Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NFL WAIVER WIRE FIRE FOR WEEK 3

By Will Hoover

Week two in the NFL has proven to be an injury filled one. Some big name stars are either out with or playing through an injury. Is your fantasy team experiencing the injury bug? Or is your roster a little thin because your draft didn’t go as planned? Well don’t worry its early and the waiver wire is full of potential starters that could make an impact.  I’ll list potential players by position, their current espn fantasy football percentage of ownership and their week 3 opponents.

QUARTERBACKS
  1. Kirk Cousins : 6.3% ownership, wk3 @ Eagles
Robert Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle last Sunday and will likely miss 4 to 6 weeks if not longer. This is another opportunity for Cousins to show what he can do in the pass happy west coast system. Last week Cousins threw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns in a decisive win over the Jaguars. Cousins should be added in all formats and can be considered a starter if you’re in need.
  1. Brian Hoyer : 1.4% ownership, wk3 vs. Ravens
One of the biggest surprises of week 2 was the Browns upset over the Saints. The main reason this upset was possible was the steady, cool under pressure performance from Brian Hoyer. While not putting up huge numbers Hoyer has been playing efficiently and has zero turn-overs after two games. Hoyer should be added and monitored. Only start him if you’re in a pinch.
  1. Derek Carr : 2.8% ownership, wk3 @ Patriots
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr secured his starting position this preseason after torching the Seahawks starting defensive unit with laser accurate passes. Although Carr’s numbers haven’t been astounding after two games, they are encouraging. With over 400 yards and 3 passing touchdowns Carr has showed he can start in the NFL. It’s been his ability to run the ball and avoid pressure that has been a surprise. Carr should be added and watched week to week as he progresses. Only start him now if you’re desperate.

RUNNINGBACKS
  1. Bobby Rainey : 5.2% ownership, wk3 @ Falcons
Last week Doug Martin was a last minute scratch. Many owners were not prepared and paid for it once the game started. Bobby Rainey filled in superbly Sunday (174 total yards) just as he did last season in Martin’s absence. No matter if Martin is in or out, Rainey should be added as his performance won’t be ignored. Expect Rainey to be the change of pace back to Martin once Martin is healthy. If Martin is to miss more time this season then Rainey is a great start.
  1. Jonathan Stewart : 43.5% ownership, wk3 vs. Steelers
Jonathan Stewart showed he can still run hard last week in DeAngelo Williams’s absence. Williams is working his way back from a thigh injury and is questionable for week 3. A healthy Stewart has been a rarity these past few seasons and his value has dropped off. Finally Stewart is healthy and ready to take considerate work from Williams. Add Stewart for bench depth, or start him if Williams is out vs. Pittsburgh.
  1. Knile Davis : 62.7% ownership, wk3 @ Dolphins
Much of the Chiefs offense runs through the running back position. Whether its Jamaal Charles, or Knile Davis the opportunity is there for big fantasy numbers. Charles is questionable for week 3 and should be limited if he plays. Davis should then be added for week 3, but loses virtually all his value once Charles returns.


WIDE RECEIVER

  1. James Jones : 27.6% ownership, wk3 @ Patriots
While Derek Carr is no Aaron Rodgers (yet), he is an accurate strong armed quarterback who will throw the ball down the field. James Jones is a great deep ball receiver who has emerged as Derek Carr’s favorite target. Jones had 9 receptions on 14 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown last Sunday versus the Texans. Jones appears to be the man in Oakland and should be added in all formats.
  1. Mohamed Sanu : 2% ownership, wk3 vs. Titans
The Falcons learned last week that Mohamed Sanu “can do” amazing things. With AJ Green leaving after the opening drive the opportunity was there for Sanu. With 3 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown he was impressive, but it was his 50 yard pass with beautiful trajectory that made the highlight reels. With AJ Green questionable (I would expect him to be limited at best) for week 3 versus the Titans, Sanu may again play the role of WR1 for the Bengals.
  1. Andrew Hawkins : 16.2% ownership, wk3 vs. Ravens
With 14 receptions on 22 targets Hawkins has been a steady producer in the Browns offense this season. While being held out of the end zone in the first two games, it’s only a matter of time before the undersized speedster takes one to the house. Add Hawkins for wide receiver depth but start him with caution.

TIGHTENDS

  1. Niles Paul : .08% ownership, wk3 @ Eagles
Paul performed well with Jordan Reed but performed even better in his absence. Paul was heavily targeted by Cousins in week 2 (11 targets for 8 receptions).
  1. Travis Kelce : 2.3% ownership, wk3 @ Dolphins
Kelce is the Chiefs new pass catching, deep threat tight end with soft hands and burner speed.
  1. Owen Daniels : 8.7% ownership, wk3 @ Ravens
Gary Kubiak Brought Daniels with him from the Texans. Daniels knows the system and is often overlooked by defenses because of Dennis Pitta

GOOD LUCK!

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