Steve Miller | September 24th, 2019
Before we talk about who to buy and who to sell in week three, we should highlight a few awesome performances. If you missed last week’s article, then check that out before scrolling here, as many of the players are still available (though not in the under 50% owned threshold), see Demarcus Robinson.
But also, it’s important to follow the weekly drops in your league, as owners often need to make interesting moves to get their starting lineups set. Monitoring weekly winners is more critical than ever as we hit bye weeks. Your waiver wire pick-ups should always be made with season-long upside in mind, but week-to-week starters may be required. For information on streamers this week click here.
Here’s a Quick Look at the Bye Schedule Coming up:
Week 4: Jets, 49ers
Week 5: Dolphins, Lions
Week 6: Bills, Bears, Colts, Raiders
Week 7: Panthers, Browns, Buccaneers, Steelers
Week 8: Cowboys, Ravens
Week 9: Bengals, Falcons, Rams, Saints
Week 10: Broncos, Jaguars, Texans, Patriots, Eagles, Redskins
Week 11: Giants, Packers, Seahawks, Titans
Week 12: Chiefs, Chargers, Cardinals, Vikings
Here are players under 50% owned (in Yahoo leagues):
Mecole Hardman (49%)
I talked about Hardman after week two as a guy to look for while Tyreek Hill is out. And for those who picked him up and put him in the lineup, his 4-61-1 line was serviceable. Robinson also snagged three passes and a leaping touchdown, and both remain flex plays until Hill gets back. One of the two will retain that value, but which of the two that is remains to be seen. Both bring different skills (speed for Hardman, size for Robinson).
DJ Chark (41%)
Three weeks into the season and Chark has been the best receiver on the Jaguars. He’s tallied at least 55 yards and has scored in every game this year. He will be on most waiver wire lists, and for good reason. He has a connection with Gardner Minshew, and he’s showing a bit of why the Jags invested a second-round pick in him just a year ago.
Phillip Dorsett (32%)
In the two games that Antonio Brown did not play, Dorsett has 11 targets, 10 catches, 148 yards, and three touchdowns. While the scoring rate is unlikely to remain that high, he’s the third wide receiver in one of the top offenses in the league. I said stay away after his week one performance, but it’s a different story today. He’ll have value as we roll through bye weeks.
Alexander Mattison (20%)
Mattison is the most valuable handcuff in fantasy football. Dalvin Cook is a true star, but Mattison has run well behind the Vikings offensive line, averaging 5.3 YPC and fitting perfectly into Mike Zimmer’s system. Should Cook find himself on the shelf, Mattison will be a plug-and-play starter in all formats.
Other Players to Consider:
Kareem Hunt (46%)
Chubb is off to a slower start than most would expect. So, if you’re off to a 3-0 or 2-1 start and feel comfortable with your current bench spots, consider sitting on Hunt for the late-season push. It’s never too early to start thinking about postseason fantasy football.
Tony Pollard (17%)
Pollard took advantage of the easy matchup against the Dolphins, but the rookie is deserving of a spot on your bench, especially for Ezekiel Elliott owners. The Dallas offensive line is still a mauling force, and Pollard’s speed and burst is a perfect complement to Elliott.
Darrel Williams (6%)
Williams earned a role in the Chiefs’ offense with Damien Williams out and LeSean McCoy limited (though efficient). Williams toted the rock nine times for 62 yards (6.9 YPC) and snagged all five of his targets for another 47 yards. Damien won many titles last year, so owning players in this offense is always worth it.
Wayne Gallman (7%)
I’ll get to Gallman’s new quarterback later on, but the running back to own while Saquon Barkley is injured appears to be Gallman. While he’s not my favorite flier, as I don’t see a great immediate future for him, he does have solid flex appeal for teams with Le’Veon Bell and Matt Breida sitting on the bye week.
Will Dissly (46%)
Currently flirting with top-five tight end status, Dissly is in line for a great week four after back-to-back solid performances. In the past two games, he’s averaging six targets, 5.5 catches, 1.5 TDs though just 56 yards per contest. And now he gets to face the woeful Arizona Cardinals. In three weeks, tight ends facing the Cardinals have already piled up a ridiculous 23-348-4 line, or an average basically in line with 8-116-1.33. I’d be firing up Dissly with confidence this week, and would even consider him in the flex if my team already featured Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Evan Engram or Zach Ertz.
I’m Not Buying:
Daniel Jones (16%)
While Jones had an impressive start to his career in a comeback win against the Buccaneers, I’m not selling the farm to pick him up. His next three games (Washington, Minnesota, and New England) are not an easy stretch, and I wouldn’t expect to see the same type of performance in the short-term future. That said, Jones looked impressive, both with his arm and his legs, so I reserve the right to change my mind should he look nice.
Well, that’s it for this week. There are plenty of other options, but you only have a few spots available, so I recommend targeting the above first. If none are available, or you’d like to get my take, hit me up on twitter.
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