Tue Sep 17 8:31am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
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Well, waiver wires will be busy this week after several key players, mostly quarterbacks, went down with an injury. Several fantasy teams will be scrambling a bit to fill the quarterback spot, but fear not, there are some quality options available. The position is deep and many players that can help are out there on waivers. Here are the top waiver wire options for Week 3. . . . .
Jacoby Brissett, Colts. Brissett is yet to throw for more than 200 yards in a game this year but has multiple touchdowns each of his first two games. And he did this against two very good defenses. He had a three-touchdown game last week against the Titans. The yards should start to come for Brissett in more favorable matchups, so he is a player to consider as a top fantasy backup. He has potential in this offense.
Teddy Bridgewater, Saints. Drew Brees is going to miss some time with his injury, leaving Bridgewater as the starter for the Saints. He didn’t look great in his first action last week but getting to practice full time as the starter will help in that area. He should get more comfortable, working with the first-team offense. This offense is very good, so Bridgewater could have some big games along the way as the starter.
Andy Dalton, Bengals. Dalton has two straight 300-yard games to start his season and multiple scores each of those games. He has attempted 93 passes in the Bengals suddenly pass-first offense. Dalton looks as good as ever in the new offense and has legit fantasy value as a streaming option for fantasy teams. He remains available in 56 percent of leagues.
Mason Rudolph, Steelers. Ben Roethilsberger is done for the season, needing surgery on his elbow. This leaves Rudolph as the starter for Pittsburgh. Rudolph was 12-of-19 for 112 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in relief of Roethilsberger last week. Rudolph might be a little erratic in his first NFL action, but he is a talented player, getting a chance to start in a good offense. He has the potential for the big game and could help fantasy teams as a streaming play.
Case Keenum, Redskins. Keenum has multiple scores each of his first two games. He has five touchdowns without an interception for the season. The Redskins have trouble running the ball, so this offense is going to be pass first much of the season. This bodes well for Keenum to post some solid numbers. He can help as a streamer for fantasy teams and remains available in 78 percent of leagues.
Raheem Mostert, 49ers. Mostert got a bigger role in the offense last week because of the injury to Tevin Coleman and took advantage of the increased workload. He had a great showing, rushing 13 times for 83 yards. And he caught three passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, giving him 151 total yards in the game. He is available in 64 percent of leagues. As long as Coleman is out, Mostert has value as a flex play for fantasy teams.
Peyton Barber, Bucs. Barber had a huge workload last week and did pretty well with his chances. He ran 23 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. He continues to have a pretty firm grip on the starter’s job, running ahead of Ronald Jones. Barber is owned in a lot of leagues but still available in 33 percent. He is worth grabbing if you need running back depth.
Frank Gore, Bills. Gore continues to start for the Bills and had 21 touches in the game last week. He had 83 total yards and a touchdown. Rookie Devin Singletary continues to impress with his chances, but injured his hamstring last week. He could miss some time or be limited because of the injury. This could give Gore even more work. He could have some fantasy value in the coming weeks and remains available in 66 percent of leagues.
Justin Jackson, Chargers. Jackson has eerily similar numbers the first two games, rushing for 57 yards in Week 1 and 59 yards last week. Jackson isn’t getting a huge workload but around double-digit touches and doing well with his work. He is another good depth player and available 28 percent of leagues.
Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs. Robinson will be the top pickup on waivers this week. He was the top benefactor of the Tyreek Hill injury, getting a chance to start in the Chiefs high-powered offense. Robinson had a career game, catching six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He has obvious value as a starter in this offense, so if you need some short-term help at receiver, Robinson is a player to consider grabbing this week.
D.J. Chark, Jaguars. Chark continued his potential breakout season, scoring a touchdown for the second straight games. He had seven receptions on nine targets and has 11 receptions in two games. He is going to get his targets in an offense that isn’t afraid to air it out. Chark remains available 57 percent of leagues.
