2017 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups

Potential Gronk and Greg Olsen replacements, and Flex Fliers!
 
RUNNING BACK (RB)
 
Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 7.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Buck Allen has been part of Baltimore's backfield for some time now and, while he's not a household name yet, he'll have plenty of opportunities, especially in PPR leagues.  The Ravens lean on throws to their backfield as an extension of their run game, meaning Allen gets a lot of work.  With West questionable, Allen is worth a stash in most leagues, and a start in some.  
 
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 7.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Carson took on the bulk of the running duties, taking 20 totes for 93 yards.  Unfortunately he couldn't get in the endzone.  Through 21 games with Oklahoma State, Carson carried the ball 213 times for 1076 yards and 13 td's, while catching 30 passes for 298 yards and another touchdown.  Officially listed at 5'11", 218lbs, this big back is a one-trick pony.  He's a power runner who runs through everyone who tries to tackle him.  He's tough to bring down and arm tackles to his lower body have little to no effect.  He has some nice matchups coming up, and the hungry rookie should get all of the carries he can handle.  His fantasy value is in the potential volume of carries he could end up with.
 
Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 66.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Here's the thing about Henry.  Demarco Murray owners who dropped Henry instantly regretted it.  Some mystery surrounds the severity of Murray's injury because he was pulled from the game after the Titans no longer needed his services.  However, hamstring injuries tend to linger, so handcuffing would be advisable.  Henry is a huge, 6'4", 235lb back runs over everyone in his path, and fits the "exotic smashmouth" system the Titans run.  He was last year's Leonard Fournette, and Murray owners who do not handcuff will continue regretting it.  If Murray is forced to miss time, Henry will step in immediately as a high-floor RB2 at the very least.
 
Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 1.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Perine was the running back who wasn't getting any love in the NFL preseason.  For a bit more about what Perine did in college, check out our rookies and redshirts article here.  Perine is a powerful downhill runner who will run through contact instead of avoiding it.  This beast ran for 427 yards and 5 touchdowns in a single game.  He could have trouble fitting into Jay Gruden's pass-happy offense, but he can also be a devastating weapon on the ground, wearing down defensive fronts.  If Robert Kelley is forced to miss time, Perine will step in to get the carries, while Thompson handles work on the passing downs. 
 
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
 
Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 5.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The loss of Greg Olsen is a devistating blow to the Panthers offense.  In his 10 years in the league, the former 1st round draft pick has never missed a game since his rookie season.  Olsen's targets will need to get distrubuted, and Funchess will be a primary benefactor.  At 6'4", 225lbs, the 3rd year man out of Michigan will be a big target for Cam Newton.  Yes, there are more dynamic weapons on this offense, but the Panthers will need to take shots to keep the underneath open and stretch the field occasionally.  If Funchess gets one on one with a free release, he should get thrown to.  
 
Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 0.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Little is known about  Higgins, the former 5th round pick out of Colorado State,  Rashard Higgins.  He caught 7 passes for 95 yards and made a name for himself against a tough Ravens secondary.  The 2nd year wideout isn't the biggest, fastest, most explosive, or  most physical wideout.  However, he does have great hands, an uncanny ability to track the ball in flight, and will lay out or make adjustments to make the catch.  Higgins caught passes from Kizer as well as (Kevin) Hogan when Kizer was out.  With Corey Coleman due to miss time with a broken hand from this past week, Higgins couldclimb the depth chart rapidly and become the new WR1 for the Browns.
 
Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears (currently owned in 7.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Wright is reunited with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains this year.  Wright had his best year, catching 94 passes for nearly 1100 yards and 2 touchdowns, with Loggains in Tennessee.  He'll look to replicate his numbers from that season and make the best of a bad situation with a very depleted Bears receiving corps.  Wright should have enough volume to put up some decent numbers, especially as a possession receiver in ppr  leagues. 
 
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 6.5% of all ESPN leagues):
After a couple of weeks in the New York Jets' system, Kearse looks like he could emerge as a consistent target and a real receiving threat for the Jets.  In 2 weeks, Kearse has 11 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He could continue this trend against a Dolphins secondary that can be thrown on. 
 
