The season whether you like it or not is well underway. Hopefully, you’re sitting with a winning record going into week 4. Injuries continue to mount with the biggest this week being Barkley, who looks to be out 4-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. I always say the draft is your foundation for the season, and the waiver wire is where you can solidify your chances to make the playoffs and win a championship. Before we dive into the suggested pickups, let me take a moment to remind you to always keep your eye on the people that are dropped during waivers each week. Use that moment to snag great players that people are giving up on prematurely.
Daniel Jones 17%
What a game for Daniel Jones, not only for Fantasy purposes but also leading the Giants to their first win of the season. Losing Barkley for the next 4-8 weeks doesn't help the offense as a whole, but it should mean a higher workload for Jones and the receivers. Jones finished with 336 yards and 2 TDs through the air and added 28 yards and 2 TD’s on the ground. I would expect some regression from these numbers, but he looked pretty good in his first start. He is going to be leaned on heavily until Barkley gets back. If you lost Cam, Brees, or Big Ben he may be a nice replacement for you.
Jacoby Brissett 20%
Brissett has somewhat surprised us and played well in his first three games of the season. His season totals sit at 646 yards and 7 TDs with only 1 Int. Hilton is a little banged up but doesn't look like anything too serious. He should be good to go. The worst-case scenario is that he will sit a week to heal up. I'd consider grabbing Brissett if you need a plug and play backup QB.
Frank Gore 57%
Pretty high ownership, but I still wanted to mention the Old Goat. It's amazing to me that this guy keeps producing into his mid 30’s, considering most RB’s fall off at age 30. He’s the lead back of a 3-0 Bills team and has produced some nice fantasy numbers. The last two games he's totaled 80+ yards and a TD in both. If he’s still available in your league, go get him. He’s a good player to have on your bench for a spot start or even a flex play until someone else emerges.
Ronald Jones II 25%
When perusing the waiver wire, I’m either looking for a specific need for the following week or looking for a potential upside. I think Ronald Jones is a great grab when looking for that upside. With only Peyton Barber standing in his way, he has a clear shot at eventually taking over the lead role in Tampa. He has shown flashes of what he can do in week one, and again this last game. In week three, he had a total of 121 yards and showed much better production on his opportunities than his counterpart Barber.
Wayne Gallman 6%
With Barkley out for 4-8 weeks, this is kind of a no brainer add...especially if you need RB depth. He will assume the lead back role in the Giants offense, which doesn't really have anything to worry about behind him. Obviously he has been behind Barkley, but he was expected to be a decent player in the NFL coming out of College. He just ended up in a terrible spot once the Giants drafted Barkley. Don't go expecting him to morph into Barkley or anything, but he could be a nice bench guy or flex option for an RB needy team.
DJ Chark 41%
Chark is wide receiver 10 through 3 weeks of the season. He has 15 catches 277 yards and 3 TD’s this season. I grabbed him in a couple of leagues based on the buzz in camp. He looks like he may be taking over as the number one receiver for the Jags, and Minshew has played surprisingly well in his 3 games this year. It may be too late, but grab him while you can as he’s still available in almost 60% of leagues.
Phillip Dorsett 32%
Let's be real. The departure of Antonio Brown, the inconsistency and risk of Josh Gordon, and Edelman aging leave some meat on the bone for Dorsett. He would still need an injury or suspension to become a must-start every week, but I’d grab him and look towards using him as a bye week fill in with the potential for more.
Will Dissly 45%
You can’t argue with the fact that his 6 TDs in 6 full games with Wilson isn’t pretty impressive. Kind of thought of as a TD dependent flyer at TE, he’s had two games in a row with increased targets. Dissly has been targeted 12 times in the last two games while catching 11 of those for 112 yards and 3 TDs. Grab him, stash him, start him or stream him. I suggest going out and getting him if you have TE needs.
Chris Herndon IV 12%
Most of us know Herndon was suspended for the first 4 games of the season. A lot of us have probably forgotten about him by now though. Darnold is trending in the right direction and Herndon will be back in week 6 due to the bye. Herndon was inconsistent last year, which is expected from any rookie TE, but still had some really solid games and showed what he’s capable of. He has low TE 1 potential upon his return. If you have room, grab him this week and hold him until he comes back. I think he will make an immediate impact when he returns and will be one of the better offensive weapons for the Jets.
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