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RotoExperts Staff September 19, 2016 12:06AM EST

2016 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups & Rankings

FNTSY Sports Network’s Pat Mayo runs through the NFL Injury report and debates his Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickup Power Rankings for every position with Chris Meaney. The guys chat the top streaming QBs and DSTs for the upcoming week while reviewing Week 2.

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Before we get to the pickups, I want to congratulate my pal Al Zeidenfeld on taking down the DraftKings Millionaire maker Sunday night. Couldn’t have happened to a better guy, seriously. Al was on my DraftKings Picks show this week if you want to get a sense of his strategy and how he mapped out his $1M payday. Here is Al’s complete breakdown of Giant Tournament (GPP) strategy for Daily Fantasy Football. 

Week 3 Waiver Wire Notes

  • All Players less than 60-percent owned

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Running Backs

  1. Jerick McKinnon
  2. Dwayne WASHINGTON
  3. Fozzy Whittaker
  4. Matt Asiata
  5. Christine Michael
  6. Jordan Howard
  7. Shane Veeren
  8. Jay Ajayi
  9. Dexter McCluster
  10. James White
  11. Terrance West
  12. Bilal Powell
  13. Devontae Booker
  14. Kenyan Drake
  15. Travaris Cadet
  16. Darren Sproles
  17. Chris Thompson
  18. James Starks
  19. DeAndre Washington
  20. Josh Ferguson
  21. Cameron Artis-Payne
  22. Alfred Morris
  23. Lance Dunbar
  24. Tim Hightower
  25. Chris Johnson
  26. CJ Prosise
  27. Kenneth Farrow
  28. Mike Tolbert
  29. Jalen Richard
  30. Orleans Darkwa
  31. Shaun Draughn
  32. Zach Zenner
  33. Alex Collins
  34. DJ Foster
  35. Kenjon Barner
  36. Charcandrick West
  37. Kenneth Dixon
  38. Robert Kelley
  39. Damien Williams
  40. Jacquizz Rodgers
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There were a slew of running backs who went down, most notably, Adrian Peterson. We won’t know the extent of AP’s knee injury immediately, but the optics weren’t encouraging. If Peterson is going to miss time, get Jerick McKinnon. That simple. Don’t sleep on Matt Asiata either. Asiata may actually get more touches and handle the majority of the goal line carries, but McKinnon is the far higher upside player. May as well put in bids on both. Hopefully we’ll know the seriousness of the injury before the waiver deadline hits. Conversely, all bets could be off if the MRI Monday reveals Peterson’s knee is OK…  Doug Martin looks like he’s the RB who may miss the next amount of time with his tweaked hammy, but Charles Sims is already owned in most places. If Sims happens to be lurking on waivers, he’s a priority target. Jacquizz Rodgers got some run late in the blowout loss against the Cardinals too… No word yet on the extent of Danny Woodhead’s knee injury (UPDATE: Woodhead done for the season with a torn ACL), hopefully it’s not season ending, but like with Martin, Melvin Gordon is uniformly owned across most leagues. Kenneth Farrow saw work late in the Chargers’ rout, and would presumably be the next man up should Gordon get sidelined. (UPDATE: Dexter McCluster has inked a deal with the Chargers. Worth an add in PPR leagues if he can assume Woodhead role.)… It appears Jonathan Stewart (hamstring/ankle) may be out for at least a game (Ron Rivera speculates a Week or Two), leaving Fozzy Whittaker the apparent work horse. I’d grab him as a filler for a week if you need it, but be wary of Cameron Artis-Payne. CAP has been a healthy scratch for the first two games, mainly, because he shares so many traits with J-Stew. If Stewart is sidelined, it’s not unreasonable to think Artis-Payne may actually handle the majority of the touches, with Whittaker resuming his role as a change-of-pace, receiving back… In the biggest upset of the week, Arian Foster got hurt. He sat out practice this week with a hammy issue, but it was a wonky groin that forced him to the sidelines against the Patriots. Freshly activated Jay Ajayi got the most touches in Foster’s absence, however it was Kenyan Drake who scored a receiving TD, and was on the field while the Dolphins gave their best effort to cover the +6.5. This is an MKUltra-confusing situation; we don’t even know if Foster will miss time yet. I’d wager Ajayi is the better add over Drake. I don’t feel super confident with that call, though. Still, I’ll be adding Ajayi in a few spots, just in case he’s announced the starter this week against the putrid Browns…  Rashad Jennings was spotted leaving the field with a cast on his hand, somewhat explaining the massive dose of Shane Vereen we got in the second half. Normally, Vereen is used exclusively in the passing game, but he got 14 carries Week 2 against the Saints. He’s a tough guy to plug into your lineup any week due to his variable role in the offense, but if Jennings is actually a banged up, Vereen becomes a viable PPR FLEX option. Orleans Darkwa could be in line for a few touches as well. I wouldn’t fuck around with Darkwing Duck, though. I’ve tried that before. Not a success… Ameer Abdullah injured his foot, which, I hear, is bad news for football players. Apparently running and lateral movement is critical for success for these guys. Who woulda thunk? Theo Riddick gets a bump in touches, but don’t anticipate a full workload on the ground.  Somewhere between 4-8 a game is a reasonable projection if Abdullah is in street clothes. That leaves the widely available Dwayne Washington, who’s worked as the Lions goal-line specialist the first two weeks, to likely inherit 10+ touches a game, including retaining his gig on running situations inside the red zone. That alone is worth an add. Zach Zenner could be activated too. Don’t worry about him. (UPDATE: I’m getting bad Carlos Hyde from last year vibes from Abdullah’s foot. More so since he’s off to see a foot specialist). More Washington analysis here… Thomas Rawls left the Seahawks game, but could be fine. We don’t know yet. If he’s out, Christine Michael probably gets 20 touches against the 49ers this week. Michael is pretty crummy, but volume is volume… After Jeremy Langford looked terrible (2.5 ypc) and lost a fumble, you need to be on JORDAN HOWARD WATCH in Chicago. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him as the Bears’ starter in a couple weeks.

