Diamond in the Rough: Waiver Wire


We are somehow already entering the fourth week of the regular season. Your fantasy teams have more than likely been decimated with injuries but don't give up yet. The draft is important, but you can win your league if you play the waivers correctly. This season will continue to be a rollercoaster ride, and we will continue to do our best to point you in the right direction so you can win your championship.


Quarterbacks

Nick Foles - Bears QB - Yahoo! - 3% ESPN - 0.9% (Jake)

Foles is now the starter in Chicago after leading the Bears to a come from behind victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Though the Super Bowl MVP won’t be fortunate enough to face the generous Falcons defense every week, he showed signs that point to consistent success. He tossed three touchdowns in under one half of play after entering the game in the third quarter and totaled 18.22 fantasy points. Each touchdown pass went to a different receiver, which shows that he doesn’t lack chemistry with his teammates even with the limited offseason. Most importantly, he and Allen Robinson looked to be in sync on several plays that helped the team complete the comeback. Though the matchup against the Colts is far from ideal, their success is ballooned by a matchup with the Jets. As bye weeks approach, Foles is a guy to look out for, especially as he has a friendly matchup against the Panthers in week six.


Derek Carr - Raiders QB - Yahoo! - 19% ESPN - 13.9% (Zach)

In every season of his career, Carr has finished as a top 20 QB. The Raiders have a defense that has allowed at least 20 points per game, causing the team to throw the ball with Carr averaging 33 throws per game. Carr is top 15 in yards, top 5 in completion percentage, and has yet to throw an interception this season. In week four, he has the Bills, who have a high scoring offense and just allowed 320 yards and 2 TDs to Jared Goff. If you are in need of a QB, Carr is a decent option and is available in most leagues.


Running Backs

Myles Gaskin - Dolphins RB - Yahoo! - 47% ESPN - 45.8%(Jake)

Gaskin jumped out to me on Thursday night by taking advantage of a pitiful defensive effort from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He looked smooth running the ball and dominated the workload for the Miami backfield, as he handled 22 of the 28 team carries along with five receptions. Volume is always the first step to success in fantasy. Sure, Jordan Howard did get the work at the goal line, but that is his specialty. Gaskin is game script proof. When the Dolphins were up big in week three, he still handled the carries. In week four, I expect the Dolphins to be trailing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, but thanks to Gaskin’s pass-catching ability, he should be Fitzpatrick’s go-to safety valve. If he is still available in your league, he shouldn’t be.


Jeff Wilson Jr. - 49ers RB - Yahoo! - 22% - ESPN - 14.5% (Joe)

Before the season, Jeff Wilson Jr. was deep on the depth chart behind Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jerick McKinnon. Luckily for Wilson, Mostert and Coleman got banged up and didn’t play in week three. McKinnon played 62% of the snaps, but Wilson got the goal line work getting two touchdowns. On top of this, McKinnon also left early from the game with an upper rib injury. Coleman is expected to miss multiple weeks, and no one is sure how much Mostert will miss, but regardless, the number two back in San Francisco is very valuable. The number one back is even more valuable, and he has the chance to be that.


Wide Receivers

Justin Jefferson - Vikings WR - Yahoo! - 31% ESPN - 33.5% (Joe)

Bisi Johnson wasn’t doing much for the Minnesota Vikings offense, so Justin Jefferson was able to see the field more week three. He popped off as his snap percentage went from 54% in week two to 78% week three. Kirk Cousins targeted him much more with the increased snap percentage, throwing him the ball nine times. Jefferson caught seven of those passes for 175 yards and a touchdown. He may not see numbers like this every week, but he could see a lot of work in high-passing games as the Vikings run mainly a two wide receiver set over other formations.


Allen Lazard - Packers WR - Yahoo! - 49% ESPN - 39% (Zach)

With Davante Adams out in week three, Lazard exploded onto the scene with six catches for 146 yards and a TD. He has caught a TD in two of three games this season, and Rodgers has shown he trusts him. Lazard currently is the 9th ranked WR in PPR fantasy, 12th in the NFL in receiving yards, and tied for 3rd in team target behind Adams and Aaron Jones. If Rodgers continues to play arguably the best he ever has, I want a piece of that offense, and you can get Lazard surprisingly in over half of leagues still. Especially with a week four matchup against a Falcons team who has struggled defensively and has been in shootouts every week, Lazard is my priority pickup of the week.


Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham - Bears TE - Yahoo! - 9% ESPN - 13.3% (Joe)

The 33-year-old seemed to be done after his down seasons in Green Bay, but Jimmy Graham has revived his career in Chicago. Graham started seeing more looks once Nick Foles came in. After Foles replaced Mitchell Trubisky, Graham saw seven targets. He ended the day catching six passes for 60 yards and two touchdowns. He was brought in to improve the Chicago Bears' red zone scoring, and he has delivered thus far. Graham will continue to be targeted heavily in the red zone going for jump balls on the perimeter.


Eric Ebron- Steelers TE - Yahoo! - 27% ESPN - 24.4% (Zach)

Many people liked Ebron as a sleeper going into the 2020 season, but he has underperformed in the first two weeks. His targets have increased week to week, going from 2 to 5 to 7 as Big Ben becomes more comfortable with him. With a Diontae Johnson injury in week three, he had 5 catches, 52 yards, and a TD. For most of his career, he has been touchdown-dependent, and that is no different this year. I do not see him as a weekly starter yet, but he is available in 75% of leagues, and he is a good option as a streaming TE.


Honorable Mentions

Nick Mullens - 49ers QB - Yahoo! - 2% - ESPN - 0.8% - Blake Bortles - Broncos QB - Yahoo! - 0% - ESPN - 0.2% Rex Burkhead - Patriots RB - Yahoo! - 11% ESPN - 21% - Brian Hill - Falcons RB - Yahoo! - 3% ESPN - 1.7% - Brandon Aiyuk - 49ers WR - Yahoo! - 28% - ESPN - 16.6% - Tee Higgins - Bengals WR - Yahoo! - 5% - ESPN - 7% - Greg Ward - Eagles WR - Yahoo! 1% - ESPN - 0.3% - Dalton Schultz - Dallas TE - Yahoo! - 31% - ESPN - 24.1% - O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay TE - Yahoo! - 22% - ESPN - 6.1%


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