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.
New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder will face a tough test Monday when the Patriots No. 1 ranked pass defense comes to town. New England allows the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and shut down Crowder in Week 3 when they held him to only 25 yards on two catches. Third-string quarterback Luke Falk started that game, so Crowder should have more success with Sam Darnold back under center. In two games with Darnold, Crowder has 20 catches for 197 yards, so he has major fantasy upside moving forward, especially as the Jets' schedule gets softer. In Week 7, however, Crowder is only a borderline WR3 who has more appeal in PPR formats.
New York Jets Le'Veon Bell will face a tough matchup Monday night when the Patriots elite defense heads to MetLife Stadium. New England allows the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs so it's a tough matchup for Bell, but he should put up RB2 numbers based on volume. Bell has played 92.2 percent of the team's offensive snaps so far and has the second-most targets on the team. Bell should see his usual 20-25 touches and fantasy owners should start him with confidence he can put up a decent day even if he doesn't score a touchdown.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will look to change his fortunes against the Patriots in a tough matchup Monday. In seven career games against New England, Anderson hasn't scored a touchdown and his 39.5 percent catch rate is by far his lowest mark against any team he's faced more than once. This season, the Patriots are as daunting a matchup as there is in the NFL allowing the fewest fantasy points against to wide receivers. There is always the chance Anderson grabs a long touchdown, like the 92-yard score he had last week, so he has some appeal as a flex in deeper leagues. However, where possible, owners should look to steer clear of Anderson in this matchup.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will face a tough challenge Monday night against the Patriots, the team that has given up the fewest fantasy points this season to opposing quarterbacks. Darnold, who missed three games with mono, had a strong showing in his return to the field Sunday when he put up 338 yards and two touchdowns. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of performance Monday against arguably the best defense in the NFL, especially with two starters on the offensive line unlikely to play. Darnold is best left on the bench this week, however, the Jets schedule gets very soft after the game vs New England so Darnold is a good bench stash for those matchups.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant (hamstring) and cornerback Xavien Howard (knee) were limited in practice this week and are questionable for Week 7 against the Bills. Even if Grant plays this weekend, he's nowhere close to being fantasy relevant behind Devante Parker, Preston Williams and Albert Wilson on the depth chart. Grant has only nine catches (19 targets) for 52 scoreless yards in four games this year. Howard is the team's best cornerback, but the Dolphins Defense/special teams is also well off the fantasy radar. If Howard sits, it'll be good news for Bills wideout John Brown.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring) practiced in full the last two days and isn't on the Week 7 injury report against the Bengals. Oliver has yet to play in his rookie season, but this weekend would be good timing for him to make his debut with Geoff Swaim out and James O'Shaughnessy on Injured Reserve. There's no guarantee that Oliver is heavily involved in the offense in his first game, but he's one to watch for those that are desperate at the position.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) was limited in practice on Friday and was removed from the Week 7 injury report against the Raiders. With Davante Adams (toe) out, Geronimo Allison (concussion) doubtful and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) questionable, Graham could see his biggest workload of the season this weekend. The Packers will continue to lean on the running game with their receivers beat up, but Graham could easily be quarterback Aaron Rodgers' favorite target against Oakland. The Raiders have also allowed the sixth most fantasy points per game (9.7) to tight ends. Graham has clear WR1 upside in Week 7.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Geronimo Allison (chest, concussion) missed practice all week and is doubtful to play in Week 7 against the Raiders. The Packers are holding out hope that Allison can get cleared from the concussion protocol, but it doesn't look like it's happening. Davante Adams (toe) has already been ruled out and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) will be a game-time decision. Green Bay could be without their top three wideouts, so Jake Kumerow, Allen Lazard and rookie Darrius Shepherd could be their three receivers on Sunday. Kumerow and Lazard will be in play as DFS sleepers and flex options in deeper leagues, but expect the Packers to lean heavily on their ground game.
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Michael Badgley (groin) practiced in full the last two days and is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Titans. Badgley has been out all season but looks to have a good chance to make his season debut on the road in Tennessee. As usual, the Bolts have had a nightmare on special teams in the kicking game this year and were using their punter, Ty Long, for field-goal duties earlier this year with Badgley sidelined. They've been using rookie Chase McLaughlin in recent weeks, but he's predictably been unreliable in the kicking game. The Chargers will give Badgley a shot to win his job back, but he should be avoided in fantasy for the time being if he's active.
