What a strange week, right? The Colts, Jets, and Bears all pulled upsets for their first victory, Case Keenum, Blake Bortles, Brian Hoyer, and Jacoby Brissett were all top 10 Fantasy QB's, and a litany of other things that don't belong in a Fantasy Football column. Well continuing the trend, this is a very unique blend for the Week 4 Waiver Targets.
Scoring is ESPN 1/2 point PPR Standard scoring. Owned Percentages using ESPN.
Deshaun Watson HOU 24.1 Week 3 points. Available in 87% of leagues. Full disclosure...this is being wrote by a Texans fan, so I will try to keep this as objective as possible. Watson has shown growth and maturation in every progressing start. Even in a loss to the defending Super Bowl Champions, Watson put up rather impressive passing numbers, 22/33 for 301 yards 2 TD's and 2 INT's. The turnovers are a concern but (back to fantasy) it's his rushing that somewhat quells that concern. Watson has averaged 41 rushing yards a game so far...which points-wise in most leagues just a bout a passing TD. Watson is worth a stash in almost every league with bye weeks approaching.
Jared Goff LAR 26.6 Week 3 points. Available in 92% of leagues. I mentioned him in my Week 2 Waiver Adds column, and he is done nothing but improve since. Goff is the #10....yes top 10 TJ...Fantasy QB through Week 3 this year. Should be added in each and every league.
Jamaal Charles DEN 12.2 Week 3 points. Available in 77% of leagues. It feels very strange having this name in a Waiver Wire piece but it seems Denver has found a very fitting role for Charles, utilizing his explosiveness while still keeping him fresh and healthy. Charles getting 8-10 touches has the Fantasy value of most RB's getting 15-18 touches.
Wendell Smallwood PHI 8.5 Week 3 points. Available in 97% of leagues. With Sproles ending his year with a torn ACL and broken arm on the same play (ouch!) and Blount looking incapable of bowling for more than 3 yard carries, Smallwood looks to become the primary back in what looks to be a pretty explosive Eagles offense. Also, keep in mind Corey Clement. The undrafted rookie from Wisconsin had 6 carries when Sproles left the game, but Smallwood had the lion's share of snaps.
Andre Ellington ARI 10.6 Week 3 points. Available in 99% of leagues. The Arizona backfield looks like it is going to be a textbook 3-piece Running Back by Committee with the loss of David Johnson. However, Ellington looks to have the most Fantasy value in that committee as the primary pass catching back for the Cardinals. Ellington saw the most on-field time while Arizona was playing catch up, which is what they will be doing most of the year since their only win was squeaking by the Colts in Jacoby Brissett's debut.
Handcuffs/Fliers you should watch: Corey Grant JAX, Benny Cunningham CHI, Branden Oliver LAC, Matt Breida SF, Elijah McGuire NYJ
Devin Funchess CAR 7.8 Week 3 points. Available in 89% of leagues. Although his 4 catch 58 yard performance against the Saints might not just floor you, Funchess usage has steadily increased game by game. Mix that with Greg Olsen missing remainder of season and Kelvin Benjamin getting banged up, Cam Newton will need a big body to throw to in the redzone, and Funchess fits the bill.
Allen Hurns JAX 9.5 Week 3 points. Available in 88% of leagues. Check first to see if Marqise Lee is floating around still on your wire (he is available in 62% of leagues). If Lee is gone, Hurns is a suitable replacement. He has scored TD's in 2 consecutive contests and has a matchup with the Jets in Week 4, who are 5th worst against wide outs.
Jaron Brown ARI 9.7 Week 3 points. Available in 96% of leagues. The lesser known J. Brown in the Cardinals WR corp is the second Arizona pass catcher in this column in as many weeks (JJ Nelson last week). Jaron Brown looks like a much more stable option with his second straight 9 point fantasy performance while Nelson provides much more boom-or-bust potential.
Other deep-league WR considerations: Travis Benjamin LAC, Geronimo Allison GB, Robert Woods LAR, Trent Taylor SF, Brice Butler DAL
Ryan Griffin HOU 14.6 Week 3 points. Available in 99% of leagues. The Tight End position is especially helpful to two segments of QB's: rookie QB's and scrambling QB's. The Texans happen to have both in Deshaun Watson. With Fiedorowicz on the IR and Stephen Anderson still developing Griffin is the primary Tight End in an offense that gives the position quite a bit of attention.
Cameron Brate TB 11.3 Week 3 points. Available in 93% of leagues. The third year man out of Harvard has done a great job snuffing out the OJ Howard concerns for his production. Tampa Bay has been running a substantial amount of 2 Tight End sets, and Brate has out targeted Howard. With matchup against the porous Giants defense that just got diced up Zach Ertz, Brate is definitely worth an add.
I feel Benjamin Watson BAL is worth a mention as well, but not why you might think. Yes had an 8.7 point performance following his 8 catch 91 yard performance from Week 2. However, 7.1 of those 8.7 points came on a 6 yard garbage time TD that gave Baltimore their only score against the Jaguars. Prior to that he was out-targeted by Nick Boyle. It seems his Week 2 performance was just a "playing the Browns" fluke. There are probably more stable options at TE on the wire and Watson is only worth rostering in the deepest of leagues.
Green Bay 5 Week 3 points. Available in 93% of leagues. They get a home game, on a short week, versus a Bears team that has been virtually playing with zero WR presence since Cameron Meredith went down. If you are a defense-streamer this is your stream of the week.