NFL Fantasy Football Week 3: Waiver Wire

Jimmy G

Hopefully, you picked up John Ross and Marquise Brown after their Week 1 explosion.

But if you didn’t, don’t panic. Here’s a list of potential free agents that will help you bolster your squad.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Owned in 24.8% of leagues

It feels like so long ago, but it was just last year that Jimmy G was penciled to be the NFL’s next elite QB. But the gruesome injury Garroppolo suffered made all that promise mute. Now in 2019, he’s starting to put it all back together. As Garoppolo continues to get healthy, he’s going to start putting up some gaudy numbers in Kyle Shanahan’s fantasy-friendly offense that’s been reloaded with a new stable of weapons.

RB: Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans

Owned in 44.4% of leagues

After a rocky couple of years for the former second-round pick, he’s fit in nicely with the Houston Texans. Through two weeks, Hyde has put up a sizzling 5.8 YPC on 30 carries for 173 yards. Hyde saw the field on 61% of the snaps Week 2, a bump up from the 37% he saw Week 1. Hyde will continue to cede some touches to Duke Johnson, but he is still a solid back who could see 15-20 touches as long as game flows allow it.

RB: Jaylen Samuels, Pittsburgh Steelers

Owned in 25.5% of leagues

This is contingent on the health of James Connor. Assuming Connor doesn’t play, Jaylen Samuels could be in for a sizable workload in the wake of Big Ben’s season-ending injury. Samuels had a great showing last year when Connor missed a game with 162 yards against the Patriots. Samuels would be an instant plug-and-play RB2 if Connor doesn’t play Week 3, but a strong stash regardless given Connor’s injury history.

WR: Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs

Owned in 1.0% of leagues

All eyes were on Sammy Watkins after his Week 1 blowup, but it was Demarcus Robinson who had a huge Week 2. Robinson had six receptions, 172 yards, and one TD on a hapless Oakland secondary. The 6-foot-1-inch 203 pound WR showed pitch-perfect chemistry with Pat Mahomes on those difficult 50-50 jump balls. With Tyreek Hill set to miss at least a month, Robinson should be No. 1 on everyone’s wish list.

WR: John Brown, Buffalo Bills

Owned in 55.5% of leagues

Everyone continues to sleep on John Brown, but the guy has 14 receptions and 195 yards through two weeks. “Smokey” Brown’s down the field ability has been a hand in glove fit with Josh Allen’s rocket arm. Brown is the no. 1 WR on a Bills receiving core that’s severely lacking weapons. The 5-foot-11-inch speedster may not be a household name, but he’s shown the propensity to produce big yardage with a sneaky end zone prowess.

WR: Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers

Owned in 13.2% of leagues

The second-round pick out of South Carolina possesses YAC skills reminiscent of Pierre Garcon. And keep in mind that Garcon had a career season with 113 receptions and 1346 yards as the X-receiver in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Now Samuel is locked into that same role in Shanahan’s offense. The 49ers clearly want to get Samuel involved, evidenced by his Week 2 blow up. As Dante Pettis continues to struggle, Samuel looks like the guy to lead this San Fran team in receiving. 

WR: DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars

Owned in 21.5% of leagues

We went into the season with Dede Westbrook looking like he was going to be the breakout candidate in Jacksonville, but DJ Chark has been the most exciting Jaguars receiver to this point. Through two weeks, Chark holds an impressive 11-201-2 line. Chark is clearly a favorite of starting QB Gardner Minshew. A feat that should pay dividends for the speedy Chark.

TE: Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals

Owned in 12.4% of leagues

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know Tyler Eifert still played football. The 6-foot-6-inch tight end’s career has been characterized by his ugly injury history, but he’s produced when he can stay healthy. Let’s not forget, this was the same guy who put up 13 TDs in 13 games. At his best, Eifert is a TD machine, but it’s never a guarantee that he’ll stay healthy. Eifert is worth at least a flier in what’s become a very shallow tight end pool.

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