What a hell of a week three for fantasy football! Ryan Fitzpatrick is still Fitz-magic, the Kansas City offense is still exploding, and the Browns got their first win in 635 days!
Now for the bad news. Jimmy Garoppolo went down in the fourth quarter with what is now confirmed as a torn ACL, so his season is over. But I wouldn’t go out dropping any 49ers’ pass catchers…..yet. Just put them on your bench and see what CJ Beathard can do with them over the next couple of weeks.
Evan Engram is week-to-week with a sprained MCL. The position of tight end in general is a mess. This year, although you may have laughed at his theory in our podcast, DJ Premo and his ZERO tight end theory actually…. looks good! But enough of the intro log, lets get you guys prepared for week four and play the waiver wire!
BYE WEEK: Panthers, Redskins
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
What a difference from this time last season. Dalton was an embarrassment then. Now, he is looking very comfortable in this offense which has been averaging about 39 pass attempts since the start of the season. Yes, he threw four interceptions last week, and you can count on Dalton doing that a couple of times each year, but with the weapons around him and the possible return of Joe Mixon, fire up the Red Rifle.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
This one I am excited to add. I don’t like watching players get hurt, but I have been a fan of Mayfield back from his college days. Mayfield finished 17/23 for 201 yards in basically one half of play. Don’t cringe at that stat line because of no touchdowns. Mayfield showed why he was the #1 pick. The excitement he brings to the field and his accuracy should be enough to add him this week as he is an upgrade to his pass catchers, especially my favorite one, and fellow rookie, Antonio Callaway. Mayfield would be my top add at QB if I lost Garoppolo and Dalton wasn’t available.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Who really wants to lean on Tannehill, honestly. For a team that is struggling to run the ball, it’s hard to deny Tannehill as a viable fill in. A bonus to add to it is that the Dolphins get the Patriots and their hurt secondary this upcoming week. In three of the last four meetings against New England, Tannehill has thrown for at least 300 yards, and for someone who is completing 73% of their passes right now, I would take Tannehill and plug him in this week.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants
This is just going out on a limb, but if the bye week effects you this week, or you’re just a streaming kind of person, Eli gets the Saints this week who’s pass defense is nothing to write home about. Desperation add here, but I would be willing to start him this week if no one else is available.
Javorius “Buck” Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
I had Buck Allen in my week three adds and if you started him last week you were rewarded with two touchdowns, but nothing to brag about yardage wise. He gets Pittsburgh this week. I don’t know if you can do much better than him at this point, so if you need a running back this week, Allen is your man.
Alfred Morris, RB, San Francisco 49ers
He is available in about 30% of leagues and my running back sleeper, Matt Breida, is injured but should play this weekend. Between these two guys it should be thunder and lighting like the old-school Giants did with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Morris should be able to help fill in your void at RB2/FLEX for the remainder of the season.
Green Bay Running Backs
Most of us still don’t know how this backfield is going to end up. In regards to week-three touches it was Ty Montgomery – 10, Aaron Jones -7 and Jamaal Williams -5. Montgomery will be a nice low-end fill in for PPR. Jones is the one I really want as he was averaged seven yards a carry against the Redskins. While Williams is looking to be more of a bench warmer. For now, if any of these three are available, or when they get dropped, add them for depth/bye-week fillers.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Is the torch being handed over? Naw, when you have Julio Jones playing opposite of you, you tend to have good, if not great games. Jones still finished with a good stat line but it’s Ridley who is getting us excited with his 7/146/3 stat line. Ridley is starting to trend upwards, and is a top waiver add for me and should be at least a WR3/FLEX going forward.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
After a nice performance against Baltimore, Boyd cashed in again against the Carolina Panthers for six catches, 132 yards and a touchdown. It took Boyd a couple of years to become relevant for the Cincinnati Bengals, but he is the receiver not named A.J. Green to own here. You can go ahead and drop John Ross. Even if, and heaven forbid, Green got injured, Boyd should be able to fill the void here going forward as it looks like Dalton is comfortable with him, making him a viable WR3 option for your fantasy team.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
With Engram going down to injury last week, expect Shepard to be a prime benefactor. We don’t know how long Engram is out for, but might as well enjoy the ride with Shepard as he just posted a 6/80/1 stat line last week against the Texans. Next up, the New Orleans Saints, yes please! Shepard should be a good start this week if you are in need of a wide receiver.
Vance McDonald, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Man, McDonald made his presence known Monday night with the stiff arm of the year en route to compiling four receptions, 112 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Jesse James on the other hand… one catch for seven yards. This might be the flip of the switch as McDonald looks to be the one to own out of these two going forward.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
We know how much Carson Wentz loves to utilize his tight ends as both Goedert and Zach Ertz finished with the same amount of catches and yards last week against the Colts, but it was Goedert who got the touchdown. As long as Alshon Jeffery is out, Goedert should be able to put up low-end TE1 numbers. Add him to your bench if you can.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
When Olsen went down in week one, the initial diagnosis was that he would miss a minimum of 4-5 weeks. On Tuesday a report came out that said he is “way ahead of the curve” with his recovery. Want to be ahead of everyone else? Check your waiver wire because those looking to replace Jordan Reed – bye week this week – won’t be looking for Olsen. If you have the bench space or a player who isn’t adding any benefit to your team, swipe up Olsen and hopefully he comes back close to 100%. If he does, pat yourself on the back and thank me later!
Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys give their instant reactions to week three in the NFL!