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 30.1% of all ESPN leagues);
Marqise Lee is the move-the-sticks possession wideout that's thrown to when the Jags need a 1st down.  Unfortunately, that's all he usually does because Hurns might be the better wideout, and the Jags stick to the ground game on goal-to-go.  Lee is a speculative ppr flier at this moment, little else.
 
FLEX FLIER:
 
Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 7.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Hurns' performance this week could've just been a fluke.  Bortles is streaky at best, which means Hurns' numbers could suffer.  Grab him now in 14+ team leagues.  10 or 12 team leagues can wait a couple of weeks to see how this plays out.  
 
TIGHT END (TE)
 
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 31% of all ESPN leagues):
Fleener had a disappointing 2016 campaign thanks to his struggles with the playbook, and therefore his lack of chemistry with Brees.  This year, he's off to a great start with 8 catches for 87 yards.  The most important part is he's caught a touchdown in every game of 2017 so far.  Pick him up if he's available.  Buyer beware, he takes on division rival Carolina, followed by the Dolphins, and then a bye week in week 5.  His schedule has some nice matchups after week 5.
 
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants (currently owned in 9.9% of all ESPN leagues):
At 6'3", 230+ lbs, Engram is a big guy who has sub 4.50 speed.  He typically uses his rare combination of size and speed to stretch the seam.  That combo has helped him toward 8 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in the first 2 weeks.  It seems Engram would be the rookie tight end to own.  Buyer beware: the Giants have arguably the worst offensive line in the league, so Manning may not get time to throw.  Manning and Engram will face some formidable fronts in the coming weeks, so Engram's numbers could slump.  He'll be a grab and stash for after week 8, but he's a desperate start candidate in a position with very few options.
 
Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens
It comes down to this: if the Ravens run the ball or throw a screen every play, the opposing defense will figure it out.  Flacco will need to throw occasionally to keep the defense honest.  Other than Jeremy Maclin, there aren't many receiving threats on the Ravens' roster.  Watson should continue to see added usage, but his numbers could continue to yo-yo depending on game flow.  Now in his second year in the system, he should know the system better and therefore should get more targets.  He's worth a dart throw considering the limited number of options on the table.
 
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
Miller is the veteran in this system and should be a viable starter in PPR leagues or 12+ team leagues with standard scoring.  Glennon has very few receiving options, so Miller should get multiple looks and multiple targets.  He's caught 10 passes for 81 yards and those numbers should continue climbing.  
 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
 
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos
The second year QB looks like he may have made the leap.  He's thrown for 6 touchdowns and 2 picks and has lost a fumble, but he's scored more than 20 points in each of the 2 games played so far.  He should continue this positive progression as he continues getting comfortable in Mike McCoy's new offensive system, which basically takes what the defense gives them.  He still has a number of offensive weapons he can throw to.
 
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
Cutler had a quiet debut with the Dolphins in an offense that clearly features Jay Ajayi.  He did show some of his budding rapport with Parker, had 13 completions to Landry, and threw a touchdown to Stills.  He looks  rejuvenated, comfortable in a system he's familiar with, and stepped up in the pocket when he needed to.  Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over.  He has some nice matchups coming up, including 2 with the Jets, and he'll take on the Saints at home in what's sure to be a shootout.  He's a good QB2 right now, but the floor has been set and the arrow is pointing up.  
 
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 49.8% of all ESPN leagues):
In 2 games so far, the Ravens' defense has picked off 8 passes, forced 2 fumbles, and allowed just 10 offensive points.  Yes, that's right, they've allowed a touchdown and a field goal in 2 games.  They're licking their chops this week as they prepare to catch passes from Blake Bortles and clog up Fournette's running lanes.  
 
Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 13.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Eagles spoiled the Redskins' home opener by allowing just 11 points, forcing 3 fumbles, and topping things off with a pick 6.  They did this by making Cousins' week 1 a  nightmare.  This week, they'll take on the arch rival G-men, who have arguably the worst offensive line in football.  Eli Manning could spend more time on the ground than on his feet, and there's a very real chance the Eagles  shut out Big Blue.

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