Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pick-UpsBy: Michael Valverde
This week’s waiver wire has a couple of Redskins, a couple of tight ends, and a couple of running backs. No wide receivers this week, as just nobody surprisingly stood out. It was a tough decision between Kirk Cousins and Ryan Fitzpatrick, I also considered Geno Smith. The New York Jets quarterback has had a couple of good weeks, but I just feel the moment I put him on the list, the good streak will end. So without further ado, here are the top five waiver wire grabs of the week.
Kirk Cousins-QB-WAS-Owned 8% in CBS leagues
Many spectators have been saying for the last few years that Cousins is the better fit for the Washington Redskins system. After week two results, it seems the observers have been right. Kirk Cousins got his chance when Robert Griffin went down with an ankle injury. Judging by Griffin’s reaction as he was being carted off, it didn’t look good that he would be back. Cousins took advantage of the poor Jacksonville Jaguar defense, as he completed 22 passes on 33 attempts for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He is a typical drop-back passer, so don’t think he will do anything with his legs, but he is accurate and has a good arm. He is owned in only 8% but that will change in a quick pace, so if you need a quarterback, get him quickly.
Niles Paul-TE-WAS-Owned 10% in CBS leagues
Niles Paul was on my waiver wire list last week, as he filled in strongly for Jordan Reed. In his first start Paul was awesome once again. He was targeted 11 times and had 8 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown. In two weeks he has a total of 12 receptions 180 yards and one touchdown. This should continue, as the Redskins love to use their tight end, and when Reed does come back they will both share the load, by using a two tight end set.
Delani Walker-TE-TEN-Owned 74% in CBS leagues
Delani Walker is close to being the best tight end as for fantasy points this season, and if nobody else is a rights holder, it would be wise to jump in right now. He will be 100% owned by the end of the year, if not by the end of the week. He has 19 targets and has 13 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns, in just two weeks. Walker is indeed tearing up the league.
Bobby Rainey-RB-TBY-Owned 43% in CBS leagues
Doug Martin was out this weekend, which gave an open audition for Bobby Rainey. Rainey took full advantage, and may have landed a starring role. Martin has not produced much, when on the field, and when his competition goes for 144 yards on 22 carries with three receptions for another 30, it forces the coaches to take notice. This may have turned into an open competition for the backs, and at the very least will get Rainey more carries. With Doug Martin’s injury history, Bobby Rainey should be at minimum a hand-cuff play.
Knile Davis-RB-KCC-Owned 35% in CBS leagues
It’s hard to say that Knile Davis is a carbon copy of Jamaal Charles, but he’s close. Both are about 6 feet and both weigh close to 225. Both are great receivers out of the backfield, and both are quick on their feet, and lightning fast. Davis and Charles ran the 40 in 4.37 and 4.36 respectfully. Now that Charles has gone down, Davis will step-in and fulfill his role until he returns. Davis had 22 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while catching six passes on nine targets for 26 yards. He should be owned, in case of a fallen Charles, and owned if you are a Jamaal Charles owner. Great value at 35%, act quickly, because next week this is going to be a lot higher total.