Let’s not forget, Butt was a star in college before tearing his ACL in his last game as a member of the Michigan Wolverines. If his connection with Keenum continues this weekend in Baltimore, he could quickly become one of week 4’s waiver wire darlings. Don’t wait for that to happen. Head to your league’s wire, and grab Butt before it’s too late.
That’s all for this week, folks. Don’t forget to come back next week as we discuss another batch of deep guys who can help you win a fantasy title this season. As always, be sure to check out The Fantasy Authority for all of your fantasy football needs. Our team is pumping out fresh content on a daily basis. Blink and you’ll miss it!
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