2016 NFL Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups




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Runningbacks (RB)

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 64.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Normally, I wouldn't write about players owned in more than 50% of leagues because no one can pick him up.  However, Coleman has outscored Freeman in every fantasy format through the first 2 weeks of 2016.  He could be that unicorn everyone's looking for this week due to lack of backup options.  If he's available in your league, pick him up. 

Fozzy Whitaker, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 0.7% of all ESPN leagues):
After Jonathan Stewart went down with a hamstring injury, Fozzy Whitaker stepped in and had a career day, rushing 16 times for 100 yards, and catching 3 for another 31.  Continue to monitor Stewart's injury for further updates.  In the meantime, Whitaker will enjoy the spoils of running behind one of the best offensive lines in the league in the meantime.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings (currently owned in 24.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The stout, 5'8" 205 lb third year player was always the top backup if Adrian Peterson goes down.  During week 2 against the Packers, Peterson did just that.  He was helped off the field and could not put any weight on his right leg.  The Vikings have the Panthers and Texans in the coming weeks, but it's pretty wide open after that.  Now that the Vikings have a legit QB and a receiving stud, teams need to respect the passing game.  Buyer beware: the Vikings have ranked stone-dead last in rushing in the league.  I mean, really, how do you total 95 yards on 50 carries with Adrian Peterson against 2 middling defenses?  Moreover, if McKinnon doesn't get production, he could find himself in a timeshare with Matt Asiata.  It doesn't get any easier this week because the Vikings travel to Carolina

Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 1.5% of all ESPN leagues):
After Arian Foster left with a groin injury (are we surprised?), sophomore back Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake took over in a timeshare.  However, Ajayi put the ball on the ground and it was Drake, not Ajayi, who pounded the rock in for a score.  At 6'1", 216 lbs, Drake can be a load to bring down, but he's also shown ability as an explosive playmaker.  The Dolphins can put him in the backfield, line him up inside or  outside, and he can catch passes.  If you're in a league where points are awarded for misc touchdowns, Drake is worth a pickup since Drake is also a returner on special teams.  The Dolphins face a banged up Browns team in week 4.  The Dolphins may look to dominate through defense and time of possession.  They'll look to keep the surging Corey Coleman of the Browns' offense off the field.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 13.5% of all ESPN leagues):
As Kirk Cousins evolves into captain checkdown, look for Chris Thompson to get more involved.  The Redskins haven't found a ground game and could look to dump the ball off a bit more.  In 2 weeks, this pass-catching back has 11 total touches for 96 yards and a score.

Wide Receivers (WR)

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants (currently owned in 41.5% of all ESPN leagues):
ODB is always the show, and should draw Josh Norman as the NFC East's marquee matchup.  That leaves Cruz to work out of the slot.  Through the first 2 weeks, he's caught 8 passes for 125 yards and a score.  Look for Manning to connect with his favorite safety valve against a middling Redskins defense.

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 5.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The former 6th round pick out of Nebraska is a relative unknown.  He stood in the shadows of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, but came out of nowhere to catch 13 passes for 146 yards and a score through weeks 1 and 2.  At 6'2", 225 lbs, Enunwa offers Fitzpatrick another big, capable target.  His schedule is tough, but the Jets tout one of the most underrated offenses in the NFL.  Enunwa has proven he can contribute even with Marshall and Decker available.  Both he and Marshall got hurt during week 2's Thursday night game in Buffalo, but both will also benefit from a 10-day rest period.  Be sure to monitor Enunwa's status and availabilty, but he should be picked up in all leagues and deserves flex consideration.

Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers (currently owned in 43.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Williams stepped up this week to give Rivers another option.  Allen's and Woodhead's snaps should trickle down, meaning Williams should be on the field for every offensive snap.  The Bolts will face the Colts, who lost more defensive backs in an already depleted secondary.  Expect Williams to put up big numbers in a possible shootout.  Oh right, Williams gets another juicy matchup against the Saints in week 4, and the slow secondary of the division rival Raiders in week 5.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 3.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Jackson and Garcon are the household names at wideout for the Redskins, but it seems like Crowder is turning into Cousins' go-to guy.  He leads all Redskins wideouts on the roster in receptions (6) and touchdowns (1).  That should put him on all rosters in deep ppr formats.  He's on pace for a 900+ yard, 8 TD season.  Expect Crowder and Cousins to connect again against a Giants defense that has seriously struggled against slot receivers and 3-wideout sets.

Tight End (TE)

Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 10.8% of all ESPN leagues):
In his 9th year and third NFL team, this former target of one Payton Manning is emerging as a favorite target for another future Hall-Of-Famer, Matt Ryan.  Through 2 weeks, Tamme has caught 11 passes for 126 yards and a score.  With all of the attention given to Jones and Sanu, Tamme should get more looks.  Since the Falcons don't have a defense, they'll be chasing points more often, and will do so through the air. 

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 5.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Pitta has dealt with injuries the past 2 seasons, and has been a forgotten fantasy force.  However, turned in a vintage performance against the Browns, catching 9 passes for 102 yards.  With a lack of receiving options, Flacco and the Ravens may turn to the veteran for production.  At this point, he's little more than a speculative play but he should be on your radar. 

Quarterback (QB)

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 47.8% of all ESPN leagues):
If you didn't pick up Matt Ryan against the Raiders' slow secondary last week, you'll definitely want him this week.  Look for Atlanta to get in a shootout with the division rival Saints.  The resurgence of Jacob Tamme will further contribute to Ryan's production. 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (currently owned in 33.3% of all ESPN leagues):
The Great Beard is at the helm of one of the most underrated offenses in the NFL.  With the emergence of Quincy Enunwa, he now has 3 big, reliable weapons he can throw to.  Oh, did we forget that Matt Forte is also one of the most prolific pass-catching runningbacks in the NFL?  Fitz does have some tough matchups coming up, including KC, Seattle, and Arizona, but he could put up big numbers after that. 

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