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.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard will not be traded at the deadline, according to a source. The organization can also have him under control for two to three more years depending on franchise or transition tags, too.
Fantasy Spin: Howard is having a down year statistically, as head coach Bruce Arians has relied upon the tight end more for his blocking ability. At this point he has devolved into a TE2 in most fantasy formats, but at least it appears he won't be changing organizations anytime soon.
Green Bay Packers SS Ibraheim Campbell (knee) and TE Jace Sternberger (ankle) were able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. The team has 21 days to let them practice to decide upon activating them and having the players count against the 53-man roster.
Miami Dolphins DE Robert Nkemdiche (undisclosed) and CB Cordrea Tankersley (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both players started on the Physically Unable to Practice (PUP) list. The two players can practice up to 21 days before the team has to decide to activate them and count against the 53-man roster.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard (knee) was able to practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. He remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, and he can practice up to 21 days without counting against the 53-man roster. The hope is that he can return as soon as Week 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with CBs Dre Kirkpatrick (knee) and William Jackson III (shoulder) out.
Coming out of a bye week, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is in prime position to pick up where he left off after a dominating Week 5 performance. After trouncing the Bears Defense for 143 total yards and two rushing scores two weeks ago, the 21-year-old will be leaned on heavily once again versus a susceptible Packers run defense in Week 7. Green Bay has given up the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs this season, which includes six rushing touchdowns allowed over their past four games. Look for the Raiders to keep the ball on the ground and in the hands of Jacobs, who owns a dominant 72% carry share over his backups Jalen Richard and Deandre Washington. He's also improved as a pass-catcher over his last two games, putting him a step closer to becoming a true bell-cow back. The first-round rookie is a firm RB2 ahead of Sunday's game with the potential to finish as an RB1 if he continues to get more involved in the passing game.
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley (quadriceps) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley was not able to play last week but appears to have a chance to be active for Week 7. He should be a starting option if he plays, but fantasy players should have other options available in case Gurley misses another game.
Los Angeles Rams LB Clay Matthews (jaw) and CB Jalen Ramsey (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay said the goal is to have newly acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey (back) ready to play in Week 7 against the Falcons. Ramsey missed the last three games with the Jaguars before being dealt to the Rams this week to help shore up their secondary issues. If he makes his debut with LA this Sunday, he'd be tasked with shadowing and slowing down Falcons stud receiver Julio Jones. That'd be a downgrade to Jones' matchup, but he's still a must-start for fantasy purposes after going over 100 yards in a bounce-back game in Week 6. Against Atlanta's explosive offense, the Rams are off the streaming radar this weekend.
Free-agent WR Ryan Grant (Raiders) signed with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, Oct. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released RB Tra Carson.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Rodgers is in no danger of missing the Week 7 game but may be without some of his pass catchers because of injuries. He can still be considered a starting option in all leagues.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Jones had his four-game touchdown streak snapped last week and received only 11 carries during the game. He is still the main option in the running game and can be a No. 2 running back or flex option because of his touchdown potential.
Green Bay Packers S Darnell Savage (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. CB Tony M. Brown (hamstring) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) were limited during practice. OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), LB Oren Burks (chest), DT Kenny Clark (calf), CB Kevin King (groin, knee), S Will Redmond (ankle, shoulder) and LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) fully participated in practice.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been arguably the best tight end in fantasy football since last season. He's continuing his strong play this season and should put together another solid game in Week 7. Kelce has a matchup against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. Kelce has been heavily involved in the offense basically every single week. Fantasy owners can feel safe about Kelce being a top tier TE1 for Week 7 in Denver.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller will once again have a prominent role in the offense in Sunday's matchup versus the Green Bay Packers. He has far and away led the team through five games with 37 receptions and 359 yards, proving to be a reliable receiving option for quarterback Derek Carr who has largely favored his tight ends over the last two seasons. With Tyrell Williams questionable ahead of this weekend's contest, the air attack will funnel through Waller with the team likely playing from behind as seven-point underdogs. The 28-year-old has displayed a reliable floor and can be fired up as a TE1 for Week 7 as he's well past due to secure his first touchdown of the season.
Green Bay Packers WR Geronimo Allison (chest, concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Allison will need to pass all of the concussion tests before he is cleared to play, so his status will not be known until later in the week. He has been more involved over the last few weeks but probably can be avoided in most leagues even if he plays.
Green Bay Packers WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to check later in the week to see if Valdes-Scantling is in any danger of missing the Week 7 game. He has been held to under 50 yards in each of the last three games but still be a flex option in some leagues if he plays.
Green Bay Packers TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Fantasy Spin: Graham was held to only 17 yards last week but could have a solid role in the passing game if he plays since the Packers have multiple injuries at receiver. He could be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle had a huge Week 5 performance where he caught six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He saw eight targets during his huge Week 5 game, but then he was targeted just three times during the Week 6 loss to the Texans. It seems like that performance might have just been a fluke. Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson are all above Pringle on the depth chart. It's unlikely Pringle will get more than two or three targets with all those receivers healthy. He could be a desperation flex in deep leagues, but most fantasy owners should bench or drop Pringle. Most fantasy owners shouldn't bother with Pringle for the Week 7 matchup versus the Denver Broncos.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will have his work cut out for him this Sunday when his team travels to Green Bay to face the Packers. The veteran has done a commendable job managing games so far this season, proving to be a better real-life quarterback than in the fantasy game. Carr has surprisingly led his team to a 3-2 record on the season, but has yet to surpass 17 fantasy points in a single contest. His task will be even tougher this weekend if Tyrell Williams foot injury doesn't heal in time to face a Packers Defense that's currently giving up the seventh-fewest FPPG to the QB position. Carr can be safely ignored in all formats for Week 7 and for the foreseeable future.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is coming off a very solid performance against the Green Back Packers on Monday Night Football in Week 6, but fantasy owners may want to temper expectations with the Minnesota Vikings coming to town in Week 7. The Vikings have allowed just one 100-yard receiver through the first six weeks of the season, and while fantasy owners will point to the 10 touchdowns allowed to wide receivers over that same time frame, a good chunk of those scores came in garbage time. The Lions haven't won in two weeks but have been playing very good football nonetheless, so extended garbage time looks may not be in store in this game. Slot Golladay in as a mid-range WR2 in this matchup.