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2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

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If you have read any of my works over the last few years or listened to me on The Fantasy Edge Podcast, you would know I am a fervent Josh Gordon supporter. I boarded the hype train after that magical 2013 season but stayed on for the redemption story. Alright, wonderful fan-made videos like this didn’t hurt the cause. Imagine my dismay when I heard the Browns were going to cut him. Whatever the reason for John Dorsey cutting ties, I was glad that Gordon did not relapse and that he would have a chance to start his career fresh, with a team that isn’t a dumpster fire.

With news of his trade to the New England Patriots, the football world went into a frenzy. Of course, the Patriots have arguably the greatest QB and greatest head coach of all-time to utilize Gordon to his fullest potential. If he can integrate himself quickly, this could be a league winning move for the owners that held onto him after the news of his release.

Gordon is easily looking at WR2 production once he becomes comfortable in the notoriously complex Patriot offense. If someone rage dropped him in your league, make the add immediately. Anyone worried about his “hamstring injury” can put those fears to rest. He’s fine.

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2018 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21% Owned in Yahoo! leagues)

Fitz-Magic indeed! What a start it’s been for the journeyman signal-caller. Fitzpatrick is the first QB ever to start a season with consecutive 400 yard, four touchdown performances. This week, Fitzpatrick victimized the defending Super Bowl Champs, shredding the Eagles defense in a 27-21 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Jamies Winston is due to return from suspension Week 4, but he may not be the starter upon his return. It sounds insane to say, but Fitzpatrick has led the Bucs to an improbable 2-0 start, and that feat we just can’t ignore.

Owners can worry about Week 4 later because Week 3 is going to be another opportunity for Fitzpatrick to let it fly. Tampa Bay will host the Steelers next week in a game that has the makings of a shootout. Patrick Mahomes just obliterated Pittsburgh’s secondary. He had more touchdown passes (six) than incomplete passes (five).

Fitzpatrick should be the number one target for owners looking to stream a quarterback in Week 3.

Besides, any player who walks into his post-game press conference like this deserves a spot on your team.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (27% Owned)

While Fitzpatrick got all the headlines, Dalton has been quietly solid leading the Bengals to their own 2-0 start. He has six touchdown passes to just one interception. Dalton managed to overcome his Primetime demons on Thursday night, hanging four touchdowns on the Ravens defense.

WIth Joe Mixon on the shelf, Dalton will need to shoulder more of the load in order to move the ball down the field. His pass attempts should rise, especially against Carolina, who had not given up a 100-yard rusher in 21 games prior to this past Sunday. Giovani Bernard is a decent running back, but his strength is as a pass catching back.

Dalton will need to throw often against the pass, even if the game is close. He doesn’t have a particularly high ceiling in Week 3, but he should have the volume to finish as a low-end QB1.

Running Back

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (28% Owned)

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Joe Mixon went down on Thursday night and will miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing minor arthroscopic surgery over the weekend. Bernard is now the unquestioned lead back in Cincinnati, with no major threats behind him.

Bernard is no stranger to the starting job, having been the No. 1 back earlier in his career. Over his first three seasons, Bernard averaged over 4.0 yards per carry and was a solid Fantasy option. However, owners need to remember that Gio is not built for a full workload. Bernard has never come close to 200 carries and owners shouldn’t expect his usual efficiency if his carries increase.

Gio will see a huge increase in carries and will get enough volume to be an RB2. He will likely receive 13-16 carries next week and another five or so targets through the air. Owners in PPR leagues should bid aggressively for his services.

Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (8% Owned)

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The injury to Kenneth Dixon has opened up more opportunities for the Ravens third-down RB. Allen has never been able to seize the starting job but has performed well enough to be a consistent part of their offense.


Despite two completely different game scripts through two weeks, Allen’s touches have remained consistent. In the Week 1 drubbing of the Bills, Allen received four carries and six targets. He received another 11 touches (including six targets) in Thursday’s failed comeback against the Bengals. Through two games, Allen has the same number of touches as starting RB Alex Collins.

