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Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Adds

Fitzpatrick, Bernard, And Other Players You Should Pick Up

Matt Citak
September 18, 2018 - 1:35 pm
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Although we are still in the very early stages of the 2018 NFL season, we are beginning to get some clarity on how teams plan on using certain players this year. 

And the fantasy implications are endless...

Between player roles clearing up and the growing number of injuries we witness as the season progresses, there are plenty of players available on the waiver wire that look poised for ample opportunity to shine this season.

Here are your top waiver wire adds as we enter Week 3 of the NFL season.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- "Fitzmagic" is back and better than ever! After a dazzling Week 1 performance that saw the journeyman QB throw for 402 yards and four touchdowns, the 35-year-old repeated the performance against the reigning Super Bowl champions in Week 2. Fitzpatrick has now thrown for 819 yards on a 78.7 completion percentage with eight touchdowns and one interception against the Saints' and Eagles' defenses. On top of all this, he has led Tampa Bay to a shocking 2-0 start. It's time to buy-in on Fitzmagic.

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars -- Before you roll your eyes, hear me out. Bortles is coming off a 377-yard, four-touchdown performance against a solid Patriots defense. The Jaguars' next four games are at home against the Titans, home against the Jets, on the road in Kansas City, and on the road in Dallas. I'm not dropping my starter for him, but Bortles' schedule makes him a great option over the next month for those fantasy owners looking to stream quarterbacks all season.

Other QBs to consider: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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Running Backs

Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos -- Lindsay has no business being on the waiver wire after his strong season debut last week, but if he somehow went unclaimed and is still there for the taking, he should be your top waiver priority. The Aurora, Colorado native now has two consecutive 100-yard games under his belt to start his NFL career. He has also racked up at least 15 touches in both contests. Lindsay has carved out a role for himself in the Broncos' offense and likely won't be going anywhere anytime soon. 

Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals -- Joe Mixon underwent arthroscopic knee surgery over the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks, making Bernard the team's starting running back. In the three games Mixon missed last year, Bernard averaged 16 touches per game and was a top 20 fantasy running back. The Bengals' schedule isn't favorable for Bernard as Cincinnati will take on the Panthers in Week 3 before traveling to Atlanta in Week 4, but his expected volume makes him another priority add this week. 

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Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers -- Chances are Jones is not available on the waiver wire, but pounce on him immediately if he is somehow still available. Jones will return to the Packers' lineup after missing the start of the season due to a suspension. Jamaal Williams averaged 3.4 yards per carry in Jones' two-game absence and has looked rather unimpressive. Jones should have no issue quickly overtaking Williams as the team's starting running back, and in an Aaron Rodgers-led offense that makes him a must-add.

Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens -- Alex Collins is Baltimore's lead back, and thus he will continue to dominate touches in running situations. However, it's clear that Allen will also play a big role in the team's offense. The two backs played the same number of snaps in Baltimore's Week 2 loss. While that was mainly due to the game script, Harbaugh has not made it a secret that he prefers Allen in the passing game (he caught 5-of-7 targets for 36 yards in Week 2). Allen is also the Ravens' preferred goal-line back, as the veteran picked up a short-yardage TD over Collins against the Bengals. His role in the passing game, combined with his goal line usage, should make Allen a solid flex play throughout the season. 

Other RBs to consider: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions; Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings; Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills

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Wide Receivers

DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - For the second straight week, Jackson reeled in an incredibly long touchdown grab, this time for 75 yards. Jackson currently leads the NFL with 275 receiving yards while catching all nine of his targets and scoring three touchdowns. These numbers are clearly not sustainable, but after taking away his two 55+ yard touchdowns the veteran receiver is still averaging over 20 yards per catch. This week sees him going up against a struggling Pittsburgh defense, so "D-Jax" could explode for another long TD in Week 3. 

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John Brown, Baltimore Ravens -- If Brown can find a way to stay healthy, he could be in for a huge year in Baltimore. Through two games, Brown has seemingly emerged as Joe Flacco's favorite receiver. He has caught seven of his 14 targets for 136 yards, with a touchdown catch in each contest. Brown's speed allows him to serve as Baltimore's most talented deep threat, and considering the deep ball is Flacco's strong suit, the two will likely connect on their fair share of long passes this season. Brown is looking like the receiver to own in Baltimore.

Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns -- As I have mentioned in the past, fantasy football is all about volume. That's great for Antonio Callaway owners, as he could be facing a significant uptick in volume for the rest of the season. With Josh Gordon now in New England, Callaway becomes the number two wide receiver in Cleveland behind Jarvis Landry. During his first game action in this role the rookie receiver caught three of four targets for 81 yards and a game-tying TD in the final seconds of the fourth quarter on Sunday. Still a bit unpolished, Callaway is worth a speculative add in all formats, even if you keep him on your bench for a few weeks until he has proven himself. 

Other WRs to consider: Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers; Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals; Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Tight Ends

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts -- It's tough for me to trust Ebron after all of the disappointment he has brought me in fantasy over the last few years. But, against my better judgement, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt (at least for now). Ebron has caught just seven passes through the first two games of the season, but he has still managed 77 yards and two touchdowns. That's not bad for the Colts' "other" tight end. Jack Doyle hasn't fared much better with his yardage, racking up 80 yards on 15 targets so far. The split between this tight end duo may be tough to predict at times, but Ebron seems to be gaining Luck's favor. His target share increased from Week 1 to Week 2, while Doyle's decreased. With how bad the tight end position has been thus far league-wide, Ebron is worth the gamble. 

Other TEs to consider: Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers; Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons; O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Matt Citak is a Web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewCitak.