NFL Waiver Wire Week 3

Last week’s waiver period was pretty crazy with all of the injuries. This week not a lot happened that has me jumping to add any unowned players.

We are now at the point where waivers are being used to help cover for bye weeks so you might need a receiver to cover Jordy Nelson or Jordan Matthews this week from the wire and need to prioritize a receiver over a running back that could carry more value.

I think this is a save your money week. I would try to grab Jordan Howard but the price might be high. If Washington is still out there he is also probably worth a bid.

In order to trim the waiver wire list down I decided to cut the threshold of how owned players are from players under 50 percent owned in ESPN leagues to under 40 percent owned.

If there are any players in your league that don’t show up on the list feel free to ask in the comment section below or on Twitter.

And like I said before, you know your league better than I do. Some of these bids might be far too high, some too low. Depth of the league has a lot to do with how much to bid as well.

  Player Pos FAAB Burn waiver claim?


Jordan Howard RB 15-25% Yes


Dwayne Washington RB 9-13% Yes


Terrelle Pryor WR 6-8% No


Kenneth Dixon RB 5-7% No


Cameron Artis-Payne RB 5-7% No


James Starks RB 2-4% No


James White RB 2-4% No


Matt Asiata RB 2-4% No


Kenyan Drake RB 0-3% No


Wendell Smallwood RB 0-3% No

Jordan Howard – Howard was already starting to steal carries from Langford before the injury. If Langford is out for a significant period of time, or even just a couple of weeks, Howard could take  this job for a while. Before you get too excited about his totals, his first carry was for about 35 yards and after that Howard didn’t find much room to run. It looks like early reports are saying 4-6 weeks for Langford so Howard will surely get a chance to be a feature back.

Dwayne Washington – The yards per carry might not look great, but on a limited amount of carries, yards per carry are really deceiving. Theo Riddick just looked like he can’t be an early down runner. Washington could have gotten a lot more work if the Lions weren’t down big for a large part of the game.

Terrelle Pryor – I don’t know how long Pryor will be the “do it all” guy; he played quarterback during the game as well. While he is, he needs to not only be owned, but started.

Kenneth Dixon – His return is coming soon, and it shouldn’t take much for him to get a shot at the lead back role. With every week that passes you are going to have to pay more and more FAAB.

Cameron Artis-Payne – He has another couple of weeks being the lead back for the Panthers. They will find better success against other teams, he is still splitting the backfield so keep expectations in check.

James Starks – He has played a decent amount of snaps through three weeks. I will be interested to see how the snap counts look after this week. Lacy played well, but I feel like I saw Starks in a lot throughout the game.

James White – Tome Brady will be back soon which means the passing downs back will have value. He isn’t a stud by any means, but while Brady is at quarterback you will be happy you have him during the bye weeks.

Matt Asiata – McKinnon played more snaps. got more touches, and knocked his value down a bit. We didn’t get to see goal line situations so we didn’t get to learn anything there. Asiata still could be the guy inside the five.

Kenyan Drake – He didn’t look too bad, but he split the backfield up with just about everyone. Foster should be returning soon too.

Wendell Smallwood – I am not sure why Ryan Mathews didn’t play much. Smallwood really benefitted as he became the run out the clock guy in the second half. I can’t tout him highly because for fantasy purposes, that backfield is a mess.

Quarterback streamers

Joe Flacco – Sure the Raiders stopped the Titans, but that is a team that actually has a running game. I expect Flacco to have his fair share of attempts through the air.

Dak Prescott – In a nice matchup with the 49ers. It is worth noting that the 49ers play much better defense at home.

Alex Smith – Very boring, but he won’t kill you, most of the time, in a week that doesn’t have a lot of great options. He’s under 50 percent owned and is worth a shot.

Sam Bradford – The Giants helped Kirk Cousins get right this week. Bradford might have a nice week too.

D/ST streamers

Redskins – A team that should be favored in a good matchup against the Browns at home.

Colts – It’s an ugly week for streaming defenses. It’s hard to go wrong betting against Blake Bortles.

Cowboys – Blaine Gabbert should be good for a turnover or two and a couple sacks.


