Jamie Calandro provides suggested FAAB waiver wire bids for Week 3.
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It’s waiver wire time again! I hope that everyone was able to benefit from last week’s FAAB article, as some of my picks contributed fairly well. Check back to that article as some of the plays are still relevant this week (and still under 50% owned in Yahoo leagues). If you have any fantasy related questions, feel free to tweet me @jac3600. Happy bidding!
Jerick McKinnon (MIN): 21% owned
McKinnon will be the top prize on the waiver wire for this week after we saw Adrian Peterson go down with a torn meniscus. The issue here is that it’s very early in the diagnosis and we don’t actually know how long AP will be out. The Vikings are claiming it’s not a serious injury and aren’t even ruling him out for this week yet. I find that very hard to believe, and I will be aggressively bidding on McKinnon as a result. McKinnon is a freakish athlete, posting an elite 147.5 score on the SPARQ test and averaging over five YPC as a starter. Matt Asiata looms for vulture catches and TDs, but it’s clear who the better back is here.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 10-12% of your budget (if AP is out 1-2 weeks) 22-25% of your budget (if AP is out 3 weeks or more) 30-35% of your budget (if the injury is season-threatening)
Jay Ajayi (MIA): 27% owned
I’m sorry, but Ajayi should have been far higher owned than this. Being Arian Foster’s backup is about as sure a route to playing as actually being named the starter yourself. Foster is, of course, injured again and looking very doubtful for Week 3 against the Browns. Ajayi isn’t alone in the backfield (Kenyan Drake turned some heads last weekend), but it would stand to reason he’d get the bulk of carries. He also caught four balls which really helps his PPR value. Even if Foster only misses one game this time, put a bid on Ajayi because it’s only a matter of time before Foster goes down again.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 10% of your budget
NOTE: Kenyan Drake is also worthy of 2-3% of your budget as a speculative add if you don’t buy into Ajayi as the long-term solution.
Alfred Morris (DAL): 22% owned
I have been an Ezekiel Elliott basher since he became a first-round pick as soon as drafts started. Quite simply, the college and pro game are so starkly different that being as good as David Johnson last year is the exception, not the rule. Elliott certainly has the talent to be an RB1 for many years to come (and the O-line to help him get there fast) but there is such a learning curve to the NFL and fumbling the ball twice won’t be tolerated for long. Morris is a proven between-the-tackles runner with an elite offensive line. Definitely worth a stash.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 6-8% of your budget (maybe a bit less in PPR)
Orleans Darkwa (NYG): 0% owned
This is more of a depth add than anything else, but Rashad Jennings was seen with his hand heavily wrapped after Sunday’s game against the Saints. Shane Vereen is definitely the more versatile talent, but he’s not an every down back, and I have a hard time thinking he’d get the goal line touches after getting stuffed twice at the end of last game.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 1-2% of your budget (more if you’re a Rashad Jennings owner)
Tyrell Williams (SD): 48% owned
I wrote about him last week, but I’m prioritizing him a lot more this week if he’s still unowned in your league. Tyrell is clearly the No. 2 receiver behind Travis Benjamin, and he received six targets in last game (catching three of them for 61 yards and a score). Keenan Allen is already lost for the season, and now Danny Woodhead is gone, too. As the two most targeted players in San Diego’s offense, that opens up a ton of chances for the remaining guys, and I’d scoop up Williams now before he has a 100-yard game and costs you more. He’s also immediately startable in Week 3 against the sorry excuse for a defense the Colts are throwing out.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 6-8% of your budget
Victor Cruz (NYG): 0% owned
The Salsa Dance is back! After seeing his first regular season action in 700 days, Cruz has immediately made his presence known on the field, hauling in a beautiful catch that sealed the Giants victory (sorry, I can’t keep the Giant pride out of my writing). Cruz had eight targets in Week 2 and when you factor in the knowledge that Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard both had more, you realize that there’s more than enough to go around for a Giants offense that projects to be near the top of the NFL in pace and number of plays run. It’s easy to forget, but Cruz is still not even 30 years old.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 6-8% of your budget
Quincy Enunwa (NYJ): 10% owned
Enunwa will be a waiver wire darling this week, and that 10% ownership rate should skyrocket (especially in PPR leagues). Enunwa has received 14 targets so far in the first two weeks, and he is showing off his catching skills out of the slot for the Jets. With New York officially acting as though the TE position doesn’t exist, there should be no competition in that area of the field for catches. Averaging seven targets immediately puts him on the WR3 map in PPR leagues, and if Brandon Marshall misses time (dealing with MCL injury) Enunwa’s upside is far bigger.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 5-6% (standard) 8-10% (PPR)
Both these values go up if Brandon Marshall somehow is looking at a multi-week injury.
Anquan Boldin (DET): 17% owned
Boldin has quietly received the same amount of snaps as Golden Tate and is receiving more than his fair share of targets (10 in two weeks out of the slot). It will take an injury for his value to really go up, but he’s well worth a stash at this point, especially since he’s outplaying Tate in a pretty potent offense.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 2-3% of your budget (standard) 4-5% of your budget (PPR)
Dennis Pitta (BAL): 10% owned
Last week there were really no tight ends to speak of that were worth your time and money, but Pitta has emerged as a top waiver add after Week 2. The only thing that’s kept Piita down in his career is a multitude of injuries, and we already know he and Joe Flacco have chemistry. Pitta received a game-high 12 targets in Week 2, hauling in nine of them for 102 yards. If he’s healthy (big if), he’s a high-end TE2 or a low-end TE1.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 7-8% of your budget (more or less depending on your need at the position)
Kyle Rudolph (MIN): 30% owned
Ugh. This guy has flashed such talent but is just so prone to disappearing acts. I’m ready to take one last shot on him with Sam Bradford as his QB. Bradford LOVES throwing in the slot, and if Stefon Diggs makes his way outside expect to see Rudolph drifting over the middle for targets. Rudolph has actually seen 16 targets so far this year, including three in the red zone. If he can keep up that consistency, he could be a low-end TE1 in all leagues.
SUGGESTED FAAB BID – 3-4% of your budget