Dynasty Waiver Wire: Week 3 (Fantasy Football)
Levi Chappell discusses which players you should consider grabbing from your dynasty league’s waiver wire in Week 3.
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We are through two weeks of the NFL season, and it has been downright crazy. Patrick Mahomes looks like me when I am playing Madden on rookie difficulty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, or should I say “Fitzmagic,” has the Buccaneers thinking about a serious playoff push, and some other surprise teams like the Bengals and Dolphins are 2-0. That is why I love the NFL; you never know what is going to happen in a given week.
The same can be said about fantasy football as well. If you would have told me that Fitzpatrick was leading the league in passing yards, DeSean Jackson was leading the league in receiving, and Matt Breida was leading the league in rushing, I would have asked if pigs could fly. So with that said, we as fantasy owners are always looking for ways to better our team and add more depth.
Some of the names that I will be listing below and in future articles will already be owned in your league. If you are in a 10-team league, many of these players may be available, but if you are in a 12- or 14-team league, fewer may be available. For the most part, I will be listing players that are owned in less than 40% of 12-team leagues.
Corey Grant (RB – JAC)
Last week, I recommended that you go and pick up T.J. Yeldon and he had a decent game. Now I am suggesting that you go pick up another Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Grant. While Yeldon and Blake Bortles did the most damage on the ground, Grant was still sprinkled in with four carries for 13 yards. His main impact came in the passing game where he caught six passes for 56 yards. He was playing in the fourth quarter during crunch time which tells me that the Jags can trust him. We are not sure how long Fournette will be out, so Grant may still have some value left in him.
Chris Ivory (RB – BUF)
This waiver wire add has more to do with injury than anything else, like many of these do. LeSean Mccoy fractured his ribs. That can mean quite a few things, and we have seen players tough it out in the past and play, but he will not be able to play at the same level and will most likely miss some amount of time. This gives Ivory a clear shot to be the early-down/goal-line back in Buffalo, for whatever that is worth. While neither Ivory nor the opportunity is exciting, players need chances and touches to make a fantasy impact, and there will be plenty of volume for Ivory to make an impact on one of the league’s worst offenses.
Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE)
I am going to assume that Antonio Callaway is already owned in your dynasty league, so the next best thing will be to pick up Higgins. Higgins is by far the biggest beneficiary of the recent departure of Josh Gordon. and now both he and Callaway have fantasy relevance. There are plenty of targets up for grabs in Cleveland, and outside of Landry at wide receiver, everyone else is unproven.
If Week 2 was any indication of how Higgins will be used, you would have to be happy. He saw seven targets and caught five of them for 47 yards. This situation opens up an excellent opportunity for Higgins or Callaway to show that they can make an impact.
Willie Snead (WR – BAL)
Snead saw eight targets on Thursday night and seems to have developed good chemistry with quarterback Joe Flacco. He has caught nine balls for over a 100 yards and a touchdown on this early season. Those numbers aren’t going to blow you out of the water, but he has been consistent and could help you in a pinch during bye weeks or if the injury bug strikes your team. Snead never has to worry about be double teamed or schemed for since he is the WR3 on his team. He can take advantage of the 1-on-1 coverage he will have all year, and he will look to continue his early involvement next week when they play the Broncos who are allowing almost 300 yards through the air.
Will Dissly (TE – SEA)
I’ll be completely honest, I thought Dissly would be one of those guys that comes out of nowhere in Week 1 and puts up a monster game to only then disappear and never be heard from again. I was wrong.
Dissly scored again on Monday night and now has two touchdowns on this early season. While he didn’t have 100+ yards receiving on Monday night, he did see five targets which he turned into three catches for 42 yards. I thought that Nick Vannett would be “the guy” to take over Jimmy Graham’s place, but so far this season it has been Dissly. I still think that the tight end position in Seattle will be more of a committee, but so far Dissly has made a lasting impact on a team in dire need of playmakers.
Jesse James (TE – PIT)
James has always been one of those guys that I see on the waiver wire, but am never able to pull the trigger on because his weekly usage is so inconsistent. This year has been a different story, though.
In Week 1, he saw five targets and caught three balls for 60 yards, a very respectable stat line. Then in Week 2, he decided to go off and post a career game catching five balls for 138 yards and a score. The tight end position in fantasy is always a tough one to predict, you either rely on studs like Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, or Zach Ertz, or you try and stream a decent tight end with a good matchup. James is shaping up to be a solid start from week to week and Ben Roethlisberger’s trust in him does a lot to boost his fantasy value.