Following two straight close losses, the Jacksonville Jaguars enter their contest against the Cincinnati Bengals needing a victory to remain in AFC playoff conversation. At the crux of securing that win will be their defensive unit, which has been largely hit or miss over the first six weeks of the year. Despite All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey being shipped to the Los Angeles Rams earlier in the week, the team has become accustomed to playing without him. While many owners may overreact to Ramseys departure, Jacksonville is coming off holding New Orleans to 13 points last week, and now squares off with a much-maligned Bengals offense. Andy Dalton and the rest of the offensive unit are averaging just 16.2 points per game and their 56.5 average rushing yards per contest enters the week as the lowest in the league. The Jaguars defense is not the same dominant group that has been in years past, but should be a serviceable fantasy unit in Week 7.
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson could have some luster as a flex option against the Atlanta Falcons. Running back Malcolm Brown (ankle) is doubtful this week, but Todd Gurley (thigh) is expected back. Gurley's workload could be spotty, and Henderson could see extended run. He rushed six times for 39 yards in Week 6, but he lost a key fumble to open the second half. He'll have a chance at redemption against the midrange matchup.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks has been irrelevant for a couple of weeks for fantasy owners. He left the Oct. 3 game with a concussion, and the entire Rams offense was plugged up last week. He had four catches for 47 yards in the two games combined. He has an awesome matchup against the Atlanta Falcons this week. They are the worst at defending the position in the league. They've allowed just over 15 catches for 219 yards and nearly two touchdowns per game to receivers over the last five games. Cooks is a low-end WR2 option for Week 7.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp broke a four-game string with 100 receiving yards last week as the entire offense was shut down by the San Francisco 49ers. The good news, though, is the Rams face the leaky Atlanta Falcons Defense, which is the worst at defending receivers the last five weeks. Kupp is sixth in the league in fantasy points over the last five weeks at the position despite having four catches for 17 yards last week. He'll return to the WR1 section this week.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has been Jekyll and Hyde in the matter of a couple of weeks. He busted out with 13 catches for 164 yards three weeks ago and didn't catch a last on four targets last week. He'll have a brighter matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who are the best matchup for opposing receivers the last five weeks. The Rams spread the ball around a lot, though, and Woods is limited to a flex option in point-per-reception formats.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee has been an afterthought in the offense this season with 16 catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in five games. He has a good matchup against the Atlanta Falcons this week, but he is too spotty to rely on in traditional leagues. He'd be someone to take at a basement price in daily formats, though.
Jacksonville rookie signal caller Gardner Minshew hit a significant bump in the road last week for the first time as a starter. The cure for that skid? It may just prove to be a matchup against a Bengals Defense yielding greater than 425 yards per game. Minshew failed to toss a touchdown last Sunday against New Orleans, the first time he did not record one in six games. While his 240.3 passing yard per contest average is far from gaudy, he has tossed nine touchdowns to just two interceptions, making him a safe option in traditional fantasy, as well as a high-upside low-priced option in DFS.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (abdomen) and running back Darren Sproles (quadriceps) both missed practice all week and have officially been ruled out for Week 7 against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Jackson is closer to returning than Sproles, but there remains no timetable for either player. D-Jax has been out since getting hurt in Week 2, and the Eagles offense is surely missing their deep threat, as Mack Hollins hasn't come close to replicating Jackson's production as a field-stretcher. Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Hollins will continue to operate in three-receiver sets in the big divisional showdown on Sunday evening.
The Los Angeles Rams Defense shouldn't be played against the Atlanta Falcons this week. They've had their issues on the ground, but they still put up points and air it out. The Rams are amidst a tough portion of their schedule and really haven't played well enough to hang onto in traditional formats.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has a good matchup against the New York Giants in Week 7. Murray has been hot lately, and he's fifth in fantasy points among quarterbacks over the last three weeks. Murray has tossed for 834 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but his legs have been the difference. He has rushed 25 times for 152 yards and two touchdowns during that stretch. The Giants allow the eighth-most fantasy points to the position on average over the last five weeks. Murray is a mid-to-low QB1 this week.
Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds has been a sneaky contributor over the last two games, but it's because he found the end zone each game. He had 12 carries for 102 yards and five catches for 51 yards combined in the games, and he scored on the ground and through the air. Starting running back David Johnson (ankle) is a game-time decision this week, but he practiced more than he did before he played with a back injury last week. The matchup against the New York Giants is a solid one with the Giants averaging the seventh-most points allowed to the position the last five weeks. Edmonds has flashed the big play on limited touches, but he relies on those touchdowns heavily if you use him as a flex.