So Week 3 hasn’t been kind to you? Well join the Villain in his misery. I haven’t had a good season so far and need to get on the winning track and fast. Luckily there are still some targets on the NFL Waiver Wire that can help your team in Week 4 with healthy matchups or forced starters.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (44% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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I took a shot at a good matchup for daily fantasy football and stacked Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. On paper, it was a good matchup. Danny Dimes came up short in Week 3, scoring only 15-16 fantasy points against the Falcons (depending on the scoring model). But Jones has basically played mistake free football for the first 3 games of the season, only recording one turnover. Jones scored over 21 fantasy points in the first two games against two solid defenses (WFT and Denver). His rushing ability is why his fantasy value stays high. It’s not just scrambles, it’s the designed runs that increases his value.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos (28% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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Mr. Bridgewater has quietly had a solid start to the season for the 3-0 Denver Broncos. Now everyone will say it’s against light competition (Giants, Jaguars, Jets), he’s still playing well. The first two weeks he tallied over 20 fantasy points before his week 3 light performance against the Jets. Teddy B. only managed 11 points in a no-contest game at home against the Jets. But Teddy B. is 3rd in the league in downfield pass attempts and has the weapons to cash in on a big day. He’s averaging 267+ yards passing per game and eventually will turn those attempts into TDs. Up next are two nice matchups against the Ravens and Steelers defenses that have allowed 28 points per game and 22 points per game respectively. Bridgewater might be an option for a QB depleted fantasy team or a daily fantasy play.
Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis Colts (72% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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This one hurt because not only did I draft Jonathan Taylor in weekly fantasy, but I was tempted to pick up Himes for both weekly and daily but didn’t. Nyheim Hines had a much better day than Taylor in Week 3. He played 54 percent of the snaps for the Colts. Himes had a stat line of 6 carries for 25 yards with a rushing TD, and also 5 catches for 54 receiving yards. The issues is the Colts have been playing from behind in most of their games and Himes is a dynamic option in the passing game. Also, the 3-headed monster in Indy lends to not favor Taylor. He is available in most fantasy leagues and is big part of the Colts passing offense. The issue is do you drop Taylor, who was a RB2 pick for some or play the platoon gamble game to game?
Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons (66% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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I was totally against adding a WR at the RB position because I’m stubborn. But watching Cordarrelle Patterson against my Giants up close, he is such a weapon that you have to take a chance on him. Patterson saw 7 carries and 7 passing targets against the G-Men, racking up 102 total yards. He led Atlanta with 82 receiving yards as TE Kyle Pitts was taken out of the game plan. Patterson was used in the backfield a lot, but not only is he split out wide, but he also returns kicks (one of the greatest ever in that category). He is just a pure volume guy that can score in a lot of ways. He is practically a RB2 right now and a home run threat. But you will have to act fast, because smart fantasy owners will pick him up for the playoff push as a stash player now.
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (50% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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Henry Ruggs had a monster day in Week 2 against the Steelers and showed the consistency you like to see in Week 3. Ruggs tallied 4 catches for 78 yards against the Dolphins in Week 3. What I love is that QB Derek Carr is finally getting Ruggs involved into the offense as he had 7 targets in both those games. NFL Fantasy said Ruggs never saw more that 5 targets last year for the Raiders. It was frustrating as many (including me) felt Ruggs was a perfect fit for Carr. TE Darren Waller is the #1 option in this offense and Carr tended to force feed him last year. But Ruggs is the #1 WR option on this team and eventually he’s going to find his way into the endzone consistently. The Raiders offense is a powerful offense, especially with Carr playing lights out. Ruggs is a must add, and do not wait to add him because he won’t be available in 10-12 manager leagues for much longer.
Cole Beasley, WR, Buffalo Bills (53% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
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So Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders are Bills 1A and 1B in this post, as I like them both. But I’m focusing on Beasley because he saw a team-high 13 targets in Week 4 compared to 6 targets for Sanders. Now Sanders made the most of his targets (5 catches, 94 receiving yards, 2 TDs), Beasley finished with 11 catches for 98 receiving yards. That’s at least 20 fantasy points in most leagues for a very low WR4 and $5,000 range player in daily. Beasley is a PPR beast because of the volume of catches he gets, usually high percentage short passes that he gets a lot of YAC with. He has now topped 14 fantasy points in two of the first three games and has seen 13 targets in two games as well. The biggest key for me is that the Bills offense, more importantly QB Josh Allen, finally showed up this year. They did it against an allegedly “solid” defense in Washington Football Team also. Add Sanders and Beasley in your daily and weekly leagues, especially because the Bills playing some suspect defenses over the next few weeks (Texans, Chiefs, Titans, Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets).
Players to monitor over the next few weeks:
Jameis Winston, QB, New Orleans Saints (45% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Taylor Heinecke, QB, Washington Football Team (6% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Sam Darnold, QB, Carolina Panthers (22% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Zack Moss, RB, Buffalo Bills (22% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Alexander Mattison, RB, Minnesota Vikings (69% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers (14% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
Kadarius Toney, WR, New York Giants (2% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)
A.J. Green, WR Arizona Cardinals (15% owned in Yahoo Fantasy)