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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire: Jump Start

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Just two weeks into the fantasy season and I’m already reminded of how much chaos this all is. David Johnson and Allen Robinson are already down. Now Greg Olsen is lost and Jordy Nelson might be joining him. Four consensus top 10 backs in LeSean McCoy, Ezekiel Elliott, DeMarco Murray, and Jordan Howard combined for 49 rushing yards. Sam Bradford played the game of his life and then was promptly declared inactive an hour before kickoff. The top three fantasy quarterbacks are currently Alex Smith, Trevor Siemian, and Carson Wentz.

All these are reminders that you never know what’s going to happen in fantasy football. The waiver wire is where that thinking pays off most. You never know which random pickup is going to propel you to victory in your league. So it’s best to treat each and everyone with the utmost importance.

We’re going to look at every standout player on the Week 3 Waiver Wire with less than 35% ownership in ESPN leagues.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

*Ownership percentages derived from ESPN. Players are listed in order of priority of pickup.

Quarterbacks

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Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (11.6%)

For a guy that most people weren’t convinced was even going to be the starter heading into the season, Siemian has done pretty well for himself so far. In two weeks, he’s accounted four seven total touchdowns on his way to 22.6 fantasy points per game.

While I still wouldn’t trust him as an every week starter, you could do a lot worse than the current QB4 as a streamer. He gets a so-so matchup Week 3 with the Bills but a plus matchup Week 4 at home vs the Raiders. He certainly should be owned in any 2 QB leagues.

Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins (4.2%)

Cutler displayed enough in Week 2 that he might be worth considering for anybody who’s desperate. In his regular-season debut, he posted a respectable 230 yards and one passing touchdown. More importantly, he avoided turning the ball over against a solid Chargers defense.

Cutler draws the Jets and the Saints over his next two weeks – two bottom eight defenses by DVOA.

Running Backs

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Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (8.6%)

It took Carson all of one week to usurp Eddie Lacy out of his starting gig and it looks like it won’t take much longer for him to do the same to Thomas Rawls. Rawls got the start in Week 2, but only played 16 snaps, carrying the ball five times for four yards. Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch. Meanwhile, Carson played 51 snaps and rushed 20 times for 93 yards.

He might not officially be on top of the Seahawks’ depth chart yet, but he should be treated as such and owned in all leagues.

Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins (2.1%)

There was some talk of Perine taking over for Rob Kelley as the season progressed. However, it looks like Perine might be pressed into that role earlier than some expected. Kelley is dealing with a broken rib which should sideline him for a few weeks.

In the meantime, Perine will have value as the primary ball carrier on what should be a potent offense. In Kelley’s absence, Perine totaled 67 yards on 21 carries. He will lose snaps to Chris Thompson (who should be widely owned in PPR leagues) but is well worth the waiver.

Javorius “Buck” Allen, Baltimore Ravens (8.2%)

With Terrance West was limited to 16 snaps due to a soft tissue injury, Allen racked up 101 yards and a touchdown. While West is considered the better runner on first and second downs, Allen’s pass-catching ability gives Baltimore another offensive dimension that they lost when Danny Woodhead went down.

With the injury to Woodhead and his own impressive play, Allen has carved out a role on this team. He’s a stand-alone FLEX option going forward with RB2 upside if West misses time.

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Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (14.5%)

Who knows what Sean Payton is doing with his three-headed backfield of Ingram, Peterson, and Kamara. But until there’s more light shed on the situation, Kamara needs to be owned in PPR leagues. He has been on the field just as much as the other two guys but has specifically carved out a role during passing situations.

D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans (4.9%)

With rookie DeShaun Watson struggling behind a crumbling offensive line, the Texans are leaning more on their running game. Foreman handled 12 carries for 40 yards as the change of pace complement to Lamar Miller.

Miller’s job should be safe, but he has never been the most durable back. If Miller were to go down, Foreman would handle the majority of the snaps in a run-heavy offense.

Chris Johnson, Arizona Cardinals (2.4%)

Somehow, eight years after he posted a 2,000 yard season, Chris Johnson is still fantasy relevant. After David Johnson’s injury, most of the hype went to Kerwynn Williams. But CJ2K handled the majority of the snaps in the second half on his way to 44 yards on 11 carries.

