Week Three - Waiver Wire Grabs
Waiver Wire time again, the stressful time of the week where you tilt over who to drop for this week’s hot waiver wire pick up. An honorable mention this week is John Ross, he’s still not owned in 25% of leagues and if for some reason you’re in that league please grab him. I had him as a pickup last week, and I know most did, but everyone said he wouldn’t repeat. He didn’t repeat the 12 targets but the production did repeat in garbage time and I think the Bengals will be playing from behind enough.
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco – 11% owned, just shy of 50% of the snaps. It was a three-way backfield but if Mostert fills Colemans projected work load he is a must start weekly. He doesn’t have favorable match ups coming up, but he’s a starting running back with touch down upside and gets work in the passing game. He should be worth up to 25% of your FAAB budget depending on how long Coleman is out for.
Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh – 35% owned, if James Conner misses a good chunk of time, the backfield ‘should’ be his. Benny Snell is there as well, but I’m not sure if the Steelers will make him the primary back. If Samuels gets even a week start, he’s worth a pickup and should be worth about 10% if your FAAB. We saw him thrive for Pittsburgh last season when Conner went down also. If you’re the Conner owner you might need to be a little more aggressive in getting him, but that depends on your depth. Conner himself says he won’t miss time so keep that in mind when making your waiver claims.
Demarcus Robinson / Mecole Hardman, Kansas City – 36% owned and 38% owned (respectively) both saw six targets against Oakland this week. It’s tough to say which will be the number two behind Sammy Watkins going forward until Hill is back. Personally, I would pick up Robinson. I still think Hardman will have to take some time to fully develop this season. Though, I think both players are worth owning and I would take whichever one is available on waivers this week. They’re worth about 15% of your FAAB depending on how long Hill misses time for as it may be for another 7 weeks. With Watkins’ injury history, in a few weeks we could be talking about both as waiver wire snags again, so act now.
DJ Chark, Jacksonville – 22% Owned, he seemed to be a favorite target of the great Gardner Minshew II, and that right there should be enough to convince you. As Minshew adjusts more to the offense I could see him leaning on his favorite target, I don’t project the Jags as a high scoring team this season, but I trust offensive coordinator John DeFillipo to make something happen. Don’t blow your FAAB but consider him if you’re desperate with bye weeks starting soon.
Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans – 0.2% Owned, he looked good against the Rams despite not expecting to go in. He got the ball out quick, and he tried his hardest to make something happen. Sean Payton has already said he’s the franchises future after Drew Brees. I think given a week with the starters, gaining a chemistry with the receivers will help him out. Plus, Sean Payton has time to prepare things for him. He’s worth 75%+ of your FAAB in 2QB leagues, and a regular amount you’d spend to stream a quarterback in regular leagues. I think Bridgewater might be better than everyone is expecting him to be.