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    Sifting Through Slim Pickings On the Week Three Waiver Wire

    Sifting Through Slim Pickings On the Week Three Waiver Wire
    Scott Engel Managing Director September 18, 2018 11:16AM EDT

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    If you are searching for a difference-making player who can boost your outlook after two weeks, you are unlikely to find such an option on the waiver wire this early in the season. If you feel the need to turn things around after an 0-2 start, trading is likely the best route to improving your team. And that may be a challenge, because any disappointing players you own aren’t going to bring you the return you seek in many cases. But you should always be looking to improve your team, even if you are 2-0 and your roster seems set for now. Building depth is important, especially with byes starting next week.

    Running Backs

    Giovani Bernard (39.5 percent owned): With Joe Mixon out two weeks or more after a knee procedure, Bernard will be the most popular pickup of the week. He has starting experience and versatility and can easily be plugged in if you lost Mixon. He is especially appealing in Points Per Reception formats. Rookie Mark Walton should not cut into his playing time enough to be added in anything more than very deep leagues.

    Corey Clement (22.6): Darren Sproles s dealing with a hamstring injury and the Eagles receiving crew is looking very thin. Plus, with Jay Ajayi’s knees always a possible issue, they cannot overwork him. Clement totaled 85 yards from scrimmage and scored on a 15-yard run in Week Two. He is an explosive dual threat who can receive flex consideration whenever he is pressed into more service.

    Chris Ivory (3.2): LeSean McCoy is dealing with rib issues, and you should certainly be rostering Ivory as insurance if you are a McCoy owner. Yes, the Bills offense is a complete mess, but if you have the room, you should always roster any potential starting RB available from the waiver wire, and Ivory could fit that description in the near future.

    Ronald Jones (30,0): You should grab him now as a waiver add while you easily can. Peyton Barber has averaged just 2.6 yards per carry in his first two games and Jacquizz Rodgers is too small to consistently handle a significant workload. Jones has been inactive during the first two games, but at some point soon, the Buccaneers will have to make their opponents respect their running game, and the rookie second-round pick remains their best option to do so.

    Wide Receivers

    John Brown (24.1): He started earning the favor of a seemingly rejuvenated Joe Flacco in the preseason and the new connection has produced touchdowns in each of Baltimore’s first two games. Brown also totaled 92 receiving yards in Week Two. Brown is looking healthy and Joe Flacco has suddenly rediscovered his downfield touch, so the new Ravens WR is worth a waiver add.

    Terrelle Pryor (2.7): If nothing else, you should simply add Pryor for the “Revenge Game” against the Browns this Thursday. Pryor actually wanted to stay in Cleveland, but was traded before last season anyway. Pryor is also coming off an 84-yard outing in Week Two, and now that he is seemingly healthy again, there is a chance he becomes a more integral part of the Jets passing game on a regular basis.

    Calvin Ridley (37.0): A lot of Fantasy owners dropped him after a quiet Week One, but Ridley quickly reminded us all of his potential with a 64-yard performance with a TD in Week Two. Many rookies will not make an immediate impact this year, but Ridley may be the best WR of all the first-year pass catchers. He is a very promising big-play complement to Julio Jones and you should not leave him on the waiver list with a wait-and-see approach.

    Tyler Boyd (1.2): He caught six balls for 91 yards and a TD in Week Two, and that performance may have indicated he is ahead of John Ross as Cincinnati’s second receiver. Boyd still has to prove he can produce consistently before you start him, but with Andy Dalton getting better protection this year Boyd does have the chance to become a more dependable Fantasy receiver.

    Tight Ends

    Will Dissly (24.4): His 105-yard outing in the season opener at Denver seemed like it could have been a mirage, but Dissly received another five targets on Monday Night at Chicago and scored again. His TD catch came in garbage time, but it is apparent Russell Wilson will look for the rookie on key downs.

    Austin Hooper (17.5): Many tight ends take some time to get into the full flow of the pro game, and this could be the season when the third-year Falcon makes his true Fantasy mark. Hooper caught five passes for 59 yards and a TD in Week Two, and he knows how to find soft spots in defenses and shield himself from defenders when making the important catch.

    Quarterbacks

    Ryan Fitzpatrick (31.7): Many Fantasy players did not believe what they saw from him in Week One, then he dropped four more TD passes vs. the defending champion Eagles in Week Two. This up-and-down journeyman will come down from the sky at some point soon, but it’s not going to be in Week Three against Pittsburgh. Fitzpatrick is ticketed for another shootout. You should start him for at least one week before you relegate him to QB2 status on your team before an impending collapse soon after his next game.

    Blake Bortles (10.0): His 377-yard, four TD outing against the Patriots could be a sign that Bortles has turned an important corner in his career. Or, it could simply be a case of overachieving. Bortles still has to deliver more consistently to earn the trust of Fantasy owners, but after his Week Two outing, you should at least roster him in case this is the beginning of a new chapter in a career that has been full of erratic play so far.

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