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Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 3

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Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 3
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Back at if for the Week 3 waiver wire report. Check out some of the guys below that were named in the previous Add/Drop post that should be scooped up immediately:

Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 3

Quarterback:

Add – Derek Carr

Is this what the Raiders offense will look like with Derek Carr at the helm? In Week 1 the Raiders quarterback only got through one quarter of play due to a hand injury and didn’t get a chance to fully showcase his abilities with all his new weapons. In Week 2 a healthy Carr showed why the Raiders’ fan base came into the season energized, by throwing for 351 yards 3 touchdowns and logging a quarterback rating over 100 against a tough Ravens defense. In a week where starting quarterbacks were dropping like flies (Tony Romo, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler) Carr will be a great addition to your team to get you through these tough times. Carr looked comfortable in the pocket all game long throwing the ball effectively with deep, intermediate, and short passes. The young Raiders’ quarterback threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns in his rookie season and will definitely improve on those numbers. He should be a target of quarterback needy fantasy owners.

Notables – Ryan Fitzpatrick

Drop – Jay Cutler

Fantasy owners should do to Jay Cutler what the Bears should have done to him years ago…Drop him and don’t look back. If you drafted Cutler in hopes for the “good” Cutler it’s too rare and cannot be relied upon. Adding injury to insult Cutler will be now sidelined at least two weeks with a strained hamstring. The Cutler saga should be eliminated completely from your life, your fantasy team, and hopefully for Bears fans from their franchise.

Running Back

Add – Matt Jones

Look who lead the Redskins in carries and yards in Week 2. No, it wasn’t Alfred Morris, it was impressive third round pick Matt Jones. Jones out-carried Morris 19 to 18, out-gained him on the ground by a wide margin 123 to 59 yards, and scored twice. Coming into the season Jones was supposed to be a nice handcuff to Morris but things changed in the preseason when he displayed his outstanding size/speed combination. A guy that big (6’2 230) shouldn’t be able to move that quickly and cut that smoothly without losing speed. The Redskins’ game plan this season will be to the run the ball as much as they can while minimizing the need to throw, therefore Jones should be added to rosters in all leagues.

Notables – Dion Lewis, Devonta Freeman, Ronnie Hillman, James Starks

Drop – Joique Bell

Four rushes 2 yards for Joique Bell. Yea, I know Ameer Abdullah didn’t have any success either running against the Vikings’ run defense but this is now two straight games in which he out-carried Bell. Joique is clearly behind Ameer on the Lions running back totem pole playing only 18 snaps in Week 2. Abdullah is the more talented back of the two and sooner than later the Lions will realize they will need to give Abdullah the bulk of the carries in order to compete this season.

Wide Receiver

Add – Leonard Hankerson

Is it HankTime in Atlanta or will Roddy White bounce back to reclaim the number 2 spot on the Atlanta offense? We all know the Batman of the Falcons receiving core is the beast they call Julio Jones but the question after 2 weeks is who is Robin? Week 1 went to White as he totaled 84 receiving yards to Hankerson’s 16. Week 2, opposite results, with Hankerson totaling 77 yards to White’s zero. The injury to RB Tevin Coleman further complicates the Falcons’ running game which naturally means more passing attempts for Matty Ice. I believe Hankerson is the guy you target off waivers due to White’s injury concerns. Also the size/speed combination of HankTime is very intriguing, the next step will be consistency.

Notables – Michael Crabtree, Rishard Matthews, Travis Benjamin

Drop – Kenny Stills

The Dolphins pulled off what was thought to be a shrewd trade in the offseason by acquiring the dynamic playmaker Kenny Stills from the New Orleans Saints. A potential sleeper candidate that some believed would  make a fantasy impact as the Dolphins number two receiver behind Jarvis Landry is currently buried on the depth chart behind Landry, Rishard Matthews, and Greg Jennings. With DeVante Parker getting healthier by the week it will push Stills further down Dolphins WR depth chart. In two games thus far, Stills has caught a meager 3 passes for 20 yards. Stills will need an injury to receive more playing time but until then he can be safely dropped.

Tight End

Add – Eric Ebron

Another week another 40+ yards and another touchdown for Eric Ebron. The window to snag Ebron off the waiver wire will be closing this week so it is time to pounce on the gifted second year tight end before its too late. The proverbial light bulb has gone off for Ebron who is playing more freely this season and not thinking as much on what his next move should be. Don’t forget Ebron was a Top 10 pick in last year’s draft with tremendous upside playing with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the outside. Expect Stafford to rely upon more heavily as the season progresses, boosting his fantasy production into a borderline TE1. Ebron is trending up receiving 5 Week 1 targets and 10 Week 2 targets.

Notables – Crockett Gillmore

Drop – Coby Fleener

The multiple offseason acquisitions on the Colts offense coupled with the health of Dwayne Allen has crippled Coby Fleener’s fantasy production. Working last season as a TE1 throughout the majority of the season the former Stanford tight end is merely the sixth option in a crowded Colts offense. He will need an Allen injury to be relevant again in the fantasy community. Through two games thus far Fleener has a grand total of 1 catch for 5 yards.

Defense

Add – New York Jets D

Playing very opportunistic with a league leading 10 turnovers with the best set of corners in the league.

Drop – Colts D

Marshmellowy soft…Oh wait I’ve said this before.

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