With all the injuries we witnessed in games last week, there were two more surprises for fantasy owners on Sunday morning as running backs Arian Foster and Bernard Pierce were both deactivated prior to the 1 o’clock games, which created an opportunity for players previous not on the fantasy radar to shine. This shows the importance of making sure all your players are active prior to the start of the Sunday games.
Most of the week 3 games are over and it’s time to start looking ahead to week 4. As many of you know, week 4 in the NFL is the start of the bye weeks, which makes the waiver wire even more important as you will have to make sure there are no holes in your roster. With the Broncos, Seahawks, Bengals, Browns, Rams, and Cardinals off next week, there will be many teams without their star players and they may have to use the waiver wire to fill up their starting line-up. We provide a list of 10 players that should help you with your early season bye-week woes.
If you took the time to read pre-draft articles this year, you were told to avoid rookie WRs. However, if the first three weeks of play are any indication of things to come, it’s fair to assume that the Pros were wrong and that taking a chance on a rookie WR could return a handsome dividend for those who were willing to take the risk. Prior to week 3 we have already seen Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin and Brandin Cooks turn in big games. In week 3 there were several other rookie wide-outs who joined this list and are considered some of the best waiver wire options this week.
10 10. Alfred Blue, RB – Houston Texans (0.4% Owned)
9 9. Allen Robinson, WR – Jacksonville Jaguars (0.2% Owned)
8 8. Miles Austin, WR – Cleveland Browns (4.9% Owned)
7 7. San Diego Chargers Defense – (2.8% Owned)
6 6. Eddie Royal, WR – San Diego Chargers (1.3% Owned)
5 5. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB – Baltimore Ravens (0.1% Owned)
4 4. Blake Bortles, QB – Jacksonville Jaguars (2.1% Owned)
3 3. John Brown, WR – Arizona Cardinals (1.3% Owned)
2 2. Travis Kelce, TE – Kansas City Chiefs (11.6% Owned)
1 1. Jordan Matthews, WR – Philadelphia Eagles (2.9% Owned)
The third rookie WR to find his way onto this list plays for the high-flying Eagles offense and was a big part of it this past Sunday. Matthews had 8 catches on 9 targets which went for 59 yards and 2 scores. Matthews struggled in the first two weeks of the season but looked great in the Eagles win over the Redskins. He is well worth picking up and stashing as it looks like he is on his way to surpassing Riley Cooper as the Eagles WR2 behind Maclin. Given the fast paced nature of the Eagles offense, you should pick up Matthews as he has the potential to play at a WR3 level by mid-season.
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