Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice

Fantasy football waiver wire advice for Week 3 of the 2017 season.

The parameters and assumptions of this weekly waiver wire advice column can be found in the preseason introduction. Let’s review last week’s recommendations, and then see what we can scrounge up for Week 3 waiver wire advice.

Week 2 Waiver Wire Recap

Presented in the order in which they were recommended.

Player Wk 2 PPR Note
Tarik Cohen 12.8 Easily out produced Jordan Howard.
Kerwynn Williams 2.2 Didn’t impress; outplayed by Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington.
Marqise Lee 14.6 Near even split with Allen Hurns.
Allen Hurns 20.2 Garbage time!
Nelson Agholor 7.9 Made his only catch count against a tough defense.
Javorious Allen 21.1 On the field and involved much more than Terrance West.
Jermaine Kearse 22.4 Two straight weeks of heavy involvement.
Kendall Wright 13.9 Had a costly drop but was heavily involved.
Danny Amendola 0 Inactive.
Cooper Kupp 6.3 Not much production but led the team in air yards.
Paul Richardson 9.9 A TD saved his day.
Chris Carson 11 Seems to be the clear No.1 in Seattle.
Chris Ivory 7.8 Clear handcuff to Fournette.
Tyler Ervin 4.6 Nominal production but involved as both a runner and receiver.
Charles Clay 5.3 An awful day for Buffalo offense.
Zay Jones 3.8 Had over half of Buffalo’s air yards.
Jesse James 6.7 No sign of Vance McDonald yet.
  • Tarik Cohen remains available in 37 percent of ESPN leagues and is a must add if available. Jordan Howard was spotted in a sling after Chicago’s Week 2 loss. Even if Howard plays next week, Chicago’s likely game script is going to favor Cohen’s skill set for the foreseeable future.
  • Kerwynn Williams laid an egg. Both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington saw usage. Looks like a cluster to avoid if you can.
  • Nelson Agholor struggled, finishing well behind Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Torrey Smith in both targets and air yards. He’s a hold in deeper leagues or for desperate teams but a questionable asset in shallow leagues.
  • Kendall Wright didn’t wow anybody, but he was Chicago’s leading receiver and has some ongoing utility in deeper leagues or for needy owners.
  • Chris Ivory played about half as many snaps as Leonard Fournette and has emerged as the obvious handcuff if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Zay Jones scored poorly, as did Buffalo’s entire offense. However, his line would have looked a lot better if he’d managed to come down with a long distance desperation pass at the end of regulation. As it is, he had over half of Buffalo’s air yards. Through two weeks, he has as many targets as Martavis Bryant and Jeremy Maclin. If you can spare the bench space, he’s worth a hold.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice

Percent of ESPN leagues where the player is available is in parentheses. Players are listed in the order I prefer them, but that may not apply to your league settings. Hit me up in the comments or on the Message Boards for more specific advice.

Javorius Allen (92%)

Allen out snapped Terrance West 43 to 16. He was much more efficient on the ground (4.7 yards per attempt vs. 2.8 for West) and added five receptions, second best on the team. He’s the must-own back in Baltimore. A big waiver bid is an easy recommendation.

Chris Carson (93%) 

Eddie Lacy was inactive for the second straight week, and Carson earned 20 rushes to zero for C.J. Prosise and five for Thomas Rawls. Carson managed 4.7 yards per carry and is the Seahawks top running back as of now. A relative lack of involvement makes him the 1B to Javorius Allen’s 1A this week. In retrospect, I should have ranked him much higher last week. If he’s still available in your leagues, he’s worth a significant bid.

Marqise Lee (70%) and Allen Hurns (93%)

Both had over 30 percent of Jacksonville’s Week 2 air yards, and both were startable. Expect that to continue. They’ll be volatile, because, well, Blake Bortles. Modest bids are warranted, though, if you need a WR.

Jermaine Kearse(94%)

Kearse followed up a 13-point performance in Week 1 with a 22-point, two-TD performance in Week 2. Through halftime of Sunday Night Football, Kearse’s 46 percent of air yards was the week’s fifth-best mark. His upside is limited by the Jets offense, but he looks like he’s becoming a steady performer. Still available in 94 percent of ESPN leagues, he should be a priority add for WR needy teams. I’m comfortable with a modest bid.

Devin Funchess (95%)

I’m old enough to remember that Funchess played some TE in college. I’m not sure Carolina will use him like that, but they’ve definitely got a hole in their offense now that Olsen is gone for a while. Funchess earned seven targets in Week 2, one short of his career high, and led Carolina with over 36 percent of air yards. It’s definitely worth making a modest bid. In the absence of Olsen (who averaged 7.9 targets per game the past two years), there’s a huge amount of available work. Funchess could pay big dividends. Funchess has a higher ceiling than Kearse, in my opinion, but also a lower floor.

Rashard Higgins (100%)

Rashard Higgins profile

Just called up to the active roster, Higgins led Cleveland’s receivers with 11 targets, seven catches, and 95 yards. His 27 percent share of air yards also led the team. Word is that Corey Coleman may have broken his hand, and for the second straight week Kenny Britt was a non-factor. Higgins could be a very valuable waiver add and is worth a small bid.

Ben Watson (99%)

Easily led Baltimore’s pass catchers in Week 2. Interestingly, Mike Wallace has been a non-factor. Maybe there’s something up with Wallace, or maybe Flacco’s back isn’t ready for the deep targets that usually go Wallace’s way. Regardless, Watson’s performance makes him a solid add. In addition to losing Greg Olsen , the tight end position also saw Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed leave early with injuries. You may not be excited about Watson, but I wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on Watson if you find yourself in need of a TE. A small bid should suffice. If you miss on Watson, the waiver wire likely still has guys like Coby Fleener, Charles Clay, and either San Diego TE. All can be serviceable options.

Zach Miller (99%)

Miller managed just 10 PPR points against Tampa Bay but garnered a healthy nine targets. Given Chicago’s lack of playmakers at WR, Miller should stay heavily involved as long as he stays healthy. I’d value him less than Watson, but an acceptable very-cheap target if you need a TE.

Samaje Perine (98%)

Samaje Perine profile 

Perine took over Washington’s rushing duties when Rob Kelley left with a rib injury. Unfortunately, Perine didn’t do much with his opportunity (just 3.2 yards per carry), but that might help suppress his value on the waiver wire. If Kelley misses time, Perine should see plenty of work, and I’d move him well up my list and make a modest bid. If the situation remains murky, or it looks like Kelley will be back for Week 3, I’d move Perine down and make a very small bid if I needed an RB.

J.J. Nelson (88%) and Jaron Brown (99%)

Both will see less work when John Brown is active, but he is proving to be unreliable in that regard. Nelson had the gaudy stat line in Week 2, but Jaron Brown led the team in air yards and targets. The split in performance, coupled with the return of John Brown and questions about Carson Palmer’s effectiveness, make both of these players cheap but very speculative adds.