The Hype Train Station – Week 3 Waivers

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

The week 2 games did their best to derail a lot of teams with so many injuries and near injuries to scare fantasy owners. Jarvis Landry will certainly miss time. QB’s Tua Tagovailoa, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor and Carson Wentz all left their games and did not return while Baker Mayfield shrugged off his shoulder hit and was able to play on. All will need assessing but Taylor is definitely out of the TNF game against the Panthers. Trey Sermon had 1 carry which he lost after a low collision which left him in concussion protocol. Dionte Johnson limped off on a meaningless late desperation play. Davin Cook and Mike Evans left the field before returning but both looked a little banged up so will need to be reviewed through the week. Tyrell Williams, Josh Jacobs, Rhamondre Stevenson and OBJ were ruled out before week 2 began and their status ahead of week 3 will need to be assessed. Meanwhile the Eagles lost 2 key pieces on their O-Line while the Steelers and Broncos saw their best D-Men ruled out of their games. A number of these players will be available in week 3 but a few won’t be and I’d also note that Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty had injuries in game for the 49ers so that backfield is something of a minefield.

With all this disruption, it’s up to me, your station customer service advisor, to try and direct you onto the right track to enable you to reach your destination, which of course is a victory. Here’s a few ticket options for you to go after although different operators (OK, I mean fantasy platforms) have different availabilities so you’ll have to bare that in mind.   


1st Class Ticket

The 1st class ticket section covers players who will be the top targets on the wire and the hot ticket.


Cordarrelle Patterson – RB – Atlanta Falcons @NYG – Ownership Percentage: ~15%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Mike Davis may have been drafted in fantasy as the lead back and while he has lead the team in rushing attempts in the opening two weeks, Patterson has not lagged far behind but has also found the endzone. He’s always a weapon in the passing game as you’d expect but I don’t think anyone believed the Hype that came out of Atlanta when they thought he’d be the lead back. I was one of many dropping him for the likes of Barber after the Jacobs news at the weekend and now I may have to use FAAB to get him back. Talk about a return service.

Tim Patrick – Denver Broncos vsNYJ – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Patrick was a major beneficiary of Jerry Jeudy’s injury and for the 2nd week in a row he had 3+ receptions, over 35 yards and a TD to get 12+ points. KJ Hamler hasn’t yet made an impact in Denver and it seems targets have been shared pretty closely between him and Noah Fant. Patrick is a cheaper and more available option and probably provides the same output.  


2nd Class Ticket

This section covers player who may not be the top option but could be good replacements for bye weeks or just have strong matchups. A Flex ticket if you must.


Zach Pascal – WR – Indianapolis Colts @TEN – Ownership Percentage: ~15%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

I was tempted to just go “Copy & Paste” with Gainwell and Kirk from last week as those two are hot targets with most sites waiver wire articles so if you took note last week then congratulations. I’ve gone for one of the other mentions from last week in Zach Pascal who followed up his 4 for 43 and TD performance against Seattle with a 5 for 8 and 1TD game against the Rams. Wentz likes him a lot and he still had great production with Michael Pittman going ham as well. We will have to keep an eye on Wentz injury status but Pascal looks like he could be a long term option.

Dawson Knox – TE – Buffalo Bills vsWAS – Ownership Percentage: ~5%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 5%

Knox has had a very steady start to the season which for a Tight End not normally on the fantasy radar means he’s been excellent. 4 receptions for 41 yards in game 1 followed by 3 catches for 17 and a TD in week 2 mean he’s always an option for Josh Allen and if Sanders, Davis or Beasley are missing he will likely receive  bump in targets so there’s even potential to grow further.

Time for the other players of note which is a very handy section where the options above have gone (or I’ve discussed them in previous weeks). Note that Renfrow, Kirk, Gainwell and Sheperd are still there after good weeks. Keep an eye on who your rivals drop as you may see a Zach Moss or JD McKissic on there, but if they remain over 40% owned I’m unlikely to highlight them here. One final note, I’ve changed up the brackets in here to just show the team and the % is a hybrid between ESPN and Yahoo. Sleeper values are always very high due to the number of dynasty leagues they have and the competitiveness of them so using those values would leave me scraping the barrel which wouldn’t help anyone as they wouldn’t see your starting lineup. Anyway, here are your other mentions for week 3.  