The Ravens like to use Allen often as a receiver out of the backfield regardless of game script. In PPR leagues, that kind of consistency can be very valuable. Collins is still the starter, but the Ravens aren’t going out of their way to feed him the ball. Owners in deep PPR leagues can take a flier on Allen as a bench option with decent potential should he take the starting job from Collins.

Wide Receiver

John Brown, Baltimore Ravens (26% Owned)

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Early in the season, Brown, not Michael Crabtree has been the Ravens best WR acquisition. Through two games, Brown has caught seven passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. While trying to lead a furious comeback, Joe Flacco targetted the former Cardinal 10 times, tying him for the team lead with Crabtree.

Brown has come through two weeks in a row with a long TD and seems to have built a great rapport with Flacco. Flacco has been looking for a deep threat WR since Torrey Smith left, and Brown might finally be that receiver. As of Sunday night, Brown ranks fourth in the league in average air yards, at 19.8 yards per target. His targets are deep on most plays, making him a very dangerous downfield threat.

If Brown continues to play well, he will provide weekly WR3 value.

Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (31% Owned)

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Allison has plenty of upside to offer, despite being buried on the Green Bay depth chart. Over the first two weeks, Allison has been targeted 14 times, catching 11 passes for 133 yards an a touchdown. Thus far, he has out-touched Jimmy Graham and looks to have settled in as the third WR.

The pass-heavy nature of the GB offense will give Allison plenty of volume, even behind Devante Adams and Randall Cobb. If either player was to get injured, Allison would immediately jump in and be a very productive player.

His role in the offense has been consistent, and owners looking for production now can use Allison as a FLEX in deeper leagues.

Tight End

Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (11% Owned)

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It was probably a performance that we should have seen coming. Most owners didn’t (myself included) and now everyone has to scramble to the waiver wire. James won’t put up 138 yards and a touchdown every week, but his targets are consistent enough to be used as a low-end starter in the wasteland that is the TE position.

James has received five targets in both games he has played. His results against the Chiefs league-worst defense (by DVOA) will probably represent his best game of the season, but owners could do worse. James is the main receiving TE on an extremely pass-happy team. Through two games, Ben Roethlisberger has attempted more passes than any other QB and is second only to Fitzpatrick in passing yards.

Like most tight ends, James will have his off weeks but owners can’t be picky when trying to find a TE off the waiver wire. If you need help, get James for their next shootout against the Bucs.

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks (31% Owned)

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Maybe Week 1 wasn’t a fluke? Once again, Dissly received five targets from Russell Wilson, catching three of them for 42 yards and a touchdown. He’s established himself as the Seahawks pass-catching TE and will see plenty of work moving forward.

The Seahawks offensive line (keyword offensive) has allowed 12 sacks through two games. Wilson is running for his life desperately trying to extend plays in order to move the ball. With Dissly being known as more of a blocking TE, we know he’ll be on the field a lot. His five targets ranked third on the team, as did his 42 reception yards.

If you missed the boat on Dissly after Week 1, don’t miss your chance in Week 2, as Dissly figures to see another four-to-five targets against the Cowboys, who gave up a touchdown to Giants TE Evan Engram in Week 2.

Deep League Special

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (7% Owned)

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Gordon’s replacement in Cleveland started his career as a starter with a bang. Callaway played 50-of-62 snaps on Sunday, catching four passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was an absolutely beautiful 47-yarder that tied the game late in the fourth quarter.

Callaway picked up where he left off after an impressive pre-season. His talent was never in question, but off-field issues damaged his reputation. The belief from scouts was that if not for off-field issues, he would have been a first-round pick. Wait. This all sounds awfully familiar. Talented Browns receiver plagued by off-field distractions establishing himself as the team’s best deep threat? Where have I heard this one before?


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In any case, Callaway should be one of the more popular adds in all leagues this week. He may slip under the radar because he plays for the Browns but owners shouldn’t wait and see. Anyone with a need at WR should add the Browns new deep threat before it’s too late.


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