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers

  1. Tajae Sharpe
  2. Tyrell Williams
  3. Chris Hogan
  4. Victor Cruz
  5. Jermaine Kearse
  6. Quincy Enunwa
  7. Phillip Dorsett
  8. Josh Doctson
  9. Cole Beasley
  10. Steve Smith Sr.
  11. Eli Rogers
  12. Jamison Crowder
  13. Paul Richardson
  14. Devin Funchess
  15. Tyler Boyd
  16. Brandon LaFell
  17. Michael Thomas
  18. Jeremy Kerley
  19. Rishard Matthews
  20. Davante Adams
  21. Markus Wheaton
  22. Kenny Britt
  23. Sammie Coates
  24. Anquan Boldin
  25. Quinton Patton
  26. Adam Humphries
  27. Marquise Lee
  28. Terrelle Pryor
  29. Pierre Garcon
  30. Terrance Williams
  31. Kamar Aiken
  32. Nelson Agholor
  33. Seth Roberts
  34. Robert Woods
  35. Chris Conley
  36. Charles Johnson
  37. Kenny Stills
  38. Andre Johnson
  39. Breshad Perriman
  40. Dontrelle Inman
  41. Eddie Royal

Tajae Sharpe and Tyrell Williams were the HOT ADDS last week, and they’re still available enough to qualify for the rankings again. Williams paid immediate dividends hauling in a 44-yard TD from Philip Rivers. Sharpe? He was a let down in a soft matchup against the Lions. Still, Sharpe was the most targeted Titans WR and played the most snaps of the group. He’ll be fine… I’m buying as many Chris Hogan shares as I can right now. People may leave him be with Jimmy Garoppolo (Shoulder) going down, but I’ll just stash him until Tom Brady returns. I wouldn’t play Hogan against the Texans Thursday night. It’s a tough matchup, and God knows if Jacoby Brissett can be remotely competent… Tyler Lockett (Knee) and Doug Baldwin (Knee) both got banged up against the Rams, leaving a potentially large market share of targets for Jermaine Keasre, and Paul Richardson, to a lesser extent… Donte Moncrief (Concussion) will have to overcome his dizzies to see the field next week against the Chargers. Phillip Dorsett stands to earn extra work if Moncrief can’t SUIT UP… I, and most of the internet, assumed we lost Brandon Marshall for the year Thursday night. Didn’t happen. Turns out, Marshall is impervious to pain. Still, with the Jets accelerated offense, Quincy Enunwa hasn’t become an afterthought in the passing game. Through two weeks, Enunwa has 14 targets… Cole Beasley produced another solid PPR game. He’s not worth your time in standard formats… Oh, go stash Josh Doctson NOWWWWW!!!!! He only produced one big play on his five looks, but Kirk Cousins was all about Doctson near the goal line. They didn’t connect, but it’s encouraging to see him get red zone targets (3). And, since his stat line doesn’t jump out of the box score, he won’t be as in-demand as other receivers this week. Pick Doctson up, wait for him to develop consistency, and deploy him later in the season… You can wait a week if you want to grab one of the Bengals secondary options: Tyler Boyd or Brandon LaFell. Cincinnati gets Denver next Week 3, and Andy Dalton’s ankle is all gimped up. You’ll get them for cheaper, or free, entering Week 4.