Other players of note:

RB: Tony Pollard (DAL ~40%), Kenneth Gainwell (PHI ~35%), JD McKissic (WAS ~40%).

WR: Christian Kirk & Rondale Moore (ARI ~40% & ~30%), Hunter Renfrow (LV ~5%), KJ Osborn (MIN ~2%), Quintez Cephus (DET ~2%).

TE: Maxx Williams (ARI ~0), Jack Doyle (IND ~1%).


Day Return Ticket

This section will highlight the QBs and DST options who you may be able to pickup as a streaming option this week. We often advise people not to draft an early QB and certainly not an early DST so this section backs up that advice.


Daniel Jones – QB – New York Giants – vsATL – Ownership Percentage: ~10%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

This week has a lot of favourable matchups for QBs so I’ll expand on a few shortly but my pick this week is Daniel Jones. He’s the Giants leading rusher as well as throwing for 250yards and a TD in both games. The Falcons are a weaker defence on paper than the two he has faced so I expect he will get a chance to light them up.

Other low rostered options at QB to consider are Teddy Bridgewater (DEN ~15%), Derek Carr (LV ~15%).

Derek Carr might just be making people believe in him again after 2 very strong weeks and a week 3 game against Miami means he’s a strong candidate.

Teddy was an alternative option last week and will be again this week after a big performance against the Jags. I do have to add the caveat that, “it’s the Jags” so there’s a risk… but in week 3 he has the Jets… so he’s legitimately able to go here.

Also a note to say that Justin Fields might now get the keys to the Bears offence and he will be a hot pickup but I’m not sure I’m excited enough to suggest him in 1QB formats.

Carolina Panthers – DST – @HOU – Ownership Percentage: ~20%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

I wouldn’t often pick a defence on Thursday night or one I’ve suggested in a recent article in my week 1 pick is  my week 3 pick as Carolina will be facing Houston and Tyrod Taylor has been provisionally ruled out. If he is out then Davis Mills will be thrown in against a defence that’s scored 17 fantasy points in each of the first 2 weeks with at least 4 sacks and an INT in each game. It’s a unit that has gelled really well and the opposition is just too juicy to ignore.

Other low rostered options at DST to consider are: Cardinals (vs JAX ~30%), Bengals (@PIT ~2%), Raiders (vsMIA ~2%).

Much like for QBs I feel I need to elaborate on a few other options this week:

The Raiders defence has started the season on fire as well and next up they have Miami who were blanked by the Bills.

The Bengals have also had a decent start and face a Steelers team with a woeful O-Line and a struggling offence as a whole.

If the Cardinals are available still after last week then they have the Jaguars which is always a matchup to target.


Advanced Ticket

Advanced fares are for players who you won’t be playing in your line-ups straight away, but keep an eye on developments, and if you’re in deeper leagues, get a bargain by jumping in before everyone else.


Jeff Wilson Jr – RB – San Francisco 49ers – Ownership Percentage: ~10%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

Wilson is currently on the PUP list so can be back in week 7 at the earliest but with the way 49er RBs are dropping like flies and his workload last season, the rest could leave him fresh to take on a heavy load on his return, should Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty have any more issues.

Quez Watkins – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars – Ownership Percentage: ~1%

Recommended FAAB Budget: 0%

After getting 3 receptions for 23 yards in week 1, Watkins nearly made it to the house on a play that started basically in the Eagles endzone. He had 2 catches in week 2 but they went for a total of 117 yards. Had he gone 5 more yards that would have been 123 and a TD and he’d be in the 2nd class area, but right now, wait to make sure these long catches are frequent and sustainable before plugging him in with some confidence.

For the latest on pick-ups and drops, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

By James Fotheringham (@NFLHypeTrain)

Fantasy Football Podcaster and Analyst

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