Ok, everyone… we have two weeks of football behind us now. While there are reasons to get worried about certain players, and reasons not to overract to certain underperforming players, the one thing that is for certain is that there are always a handful of waiver wire gems available in the first several weeks of the season… Entering Week 1, we said to grab Tarik Cohen (if available for some crazy reason, add him over all others)… entering Week 2, we said to make sure to grab Chris Carson (if available, grab him immediately)… both look set to help fantasy owners from a flex-like position moving forward, and both even have upside for RB2-type numbers if they keep seeing more playing time moving forward. Folks, working the Waiver Wire effectively can win you a league. So, whether you lost David Johnson to injury, or have bust-like candidates worrying you, like DeMarco Murray, stay active and alert when it comes to waiver wire grabs.
Not likely Available, But Check!
Chris Carson (RB/OAK)
We have been almost begging fantasy owners to grab him since Week 1, so he better not be available in your league. If he is, grab him ASAP. Carson, who is 5-11, 218 pounds, is one tough runner. If getting starter carries, Carson could easily be a 1,100-yard rusher with 6-8TDs (in terms of a playing pace). Again, he may not be available in most leagues, but check, especially if you’re in a smaller league. I’m RB2-excited about a few names moving forward and Carson is absolutely one of them.
Cooper Kupp (WR/LAR)
Like Chris Carson, Cooper Kupp isn’t likely available in most leagues, unless the league has tiny rosters and not a lot of owners. Still, check, as he can be a strong fantasy WR3 the rest of the way in Weeks 3-16.
Buck Allen (RB/BAL)
He was one of last week’s top pickups, and he rushed for 66 yards and received 35 yards and scored once in Week 2. If available, grab him.
Alvin Kamara (RB/NO)
Each week I scream from the rooftops to grab Kamara. He is still available in relatively-big number of redraft leagues. He is not a ‘now’ grab, he is a ‘stash’ grab, which means he could take a couple weeks to get going, he could even take half a season to become fantasy useful. Be patient with the extremely versatile rusher. If ever starting, he will be a PPR monster.
Week 3 Top Adds
D’Onta Foreman (RB/HOU)
D’Onta Foreman is my favorite pickup of the week, assuming Tarik Cohen and Chris Carson are not available in your league… Foreman rushed 12 times for 40 yards in the Texans’ Week 2 win over the Bengals. While those numbers aren’t likely alarming Lamar Miller owners to the max, if you watched the game, Houston came out rotating both Foreman and Miller, and Foreman looked aggressive and explosive. I think if ever starting, Foreman could dance with fantasy RB2s this year, he looks that talented and capable between the tackles. He is a must-grab this week.
Chris Thompson (RB/WAS)
With Rob Kelley banged up, this WAS running back situation is cloudy, as the rookie Perine even looked good in Week 2 (67 yards). Still, cloudy or not, in PPR Thompson is a must-add, as he pulled in 4/52/1 in Week 1 and then became quite the runner in Week 2 rushing for 77 yards on 3 carries and had 2TDs (with 29 yards receiving)… He is flex-worthy at this point, folks.
Marlon Mack (RB/IND)
Yes, he flopped in Week 2, but that means if you missed out on stashing him last week, he might get dropped in many redraft leagues this week. Is he ready to contribute on your fantasy team right now? No, not likely. He is a true stash and wait type player, as his time could be weeks away. I love his game, though, and if starting, I think we are looking at a sleeping giant in PPR. Again, though, it must might be weeks and weeks away. It may not be, but it very well could be the case where he gets going in Week 8 or 9, it’s tough to predict.
Kenny Golladay (WR/DET)
In dynasty, this guy won’t be available. Of course, check your free agent pool just in case, but he’s a gem. He was on our Top 10 Bold Predictions list before the season began for a reason… he is a stud in the making, DET just needs to use him — I think they will. However, he will have ups and downs, and he won’t be truly consistent until he’s on the field full-time. As for the now, he can be a WR4-5 in waiting… by mid-season, he might be ready to start on the regular at your WR3. Keep him stashed for now.
James Conner (RB/PIT)
The Steelers seem to love him, and while I also like Terrell Watson, and have actually stashed both of these guys in one league (to ensure I have Le’Veon Bell backed-up), Conner seems setup to be the replacement guy should Bell ever get hurt. The back-up in PIT is one of those Tevin Coleman, Derrick Henry and Charcandrick West type situations, where the starter’s back-up would be elite if ever starting.
Charcandrick West (RB/KC)
The offense is built around the runner. While I love Kareem Hunt, West remains a must-own for all Hunt owners this year, and West would be a top 10RB if ever starting games.
Orleans Darkwa (RB/NYG)
He could be the feature back soon. The offense is limiting for the runner, but he might not be a bad grab just in case he develops into a decent fantasy option. Don’t drop any strong contributors for him, though, he is only a solid grab in deep leagues with spots to burn.
More Week 3 Adds
Jamaal Williams (RB/GB)
Matt Breida (RB/SF)
Mike Tolbert (RB/BUF)
Jermaine Kearse (WR/NYJ)
Samaje Perine (RB/WAS)
Alex Smith (QB/KC)
Trevor Siemian (QB/DEN)
JJ Nelson (WR/AZ)
Antonio Gates (TE/LAC)
Kendall Wright (WR/CHI)
Other Names: Marqise Lee, Rashard Higgins, Devin Funches, Brandon Coleman