Deebo Samuel, 49ers. Samuel had his best game as a pro in Week 2, catching five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown. You could see why the 49ers are so high on their young receiver. Samuel is an exciting talent that could emerge as the go-to receiver in the 49ers pass-heavy offense. He remains available in 71 percent of leagues.
Cole Beasley, Bills. Beasley has nine receptions in two games and had 83 yard last week. The most important stat for Beasley, though, is his targets. He has been targeted 13 times in two games. Beasley is getting his weekly looks and should be a consistent factor all year in this Bills offense. He has some value in PPR formats, getting his catches.
Terry McLaurin, Redskins. This might be the last week you can grab McLaurin in your leagues. He is out there in 23 percent of leagues. He followed a big opener with another solid game last week, catching fire passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. McLaurin is the top receiving option in the Redskins pass-first offense and seems on his way to a very good rookie season.
Nelson Agholor, Eagles. The Eagles are all beat up at receiver, leaving Agholor as maybe top option in the passing game the next few weeks. After the starters went down with injury last week, Agholor led the way at receiver. He had eight receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. He will still drop some passes but has obvious potential as the No. 1 receiver in this offense.
Devin Smith, Cowboys. The injury to Michael Gallup opens the door for Smith to grab some more playing time the next few weeks. Smith had three receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in extended work last week. He showed some ability and why he was a second-round pick a few years back. Smith could be a good short-term fix for fantasy teams.
Greg Olsen, Panthers. Olsen seems back to health and is producing near his old self. He had a 100-yard game last week, catching six passes for 110 yards. He has been targeted 18 times in two games, showing he remains one of Cam Newton’s favorite targets in the passing game. Olsen isn’t available in a ton of leagues, but out there in 30 percent.
Will Dissly, Seahawks. Dissly had a two-touchdown game last week. He caught five passes for 50 yards and two scores. Dissly showed some potential for big things last year but couldn’t stay healthy. If he can stay on the field this year, Dissly could have some big games along the way. He is worth a look as a streaming tight end.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is coming off a solid game in Week 7 as he tallied five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Detroit Lions. It was his first touchdown and his first time exceeding 36 receiving yards on the season. Rudolph may see a slight increase in targets due to receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) being out, but he still shouldn't be trusted in standard leagues. Rudolph remains an unexciting touchdown-dependent TE2 in Week 8's home matchup against the Washington Redskins.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison has gotten at least seven carries in 5-of-7 games this year, though he hasn't quite emerged as a player to consider starting as he's still the clear backup to Dalvin Cook. That being said, Mattison could be in line for a sizeable workload this week as the Vikings are favored by 16 points in a home matchup against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins Defense is more vulnerable through the air, but the Vikings will undoubtedly lean on the rushing attack as they still run at the second-highest rate in the league. Start Mattison if you're in desperate need of a deep-league FLEX option as there's a good chance that he sees at least 10 carries and does something meaningful with them. He's also not the worst dart-throw in daily formats if you're multi-entering into tournaments.
Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) and Theo Riddick (shoulder) are eligible to return to practice this week, but head coach Vic Fangio said Wednesday, Oct. 23 that he isn't going to practice either of them this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. Marqise Lee (ankle), who missed Week 7, was limited. Westbrook was questionable for last Sunday's game but played and went over 100 yards against the Bengals injured and ineffective secondary. He'll have a good chance of playing this Sunday as long as he practices later this week. The matchup will be just as nice, too, as the Jags will face off with Gang Green's struggling defense. If he plays, Westbrook has clear WR2 upside. If he's inactive, Chris Conley would be on the DFS and deep league streaming radar.