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Streaming Defenses

  1. MIA vs CLE
  2. TB vs LAR
  3. PIT at PHI
  4. NYG vs WSH
  5. BAL at JAX
  6. SF at SEA
  7. DAL vs CHI

Looks like Josh McCown (Shoulder) could be wearing shorts on the sidelines in Miami Week 3. I’ll gamble the Browns didn’t draft a stud in Cody Kessler and stream against him… The Rams have more wins than offensive TDs. They’re almost an every week “stream against” at this point, regardless of the quality of the opposing DST… If the Steelers jump up big on the Eagles, having a DST who may get 35+ throws from Carson Wentz could lead to beaucoup Fantasy points.

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Tight Ends

  1. Jacob Tamme
  2. Kyle Rudolph
  3. Dennis Pitta
  4. Jesse James
  5. Charles Clay
  6. Clive Walford
  7. Virgil Green
  8. Zach Miller
  9. Vance McDonald
  10. Jack Doyle
  11. Trey Burton
  12. Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  13. Jordan Cameron
  14. Jared Cook

With Sam Bradford under center for the Vikings, Kyle Rudolph may have breached into every week start territory. Long term, he’s likely a better add than Jacob Tamme, but it’s close. And, I LOVEEEEEE Tamme this week at New Orleans… Jesse James is going to be TD dependent, but in the Steelers offense, that’s not the worst thing. He’s been targeted 12 times in two games… Dennis Pitta was on the field the most of the Ravens TE corps, and was put to good use. Flacco looked Pitta’s way 12 times, good for 9 catches and 102 yards. He could approach that workload again next week in Jacksonville.

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

  1. Matt Ryan at NO
  2. Joe Flacco at JAX
  3. Marcus Mariota vs OAK
  4. Alex Smith vs NYJ
  5. Ryan Tannehill vs CLE
  6. Dak Prescott vs CHI
  7. Sam Bradford at CAR

The “stack against the Saints” strategy was a flop Week 2. Not a total flop however. Eli Maning didn’t toss a TD, but did post 368 yards through the air. With the Falcons expected to cede far more points than the Giants, Matt Ryan will be taking to the air all game… Joe Flacco and Marcus Mariota both draw soft match ups for the second straight week… Alex Smith is the real sleeper on the Week 3 waiver wire. Likely to be dropped en masse after getting shellacked in Houston, you may not even have to use a waiver priority on him, just nab Smith off free agency. Gang Green has been abused through the air so far this season, primarily on big strikes. The Jets have allowed four 50+ passing TDs through two games. Can Smith take advantage of that? I’m not sure, but in deeper leagues and in DFS, I’m going to find out.

The Pat Mayo Hour covers the entire scope of the Fantasy sports landscape from Football to Reality TV, daily and yearly leagues and everything in between. You can watch the Pat Mayo Hour every weekday at 3:00pm EST, 8:00pm EST and Midnight on the FNTSY Sports Network Television channel or on your Apple TV, Xbox, Roku or Amazon Fire Stick. If you have a Fantasy question, general inquiry or snarky comment, ship it to Mayo at PatMayoHour@gmail.com and the best will be addressed on the show.

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