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Dynasty Waiver Wire Week 3

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

In this weekly series, I will highlight players that are speculative adds in deeper dynasty leagues, since the majority of players often covered in typical waiver wire columns have long been rostered.


No matter how deep your league is or how large the rosters, you should always keep a watch list of players you are considering adding, should the opportunity present itself. The group of names below will help you form that list. 


I will note that the data presented is based on all Yahoo leagues, not just those designated as keeper or dynasty. 




First, let’s look back at last week’s waiver wire suggestions that gained value, with current Yahoo ownership percentages and percentage change in parentheses.


Tarik Cohen, CHI (86%/+72%)

Kerwynn Williams, ARZ (70%/+63%)

Kenny Golladay, DET (76%/+57%)

Nelson Agholor, PHI (51%/+37%)

Alvin Kamara, NOS (37%/+24%)

Charles Clay, BUF (25%/+18%)

Marqise Lee, JAX (34%/+18%)

Allen Hurns, JAX (26%/+17%)

Marlon Mack, IND (16%/+7%)

Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (7%/+5%)

Jared Goff, LAR (10%/+4%)

Shane Vereen, NYG (21%/+4%)

Deshaun Watson, HOU (13%/+2%)

Jacoby Brissett, IND (2%/+1%)



Not all suggestions gain value though. Here are some players whose ownership value dropped since last week.


James Conner, PIT (9%/-3%)

Paul Richardson, SEA (14%/-1%)







1)    Deshaun Watson, HOU (13%)

2)    Trevor Siemian, DEN (13%)

3)    DeShone Kizer, CLE (10%)

4)    Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (2%)


Although Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson did not look like a good “real life” option, he did put up big fantasy numbers, finishing as a QB1 in his first NFL start. Of course, much of that success is due to the long touchdown run he had late in the first half, but he should continue to use his legs to provide fantasy owners with a reliable weekly floor. He should not be on any dynasty waiver wires…Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has back-to-back top five weekly QB finishes, something he didn’t even accomplish once all of last season. We have to start believing that this trend could continue. Well, not necessarily top five weeks, but Siemian has the reliable weapons to be a streaming option, at least. If you’ve been let down by your QB play early in the season (looking at you Cam Newton), Siemian could be an option…After a solid opener, Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer was hit with a dose of reality. Although he missed much of the game with a migraine, Kizer still tossed three picks to the Ravens defense. Like Watson, he should provide owners with a few weekly points as a runner, but he must start to make better decisions as a passer. Kizer can’t be counted on to start in fantasy leagues, but has still shown some upside making him worthy of an end of roster stash…Although Bears rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky has yet to make his NFL debut, it may come soon based on how starter Mike Glennon has started the year. After nearly upsetting the Falcons in Week One, Glennon struggled throughout the matchup against the Bucs, turning the ball over three times and barely avoiding a shutout. If this keeps up, we’ll see the rookie from North Carolina soon.





Running Backs


1)    D’Onta Foreman, HOU (7%)

2)    Jalen Richard, OAK (4%)

3)    Marlon Mack, IND (16%)

4)    Elijah McGuire, NYJ (0%)



Although his box score doesn’t stand out, rookie D’Onta Foreman, the FBS leader in rushing a season ago, simply looked like the better runner last Thursday, with starter Lamar Miller struggling. Although Miller outsnapped Foreman 49-17, he managed just 61 rushing yards, compared to 40 on 12 carries for the rookie from Texas…It is going to be difficult to know when to use RB Jalen Richard and when to plug in his counterpart, DeAndre Washington. If veteran Marshawn Lynch stays healthy, neither will be easy to project, but Richard reminded us in Week Two what he can do, totaling 109 yards as he led the Raiders in rushing and also had 51 receiving yards. If Lynch continues to show a little rust, or simply can’t stay on the field, Richard becomes a potential fantasy starter in deep leagues…Rookie RB Marlon Mack has yet to make an impact in the Colts running game. In fact, in Week Two, he failed to even gain positive yardage, finishing with six carries for -3 yards. He did catch an 11-yard pass to put him on the positive side on the day. His backfield-mates, veterans Frank Gore and Robert Turbin are not faring much better though and considering the way the season is going for the Colts as a whole, they should eventually find out exactly what they have in Mack. If he’s on your league’s waiver wire, you can likely wait a couple of weeks before stashing him, but keep him on your watch list…Another player in a similar situation is rookie RB Elijah McGuire of the Jets. It’s not much of a surprise, but the Jets offense as a whole, including their running game, if off to a poor start. RB Matt Forte looks like he could be near the end of his career and RB Bilal Powell, expected to be a force in PPR leagues, has done zilch. As the Jets will continue to lose, they will find out if the rookie McGuire can be any kind of asset going forward.


