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Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 3

by Ryan McDowell
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.


Phillip Lindsay, DEN (69%/+65%)

T.J. Yeldon, JAX (69%/+54%)

Brandon Marshall, SEA (48%/+41%)

Will Dissly, SEA (31%/+29%) 

Austin Ekeler, LAC (45%/+28%)

Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB (23%/+20%)

Phillip Dorsett, NE (24%/+20%)

Dante Pettis, SF (21%/+20%)

Jonnu Smith, TEN (21%/+20%)

Geronimo Allison, GB (31%/+19%)

Cole Beasley, DAL (19%/+11%)

Ian Thomas, CAR (7%/+7%)

Nyheim Hines, IND (7%/+2%)

Dede Westbrook, JAX (17%/+1%)

Willie Snead, BAL (3%/+1%)





Not all recommended players gain dynasty value from week to week. Here are some players mentioned in last week’s article whose ownership percentage took a hit over the past week.


Tyrell Williams, LAC (15%/-4%)

Spencer Ware, KC (10%/-3%)

Josh Rosen, ARZ (1%/-1%)

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI (17%/-1%)

Dallas Goedert, PHI (2%/-1%)

Ryan Grant, IND (2%/-1%)





1)        Josh Rosen, ARZ (1%)

2)        Baker Mayfield, CLE (8%)

3)        Josh Allen, BUF (2%)


The Cardinals offense continued their massive struggles in Week Two and the calls for rookie QB Josh Rosen continue to grow louder as veteran QB Sam Bradford disappoints. Bradford has actually been outscored by rookie Lamar Jackson, who played part of the second-half of Week One. Sooner or later, the rookie Rosen will get his shot…Another growing QB controversy is happening in Cleveland, where the Browns are just a missed kick or two, or three away from being 2-0 on the season. Veteran QB Tyrod Taylor just hasn’t gotten it done, partially because the Browns are treating him like a traditional drop back passer. Regardless, like in Arizona, we’ll see the rookie QB Baker Mayfield eventually and his upside is massive. He’s likely only available in shallow dynasty leagues but grab him if he’s out there…One final rookie to target is Buffalo’s Josh Allen. He is likely on the waiver wire as it has been trendy to bash him, but in his NFL starting debut in Week Two, he was solid despite the worst supporting cast in the league Allen finished with 245 passing yards and a touchdown, which was only good enough for QB29 on the week. The upside is not there in the short-term but again, that has more to do with his lack of receiving options. Stash Allen for 2019 and beyond…


Running Backs


1)        Corey Grant, JAX (2%)

2)        Mark Walton, CIN (0%)

3)        Ito Smith, ATL (2%)

4)        Nyheim Hines, IND (8%)

5)        Marcus Murphy, BUF (1%)


This is not the week to be in need of RBs from the waiver wire, but with that said, let’s go shopping…With starting RB Leonard Fournette out, the Jaguars turned to a committee attack. While RB T.J. Yeldon got all of the attention, it was RB Corey Grant who produced. Grant totaled 69 yards, doing most of his damage as a receiver and finished as the RB19 for the week. Although Fournette should be back soon, Grant should continue to be utilized throughout the season. He’s also a free agent following the season in case you have room to stash him that long…After the Week Two Thursday night game, we learned that Bengals starting RB Joe Mixon would require a minor knee surgery and miss up to a month. That means RB Giovani Bernard is the next man up, but he’s already rostered, which leaves rookie RB Mark Walton, an Evan Silva off-season favorite, next in line for touches from the backup role…Another rookie in a similar situation is Falcons RB Ito Smith, and we learned last week that starter Devonta Freeman would miss a month, not just one game. In his first real action of his career, Smith racked up 54 total yards serving as the backup to RB Tevin Coleman, a free agent following the season. The Falcons hope Smith can show enough to earn the 2019 primary backup role…Yet another rookie RB carving out a role is Colts RB Nyheim Hines. With starter Marlon Mack back in Week Two, Hines touches dropped from 12 to five, yet he did score a rushing touchdown, which I expect to be a rare occasion this season. The Colts three-way RBBC will likely be messy all season, but Hines should have a decent floor in PPR leagues…Fortunately there were few injuries in Week Two but Bills veteran RB LeSean McCoy was one of the victims, leaving the game with a rib injury. His status for Week Three is unclear and I’m not sure it matters much anyway. Generally, I am avoiding the Bills offense, but backup RB Marcus Murphy is a desperation play. Even after the Bills signed free agent RB Chris Ivory this off-season, it has been Murphy serving as the clear backup, playing 37% of the snaps through two games, compared to 13% for Ivory…




