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Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds

Who You Should Pickup

Stephen Serda
September 17, 2018 - 4:20 pm

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick -  should be on everyone’s roster. He’s been ridiculous and of course he’s going to slow down. There is reason to think if he keeps playing out of his mind that Jameis Winston might be his backup. Fitz Magic has 819 yards and 8 touchdown to 1 interception to start the season with back to back 400 yard performances. Jameis Winston in 45 career starts has only broke 400 passing yards once back in 2016. Jameis is ten years young than Fitzpatrick and probably still the future of the team but if they keep winning games it’s something they have to consider.

 

Josh Gordon – As I’m writing this the Patriots have traded with my Cleveland Browns for troubled but wildly talented receiver Josh Gordon. The Patriots gave up a conditional 5th round pick for a guy who could still be a very special player. This is the type of bargain bin move the Patriots are famous for. Odds are he’s not available in your league but I love Josh Gordon and it just happened. Very low risk move for the Pats. The problem now if you were hoping to trade for a guy like Gordon is most fantasy owners will see Tom Brady and assume he’s going to make Gordon great. I hope he does. Always believed in Gordon’s talent.

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Antonio Callaway – Being the biased Browns fan that I am I bought into the Hard Knocks hype of Antonio Callaway. I’m in a deep league with a 18 man rosters so it was an easy last round flyer for me. But most of you probably didn’t pay much attention to the kid and you shouldn’t have after getting virtually no run in week 1. Callaway showed you why that Browns coaching staff was so high on him when Tyrod Taylor hit him in stride for a 47 yard touchdown. He only had 3 catches on 4 targets but he’s going to get more reps as the season goes on. He’s worth an add as he’s still owned in less than 10% of leagues. I would have to imagine David Njoku  and Rashard Higgins will get more work throughout the season but Callaway is the second most talented receiver on this team behind Jarvis Landry.

 

Giovani Bernard – He’s roughly owned in 35% of leagues and a lot of you probably dropped him after week 1 based on the work Mixon got. He’s going to be the most sought after claim this week just because he’ll get the reps until Mixon is back. The Bengals are saying it’s possible Mixon only misses one game so don’t think Bernard is going to be a long term fix.

 

Corey Clement – Jay Ajayi left the first half of their matchup with the Bucs due to a back injury but was able to return later in the game.  Darren Sproles might return next week from a hamstring injury so it’s still Ajay’s backfield but if he’s not healthy don’t expect any of that uptick in workload Dougie P promised after week 1. Clement had 6 carries for 30 yards and touchdown on top of 5 catches on 6 targets for 55 yards through the air. It appears to be a committee in Philly but Clement has talent and he’s worth a stash for the Eagles who as a whole are dealing with injuries but announced Carson Wentz should make his return week 3 against the Colts.

 

Aaron Jones – I was actually surprised to see Aaron Jones available in so many leagues. He was suspended for the first two games of the year for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He’s a guy I absolutely would have drafted and stashed. During his limited time last year he was the Packers second leading rusher as a rookie with 448 yards and averaging 5.5 yards per carry. If he’s available in your league he should be your top add and it’s not even close.

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Tyler Boyd – He should be on your roster right now not John Ross. Ross might get more work as the season rolls along but Tyler Boyd is coming off a big performance against the Ravens grabbing 6 catches for 91 yards. He’s trails only AJ Green in the target department with 14 to Green’s 17.

 

Austin Ekeler – Ekeler should be owned in all leagues based on the workload he’s seen in the first two weeks. Melvin Gordon is the stud in that backfield but Ekeler is getting enough of a workload to be a flex play for a running back needy team. Gordon only has 92 rushing yards on the season with 1 touchdown but has added 140 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns through the air. Ekeler has 116 yards on the ground and 108 through the air with 1 TD. He is without a doubt a top handcuff and a guy who’s showing he can be effective even with a healthy Gordon who left Sunday’s contest early in the 4th quarter.  

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O.J. Howard – The talented second year TE is looking like he could be a game changer. In one the ugliest talent pools the TE position has seen in a while O.J. Howard might be one of those guys that can bail you out of a Greg Olsen draft pick. If you’ve ever listened to me before then you know I stay the hell away from rookie TE’s. In my opinion one of the hardest positions to make that transition from college to the pros. It generally takes a year and Howard has hit the ground running so far flashing that big play ability that he showed off at Alabama. Including a 75 touchdown against the Eagles that had a lot more to do with him than it did Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

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