Advance Scout: Trading Tips and Options from Waivers for Week Three
Scott Engel has early Week Three insights, deals to make, and who to add from waivers
With Sunday’s results now well-reviewed and analyzed, the King starts you out on the Fantasy path to Week Three.
This would be a good time to buy on Dalvin Cook if you can. He has only rushed for 78 yards so far and has not totaled more than 50 receiving yards in a game. The hamstring injury he suffered in overtime Sunday has been deemed to be minor and his breakout game appears to be coming next via the schedule. Make a deal for Cook before he faces the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.
If you don’t believe in Ryan Fitzpatrick, you’ll have to stave off any doubts for another week. The Buccaneers host the Steelers next week, and that obviously points to another shootout for Tampa Bay. Fitzpatrick simply has to receive QB1 consideration again in Week 3, and after next week you may want to consider selling high on DeSean Jackson, as his history of inconsistency could dictate some disappointing weeks ahead, especially when Fitzpatrick comes back down from the stratosphere.
Isaiah Crowell was a disappointment in Week Two after his impressive Week One outing, but you will be looking to start him in Week Three, as he gets the ‘Revenge Game” against the Browns. It’s the same script for Terrelle Pryor, who wanted to stay in Cleveland but was moved anyhow last year. If you need some WR help for Week Three, Pryor is worth at least the one-week flier on waivers, as he did total 84 yards against Miami.
Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five balls for 59 yards and a TD in Week Two, and now in his third season, it could be finally time for him to make a true fantasy impact. If you lost Delanie Walker or were burned by using a rookie TE in Week Two, you should nab Hooper off waivers this week.
Carson Wentz Is reportedly set to return in Week 3, and that piece of news can only boost the Eagles passing game, even with a depleted receiving crew. But it could take a week or two for Wentz to get back into full form. For the longer term, though, it should mean Alshon Jeffery could be helping your team in a few weeks again.
There seems to be no rhyme or reason when it comes to the performances of Amari Cooper and Kenny Stills, who will be on the same field next week. Miami has a pretty solid secondary and playing in the unrelenting mid-afternoon South Florida heat may not bode well for Derek Carr and Cooper. Explore trading Cooper if you can with the angle that he just had a big game vs. a tough Denver defense. Stills, meanwhile, should be able to exploit the matchup vs. the Oakland pass defense.
With four interceptions in his first two games, Case Keenum is starting to look more like the journeyman he was prior to his overachievement season of 2017. He can lean on his running game, though, and become more of game manager he is truly suited to be. Royce Freeman may continue to share time with Phillip Lindsay, which will make both players flex options, but Freeman is not going to be totally supplanted by the smaller rookie.
Giovani Bernard will be a popular add off waivers this week because of the Joe Mixon injury, and he may be spelled some by rookie Mark Walton. The latter is probably not a priority add at all, as Bernard will catch passes to operate as an extension of the running game when he cannot pick up ground yards effectively. He should have a decent PPR floor while Mixon is out. Walton is not much bigger than Bernard, so he may not cut into Gio’s reps too heavily.
Thankfully, the Texans host the Giants in a must-win game in Week Three. After watching the likes of Tavon Austin burn the Giants for a big play Sunday night, Deshaun Watson must be feeling really good about his receivers against the New York secondary. This could be a nice bounce-back week for Watson ahead. If you are feeling bold, make a move to trade for Watson this week.
The Jaguars WR picture is starting to crystallize, and it certainly appears Keelan Cole is their top playmaker. Donte Moncrief and Dede Westbrook are also viable options, but the superior talents of Westbrook are likely going to keep him ahead of Moncrief statistically. If you are looking at any or all on waivers, Cole is a must-add as a possible WR3, Westbrook is a high-end WR4 and Moncrief does have some lesser WR4 appeal.
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