Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 3
Author: Cheyenne Hollis
Remember in early August when everyone was talking about how deep the quarterback position was this year? Well, now that Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles and Sam Darnold are gone, the game of QB musical chairs has left some owners without a seat. And this doesn’t even factor in poor starts to the season for Cam Newton and Jameis Winston that have left their owners fuming. The pickings are slim, but there are a few quarterbacks available.
Apart from that, there aren’t a lot of hot waiver wire pickups this week. Last week, we mentioned guys like Raheem Mostert and Carlos Hyde as options and that remains true. If they are available in your league and you need running back help, these are two guys who could score some points. Let’s take a look at a few other players worth a waiver claim.
Matthew Stafford (Owned in 35% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: at Phi, KC
Don’t look now, but Matthew Stafford is QB5 after two weeks, although most of the points came in week one. This isn’t the vintage model of Stafford from a few years ago, but he can still throw the ball around. And he gets a couple of decent matchups in the next two weeks. The Chiefs stopped Derek Carr, but also got lit up by Gardner Minshew while the Eagles are hurting on the defensive line and also got torched by the next player on the list…
Case Keenum (Owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Chi, at NYG
Case Keenum has thrown for six touchdowns and 600 yards while not turning the ball over. He’s an avoid next week against the Bears and in week five against New England, but he also has showdowns with the Giants, Dolphins and 49ers around those dates. He might not take you to all the way to championship, but he will win someone a few games during bye weeks.
Deebo Samuel (Owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Pit, BYE
In his lessons learned article, Dylan Thomas noted rookie wide receivers are really balling out so far this year. Deebo Samuel is the latest first-year pass catcher to impress going 5/87/1 in the 49ers’ blowout of Cincinnati. The South Carolina product seems like he will fill the role that most people thought Dante Pettis would take and could be San Francisco’s WR1 in no time at all.
Frank Gore (Owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Cin, NE
This isn’t an inspiring pickup and you probably don’t want to start him, but Frank Gore is getting work in Buffalo. With Devin Singletary nursing a hamstring injury and TJ Yeldon, well, being TJ Yeldon, Gore should see some more double-digit touch games in the next few weeks.
Darwin Thompson (Owned in 18% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Bal, @Det
We don’t need to explain the power of the Chiefs’ offense to you. And you probably heard all the Darwin Thompson hype around week two of the preseason. At the moment this is a pure speculation add, but one that could payoff. We don’t know the status of LeSean McCoy’s MRI as of writing while Damien Williams is dealing with a knee issue. Keep an eye on the situation and act accordingly.
DJ Chark (Owned in 13% of Yahoo leagues)
Upcoming games: Ten, @Den
Sorry Dede Westbrook owners, but Gardner Minshew can only support one wide receiver and it looks to be DJ Chark. He doesn’t have great matchups coming up, but his target share offers a safe-ish floor. He may not have the upside of Demarcus Robinson, but it is going to be hard to predict what Chiefs’ WR is the one to play in any given week.
Sunday and Monday night lotto
If your league doesn’t lock waivers until kickoff of each game, you might want to try your luck at the Sunday and Monday night lotto. Basically, your handcuff or end of roster flotsam has no value after playing during the day, you can drop them for a handcuff guy in one of the night games.
The Rams head to Cleveland for a Sunday night contest and grabbing Darnell Henderson is the best bet here in case something happens to Todd Gurley or Malcolm Brown.
On Monday, the Bears square off against Washington. David Montgomery looks to have taken on more of the workload leaving Mike Davis as a handcuff. Davis still has some value if the rookie did go down which qualifies him as a lotto ticket. If the Redskins’ defense is still available on Monday morning, they might be a sneaky grab. Washington plays the Giants in week four so you can get a head start on streaming your defense.
When not playing fantasy football from Southeast Asia, Cheyenne Hollis serves as Interesting Asia Editor-in-Chief. He has spent seven years in Asia covering real estate, lifestyle, business and various other sectors. He might also be the only person who likes Thursday Night Football, mostly because it kickoffs on Friday morning in Thailand providing a great distraction from work.
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