If you didn’t grab one of this week’s popular waiver wire players it’s okay. There are plenty of intriguing pickups after the dust settles.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (Yahoo – 31 percent owned, ESPN – 27.3 percent owned)
You’ll have to be patient due to Philadelphia’s bye week occurring this week, but I think it’ll be worth it. Wentz has looked like a veteran so far for the Eagles and the stat sheet can reflect it as well.
He scorched the Eagles for 301 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. What is even more impressive is the fact that he hasn’t committed a turnover yet this season. Call me crazy for suggesting Wentz, but he passes the eye-test with flying colors as well. He’s shown an unbelievable command of an NFL offense at the ripe age of 23. Pro Football Focus agrees and has ranked Wentz as their number one quarterback through three weeks of the NFL season.
I believe that Wentz is at the least a forward-thinking addition in leagues where quarterbacks are scarce. Carson Wentz has ascended from waiver wire fodder to matchup-dependent starter who has potential for much more.
Quarterbacks I’d drop for Carson Wentz: Marcus Mariota, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Joe Flacco.
Kenneth Dixon, RB, Baltimore Ravens (Yahoo – 21 percent owned, ESPN – 15.2 percent)
The writing is seemingly on the wall in regards to Dixon. Teammates Justin Forsett and Terrance West have underwhelmed when given ample opportunity this year. Forsett has averaged 3.2 yards per carry and West has averaged 3.6 yards per carry. It has gotten to the point where Head Coach John Harbaugh has expressed frustration with the situation saying there needs to be “more than changes”.
Dixon is still nursing an MCL sprain but is well on his way to full recovery. NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport reports that Kenneth Dixon is seeking a return in week five. By that time his ownership percentage could catapult.
Dixon is well worth a bench spot in anticipation of a promotion when he returns.
Running backs I’d drop for Dixon: Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, James White, Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker.
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (Yahoo – 28 percent owned, ESPN – 19.0 percent owned)
Cole Beasley leads the Cowboys in targets, receptions, and receiving yards. It’s nearly impossible to come to terms with that but it’s easy to see why.
Beasley’s quarterback is Dak Prescott, who is a rookie that has shown an inclination for not turning the ball over. It’s not shocking to see why he would depend on his slot receiver to keep the chains moving to prevent risky throws.
Dez Bryant has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture Wednesday. Ian Rappoport reported that his availability will be reflected upon “how he responds to treatment”. He is currently listed as day-to-day but there isn’t a definitive answer as to how serious this ailment is.
Beasley is a great addition in PPR leagues and his stock could rise significantly if Dez Bryant is forced to miss any time with his ailing knee.
Adam Humphries, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Yahoo – 4 percent owned, ESPN – 3.3 percent owned)
This is digging pretty deep. Who could have ever guessed that Adam Humphries would become fantasy relevant? You may be asking, well, who is Adam Humphries?
Well, he’s Jameis Winston’s second option in the passing game. That immediately makes him someone to keep tabs on.
His target share has raised every single week. Week one he grabbed 3-of-5 targets for 34 yards. Week two he snagged 6-of-8 targets for 67 yards. Last week he reeled in 9-of-12 targets for an eye-popping 100 yards. This kind of involvement makes him an under-the-radar PPR addition to your bench.
Wide receivers I’d drop for Beasley and Humphries: Vincent Jackson, Ted Ginn Jr., Danny Amendola, Tyler Boyd.