You can win a fantasy title on the waiver wire. In Week 3, there are still plenty of good players available that are being overlooked for one reason or another.
Some of these guys have the talent to be big producers from a fantasy perspective. Some already have but aren’t being picked up because of risks.
Are you going to keep plugging in fantasy duds week in and week out because you drafted them? No, you’ve got to adapt and look at picking up some of the following players before the competition does.
QB: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Philip Rivers is the fourth-best fantasy quarterback after the first two weeks. No, this is not 2011. Despite being owned in just 39 percent of leagues this year, the San Diego Chargers signal-caller has outplayed most of the big-name quarterbacks in the league. He’s thrown seven touchdowns and given up just one interception to date. This year’s Rivers looks more like the old Rivers than the old Rivers did.
The most impressing thing is he’s doing it without notable star players. Rivers is mixing it up, getting everyone involved and picking apart defenses behind a new game plan by coach Mike McCoy and a revamped offensive line. The results have been great, and they could continue to get even better with matchups against Oakland, Washington, Indianapolis and Jacksonville on the horizon.
RB: Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals
Rashard Mendenhall has been surprisingly adequate for the Arizona Cardinals, averaging 4.1 yards per carry through two weeks. But it was rookie third-down back Andre Ellington that stole the show to help his team win in Week 2.
Ellington is an explosive runner and excellent change-of-pace player for the more direct Mendenhall. His 18 snaps also put him one ahead of Alfonso Smith on the pecking order in Arizona. Neither Smith nor Ellington is a good fantasy play now, but as the handcuff for Mendenhall, Ellington is slowly gaining his coaching staff’s confidence and is on our radar moving forward.
WR: Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers
If you didn’t believe in Eddie Royal after his two-touchdown performance in the Chargers’ season opener, chances are he’s grabbed your attention by now. The speedy receiver currently leads the NFL in scores after finding the end zone three more times in Week 2.
Several factors make Royal a reliable long-term option. First, Malcom Floyd was severely injured during the team’s win over Philadelphia. Second, Rivers is back in top form—see above. Lastly, FIVE TOUCHDOWNS in two games!
TE: Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins
Dustin Keller’s injury was supposed to be a devastating blow to the Miami Dolphins in 2013. No one seemed to give Charles Clay a second thought. Here the Dolphins are now, 2-0, and Clay is the 11th-ranked tight end in fantasy scoring.
Notable preseason targets like Fred Davis and Brandon Pettigrew have been non-factors while Clay continues to be a key asset for his offense. He’s owned in just two percent of leagues, too, so stop reading and get those waiver requests in.
DEF: Buffalo Bills
Need a solid defense with a favorable Week 3 matchup? You’re in luck! The Buffalo Bills are owned in just five percent of leagues and have a showdown at MetLife Stadium with the New York Jets.
Through two weeks the Bills defense has proven to be a trustworthy fantasy commodity, forcing four turnovers and recording eight sacks against the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers.
Alternately, the Jets have proven to be somewhat of a turnover machine. They currently have an AFC-worst minus-four turnover ratio thanks to four interceptions thrown by rookie quarterback Geno Smith and two fumbles.