The Vikings Defense gave up 30 points in a win over the Detroit Lions in Week 7 but still rank sixth in yards per game allowed and points per game allowed. They also have seven interceptions, 19 sacks, four fumble recoveries, and a safety on the season. They're presented with a golden matchup against Case Keenum and the Washington Redskins on Thursday night in Week 8. The Redskins are averaging a miserable 12.9 points per game and their offensive line is no match for Danielle Hunter and the Vikings imposing defensive front. Look for the Vikings to force mistakes and pick up plenty of sacks and start them with confidence in Week 8.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he's not optimistic that wide receivers Trent Taylor (foot) and Jalen Hurd (back) will make it back this season after they both had "a couple setbacks." Obviously neither wideout should be stashed in season-long leagues, but Hurd has appeal to those in dynasty/keeper setups. The 49ers just traded for Emmanuel Sanders on Monday, too, so it would've been unrealistic to expect either Taylor or Hurd to make an impact in single-year leagues even if they returned. Sanders is expected to be in three-wide sets immediately with Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis in Week 8 against the Panthers.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been silencing his critics the past three weeks, throwing for 977 yards and an impressive 10/1 TD/INT ratio. He's also coming off back-to-back outings with four touchdowns in wins over the Lions and Eagles. Cousins will be missing Adam Thielen (hamstring) this week, but it shouldn't matter much in an exploitable matchup against the Washington Redskins at home. The Redskins Defense has already given up 14 passing touchdowns and they've been absolutely shredded by competent passing offenses all season. The only reason for pause is the potential cap of Cousins' volume as the Vikings are favored by a whopping 16 points. Start Cousins as a low-end QB1 option as he should be able to keep the streak going through the air in a soft matchup.
New York Giants TE Evan Engram is a possible player to be moved at the NFL trade deadline next week, but an AFC scout believes the fact Engram cannot stay healthy hurts his value. 'He's hurt way too much, but he's a big problem when he's healthy,' the scout said. 'His speed makes him a matchup nightmare. I don't know if (the Giants are) using him right, but another team could.'
Fantasy Spin: Engram is just 25 years old and the team could pick up his fifth-year option, which would put him under control through 2021. But if they decide not to pick up the option and move Engram, there would likely be plenty of takers. He has wide receiver ability in a tight end body, again, when healthy.
New York Giants CB Janoris Jenkins remains the most valuable and likely piece the team has to sell because cornerbacks are prized possessions, beat writer Ralph Vacchiano suggests. 'He's still good. And in this pass-happy league, everyone needs cornerbacks,' one NFL scout said last week.
New York Giants TE Rhett Ellison could move up to the top spot on the depth chart if the team elects to move TE Evan Engram at the NFL trade deadline. Ellison is reportedly a favorite of head coach Pat Shurmur, and the team could deal Engram and use Ellison in a limited pass-catching role where he's been effective at times.
Fantasy Spin: Even if Ellison were to slide up to the top spot of the depth chart, he has proven to have limitations. Expect 40-50 yards per game with an occasional touchdown, and that might be the ceiling of his fantasy production. That all hinges on whether or not the team parts with Engram, which isn't a certainty.
Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher (hernia) and defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) both were limited in practice on Wednesday. Fisher has been out the last five game, while Jones has missed two straight. Fisher's return would be a positive development, as he might be blocking the blind side of backup Matt Moore if the Chiefs hold Patrick Mahomes (knee) out for another week. Jones' return would also be a welcomed addition with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers coming into town on Sunday night. The 25-year-old has 11 total tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in five games after setting a career high with 15.5 QB takedowns a year ago.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is leading the league with 725 rushing yards, a 5.5 yards per carry average, and eight rushing touchdowns. He's RB2 in half-ppr scoring (Christian McCaffrey). You're starting him without hesitation in Week 8 against the Washington Redskins, who are allowing 134.4 yards per game on the ground. Cook could easily finish as the top running back of the week with the Vikings favored by 16 points at home (and with McCaffrey facing the 49ers Defense). The Vikings still run at the second-highest rate in the NFL and could lean on Cook even more in the absence of stud receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring). Cook remains an RB1 and he should be a priority play in daily formats as well.