There’s not much upside here as Johnson looks to be part of a full-blown committee, but he should be rostered in deeper leagues.

Wide Receivers

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J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (18.1%) / Jaron Brown (0.6%)

With John Brown sidelined and Larry Fitzgerald looking washed up, the duo of JJ Nelson and Jaron Brown stepped up. Nelson grabbed 5 of 7 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown while Brown caught 4 of 11 targets for 73 yards.

Nelson is obviously the preferred target here with his big-play potential in an aggressive Cardinals offense. If John Brown is forced to miss any more time, Nelson would be a high upside WR3/4 going forward.

Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets (5.9%)

So far, the Jets look like they’ve done pretty well for themselves in the Sheldon Richardson trade. Kearse has been the de facto WR1 for the Jets as they’ve had to play catchup. Due to that, Kearse has racked up 11 catches, 123 yards, and two touchdowns through two games.

His lack of big play ability limits his upside, but he’s a target hog in an offense that is going to have to throw a lot. Even with the return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kearse is (somehow) the most talented pass catcher on this “team.”

Marqise Lee, Jacksonville Jaguars (30.6%) / Allen Hurns (7.5%)

We figured one of these two would have to step up in the absence of Allen Robinson and while the stats don’t show it, I’d rather have Lee than Hurns. Lee caught 7 of 12 passes for 76 yards while Hurns caught 6 of 7 for 82 yards and a touchdown. However, Hurns did his damage in pure garbage time when the game was out of reach.

Garbage time is how Blake Bortles and Allen Hurns made magic in 2015, but the Jaguars tried all offseason to trade Hurns to no avail.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks (32.4%)

Another year, another unpredictable Seahawks wide receiver group. Lockett was the standout against the Niners, catching 6 of 9 targets for 64 yards. The young playmaker looked fresh and healthy coming off his injury and has immense upside.

However, the balance and unpredictability of the Seahawks offense makes it tough for me to recommend investing too much into him.

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (5.9%)

Much like Lockett, Funchess is young, talented, and looking to step up. Funchess caught 4 of 7 targets for 68 yards in the Panthers/Bills snoozefest on Sunday. Greg Olsen looks like he will miss extended time with a broken foot. There’s a role that’s open for Funchess to occupy.

Unfortunately, also like Lockett, the Panthers offense is wildly unpredictable. It’s extremely run heavy and most of Newton’s pass attempts were funneled towards Benjamin and Olsen. We’ll see just how much usage Funchess will get.

Deep Dives

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Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns (0.3%) – With Corey Coleman out and Kenny Britt looking like he hates football, Higgins led the Browns in receiving in Week 2 with 7 catches for 95 yards.

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (0.3%) – If either Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb miss significant time, Allison would be the direct benefactor.

Brandon Coleman, New Orleans Saints (0.8%) – Coleman out-snapped Ted Ginn and caught 4 of 6 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. However, with Willie Snead returning soon, Coleman’s emergence might be short-lived.

Markus Wheaton, Chicago Bears (0.4%) – The Bears need a receiver on the outside and Wheaton was paid $6 million dollars this offseason to be that guy. He will likely return from injury in Week 3.

Tight Ends

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Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens (0.5%)

Not the flashiest of players, but Watson got the job done in Week 2, catching all eight of his targets for 91 yards. He looks like he is fully over his Achilles injury. And while he’s 36 years old, he’s only two years removed from a 74/825/6 season.

Joe Flacco has always loved targeting his tight ends, so Watson could be a decent streamer in cushy matchups.

Vernon Davis, Washington Redskins (0.5%)

Nobody saw this coming, but Jordan Reed got hurt again. The extent of the injury is still unknown but knowing Reed, he’ll likely miss a few games. Davis was more than serviceable in Washington last year when Reed missed time.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, New York Jets (0.4%)

A talented head-case, Seferian-Jenkins reportedly got his life together this offseason. He had to serve a two-game suspension, but he’s penciled in to start and play a large role in the Jets’ offense in Week 3.

Jermaine Kearse is the most talented pass catcher on this offense right now so there’s room for Seferian-Jenkins to make some noise.


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinH_F6P

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