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Andy Germani

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16 thoughts on “NFL Waiver Wire Week 3”

  1. QB: Bortles
    RB: Lamar Miller, Jamaal Charles, Giovani Bernard, McKinnon, D. Washington, J. Howard
    WR: Mike Evans, Allen Robinson,Tyler Lockett, DeVante Parker, M. Floyd, Tyrell Williams
    TE: Pitta DST: Bengals K: J. Brown
    Anyone worth dropping to pick up a artis-payne? Don’t think so…. And BTW.. congrats on your victory… I can’t believe Julio only had 16 yards…. That enabled me to Win. And it sure feels good being 1-2 and not 0-3.

    1. You arent really desperate for CAP. You wouldnt start him over the guys you have there now.

      Julio surely didnt help me. I was able to get a big night from Coleman for the win.

      1. Yea, i should have mentioned the part about coleman… That’s awesome. I really wish the owner in my league would respond to trade offers.

        I just noticed Vikings DST is available…and they look to be highly owned on ESPN and have been scoring big numbers weekly.. Any thoughts on them ROS vs the Bengals DST?

          1. Snead was dropped to the WW. Looks like a good one to use my waiver on…but do I have a drop for him? I missed out on the Vikings and on Dustin Hopkins.

  2. Broncos DST is also available/jist dropped… ooks like they’re ranked pretty high… Thoughts on them ROS vs Bengals?

  3. Thanks Andy. I’ve been looking at Carson Wentz and wondering if you’re buying into him being able to keep this up long term or if you think defenses will figure him out as more tape of games becomes available. I wonder if he’s worth dropping bortles for… Or maybe stashing him. One of the issues in my league is most guys are owning 2-3qbs.

    1. Also, would u try to buy Marvin Jones with either m. Evans or Allen Robinson at this time? I’m trying to think of some good sell high targets to try to deal Evans while he’s hot.

      1. I love me some Marvin Jones but I cant place him ahead of those receivers. I do think he isnt far off from those guys though.

        In terms of Wentz he is close to Bortles at this point. I still would take Bortles over him by a hair but if Bortles struggles again this weekend Wentz might get the nod over him. I wouldnt fault you if you wanted to go Wentz though. He has shown some great potential so far.

    1. You should still have another week to stash him with the expected return in week 5.

      Dion Lewis should be a decent stash. He probably wont be back until about week 8 but he showed how good of an option he could be.

      Coleman isnt a bad stash but with Pryor, Gordon and a running game there I cant see him being more than a WR3. Lewis doesnt have RB1 upside but by week 8 the running back situation wont be much better than it is now.

  4. Hey Andy,

    Just wanted to follow up on my situation from last week

    QB: Carr
    RB: Michael, Gore, Stewart
    WR: Hopkins, Robinson, Baldwin, Parker, Watkins, Fuller Moncrief
    TE: Allen

    I wanted to drop Moncrief for Mckinnon last week but I had reached my max acquisitions for the week and he has since been picked up. I’m still looking to drop Moncrief, but I’m biding my time as there seems to be slim pickins in the FA pool and I’ve already used 5 of my 20 pickups for the year.

    I obviously need help at RB….Dwayne Washington is still available, as well as Sproles, for whatever that’s worth. Next week Michael is on bye and Stewart will still be down, so I’m gonna need something here for week 5, whether by trade or by pickup.

    I’m also thinking of picking Winston back up…..sure, his schedule sucks for the next two weeks, but he looks like he could explode in value if he keeps this up. If so, I’ll need to drop another beyond Moncrief….Fuller? I dunno if I wanna sell his stock just yet…..he looks promising for a rookie WR.

    I think my best bet might be to see if I can move say Baldwin and Stewart for a healthy RB….though I doubt I’ll have nearly the same luck on the trade market as I did last week.

    Thanks again for your help. I credit you for my flurry of moves last week. You changed my whole outlook this season!

    1. Also, Spencer Ware was just cut….I dunno how much he’d help me in week 5 with Charles likely to be back in the fold by then….but I like him longterm given Charles’ mileage and fragility

    2. I would use a move to grab Washington and drop Moncrief. I think Washington is a nice guy to grab for the long run. It helps you sure up the RB spot and Abdullah is supposed to be out for the year.

      Moving Baldwin and Stewart for a healthy RB isnt a bad idea either.

      In terms of Washington vs. Ware I really like both. The long term play is Washington. I think Ware needs to be owned though. Maybe add Washington for Moncrief and then when you do a 2 for 1 somewhere add Ware with the available roster spot.

      You might be able to get a Hyde or Ingram type for that combination as a place to settle. Maybe even shoot for Melvin Gordon or DeMarco if their owners arent buying in on the top-10 RBs they are now.

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