Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds and Dropsby Andersen Pickard September 21, 2021 1 comment
Dominating the waiver wire could catapult you into championship territory regardless of how much you struggled during the draft or while making trades. Read on for eight season-long waiver wire targets, as well as a few players who you can comfortably cut loose.
Let’s check out eight players that warrant consideration ahead of the upcoming waiver wire cycle. All players listed here are rostered in less than 35 percent of ESPN leagues and could have legitimate impacts down the stretch.
Rostered in 24.5 percent of leagues
It’s quite possible that Cousins will be the pick here until he hits the 35 percent threshold. It is absolutely ridiculous that the Vikings’ signal-caller is rostered in less than one-quarter of leagues. He has now thrown for 595 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions through the first two weeks. He can clearly thrive despite Dalvin Cook‘s dominating presence and there is minimal risk involved here. Cousins can be started in 12-team leagues for a large portion of 2021.
Rostered in 8.0 percent of leagues
Patterson has impressed through two weeks while serving as Mike Davis‘ backup. Against the Buccaneers in Week 2, the Swiss army knife turned 12 total touches into 69 yards and a pair of scores. While his yardage will likely go down his scoring rate will definitely drop, he still carries fantasy relevance in deeper leagues. As long as Wayne Gallman (coach’s decision) remains out, Patterson will fulfill backup duties in this Atlanta backfield and continue to receive a respectable workload.
Tony Jones Jr.
Rostered in 19.6 percent of leagues
This is your reminder that Jones should be rostered in leagues of 12 teams or more. While he had a quiet Week 2 showing, a negative game script can shoulder the blame for that. He’s a top handcuff who is just one tier below the Kareem Hunt, Nyheim Hines, and Tony Pollard range. Take advantage of Jones’s quiet showing and capitalize on this great price before it’s too late.
Rostered in 17 percent of leagues
Hyde, like Jones, is an example of a player who can be added for cheap due to a quiet performance in Week 2. The Jaguars’ backup logged just seven yards on Sunday after totaling 58 scrimmage yards one week prior. For now, he’s only relevant if the Jaguars are leading by multiple scores. However, in a bizarre Urban Meyer-led system that lacks trust in James Robinson, Hyde could ascend to fantasy relevance with just an injury or benching.
Rostered in 14 percent of leagues
Pascal now has 11 targets, nine catches, 81 yards, and three touchdowns through the first two weeks of the season. While his scoring clip is not sustainable, the yardage and workload certainly are. As long as T.Y. Hilton remains out, Carson Wentz will be looking towards the Old Dominion University product quite often. With that said, if Wentz (ankles) misses any time, the outlook on Pascal would dampen.
Rostered in 1.1 percent of leagues
Yours truly ranked Obsorn as a top-48 receiver last week before cold feet and a lack of confidence forced me to drop him to WR67 at the last second. Now, he has caught 12 of 15 targets for 167 yards and one touchdown through the first two weeks of the season. Going forward, I will trust my gut and continue to assume that Osborn will fall into the WR4 or WR5 category for a good chunk of the season. Thus, logic would suggest you should roster him.
Rostered in 19.2 percent of leagues
Moore looked great in Week 2, catching seven passes for 114 yards and a score. While there are a lot of mouths to feed in this offense, Moore has proven that he can hold his own. Theoretically, his value and usage will rise steadily as the season progresses and he gets more acclimated to the NFL. He complements DeAndre Hopkins nicely and is pushing for the No. 2 receiver role in an electric Arizona system.
Rostered in 4.6 percent of leagues
Arnold might be fourth in the Panthers’ offensive pecking order, but he looked great during a limited sample in Week 2 (three catches for 55 yards). While volume is the biggest concern here, the former Cardinals tight end benefits from the fact that the Panthers won’t be operating with a major lead too often. Thus, it’s hard to imagine this passing game will ever come to a halt.
Let’s check out three players that you can comfortably cut loose from your roster. All players listed here are rostered in more than 50 percent of ESPN leagues and aren’t expected to have legitimate impacts down the stretch.
Rostered in 65.9 percent of leagues
Callaway soared at the perfect time; his breakout in the Saints’ preseason finale was fresh on fantasy managers’ minds when they conducted their drafts. This, however, led to a drastic overvaluation of the 23-year-old. The Saints have passed for just 259 yards through two games, so it’s not like Callaway is primed for a huge workload. Outside of Alvin Kamara and Jones, you can mostly stay away from rostering any members of New Orleans’ offense.
Rostered in 51.9 percent of leagues
Winston was listed in the “add” section of this article last week, but that was probably a bit too overreactive. The former first-round pick has amassed just 259 yards through two games. Further, while he did accrue five touchdowns in Week 1, he followed that up with two interceptions and one score in Week 2. Don’t forget the fact that Winston plays the stingy Patriots, Giants, and Football Team secondaries over the next three weeks and also faces off against the Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Panthers during the fantasy playoffs.
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