Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Derek Carr, QB LV 22.1% Owned

Somehow, someway Derek Carr is your passing leader through 2 weeks. Mind you, he’s done this against the Ravens and Steelers and is also 2-0. This guy is ballin’ and is currently sitting at QB 8. He offers a good floor option, with multi touchdown passing games and 817 yards. The Raiders passing offense has been carrying the load with Waller shining and second year WRs Ruggs and Edwards showing spurts of progress. Though they haven’t really gotten the run game together, the line has played better than expected and Carr looks to continue his low end QB1 run against the Dolphins.

Daniel Jones, QB NYG 13.4% Owned

We all drafted Daniel Jones to be a top 5 quarterback, right? Well almost nobody did but if you had then it’s paid off thus far as he is your QB5. Now, just go find someone else who feels the same way and sell him after this week. Daniel Jones gets the juicy Falcons that have given up 80 points and over 770 yards of offense thus far. Jones had an incredible showing on Thursday Night Football, if not the best of his career, and he had a 50 yard run called back along with a dropped 40+ yard touchdown from Darius Slayton. I think that performance carries over into week 3 as he continues to stay hot. He’s been a dual threat quarterback so far and I expect another rushing touchdown and QB1 performance in week 3.

Tony Pollard, RB DAL 48.6% Owned

This is one of the top few handcuffs in league that is going to be a top 10 player if something were to happen to the lead back. However, another reason he’s a top handcuff is because he does get his own work and looked great doing it with 13 carries, 109 yards and a touchdown in week 2. The Cowboys ran the ball more than threw which was odd but if that’s the approach they want to take moving forward it’s only going to help pollard. He should be on all benches right now, especially if he will consistently see double digit touches.

Rondale Moore, WR ARI 19.2% owned

Look, we all can be leery of starting rookies early, AKA Justin Jefferson taking time to produce last season. However, through two weeks Rondale Moore has 11 catches on 13 targets and just put up 114 yards and a touchdown last week. Kyler Murray looks like he is the Terminator running through opponents and I believe it’s going to continue and he’s going to be a top candidate for MVP. The current league leader in yards after catch is a player that you need to add because even with DeAndre there, he is so far the second favorite for Murray and you can’t overlook it. You can feel good starting him right away as a solid flex next week as he gets to face against Jacksonville who just let Tyrod and Bridgewater look like superstars.

Quintez Cephus, WR DET .9% owned

This 2nd year player has become a quiet surprise for the Lions through the first two weeks. As a rookie, he made some big plays last year and averaged over 17 yards per catch, but with a Stafford for Goff swap there was warranted uncertainty. So far, Goff has performed better than expected and is averaging over 45 attempts per game. Cephus looks to be a direct beneficiary of that, scoring in both weeks and currently 2nd in WR targets with the chance to be the alpha. If he can continue this pace he’s going to get well over 100 targets and that kind of opportunity in an offense without many options might be worth the likes of a low-end WR3/flex. He should be rostered right now in all formats.

KJ Osborn, WR MIN 2.1% owned

For me, KJ Osborn is number 1 add for week 3.  Yes, Minnesota is considers a run first team and they would love to establish the run every game.  However, their defense is not doing their part so far this season.  Their defense has allowed 30 points per a game to start the season.  I am expect the Vikings to be in a lot of  shootouts this year and that includes week three against the Seahawks.

KJ Osborn is clearly the 3rd WR in Minnesota behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. However, in week 1 Osborn played 81% of the snaps and with Irv Smith out for the year, Osborn will be used more as their 3rd best receiving option.  He has already seen 15 targets through 2 weeks for 167 yards.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR ATL 14.7% owned


Usually whenever a top 20 running back is available I’d tell you to spend the savings account. Currently Cordarrelle Patterson is RB 18.  However, I don’t believe his production is reliable. He has 9 targets on 24 routes run. That’s a 38% clip. This is not sustainable because the NFL average for targets vs routes run is 15%.  He has only played 33% of the snaps so far.  His targets are going to decrease if he doesn’t get more playing time. 

Don’t get fooled, Patterson is the backup running back.  And to make matters worse he is on bottom 10 offense and his line is bottom 6 in run blocking. That is not a good combination for a RB.

You should not spend any FAAB or Waiver priority on a 30 year old gadget running back.  Instead you should consider adding Wayne Gallman for free.  In a few weeks, once Gallman gets more comfortable in the ATL offense he will be the true #2 RB.  If you don’t believe check out his fantasy numbers after Saquon Barkley was injured last year.

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