2018 NFL Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

2018 NFL Fantasy Football Free Agent Finds


RUNNING BACK

Giovanni Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 39.5% of all ESPN leagues):

Bernard's ownership has dropped recently as his owners thought he may have had a large role as the change-of-pace back in the Bengals backfield. However with Joe Mixon now on the mend after having his knee scoped, Bernard now reemerges in fantasy relevance as more than just I handcuffed were complimentary back. He will take on the lead role in Cincinnati for as long as Mixon is sidelined.  Buyer beware: he has two tough matchups coming up against the Panthers and the Falcons. Nevertheless the volume should still be there for Bernard to warrant flex consideration.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets (currently owned in 58% of all ESPN leagues):
Powell is a good addition in all formats, but especially in PPR leagues.  It's nice that rookie quarterback Sam Darnold can rely on completing easy passes to Powell.  The Jets' receiving back has rushed 17 times for 66 yards and over 5 yards per carry so far this season.  He's also added 6 catches for 79 yards and a score through the air, averaging well over 12 yards per catch.  He'll continue to play a big role in the Jets offense especially when they fall behind early and need to play catch up.

Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 18.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Buck Allen is the poster child for boom or bust prospects and touchdown vultures.  While he doesn't get a ton of snaps, carries, or yards, he does get plenty of goal line work. He has 10 carries for 25 yards so far, but he's scored in both of Baltimore's first 2 contests.  He's also heavily involved in Baltimore's passing game, giving him additional value in PPR leagues.  

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 42.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Austin Ekeler gets enough volume to warrant rostering in all formats.  The Chargers' change of pace back doesn't get a ton of carries, but he's an integral part of the game plan.  He produces at a rate of over 7 yards per carry and over 12 yards per reception, and this productivity should continue over the next few weeks given some nice matchups coming up.  At the very least he should be picked up by all Melvin Gordon owners as Gordon left the game in the fourth quarter with a potential injury. If Gordon is unable to go then Ekeler will be the next man up.  

WIDE RECEIVER

Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns (currently owned in 3.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Cleveland Browns receiving Corps just got a little thinner and the fantasy owners are getting a better picture of who they should add. The somewhat shocking and unexpected departure of Josh Gordon leaves a large hole and quite a few targets to be redistributed. It also opens up a door of opportunity for rookie Antonio Callaway to stop in to a bigger role for the Cleveland Browns offense. Callaway was taken in the middle rounds of this year's draft and has first-round talent and potential. Unfortunately fell far into the draft because of his own personal off-field struggles. Nevertheless he he posted 3 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown against a good Saints defense. His performance will certainly be worth monitoring in the coming weeks and he'll get his first shot at a bigger role against a porous Raiders defense.  You can read more about Callaway's college accomplishments in our rookies and red shirts article here.

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 56.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Enunwa has become rookie Sam Darnold's favorite target and paces all Jets players with 13 catches.  It's hard to believe that not everyone is in on Enunwa yet, as he's only owned in roughly half of all ESPN leagues.  He's easily the Jets' most experienced and polished wideout and has shown his ability to produce.  He's 13 of his targets for 155 yards and a touchdown through the first 2 weeks and should continue to post stat lines that are serviceable at the very least.  

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 48.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Cole continues to take full advantage of an opportunity to be the Jaguars' primary pass catcher after they lost Marqise Lee for the year.  He posted 7 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown against the New England Patriots.  While he might be a bit of a boom or bust prospect, he's clearly the top pass catcher on the team and his highlight reel catches should continue to make him a big part of the Jaguars' game plan.  He's worth adding in all formats.

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers (currently owned in 25.8% of all ESPN leagues):
The departure of Jordy Nelson shifts Allison into the WR3 spot for the Packers.  There are more than enough targets to go around and all of Green Bay's receiving options should be productive as long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy.  Sure, he may not have met expectations in week 2, but he did draw a tough matchup against the Vikings.  He has a chance to bounce back this week in Washington and he has some nice matchups coming up.  Adams and Cobb's do have an injury history, so he could see additional volume if either of them get hurt.  Allison is worth a roster spot.

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 23.9% of all ESPN leagues):
John Brown could honestly be the second coming of Torrey Smith or Jacoby Jones. Joe Flacco still has a cannon arm and Brown's speed allows him to throw it down field as far as he possibly can and just let Brown go and get it.  He's drawn 14 targets through the first 2 weeks of this season, and caught 7 of them fo 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He's averaging 19.4 yards per reception which means he's always a deep threat.  There's no substitute for elite speed which makes Brown the receiver to own from this offense.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues):
They say more receivers don't truly develop into NFL stars until their third year in the pros.  That certainly seems to be true, as Boyd really came on strong after a quiet first week.  Brandon LaFell vacated targets and snaps which Boyd has inherited.  He turned 9 targets into 6 catches for 91 yards and a score.  He should be on most fantasy radars at this point.  Keep an eye on him as the season progresses.