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron saw his stock rise last week when he caught four of his five targets for 70 yards and one touchdown. He had 49 more yards than fellow tight end Jack Doyle, and he's been out-playing him all year. The Denver Broncos have some good safeties, but Ebron is better than he's been this year. As quarterback Jacoby Brissett continues to look his way, he maintains some value every week. Consistency is key for tight ends, and you can have some faith in Ebron this week.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle had high hopes coming into the season. Heading into Week 8, it's becoming more clear that he won't be having the bounce-back season he was hoping for. Doyle has 25 targets on the year, but he has just 17 catches for 149 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett looks his way on a regular basis, but it's not down the field. It's also not in the red zone. Doyle gives you a safe option to score more than zero every week, but he's not going to light it up, especially in a bad matchup with the Denver Broncos. Teammate Eric Ebron has been the better option at the position. Doyle should be avoided this week.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Olabisi Johnson had a productive game stepping in for Adam Thielen (hamstring) in Week 7, catching 4-of-8 targets for 40 yards and a touchdown in the win. The rookie out of Colorado State is now in line for a spot-start as the second receiver in Week 8 as Thielen has been ruled out against the Washington Redskins and their forgiving defense. It's not crazy to project a usable target share again in an advantageous matchup at home, especially considering Johnson has received at least four targets in three of his last four games played. It's also worth noting that Kirk Cousins and the Vikings passing game has been on fire for three games straight. Johnson can be considered a WR3/WR4 and should be in consideration for deep leagues this week.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle leads the team in receptions and receiving yards by a wide margin, but he now has some company with the addition of WR Emmanuel Sanders. QB Jimmy Garoppolo believes the addition of Sanders could take some pressure off of Kittle, who opposing defenses have keyed on. 'Yeah, it'll be interesting to see how defenses line up,' Garoppolo said Wednesday, Oct. 23. 'If they change anything, tilt the safeties toward him, whatever it is. Yeah, we'll have to adjust during the game and see how that goes.'
Fantasy Spin: Kittle's production isn't expected to take a hit with the addition of Sanders as the team's No. 1 wideout. In fact, there might be fewer double teams on the star tight end, if Sanders can stay healthy and be the type of receiver he was in Denver.
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo is excited about the addition of WR Emmanuel Sanders, and he said he is willing to help get the receiver up to speed quickly. 'I'll do my best to, but receiver-quarterback is a little bit different in what you have to learn, specifics and that nature,' Garoppolo said Wednesday, Oct. 23. 'But yeah, anything I can do to help him. I'm going to put in the extra time with him, whatever it takes, really.'
Fantasy Spin: The addition of Sanders gives the team an NFL-caliber No. 1 receiver, something they have honestly been lacking, with perhaps a bunch of secondary or tertiary options trying to fill the role. George Kittle is the team's leading receiver in catches and yardage by a wide margin. The addition of Sanders is great for the fantasy appeal of Garoppolo, although he still remains more of a QB2 in most fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams.
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas is on the verge of being streamable this week against the Lions. The former Pro Bowler hasn't had much success this year and has yet to make more than one field goal in a game all season. However, he's in a good matchup. The Giants figure to move the ball against a banged-up Lions Defense, and they will need to push the tempo to keep up with quarterbackMatthew Stafford and the Lions offense. Rosas still isn't a recommended option, but he can be considered in deep leagues.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has seen his stock consistently grow over the past few weeks. He's still not a player that you can have a ton of confidence in starting, but he does have some flex consideration this week. His size allows him to be a mismatch against most corners, and the Denver Broncos don't have a guy that can match up with him consistently in that regard if cornerback Chris Harris Jr. shadows wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. If you're missing wideouts due to injuries or bye weeks, Pascal gives you upside thanks to his touchdown production and big-play ability.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett went off on the Houston Texans in Week 7. In Week 8, his matchup gets more difficult against the Denver Broncos. Through seven games, Denver has yet to allow a player to clear 300 passing yards, and no quarterback has thrown for more than two touchdowns against them. The Colts have a lot of pieces on offense, especially with the emergence of wide receiver Zach Pascal, but expectations for Brissett should be tempered this week. He's still a starter in two-quarterback leagues, but you have better options at QB in standard formats.