Tue Sep 17 8:31am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Robinson has career game
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.
The Washington Redskins Defense will head to Minnesota on Thursday night to take on a Vikings team that has averaged 36 points a game over the last three weeks. Minnesota's recent offensive success directly coincides with its newly established willingness to air the ball out from the arm of Kirk Cousins, who has averaged 325 yards per game and thrown 10 total touchdowns in this span. Adding fuel to the grease fire that is Washington's fantasy outlook for Week 8, the Vikings also have a running back by the name of Dalvin Cook who just so happens to lead the NFL in rushing yards per game at 103.6. Even with Adam Thielen in danger of missing this game for the Vikings, there is no conceivable reason to deploy the Redskins defense in fantasy lineups this week.
Washington Redskins tight end Jeremy Sprinkle will presumably start for the fourth consecutive week on Thursday night against the Vikings, but that starting role has yet to yield any positive fantasy results. Vernon Davis has missed Washington's last three games, a time frame in which Sprinkle has caught a total of six passes for 54 yards. Even a visit to the endzone can't necessarily save him from a usage rate that low. The Vikings are allowing double-digit PPR production on average to tight ends, but the last thing you want to do is needlessly roll the dice on a risky Thursday night player and have it go up in flames. Whether Davis (who is currently listed as doubtful) unexpectedly suits up or not, there are safer and more proven options at tight end than Sprinkle for Week 8.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson has a relatively favorable matchup on his hands Thursday, but has done nothing this season to convince fantasy owners he can capitalize. The Vikings are allowing an average of 15 receptions and 159 yards per game to opposing receivers, along with 11 total touchdowns. Richardson hasn't caught a pass for two straight weeks, and Terry McLaurin is a productive target vacuum in Washington's offense, so the reliability scale tips in the latter's direction. As much as the Redskins would probably like to involve someone other than McLaurin and diversify their attack, Richardson simply cannot be trusted as a fantasy play in any format based on his output to this point in the season.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Trey Quinn has totaled seven catches for 56 yards in his last three games. His only double-digit PPR outing came all the way back in Week 1 when he happened to score a garbage-time touchdown. With a short week to prepare for Thursday night's game and a Redskins offense that hasn't looked any good for pretty much the entire season, Quinn's outlook remains grim even against a Vikings Defense that has been somewhat friendly to wide receivers. If he miraculously has a productive night against Minnesota after catching three or fewer passes in four consecutive weeks, it unfortunately needs to happen on the waiver wire.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Terry McLaurin should be in line for a ton of targets in Thursday night's game at Minnesota, making him the only reasonably safe fantasy option among his teammates. The Vikings have allowed the most receptions to wide receivers of any team in the league, for 1,116 total yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. McLaurin's well-established rapport with Case Keenum through the first half of the season suggests he should be the pass-catcher tasked with exploiting Minnesota's secondary. Game flow figures to work in his favor as well, as the Vikings could reasonably be expected to jump out to an early lead. McLaurin's volume keeps him in flex territory for WR-needy fantasy teams.
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum will look to bounce back from Sunday's 9-0 loss in which he threw for under 100 yards, but a date with Minnesota doesn't provide him with much more fantasy appeal. This should be interpreted more as a lack of faith in Washington's offense than a vote of confidence in the Vikings' relatively exploitable pass defense, but the point remains. The Redskins are averaging 12.9 points per game on offense, and they could be without both of Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson in the backfield. The hope here from a fantasy perspective is that Minnesota's suddenly explosive offense puts the Redskins up against a massive early deficit, thus forcing Keenum to air it out. Even if the Thursday night game unfolds as such, fantasy owners would be putting a ton of misguided faith in pass-catchers like Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn by starting Keenum in fantasy lineups. The reward does not outweigh the risk.
Washington Redskins running back Wendell Smallwood might be the starter by default in Thursday night's game at Minnesota. Adrian Peterson is questionable with a high ankle sprain, while Chris Thompson continues to nurse a toe injury that held him out of last week's contest. Considering the short week, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Redskins err on the side of caution regarding Peterson and Thompson. They don't have much to play for, and it wouldn't be worth risking further injury to either if one or both are not at 100% health. If Smallwood does have the backfield to himself, volume doesn't outweigh the unfavorable matchup. The Vikings are giving up 3.8 yards per carry to opposing backs, and have surrendered just one rushing touchdown to the position. Smallwood will have to turn in his fantasy value in the receiving game, which is not worth banking on. He is best avoided unless you find yourself in desperate need of a PPR flex.
Houston Texans CB Phillip Gaines (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injury list Tuesday, Oct. 22.
New York Giants LB Keion Adams (knee) was released from the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 21.
Baltimore Ravens LB Pernell McPhee (triceps) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Chicago Bears DE Jonathan Harris was released Tuesday, Oct. 22; the move cleared a spot for the signing of DL Brent Urban.
Cleveland Browns RB Elijah McGuire was released from the practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was listed as the No. 2 receiver on the version of the Falcons' depth chart released following the trade of WR Mohamed Sanu Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Fantasy Spin: Ridley was already Atlanta's second-most productive receiver behind Julio Jones, but he stands to gain at least a few extra targets per game without much depth behind the top two wideouts for the Falcons.
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson out-snapped RB Carlos Hyde 39-to-26 in the Week 7 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Oct. 20.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson received a total of nine touches and racked up 56 yards. It was his first start of the season but Carlos Hyde still had more carries. Johnson has the higher ceiling in PPR formats, but Hyde is the safer option in standard leagues.
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) said Tuesday, Oct. 22, he's confident he'll return to the field soon. 'Oh, I'll be back out on the field,' Shepard said. 'It's just whether it's gonna be this week or next week.'
Fantasy Spin: Shepard has been limited to four games this season, but he has been able to rack up 25 receptions on 34 targets for 267 yards and a touchdown. The more experience QB Daniel Jones acquires while Shepard is out of the lineup will only boost the receiver's production upon his eventual return. He's a solid buy-low candidate.
Free-agent DE Kasim Edebali (Eagles) signed an undisclosed contract with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Free-agent LB Nate Orchard (Dolphins) worked out for the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Oct. 22, along with free-agent DL Shane Ray (Ravens) and DE Quinton Bell (Raiders).
Free-agent DT Willie Henry (Ravens) worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Free-agent S Kentrell Brice (Buccaneers) worked out for the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Oct. 22, along with fellow free agents S Marcus Gilchrist (Raiders) and DE Joel Heath (Texans).