If you read my Week 2 Waiver Wire Targets hopefully you were able to pick up a couple of Tarik Cohen, Chris Carson, Javorius Allen, and/or Cooper Kupp. If they are still available in your leagues they would still be my top waiver adds. After a disappointing Week 2 from Alvin Kamara I am still holding him for another week to see if he bounces back. Here are some players not mentioned last week.
Trevor Siemian: 231 PaYds, 4 PaTD, 1 INT, 14 RuYds (37% owned on Fantrax)
Quarterback is a deep position and despite a good week Trevor Siemian still has questions surrounding him, but he did show that he is capable of having QB1 weeks. If you are in a deeper league Siemian could be worth a stash. The Bills have not been generous to opposing fantasy QBs though so I may keep him on the bench this week.
Next 3 Opponents: at Bills, vs Raiders, vs Giants
Derrick Henry: 92 RuYds, 1 RuTD (87% owned on Fantrax)
Derrick Henry is coming off an impressive Week 2 performance against the Jaguars. While Demarco Murray was held to 25 yards on 9 attempts, Henry managed to notch 92 yards and a TD on 14 touches. I don’t think Henry has taken the job quite yet, but he will remained heavily involved in the offense and if he continues this production they are only going to give him more touches. He does have a couple tough match-ups coming up so you may have to be patient, but Henry has huge upside for the end of the season.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Seahawks, at Texans, at Dolphins
Chris Thompson: 77 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 29 ReYds (60% owned on Fantrax)
It is unlikely Chris Thompson will ever take over a featured role in Washington, but he has shown that he will be heavily involved as a complimentary piece to Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine. Thompson should be a reliable flex play that has the potential to put up big weeks, especially in PPR leagues.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Raiders, at Chiefs, vs 49ers
James White: 11 RuYds, 85 ReYds (78% owned on Fantrax)
Anyone who has played fantasy for a few years knows how unpredictable Bill Belichick can be with his running backs. Gillislee seems penciled into the goal line Blount role, but has yet to see a target in the passing game after 2 weeks. Of the other backs, James White has over double the rushes, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards than Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis respectively. As I mentioned before, its hard to predict Belichick’s tendencies, but James White seems to be the guy Brady and him feel most comfortable featuring.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Texans, vs Panthers, at Bucs
Rashad Higgins: 95 ReYds, 4 RuYds (4% owned on Fantrax)
The 2016 5th round pick was promoted from the practice squad before Week 2 and emerged as the most targeted player on the browns with 11 targets. He was able to catch 7 of them of 95 yards. With Corey Coleman out with a broken hand Higgins figures to continue to be the WR1 in the Browns offense. We’ll have to see if he can build off an impressive Week 2 performance, but he should have a reliable floor at least.
Next 3 Opponents: at Colts, vs Bengals, vs Jets
J.J. Nelson: 120 ReYds, 1 ReTD (52% owned on Fantrax)
With John Brown out Week 2 for the Cardinals J.J. Nelson maximized his opportunity. Nelson’s fantasy relevance could depend somewhat on John Brown’s health going forward, but Nelson has shown he can be startable in fantasy even as the Cardinals #3 target. J.J. Nelson could be a boom/bust player week to week even with Brown out, but with his speed on an offense that figures to be playing catch up in the second half he could have some very nice weeks.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Cowboys, vs 49ers, at Eagles
Tyler Lockett: 64 ReYds (54% owned on Fantrax)
After breaking his leg at the end of last year and missing the whole preseason Lockett has been eased back into the offense. With Kearse gone the WR2 role in the offense is going to be split between Paul Richardson and Tyler Lockett. Although Richardson came down with the TD in the game, Lockett looked really good on his targets and was consistently making the first tackler miss. Lockett is a great route runner that came beat CBs on vertical routes or eat up yards after the catch on underneath routes.
Next 3 Opponents: at Titans, vs Colts, at Rams
Evan Engram: 49 ReYds, 1 ReTD (64% owned on Fantrax)
Evan Engram was one of my favorite rookie tight ends. It’s a position that typically takes a few years for young players to adjust to the NFL (Eric Ebron), and although Engram still has plenty to learn he has shown he can be fantasy relevant as a rookie. Engram is an uber-athlete and with Brandon Marshall having a hard time breaking into the Giants offense Engram, as another big body receiver, could benefit by seeing more targets go his way. He is a good red zone target for Eli too.
Next 3 Opponents: at Eagles, at Bucs, vs Chargers
Eric Ebron: 42 ReYds, 1 ReTD (73% owned on Fantrax)
Although the former first round pick has yet to live up to his hefty draft price (he was picked before Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald), Ebron certainly has the talent to be a top tight end in the league. I wouldn’t drop a reliable TE for him, but if you are looking for upside Ebron could be the guy.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Falcons, at Vikings, vs Panthers
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