Wide Receivers


1)    Rashard Higgins, CLE (1%)

2)    Kendall Wright, CHI (15%)

3)    Phillip Dorsett, NE (5%)

4)    Paul Richardson, SEA (14%)

5)    Jermaine Kearse, NYJ (6%)

6)    Taywan Taylor, TEN (0%)

7)    Chris Godwin, TB (1%)

8)    Juju Smith-Schuster, PIT (1%)

9)    Geronimo Allison, GB (0%)



After moving WR Rashard Higgins up from the taxi squad earlier in the week, the Browns QB duo of DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan treated the second-year man like their go-to option as he led the team in targets, receptions and yards, sporting a 7/95 line. With WR Corey Coleman out for a while with a broken hand, Higgins could continue to be a major player in the Cleveland offense. He’s the top overall waiver target this week…After a disappointing Week One, Bears veteran WR Kendall Wright bounced back to lead the team in receiving (7/69) and with Kevin White out for the year, he’s the most talented option left on the roster…The Patriots continue to suffer losses on offense with WR Danny Amendola missing Week Two and WR Chris Hogan and TE Rob Gronkowski both leaving the game with injuries. Former Colts first-rounder Phillip Dorsett could be forced into a bigger role and having QB Tom Brady throwing him the ball doesn’t hurt. In Week Two, he caught three balls for 68 yards and is still learning the offense…Seahawks WR Paul Richardson continues to start opposite of veteran WR Doug Baldwin and while he was held in check for much of Week Two, he did catch the only touchdown thrown by the struggling Russell Wilson on the day…The former Seahawk, Jermaine Kearse, has led the Jets in receiving in back-to-back games and caught a pair of scores in Week Two. I understand the hesitancy to use any Jets players, but he should continue to see such volume that he may have a place in weekly lineups, despite not having any long-term dynasty value…During the Titans blowout of the Jaguars, rookie WR Corey Davis was forced from the game with an aggravation of the hamstring injury that kept him out of pre-season action. That injury led the way for another rookie, WR Taywan Taylor to see some increased snaps and he caught a long pass for 42 yards, as well as running a pair of end arounds. The Davis injury does not seem serious, but could continue to nag him moving forward, which would create even more playing time for Taylor…As the Buccaneers were routing the Bears, rookie WR Chris Godwin failed to record a catch, but it was encouraging to see him targeted twice in the end zone. He’s clearly behind star WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, but he is certainly worthy of a draft spot based on his draft pedigree and the quickly improving Tampa offense…The story is the same for another rookie, WR Juju Smith-Schuster, who recorded his first career touchdown catch in Week Two. He also has a talented WR duo ahead of him in the former of Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, but again, draft capital and talent will earn him increased snaps in the coming weeks…In their Sunday Night Football loss, the Packers played most of the game without top WR Jordy Nelson and also lost WR Randall Cobb late in the game. We’ve heard little about either of these injuries yet and while neither seem serious, Allison is next in line for snaps if either or both were to miss time.


Tight Ends


1)    David Njoku, CLE (7%)

2)    Gerald Everett, LAR (0%)

3)    Vernon Davis, WAS (2%)


There are few options if you are looking for TE help this week, but a pair of rookies made an impact for their respective teams. With backup QB Kevin Hogan in the game, he looked to his TEs often and that resulted in the first touchdown for rookie TE David Njoku, the Browns third first-round pick from the recent draft. Also, the Rams were led in receiving by rookie TE Gerald Everett, who caught three passes for 95 yards, including a long of 69 yards. Neither of these young players can be counted on as fantasy starters, but both are worth a roster spot in most dynasty formats and should be targeted this week…You’ve heard this story before, but star TE Jordan Reed left the Redskins game with a chest injury and his status going forward is unclear. If he does miss time, veteran Vernon Davis has proven many times, both as a key starter for the 49ers and the backup to Reed, that he can be a difference-maker at the TE position. Monitor the injury news as Week Three nears.



Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2018 (under 20%) Cameron Meredith, Spencer Ware, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill, Rico Gathers, Kenneth Dixon, Carlos Henderson, Tajae Sharpe, Erik Swoope, Malcolm Mitchell, Dede Westbrook

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