Top Waiver Wire Targets Heading Into Week 3
With an absolute onslaught of injuries throughout the NFL in week 2, there is no shortage of waiver wire targets heading into week three. Our goal with these waiver wire targets is to not only break down who we think you should target, but in which order we think you should set your waivers.
1. Jerick McKinnon
We know the shortcomings of both McKinnon and Asiata… Asiata is a plodder, incapable of reading holes or providing anything more than 3 yards in a cloud of dust. McKinnon is a change of pace back that can’t handle 15 carries per week. However, with Bradford at quarterback, we expect the Vikings offense to be much more aggressive and McKinnon could be more active in the passing game and running draws against defenses that are forced to respect Diggs and Rudolph.
2. Tyrell Williams
Week 2 was about what we expected it to be… Rivers doesn’t yet trust Williams to get open on possession routes, but he will provide big plays and have some sort of role in the red zone. Benjamin is the clear number one receiver, however, we don’t know that he can handle that role and run the full route tree against a more skilled secondary than that of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Williams could eventually become the go to receiver here, but even as the number two option, he has fantasy value.
3. Quincy Enunwa
Enuwa is an intriguing waiver wire pickup for several reasons. It’s clear Fitzpatrick trusts him, and he will always see the #3 corner from any defense and will never sniff a double team. It’s also worth keeping an eye on old man Marshall’s health. If he starts to pick up weekly questionable tags, and misses some time, Enuwa could end up being a top 25 receiver by year’s end.
4. Victor Cruz
We were shocked to see Victor Cruz under 40% ownership. If you need receiver depth, go pick him up. Yes, the Giants have three mouths to feed in this passing game, but they also run as up tempo as anyone in the league, will have to throw it a ton, and will force single coverage everywhere other than OBJ. He isn’t a reliable #2 fantasy receiver, but is a solid flex or bye week play and is much better than a #2 from a team like Pittsburgh, Baltimore, or Cinci.
5. Dennis Pitta
Pitta was sprinkled throughout our preseason and offseason articles. He has been a fantasy monster when healthy, and reports all season said he felt as good as he ever has. With a new hip and renewed connection with Joe Flacco, Pitta will provide you a reliable option at tight end most weeks. If you are currently rostering someone inconsistent or injured, we would pull the trigger on picking up Pitta today.
6. Dwayne Washington
If you are stashing a backup or a long shot sleeper, pull the plug on them and grab Dwayne Washington. The guy was a monster this preseason, and wrestled the backup role away from a guy we love in Zenner. He looked good last week, and the Lions run blocking overall has looked good this season. It’s been a long, long time since the Lions have had a big back that could run… Like since Kevin Jones… (Bush was small, Bell was slow, Best was small, Ameer and Riddick).
7. Tyler Boyd
We aren’t all in on Boyd quite yet, but he could see his role expanded even more if he continues to outperform Brandon Lafell. It’s worth noting Dalton won’t throw 100 times in future games, the Steelers are great at making teams one dimensional. If Boyd does establish himself as the number 2 receiver, it’s a role we saw Marvin Jones thrive in over the years.
8. Jamison Crowder
The Redskins have a ton of depth at the pass catching positions. They have 3 legit tight ends, and 4 receivers that are legitimate starters on most teams. However, it’s Jamison Crowder that is the most versatile of the group. He will run routes over the middle, and has proven he can get behind the defense. He currently leads the team in targets, and caught Cousins’ lone touchdown pass. Washington looks like they are intent on throwing it a ton as they continue to not put any effort into establishing a running game.
9. Fozzy Whittaker
Notice he is down here at 9… He’s a RB3 for the next two weeks and then goes back to being irrelevant. Don’t go crazy if you are in a league that bids on free agents, but if you need someone to plug in for the next two weeks, he should be in that 8-10 points per week range.
10. Kenneth Dixon
Of the running backs available to stash, Kenneth Dixon is easily the most intriguing. He is a perfect Marc Trestman running back, thus why the Ravens drafted him, and could be a monster in PPR leagues. Clearly West and Forsett are effective, but not overly effective. They are really good backups capable aof holding down the fort. Dixon is the only back in Baltimore with any sort of upside, it’s just a matter of earning the trust and snaps. Once he gets on the field, he isn’t coming off.