Fantasy football is a dangerous and wild game. We watched too many players get injured during the week 2 games while others simply broke out (in the good way).
With those injuries comes opportunities for guys to become fantasy relevant. Some of my recommendations are based on injuries and others are guys you simply need to go get. So go get em.
My Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 3
1. Knile Davis - RB - Chiefs
- Jamaal Charles is down so send in one of the best handcuffs in football, Knile Davis. Davis put on a clinic after Charles went down against a pretty good Broncos defense. He is a solid RB 2 going forward and until Charles returns he should be in line for a heavy workload. If someone wasn’t smart enough to handcuff Charles you better go out and grab him. Davis is without a doubt the must have pickup of the week.
2. Donald Brown - RB - Chargers
- The Glass Man’ Ryan Matthews has unfortunately been sidelined once again by injury and now Donald Brown seems to be the heir to the lead back. Now the Chargers will still have a heavy dose of Danny Woodhead in their rushing and passing attack but look for Brown to fill the role of Matthews. Don’t forget that Brown had a nice campaign last year with the Colts after the struggling Trent Richardson couldn’t get it done. Look for him to once again come in and preform at a high level. Consider him a viable flex option going forward.
3. Khiry Robinson - RB - Saints
- Yet another injury related pickup this week. Mark Ingram has a broken hand and will miss about a month due to it. Ingram seemed to be building up to a top 10 RB this season as he made the most of his carried and recorded 3 touchdowns in 2 games. Robinson might inherit the bulk of the carries for the Saints. He will also benefit from goal line use as the Saints keep RUNNING the football inside the red zone (go figure). Disclaimer: don’t be surprised is Robinson does dick and Pierre Thomas just takes the reigns.
4. Antonio Gates - TE - Chargers
- Holy shit he’s back baby. Is it just me or did he look like the Gates of Old? Really pumped on that. The real question is: are you buying it? I am. As long as Gates stays healthy he should be a starting tight end in every fantasy league. The Ladarius Green hype has disappeared in the wake of Gates showering in the Fountain of Youth. This also might be the last year we will see one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game so why not give him a shot to finish out his career with some great fantasy numbers.
5. Delanie Walker - TE - Titans
- What a fucking game Walker had this week. He now has two straight weeks with touchdowns and a very promising role in the Titans offense as one of Jake Lockers favorite targets. Walker could become a guy you wind up starting every week as the season progresses. Even if you just want to pick up and stash this guy, Walker is for real.
6. Bobby Rainey - RB - Bucs
- Doug Martin is fucking awful. The Buccaneers look so much better as an offense without Martin on the field. That is where Rainey comes in. Martin will continue to fade out of the offense and Rainey will become the bell cow. Also, the upcoming matchups against the Falcons and Steelers are amazing. Both of those teams have been completely gashed by the running game thus far with no signs of that changing anytime soon. If Doug Martin continues to miss action I’d say Rainey is a low end RB 2 or a high end flex option.
7. James Jones? - WR - Raiders
- *Shrugs shoulders* meh, why not? James Jones has been the one glimmer of hope in the pile of shit that is the Oakland Raiders fantasy outlook this season. Other than that amazing “Double Fumble” Jones has strung together some passable fantasy games. He has scored in each game this season and seems to be building quiet the relationship with rookie quarterback Derek Carr. That means something because Carr should look his way more and more throughout the season. Don’t be surprised is Jones sneaks into the top 30 of wide receivers if he keeps this up.
8. Miles Austin and or Andrew Hawkins - WR - Browns
- These guys might not be sexiest of names in fantasy football right now but I do believe the Browns have shown that they aren’t a fantasy wasteland. Austin and Hawkins are the guys you play in your flex and when they get 45 yards and a touchdown you’re like, “Sweet, that’s all I asked for.” Meanwhile the guy you played them against is just pissed as fuck. Enjoy the beautiful picture I’m painting here. Long story short, both Austin and Hawkins need to be owned but use them for what they are: sneaky matchup flex plays. I highly advise you get one of these guys if you can spare the bench room.
9. Kirk Cousins - QB - Redskins
-RGIII goes down with another awful injury and Cousins comes in yet again and cleans house. Cousins can definitely play but is a viable option as a starter on your fantasy team? My answer to this is…maybe. What sucks is that if you wait past this week to pick him up, he won’t be around. Playing against the soft defenses of the NFC East definitely makes me like Cousins a lot more than I normally would. I say take the chance and stash him for now.
10. Niles Paul - TE - Redskins
- Following Cousins coming off the bench and becoming starter he made other Redskins relevant and other Reskins irrelevant (Garcon anyone?). The relevant Reskin on the radar (feel the alliteration) is Niles Paul. Paul was target 11 times and racked up 99 yards with a touchdown to go along with it. If you’re hurting at tight end I say you jump at the opportunity to grab Paul and you are super pumped about it. Jordan Reed is out with an injury and Cousins seems to like him so what are you waiting for? It’s also important to note that with RGIII in week one Paul still compiled 86 yards. Paul will be a solid option at a not so solid fantasy position as of late.
Just Some Dudes to Keep an Eye On…
1. Geno Smith - QB - Jets
- Needless to say, the Jets have tough sledding over the next 5 weeks. They play the Bears, Lions, Chargers, Broncos, and Patriots. Fuck. During that stretch Smith will be tested to the fullest as all of these games will probably be Jet loses. Geno has shown he is capable of being a worthy fantasy starter so it’s time to see if he can play with the best of them. Consider Smith a desperation pickup on a bye week now with a lot of room for improvement.
2. Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones - WR - Bengals
- Sanu now becomes the number one guy in Cincinnati as the timetable for AJ Green’s foot injury is unsure at this point. He might become a solid flex option if Green should miss extended time. Marvin Jones will also be back in the next coming weeks so look for him to have a big return as the Bengals will be grateful to have back their WR 2.
3. John Brown - WR - Cardinals
- The Cardinals have a great receiving corp and as Larry Fitzgerald shows signs of aging look for the youth movement to take effect. Floyd will overtake Fitz this season as the number one and Brown will be the boom or bust guy in the slot. I consider this dude to be a nice bye week play depending on the matchup.