Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups
Injuries are the death knell of a fantasy owner’s season. Losing one of your top 3 picks to a season-ending injury can be catastrophic, especially when you missed on some talent later on in your draft. With those crippling injuries come emerging stars and middling talents, both looking for the opporunity to make a name for themselves.
Week 2 brought a lot of devastating injuries to fantasy owners. RGIII went down with a dislocated ankle trying to complete a pass on the run. Jamaal Charles suffered a high-ankle sprain in the Chiefs loss to the Broncos, putting him on the shelf from anywhere between 2–5 weeks. Mark Ingram broke his hand and may miss a month after taking a commanding role in the offense. A.j. Green may miss some time with a foot injury and Ryan Mathews will miss a few weeks with a sprained MCL.
To avoid losing too much fantasy production here is a list of the best waiver wire pickups to make this week.
Geno Smith (owned in 9% of Yahoo! leagues): Don’t accuse me of hometown bias! Ok, maybe you can make that case, but Smith is still a viable pickup for your bench. He has looked far more comfortable in the pocket this season, and has continued to show off is deep ball accuracy. The Jets are allowing him to run with the ball more often, which has given him 64 rushing yards and a touchdown on the season.
He has been one of the more valuable quarterbacks over the past six games dating back to last season, averaging about 20 points per game. His emergence this season is aided by the addition of Eric Decker, who is questionable for the team’s matchup against the Chicago Bears on Monday.
Jonathan Stewart (owned in 19% of Yahoo! leagues): The obvious add this week is Knile Davis so I opted to go with someone a bit more under the radar. Stewart’s line of 15 carries for 37 yards and a TD leave much to be desired, but the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt considering Detroit has a very strong front seven. Stewart will be facing a Steelers run defense that has allowed 340 rushing yards over the past two weeks the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
Stewart has been slowed by injuries over the past couple of years but he still has some explosion left in him. He should be able to showcase some of his skills if DeAngelo Williams is unable to play against the Steelers on Sunday.
James Jones (owned in 23% of Yahoo! leagues): Recommending adding a number one wide receiver who just put up a 9/112/1 line is not really giving much advice, but he’s still only owned in a quarter of Yahoo! leagues. That’s enough to make him a number one waiver wire pickup if you are thin at wide receiver.
Travis Kelce (owned in 38% of Yahoo! leagues): He has been billed as the next Rob Gronkowski, showcasing breakaway speed at 6'5, 260. His combination of size and speed helped him pull down four catches for 81 yards last week against the Denver Broncos. His role is seemingly growing as the season progresses, making him an ideal backup tight end for the majority of fantasy owners.