Written by Jay Dondon, Writer and Contributer, @1littleindian on the Fantasy Life App and @1littleindianjd on Twitter
Yes, the time has come for you to lose those unwanted pounds that you always wanted to. Or at least the ones that your wife wanted you to lose. Well, it won’t actually be you losing weight (don’t tell my wife, I said I’m dieting starting Wednesday), but your fantasy roster will be. Which for me is sometimes just as hard. You know that sleeper you were holding out hope for? “He just hasn’t got his groove yet”, “But he plays on the opposite side of AJ green the time will come”.
Yes, sometimes the decision of who to cut is just as hard as who to pick up, so remember if you have a question for waiver wire Wednesday, drop by the FLAFFL house chat on the Fantasy Life APP or just tweet at myself or @FLAFFLHouse and we would be happy to help.
The other factor at this point is performance. While it’s only Week 3, I’m not saying panic…remember this is a marathon NOT A SPRINT. While we have found some sleepers that have broken out, we all have some duds that we can get rid of.
So, enough with the chit chat time to get to why you came to the Pawn Shop for those hidden treasures, the ones you’ve looked at for weeks yet continuously left behind. Now is the time to give them a home on your roster.
Well, the time has come for the next man up to fill in as Jeremy Langford is going to miss 4-6 weeks (according to early reports). That next man up is Jordan Howard. The 5th round pick showed on Sunday night he can and will take advantage of the opportunity. With 9 rushes for 45 yards and 4 catches for 47 on Sunday he showed he has the skill set to be a feature back. With a solid yards per carry at 5 and an average reception over 11 yards, put in the claim and wake up with him on your roster Wednesday morning. Jordan Howard is only 15.5% owned that’s surely going to change Wednesday so I hope your rosters are included in those numbers
We have been wondering who is going to be the WR that’s going to get work with Evans, and I think we found him Sunday afternoon. With 9 receptions for 100 yards, Humphries seemed to be a consistent read for Winston and that offense seems to be clicking. While he has almost matched his season’s total from 2015 through 3 games, I think we have found the WR2 in Tampa. While I’m not saying every week is going to be 9/100, he can definitely be a strong bye week filler if this continues. Adam Humphries is only 0.7% and should be a nice stash for the bye week blues that will hit us all soon.
Well I hope you listened when I pumped him up pre-draft and again when I mentioned him on week 1 on the list of my favourite items in the Pawn Shop. In week 3 we saw the break out game we were waiting for. Yes, the Browns offense can move the ball, and Pryor is going to be a key cog in that system. We saw him take snaps at multiple positions and while we don’t get multi position availability, we do get all those points which in a .5 PPR league was 27.9 to be exact. Pryor had 35 passing yards, 8 receptions for 144 receiving yards and a 4 rushes for 21 yards and a rushing TD. Pryor can and will remain a weekly play, he’s definitely worth a roster spot. Tyrell Pryor is only 22% owned and with what we saw this Sunday that will surely change.
While the Lions running game was one that I wanted no part of earlier in the season, as the injuries continue to pile on, I’ll take a healthy RB where I can get it. Dwayne Washington is already being compared to David Johnson due to his combined numbers. While that’s not my expectation with this add, he will be getting the goal line work and yes even in Detroit there is goal line work. The other piece to the puzzle is Riddick while he is a great pass catching back he is not a great rusher as shown by his 10 rushes for 9 yards. Dwayne Washington is 20.4% owned and with the extended absence of Abdullah should be rostered in all league sizes
While Darkwa isn’t the pass catcher the Giants have lost in Vereen, he did show us Sunday that he is a powerful runner. His style of running may become something we see more frequently even with the return of Jennings, which still hasn’t been confirmed for week 4. Darkwa is someone that I wouldn’t use a waiver priority on but if I had some of that excess weight I mentioned in my intro, I would gladly replace it with Darkwa come Wednesday morning. He is more of a stash at this point but as shown with his 5+ YPC he will make the most of any opportunity given to him. Orleans Darkwa is 5% owned and is worth a stash on your roster if he’s available in your leagues
Well, we heard the questions of Ryan Mathews’ fragility throughout his career. Sadly it seems that bug may have reared it nasty head as he left Sunday’s contest. While Sproles looked great, so did the two youngsters in the back field. If Mathews should miss any time, it appears that Smallwood would be the lead back as he showed Sunday night, with a team high 17 carries that he capped off with a TD. While the Eagles do have a week 4 bye you maybe be able to sneak him passed your sleepy league mates this Wednesday morning. Smallwood is only 1.4% owned and due to the bye week could be a sneaky add and is worthy of a roster spot as more bye weeks follow.
It seems that the Washington Football team has found its red zone target, AND IT’S NOT JORDAN REED. Yes, prior to MNF Crowder was 4th in the NFL, the entire NFL, with 7 targets. Crowder is averaging over 5 receptions a game this season; he should be an addition on all waivers this Wednesday morning. Crowder has already tied his TD total from last season and is well on his way to setting new career totals in all categories. This is a player that can turn into a weekly flex play with WR2 upside. Jameson Crowder is 11.1% percent owned currently and his stock will be rising come Wednesday.
Yes, this ol’ chap is still around and making noise and as the weeks pass the noise gets louder. Weeks 1-2, he quietly out-snapped Mathews, then last weekend he decided to announce it loudly with his 128 yards on 6 receptions. He can see even more work as his veteran presence is surely something the Eagles will continue to lean on with young Wentz at the helm. Heck Sproles is even adding goal line carries to his repertoire. Sproles is 50.2% owned and is a must add in all league sizes.
Well that’s it for this week, I have to head back and get the Pawn Shop ready for this busy Wednesday morning that we have in store. Remember you know your league best. Some of these guys may slip through the wire and you can have first crack Wednesday morning while all you friends are still thinking what could have been if they had only started Hill over Langford. Use your waiver priority wisely, don’t just grab someone to make a move and as always, may all your waiver adds turn to gold.