Well it is Week 3 of the NFL Season and your fantasy team should be beginning to take shape. At this point you are beginning to realize one of three things:
- A) You’ve got a solid, top-notch, playoff-caliber squad
- B) Your team isn’t too shabby, but it could use some help
- C) You’re in for a long season and are going to need some waiver wire wonders if you plan on seeing the playoffs.
Well, for all of you fantasy players out there in the B & C categories have no fear. He’s a list of a couple waiver-wire wonders for this upcoming week’s games.
**Note owned percentage is based off of ESPN.com leagues**
Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – Owned in 17% of leagues
Carr torched Baltimore’s secondary last week and despite coming up against a relatively sound Browns defense this week, he might be a solid value pick-up. It will be a tough test for the young QB on the road, but with Amari Cooper at his disposal he is sure to have a few big plays in him this weekend. Plus, he’s got a soft Chicago secondary next week – might be wise to pick him up now before he torches another AFC North team.
David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – Owned in 63% of leagues
Everyone is jumping on the Matt Jones (WSH) ship after his 123-yard and two score game last week. Yet, the rookie Johnson may be the back with more upside. Jones’ only had one more carry than Morris and only a 39-yard TD scamper to truly separate him from the veteran starter. Meanwhile, Johnson needs to get past the weathered Chris Johnson and after recording a receiving, rushing, and kick return touchdown in his first two games (first NFL player to do so) the man is sure to unseat the former 2,000-yard rusher sooner than Jones will Morris.
Karlos Williams – Buffalo Bills – Owned in 23% of leagues **Vulture Award Nominee**
Williams is my best bet to vulture some touchdowns this week. He is still behind Shady in Buffalo’s backfield, but he did manage to score last week against New England. With Shady still nursing a hamstring injury it is fair bet that Williams may steal a few more goal line carries this week against Miami.
Travis Benjamin – Cleveland Browns – Owned in 63% of leagues
The kid is a homerun threat every time he takes the field. He’ll likely lose some value now that McCown is back to starting, but he still has a ton of big-play potential. He is certainly more a threat when Johnny Football is in the pocket, but regardless if he’s still on the waiver wire you better snag him up now – like right now.
Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – Owned in 59% of leagues
If he is still around you might want to grab him today since he’s playing tonight’s TNF contest against the Giants. He clearly has a great relationship with QB Kirk Cousin producing back-to-back solid performances (WK1 he managed 7 catches for 62yard and a TD and WK2 he had 6 catches for 82-yards). As long as Cousins remains the starter Reed should remain a legitimate starting fantasy tight end.
Jared Cook – St. Louis Rams – Owned in 17.1% of leagues
He’s always been a decent flex-option player in fantasy and this is his week to continue on in that role. He’s facing a Pittsburgh defense that has been more than gracious to tight ends this year. Unless the Steelers’ secondary learns how to close down on the underneath routes expect Cook to have an impressive game on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns – Owned in 27% of leagues
I know I’m being a bit of a hypocrite here having both Carr as a waiver pick up and the defense he is squaring off against this weekend. But as any fantasy player knows -it is all about your needs. This week, if you need a decent defense to play, my money is on Cleveland. They have some favorable match-ups against Oakland and outside of a few big play possibilities I don’t see Cleveland getting surprised like Baltimore did last weekend.
Good luck this week guys and don’t forget to follow on Twitter @NerdintheBurgh #waiverwirewonders