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Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 3 (2022 Fantasy Football)

by Tom Strachan | @NFL_Tstrack | Featured Writer
Sep 24, 2022

Welcome to the Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes column. Each week I’ll be helping you get ahead of your league mates and stash players who have interesting matchups in the weeks ahead. The players in this column will be typically rostered in less than 50-60% of Yahoo leagues, giving you an excellent shot at sneaking in there and picking them up before your league mates turn their attention to them.

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Fantasy Football Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes: Week 3

Jared Goff (QB – DET)
Rostered 37%

Through two weeks of the season, Jared Goff is the QB9 in total points and has thrown more touchdowns (6) than Matthew Stafford (4), Kyler Murray (3), and Joe Burrow (3). Efficiency has been a key part of Goff’s game so far, putting up the fourth-highest touchdown rate among all quarterbacks (8.5%). The Lions offensive line is playing great, even when starters miss time, and Goff has been comfortable and played above expectations. In Week 4 Goff gets a friendly matchup with the Seattle Seahawks where he’ll be comfortably streamable.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF)
Rostered 32%

It was just too much to ask for even one clean game for Trey Lance, where he had all of his offensive weapons, and the weather wasn’t atrocious. Instead, those fortunes fall to Jimmy Garoppolo, who entered the Week 2 matchup with the Seahawks without a game plan that centered around him. Garoppolo looked good, and dare I say it, a touch more aggressive than normal having no qualms about unleashing throws down the sideline to Brandon Aiyuk. Week 3 might bring a change of style as Kyle Shanahan seeks to make things more conservative once more, but if not, Garoppolo could have higher upside than expected. In the coming weeks, the Niners will face Carolina and Atlanta in games that should be winnable before entering back-to-back potential shootouts with the Chiefs and Rams.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL)
Rostered 30%

The Cowboys chose to re-sign Michael Gallup in the off-season and in doing so decided they had to move on from Amari Cooper. At the time Gallup was recovering from an ACL injury suffered late in the 2021 season, but we’re getting close to seeing Gallup take the field again and the Cowboys could definitely do with him being out there. Cooper Rush might still be the quarterback for another few weeks, but there is a realistic chance that when the bye weeks start to come thick and fast Gallup is back up to 100% and Dak Prescott is under center. We’ve seen Gallup produce before, and now as the clear WR2 he’ll have opportunities to do so again.

Sterling Shepard (WR – NYG)
Rostered 17%

In Week 2 Sterling Shepard got back to a full-time role with 87% of snaps and 10 targets. Shepard is no stranger to this kind of volume from Daniel Jones, averaging 8.28 targets per game when the two play together, and while Shepard doesn’t have an elite ceiling that kind of volume can be very helpful in formats rewarding receptions with fantasy points. Thanks to the dearth of options the Giants possess, Shepard will rarely stay off the field and is the perfect player to stash for matchups such as the Week 4 game against the Bears.

Rachaad White (RB – TB)
Rostered 31%

Leonard Fournette has been on the injury report constantly this year with nagging injuries and we have a long way to go yet. Behind Fournette Tampa has Kenyon Barber, Giovanni Bernard (currently on IR), and then the promising rookie, Rachaad White, who they selected in the third round of this year’s draft. White has been out-touched 51 to 10 over the opening two games by Leonard Fournette, but with the Bucs wide receivers looking increasingly banged up White could see more opportunities going forward. Should Fournette miss any time, White has league-winning upside.

Ken Walker III (RB – SEA)
Rostered 55%

Ken Walker made his NFL debut against the 49ers but the occasion was slightly overshadowed by the unfortunate injury to Trey Lance. Walker immediately ate into Rashaad Penny‘s workload, who saw half as many rushing attempts as in Week 1. Unfortunately for the Seahawks they trailed the Niners for virtually the whole game and were forced to pass more often than they’d have liked. While that may be a situation the Seahawks do face with some regularity, Pete Carroll will always emphasize the run where possible, and Walker should be rostered in all leagues where he is a Rashaad Penny injury away from a big workload.

Raheem Mostert (RB – MIA)
Rostered 54%

The Miami Dolphins haven’t run the ball well so far this season going 23-65 against the Patriots and 18-86 against the Ravens. It seems clear that Chase Edmonds isn’t overly preferred to Mostert after Mostert started against the Ravens and saw 11 rushing attempts to Edmonds five. It’s possible that situation ping-pongs back and forth depending on which back is Mike McDaniel’s flavor of the week, but if the Dolphins carry on as a fun offensive team then they’re a more appealing team to have assets of than the likes of some teams who will frequently find themselves having to change their gameplan. With bye weeks coming up Mostert is worth adding before he faces fixtures against the Jets and Vikings who have been friendly towards running backs.

Logan Thomas (TE – WAS)
Rostered 30%

After an ACL injury in 2021 Thomas has been eased back into action for the Commanders, going from 54% snaps in Week 1 up to 73% in Week 2. Thomas has yet to have a big fantasy day but has seen five or more targets in both games and put up 12.5 PPR points in Week 2. Carson Wentz frequently looks to passes close to the line of scrimmage and while Curtis Samuel has enjoyed those passes most often to date, the more Thomas plays the more likely he is to start returning bigger points totals.

Evan Engram (TE – JAC)
Rostered 24%

Over the two opening weeks of the season, Evan Engram has seen 12 targets and clearly built a rapport with Trevor Lawrence who has looked increasingly comfortable in this offense in his second year. At tight end, it can often be tricky to project success, but volume is always a good indicator and with Dan Arnold seeing more work as a blocker and just one target so far, it’s clear the passing work is going to head towards Engram. The Jaguars are a team on the rise. Don’t be surprised to see this offense continue to improve.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense
Rostered 49%

On Monday Night Football Darius Slay was a man possessed, haunting Kirk Cousins to the tune of five pass breakups and one interception. Slay’s success is just a small part of this talented unit that also features playmakers on the defensive line. The Eagles face a friendly set of fixtures over the coming few weeks with Washington, Jacksonville and Arizona all looking like teams who might struggle to score against this talented unit.

Kansas City Chiefs Defense
Rostered 42%

The Chiefs defense wasn’t expected to be a top-tier grouping this year, but for fantasy purposes, they can still be useful because the offense can force opposing teams into catch-up situations where they become more mistake-prone. The Chiefs aren’t an elite defense, but they will create turnovers and fantasy points. Week 3 brings a cupcake matchup against the mistake-prone Colts which could see the Chiefs defense rise in value. Get ahead of the crowd and grab them before your league-mates do.


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