Wide Receivers


1)        Antonio Callaway, CLE (6%)

2)        Keelan Cole, JAX (19%)

3)        Dede Westbrook, JAX (17%)

4)        James Washington, PIT (3%)

5)        Tyler Boyd, CIN (2%)

6)        Taywan Taylor, TEN (2%)

7)        Zay Jones, BUF (1%)

8)        Terrelle Pryor, NYJ (4%)


Now that WR Josh Gordon and the Browns have finally parted ways, it is time to turn to rookie WR Antonio Callaway. Although Callaway “earned” a starting job out of the pre-season, he barely saw action in Week One, but that changed last week. He caught a 47-yard touchdown that should’ve served as the game-winner for the Browns. Not only is he a terrific waiver add this week, he’s in consideration to be an FF starter…A couple of players that are already fantasy starters that some just haven’t come around on yet are Jaguars WRs Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook. Cole is the WR22 on the short season, while Westbrook is WR33. These players should not be on the waiver wire in any league…In a surprise move, the Steelers made veteran WR Justin Hunter a healthy scratch in Week Two, opening the door for rookie WR James Washington. While he caught just one of five targets, he did score his first career touchdown…Also encouraging is the Bengals usage of WR Tyler Boyd, who has easily outplayed and outsnapped WR John Ross through two games. Boyd is a low-end WR3 moving forward thanks to the volume he’s seeing, including 14 targets through two games…In Week One, pre-season star WR Taywan Taylor barely played, seeing one target. In Week Tow though, his snap rate climbed from 13% to 41% and he caught his first touchdown of the season…We’ve already talked about Bills QB Josh Allen and backup RB Marcus Murphy, so we’d better cover the WRs too. Second-year WR Zay Jones has led the team in receiving in each of the first two games, though he has just 89 yards on the season. Much like Allen, Jones is a long-term stash with upside, but he’s the best the Bills have right now…The Jets and rookie QB Sam Darnold have been spreading the ball around and while WR Quincy Enunwa has been the leading target, it is veteran WR Terrelle Pryor who is second on the team. Surprisingly, his 11 targets through two weeks is nearly double the looks seen by WR Robby Anderson (6)…


Tight Ends


1)        Ian Thomas, CAR (7%)

2)        Vance McDonald, PIT (15%)

3)        Mark Andrews, BAL (0%)

4)        Austin Hooper, ATL (17%)

5)        Chris Herndon, NYJ (0%)


His first game as the Panthers starting TE didn’t actually change much for rookie Ian Thomas. He saw just three targets as compared to two in Week One and finished with two catches for 10 yards. That won’t slow me from adding him to my teams as a long-term upside play. Anything we get from rookie TEs is a bonus…Steelers TE Vance McDonald made his season debut after missing much of the pre-season along with Week One. The team is clearly working him in slowly, but he did catch three passes on five targets and is the much better pass-catcher than TE Jesse James…The Ravens have struggled to find TE production for the past several years and they spent a pair of early draft picks to address the position this past off-season. Although first-rounder Hayden Hurst is missing time with an injury, fellow rookie TE Mark Andrews caught his first career touchdown pass in Week Two. In the short season thus far, he’s caught six of eight targets for 48 yards and the score…We’ve been waiting a long time for a productive game from TE Austin Hooper. As Evan Silva has noted many times, Hooper hadn’t eclipsed 50 receiving yards in a game since Week One, 2017. That changed this week when he posted a 5/59/1 line against the Panthers…If you’re digging deep, check out Jets rookie TE Chris Herndon, who recorded his first NFL catch in Week Two, finishing with a pair of catches for 30 yards on four targets...


Players on Injured Reserve worth stashing for 2019 (under 20%) Hunter Henry, D’Onta Foreman, Marqise Lee, Derrius Guice, Deon Cain, Adam Shaheen