Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NFL WEEK 3 WAIVER WIRE FIRE


By Will Hoover

Week two is in the books and there’s another fresh crop of talent on the waiver wire. Perhaps you’re

needing to patch your roster or just looking for the next potential break out fantasy star. Either way you

should consider the players listed below because fantasy owners are going to feast on these juicy

prospects in week 3. Below players are listed by name, position, percentage of ownership (in ESPN

leagues) and week 3 opponent.

1) Andy Dalton: QB, 21.1% ownership, WK3 @ BALT

The Red Rifle is back. In the past two weeks Andy Dalton has been on fire throwing 5 tds to 0 ints with

483 yards. The solid run game and Stifling defense of the Bengals have taken some pressure off of

Dalton. This week Dalton faces the Baltimore Ravens who in week 2 gave up 351 yards and 3 tds to

Derrek Carr and the Oakland Raiders. If you’re in need of a quarterback (Tony Romo + Drew Brees

owners) Dalton should be first on your list.

2) Matt Jones: RB, 15.8% ownership, WK3 @ NYG

The Redskins coaching staff have been big on Matt Jones since drafting him with the 95th pick in the third

round of the 2015 NFL draft. The 6’2”, 231lb running back frustrated Alfred Morris owners last week

when he sniped 19 carries for 123 yards and 2 tds. Jones will get more touches than Roy Helu ever did

and if he proves to be effective he’ll continue to eat into Alfred Morris production. Now remember the

Redskins we’re playing with a lead and ran the ball 47 times which won’t always be the case this year.

Add Jones and hope for continued success.

3) David Johnson: RB, 46.1% ownership, WK3 vs SF

Rookie running back David Johnson makes the list for the second straight week. While he may not be

named the starter the Cardinals would be foolish to not involve this young playmaker more often. In his

limited touches 1 rec for 55 yards and a TD in week one along with 5 rush 42 yards plus a TD returned on

the opening kickoff in week 2. There’s no way Johnson can keep up this pace without seeing more snaps.

This dynamic playmaker has the size (6’1”, 224lbs) and speed (4.5 forty) to be an every down player

once he gains the trust of Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. Add Johnson and watch him become a big part

of Arizona’s offense this year.

4) Travis Benjamin: WR, 6.3% ownership, WK3 vs OAK

After a career high 89 yards and 1 touchdown in week one Benjamin (a deep pass specialist) set new

highs with 115 yards and 2 TDs in week 2. That’s an incredible 304 yards and 3 TDs on 6 catches over the

past two games. While he seems like a boom or bust candidate, this week he looks to keep it booming.

The Browns face the Raiders in week 3 and there should be plenty of opportunity to expose the Raiders

depleted secondary. A bonus is that Benjamin is one of the league’s top kick/punt specialists and can

score points any week on special teams. Add Benjamin for WR depth and consider starting him this

week.

5) Eric Ebron: TE, 20% ownership, WK3 vs DEN

Eric Ebron is showing why the Lions drafted him with the 10th pick in last year’s draft. So far this year

Ebron has emerged as a legitimate red zone threat for the Lions. His 10 targets last week show that he’s

become a bigger part of the Lions offense. Add Ebron if you’re looking to roster a new tight end whose

going to score steady points all season long.

6) Michael Crabtree: WR, 31.6% ownership, WK3 @ CLEV

Many thought Michael Crabtree was done being a fantasy relevant wide receiver. His production drop

off was partly the 49ers fault along with is poor attitude leading to him being labeled as a diva. Most

teams weren’t willing to gamble on Crabtree but the Raiders had faith in him and gave him a chance.

Last week it paid off when Crabtree had 9 recs, 111 yds, and a touchdown versus the Ravens. While

Amari Copper is drawing opposing defenses attention Crabtree will the opportunity to put up stats

versus most teams second defensive back. Also figure the Raiders will be playing from behind often this

year giving Crabtree plenty of targets. Add Crabtree for WR depth with starter potential.

7) James Starks: RB, 8.3% ownership, WK3 vs KC

James Starks will be more involved in the coming weeks with Packers starting RB Eddie Lacy’s ankle

sprain. It’s yet to be determined if Lacy will miss any time but Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said

he could see a 50/50 split until Lacy is 100%. Starks is a better fit in the Packers offense on passing

situations where he can use his receiving ability to run routes or to be a safety valve in the flat for QB

Aaron Rodgers. Add Starks for RB depth and as a possible flex play. Monitor Edie Lacy’s status before

starting Starks.

8) Rishard Matthews: WR, .7% ownership, WK3 vs BUFF

Rishard Matthews has been starting at WR for the Dolphins although being listed as a backup. Matthews

has made big plays both weeks for the Dolphins and is a nice option opposite Jarvis Landry. Since

Matthews was a late round draft pick (7th round) not many fans know much about him. Originally

Matthews committed to Oregon but ended up playing for Nevada in college and catching passes from

Colin Kaepernick. Since being drafted Matthews has often spent Sundays de-activated, so this season

seems to be his break out. Add Matthews for WR depth and hopes of a continued success.

9) Derrek Carr: QB, 10.5% ownership, WK3 @ CLEV

Derrek Carr had a nice bounce back game in week 2 throwing for 351 yards and 3 TDs. Last year Carr

flashed but was week to week on production. This year Carr has legitimate weapons in Amari Cooper,

Michael Crabtree and running back Latavius Murray. These weapons will help Carr avoid those low

scoring weeks and give him a better chance of putting up solid numbers weekly. Carr is a nice option as

a bye week fill in or if you own Romo or Brees and need a new QB to get you through their injuries. Add

Carr and hope for more games like week 2.

Good Luck and follow me on twitter @UGsportsreport

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