Week 3 of the NFL season just wrapped up, and if you're a Fantasy Football player that means you're scanning the waiver wire for players to help take your team to the next level. Fortunately, I've already done that for you. Each week I will be listing players owned in less than 50% of Fantasy Football leagues that can help turn your team into a Championship contender.
Nick Foles (3% owned)
Matt Nagy and the Bears have finally seen enough of Mitch Trubisky, and handed the keys over to Foles in the 3rd quarter against Atlanta. Down double-digits, Foles led Chicago to an impressive come-back win. Foles has already been named the starter for the rest of the season, and his presence should increase the FF potential of everyone else on the offense. He is a must-add.
Brian Hill (3% owned)
Todd Gurley may be the starter, but Hill has shown that he's the better runner at this point. He's shown quick burst and vision that Gurley has not, and when given the opportunity he produces more on less touches than Gurley. The Falcons are reaching desperation mode, and Hill could see more touches going forward because of that.
Rex Burkhead (12% owned)
With James White still out, Burkhead is the RB to own on the Patriots; especially in PPR. The RB has shown he's being scripted into the gameplan and when he touches the ball, he produces. With the Patriots facing the Chiefs in Week 4, Burkhead could see a lot of action in a game that has the potential to be a shoot-out.
Myles Gaskin (47% owned)
After signing Matt Breida and Jordan Howard in the off-season, it didn't look as if Gaskin would have a role in this offense. Fast-forward to Week 3 and he's the obvious starter, clocking in over 75% of the snaps against the Jaguars on TNF. Gaskins is involved in both the run and passing game, and should be a competent FLEX option as long as he's getting this snap-count.
Jeff Wilson Jr (23% owned)
With Mostert and Coleman both out, McKinnon and Wilson were the next men up, and both produced well. Wilson has shown last season that when his number is called upon he will produce in Fantasy, and this year is no different as he managed to score 2 Touchdowns in Week Three. Mostert has the potential to come back this week, but even if he does Wilson could provide as a worthy stash in deeper leagues.
Greg Ward (1% owned)
Dallas Goedert went down, and still no sign of Arcega-Whiteside, Reagor, or Alshon Jeffery. With DeSean Jackson also hurt, there's no one except Zach Ertz to compete with for targets. Ward should have instant fantasy relevance for as long as the rest of these players are unable to play, and he should produce at near WR3 rate during this time as well. He's a must-add in 12-man leagues.
Justin Jefferson (32% owned)
The rookie finally broke out in Week 3, with 175 yards and a Touchdown. Despite the loss, the Vikings looked like how many predicted them to be at the start of the season. With most defenses zoning in on Thielen and RB Dalvin Cook, Jefferson should be able to produce in the next coming weeks with a favorable schedule.
Tee Higgins (6% owned)
Another rookie had a breakout performance on Sunday, this time on the Bengals. The team had so much faith in Higgins that they decided to make WR John Ross a healthy scratch going into the game. That isn't a mistake, and should let you know that the plan is to go with Tee moving forward. Higgins is a field stretcher on a team that will be playing from behind more likely than not this year. With defenses focusing on the other playmakers on the Bengals offense Higgins should be able to slide under the radar and produce.
Scotty Miller (16% owned)
With Chris Godwin going down, Miller became the #2 target in the Bucs passing attack. It doesn't seem likely that Godwin will be able to play in Week 4, which opens up another big opportunity for Miller against a Chargers team that has shown themselves to be susceptible to a good offense. Miller will be a solid FLEX option for Week 4.
Mo Alie-Cox (10% owned)
Even after Jack Doyle returned from his injury, Alie-Cox outsnapped him 34-33. Mo also had his second week of of a 10+ point game for FF. With Philip Rivers as the Quarterback of the Colts, there's always a large chance of the TE getting involved and providing excellent numbers. As long as Alie-Cox continues to out-snap Doyle, he's relevant in nearly every league.
Jimmy Graham (10% owned)
Graham scored his 2nd Touchdown on the season Sunday, and ran the 2nd most routes of any TE in Week 3. As with every player on the Bears' offense, with Nick Foles in at QB Graham's ceiling gets higher. The team may not always be playing from behind, but Graham will always be a RZ threat in this offense and will see the ball distributed to him under the new QB. He's a decent streaming option going forward.
Eric Ebron (27% owned)
Ebron finally scored his first Touchdown of the season, on a 10-yard fade route in the RZ. Being praised before the season, it was only a matter of time before Ebron got involved more in the offense. He now has back-to-back weeks of 5 or more targets, and led the team in targets on Sunday. Ben Rothlisberger loves throwing to his TEs so Ebron will consistently find himself given opportunities; especially in the Red Zone.
* Players to keep an eye on going forward: Alshon Jeffery, Randall Cobb, Andy Isabella, Robert Tonyan, Hunter Renfrow, Braxton Berrios, Chris Thompson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Gabriel Davis. *
Each week I'll be here to give you the who's who for waiver wire pickups to help lead your Fantasy team to the ultimate goal: To bring home a championship. Hopefully some of the names on this list find their way onto your team, and may the odds forever be in your favor.