Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 3

Fantasy Football: Waiver Wire for Dummies Week 3


Well, week 2 has come and gone, and your team played horrible. For some reason, you started Andrew Luck, benched Tom Brady. You started Jeremy Hill to have a huge game only to have him disciplined for fumbling. Nothing went your way. Fear not, it was only one loss, and you have priority on the waiver wire my friend.

Who to choose from Darnz? Well, I’m glad you asked. Much like I would recommend for the draft, you want to go with the best player available. If, for some reason, I had Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, and Julian Edleman, I’m still picking up Travis Benjamin (who I’ll talk about shortly). Bye weeks are slowly creeping up, and you always want to have some trade bait.

Last bit of advice, don’t waste your priority on a Defense. Throughout the season, there are very few consistent defenses. Besides, someone has to play the Bears.

Hold on sir, if that is your real name.

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is carted off the field after being injured during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is carted off the field after being injured during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. (Wm. Glasheen/The Post-Crescent via AP) NO SALES

James Starks RB– Eddie Lacy is expected to miss some time, and Starks is going to fill in the starting position. Listen, Starks is a good backup, but the next 2 games are against Kansas City and San Francisco. I get it, San Francisco is the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde D of the NFL, but it’s certainly not worth the risk if your getting the Hyde version in week 4.

Rishard Matthews WR– He is a bench stash at best. He’s been a reliable target of Tannehill, but they have the Bills next week, and chances are they are going to terrorize the subphylum Vertebratas known as the Dolphins.


Get ’em while they’re hot!

Tyrod Taylor QB– I can’t believe I’m saying this 2 weeks in a row. Tyrod is the number 5 QB, only behind Brady, Roethlisberger, Palmer, and Rodgers respectively. Owned in just 17.9% of leagues. Get this man like he owes you money!

Andy Dalton QB– Dalton has been quietly throwing up some good numbers. With the emergence of Tyler Eifert, Dalton has been showing some consistency that he has been lacking. 6th ranked QB, and owned in 21.2% of leagues. When you get past the red hair, there’s a QB there. (unintentional rhyme, will not happen again)

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New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis (33) celebrates a touchdown as Buffalo Bills’ Ronald Darby (28) and Corey Graham (20) react during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Carson Palmer QB– Still, he is only owned in 67.4% of leagues. Carson Palmer  had an amazing week 2 with 4 TDs. Granted, it was against Chicago. This Cardinal team is very loaded at the skill positions.

Dion Lewis RB– I am only putting him here out of default. I don’t trust a Belichick RB. Ever. Yes, he’s a dynamic play maker. I remember last season when Jonas Gray runs for 200 yards only to be benched in favor of Blount. High risk, high reward.

David Johnson RB– Color me a believer. Johnson will never be more than a flex due to the depth of talent on the roster, but this kid is explosive. In dynasty leagues, he is a MUST add.

Matt Jones RB– This is the pick up for top priority. He has outplayed Alfred Morris, which is not an easy task. He is only owned in 16.4% of leagues. What are you still doing reading this, go pick him up! (That was just a joke. Please continue reading, then go pick him up).

Travis Benjamin WR– This is a great pick up. Granted, the majority of his points came off of 2 busted plays. He has great rapport with Manziel, and nothing but upside. Grab him quickly as he is only owned in 7% of leagues, and that miscreant in your league, who also steals your sandwich even though it’s properly labeled, will snag him even if it meant eternal damnation.

Stevie Johson/Donte Moncrief WR– On the list again this week, because they are only owned in 54.7% and 60.6% respectively. What are you waiting for? A date?

Michael Crabtree WR– How about this blast from the past. Becoming dangerously relevant again, Crabtree is only owned in 31.7% of leagues out there. Call him yoga, because he is your new flex. (get it…….never mind).


Crockett Gillmore TE– It is hard to ignore 88 yards and 2 TDs. I think the Ravens have found their solution at TE. Owned in 1.6% of leagues, chances are he is available in yours.

Richard Rodgers TE– Packers are expecting big things from Richard “not Aaron” Rodgers. I can’t wait for whatever clever name the pundits have for this, Rodgers squared maybe? Either way, Rodgers is only owned in 13.8% of leagues, and he is a very worthy pick up.

Jordan Reed TE-Here is another repeat. And while there is an injury risk, back to back good weeks, and has the trust of Cousins, you might want to grab this guy. He is owned in 44.8% of leagues.

I’ve got my eye on you

Damien Williams RB, Karlos Williams RB, Kamar Aiken WR, Dorial Green-Beckham WR, Louis Murphy WR, Corey Brown WR, Darren Fells TE and Gary Barnidge TE.

Well, that does it for me. Always remember, if you can’t play good, try to get lucky.