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Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets (Standard, PPR, & IDP)

After two weeks we have quite the mess of options in the fantasy football world. Between injuries, performance woes, and off-field struggles, many stars are falling in the ranks. That leaves plenty of room for others to rise to the occasion, and that is exactly why the fantasy waiver wire exists. These moves are what make championships. Here’s a look at players to target on the Week 3 Waiver Wire.

Kirk Cousins (QB, Washington Redskins)

RGIII’s injury woes continue as he suffered a dislocated ankle in Week 2. Cousins will be stepping in hoping to build on the respectable numbers he put up in relief in 2013. The Redskins will be facing the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3, and that could make Cousins a nice start fresh off the waiver wire.

Blake Bortles (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars)

We all knew the decent performance from Chad Henne in Week 1 wasn’t going to be standard fare. He had a bad outing in the Jags’ Week 2 loss, and the writing is on the wall in Jacksonville. Bortles will get his opportunity at some point, and it certainly seems like sooner is more likely than later. He might be worth grabbing and stashing for a rainy day…then again, performance suggests it’s mostly cloudy with a chance of downpour most days for the Jags.

Matt Asiata (RB, Minnesota Vikings)

Following the Adrian Peterson fiasco over the weekend many owners quickly jumped on Asiata, but there’s a chance he could still be out there.  He didn’t have a great performance, but he’s worth the addition for Peterson owners. All indications are pointing to AP playing in Week 3, but the news related to the child abuse chargers is pretty bleak. The team and NFL will likely wait as long as possible to enact any real punishment on a star like Peterson, but it’s worth noting that he could see suspension time at some point.

Bobby Rainey (RB, Tampa Bay Bucs)

Rainey played well filling in for injured Doug Martin in Week 2, and it could be a sign of him climbing the depth chart. Martin hasn’t exactly been wowing anyone and his position as the number one back in Tampa isn’t exactly secure. Rainey is a worthwhile start with Martin out with injury, and he very well could rise to the starting role by season’s end. At the very least, he could be a good Week 3 start.

Donald Brown (RB, San Diego Chargers)

Many have quickly forgotten that Brown was in the Top 30 among fantasy running backs last season. Ryan Matthews could miss time with a knee injury, and that should put Brown as the starter. He certainly has upside, so if he starts seeing snaps he could be a good addition.

James Jones (WR, Oakland Raiders)

Jones is seeing the majority of targets from rookie quarterback Derek Carr, and that’s a good sign. He could be a worthwhile addition and has particular value in PPR leagues. His production will be up and down, but there’s certainly a ton of upside.

Mohamed Sanu (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

A.J. Green is battling a toe injury that could limit his time in Week 3 and that means Sanu could be asked to step into a larger role. It’s worth monitoring the situation, and Sanu is worth adding if he’s available.

Delanie Walker (TE, Tennessee Titans)

Walker as the #3 scoring tight end in Week 2 behind Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. He’s now scored TDs in back to back weeks and is quickly becoming a nice option for your tight end slot. With injuries to tight ends across the board, Walker could be a valuable addition going into Week 3.

Preston Brown (LB, Buffalo Bills)

With Nigel Bradham returning from suspension it was originally looking like Brown would be seeing less time. Fortunately for him, teammate Keith Rivers sat out in Week 2. Brown had a great game as he led the team with 13 tackles. Rivers will be out at least another week, so Brown could be a nice addition. If he continues the solid play, he could find himself keeping the extended number of snaps.

Brandon Marshall (LB, Denver Broncos)

You picked him up last week, right?  Marshall is a must add in IDP leagues at this point. He’s filling in for injured Danny Trevathan and has been a very solid play through two weeks.

Jelani Jenkins (LB, Miami Dolphins)

Jenkings has risen from the ashes of the Dolphins linebacker corps and seems to be a real IDP option. In Week 2 he was in on all but 1 defensive snap and recorded 14 total tackles. Somebody has to do the tackling in south beach.  Go get him.

Kyle Fuller (CB, Chicago Bears)

Fuller came in strong to replace injured Charles Tillman in the Bears comeback win over the Niners. The young defensive back looked great tallying 7 tackles and 2 interceptions. If Tillman is going to miss any time, Fuller will be a great addition in IDP leagues with a CB slot.




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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...