TIGHT END

Eric Ebron, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 35.6% of all leagues):
It's tough to ignore facts.  In fact, Ebron has caught 2 touchdowns passes through the first couple of games and tallied 7 catches for 74.0 yards.  Indy doesn't have a ton of pass catchers, so it makes sense that Ebron is this involved in the passing game.  The former first round draft pick has been a big, reliable target for Andrew Luck so far, and looks like he's secured a decent volume or work in the Colts' offense.  There's plenty of targets to go around with the departure of Moncrief and Dorsett.  Ebron's first 2 outings as a Colt combined with the volume of available targets should help potential owners feel comfortable feel comfortable about putting Ebron in their lineups every week.

O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 21.5% of all leagues):
Howard is actually a bit of an anomaly. The Buccaneers clearly cannot get their ground game going so they are going to have to air it out which means there will be more targets to go around. The young tight end is just one pass catcher in a plethora of viable receiving options.  Howard may find himself wide open in some instances because defenses are honed in on covering and defending other Playmakers which means he can be more productive if he's left alone with one-on-one coverage.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 17.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Hooper is actually quite an intriguing option. He normally doesn't get this many looks especially when Atlanta has its ground game going. However the Falcons may be trying to compensate for an injury to Devonta Freeman.  Atlanta's options at the running back position are limited so look for more of their offense to be accounted for through the air.  This means Hooper could continue to see and increase in volume for the duration of Freeman's recovery.  He caught five passes for 59 yards on a touchdown in the Falcons' first week  without Freeman.  His targets may drop though once Freeman returns.

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 24.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Dissly turned in another decent stat line this week. However it should be noted that a touchdown late in the game saved what would have otherwise been a pretty mediocre outing for the rookie tight end. Nevertheless potential fantasy owners should continue to monitor Dissly moving forward especially with the health of Doug Baldwin in question. For now he is definitely worth a spot on the bench until his owners see more consistent usage. Nevertheless he's worth an ad and most leagues especially at such a shallow position. 

QUARTERBACK

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders (currently owned in 25.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Brighter days in better matchups are coming for the Raiders. It's not everyday that they will have to face elite pass rushers and Pro Bowl caliber defensive backs.  Oakland has plenty of talent and experience on its roster and a head coach who is imaginative enough to deploy it all. Their defense is severely lacking so they could find themselves in plenty of shootouts.  This is good for Carr because he'll need to air it out in order to try and win games. Grab this young quarterback now while he's still available. He won't be there forever.  

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 6% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill's numbers are pedestrian if anything. Although he's not the exciting explosive playmaker like Aaron Rodgers or Russell Wilson, he does provide a relative level of consistency of that allows owners to confidently plug-and-play him on a week-to-week basis.  Sure, Gase's offense isn't exciting, but at least they take care of the ball.  He's available in the past majority of all ESPN leagues so anyone who needs a streamer or at least more consistent player at the position can roster him, especially those who participate in two-quarterback leagues.

STREAMING OPTION:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 31.3% of all ESPN leagues):
For one more week anyway, it looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick could elevate teams into the stratosphere.  He's thrown for 819 yards, 8 touchdowns and he added another touchdown on the ground in week 1.  The Buccaneers' ground attack has been a question mark, so they'll need to win games through the air.   Pittsbugh's defense has looked porous at best, giving up six passing touchdowns to rookie Patrick Mahomes.  In addition Fitzpatrick put up 27 points against to one of the best defenses in the league meaning potential owner should have no hesitation about getting the Buccaneers quarterback in their starting lineup.  

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Chicago Bears (currently owned in 58.6% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chicago Bears defense is rapidly ascending to be one of the best in the league. The addition of Khalil Mack has paid dividends as he improves the defensive players at all levels with his play. When linemen have to double team Mack, it means that it frees up one of Chicago's other talented pass-rushers to gets to the quarterback more easily. In addition, Mack's knack for finding the football and making plays him invaluable.  He absolutely wrecked the Seahawks game on the national stage last Monday night and should continue his reign of terror on an immobile Sam Bradford and the struggling Arizona Cardinals this week.  The Bears have 4 turnovers and 2 defensive touchdowns in their first 2 games and should be added in all leagues.

STREAMING OPTION

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 10.2% of all ESPN leagues):
The Seahawks have struggled mightily.  Their offensive line is still a mess and Doug Baldwin still might not be ready to go.  The Cowboy's defense held Barkley, OBJ, and the Giants to just 13 points.  Demarcus Lawrence is one of the best pass rushers in the league and Lee will stop a struggling Seahawks run game.  Yes the Cowboys defense is in fact an excellent streaming option this week.

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