Your Fantasy Football Championship is never secured during the draft; your draft just builds a foundation that you work on polishing throughout the season. One of the easiest ways to make an impact to your roster is the waiver wire. Every Tuesday during the season I’ll be giving you two players by playmaking position that are currently owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues. Without further ado, here’s your Week 3 waiver wire pickups.
Mitchell Trubisky (25.6%)
I’m starting to come around on Trubisky when it comes to fantasy football, while I don’t think he’s a week in, week out starter yet, he looks to be a reliable streaming option. I like him next week against an Arizona defense that has allowed the 21st most points to QB’s so far this season. Arizona’s offense looked abysmal last week and with Chicago’s amazing pass rush, I don’t think Arizona will be able to sustain drives, giving the Bears lots of time with the ball.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (31.7%)
He was in the column last week and he still isn’t owned in more than 50% of leagues so he’s back in the column this week. Fitzpatrick is the real deal and rumblings in Tampa Bay may suggest that even when Jameis Winston is back from suspension that Fitzpatrick may remain the starter. Through 2 weeks Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the NFL in fantasy points with 72.3 as he’s thrown for 819 yards and 8 TD’s in the first two weeks of the season. He’s got a favorable matchup in Week 3 as he’ll be playing against a Pittsburgh defense at home that just gave up six touchdowns to a rookie QB in Patrick Mahomes.
Austin Ekeler (43.0%)
It’s time that Austin Ekeler is owned in all leagues, I was starting to get high on him last year near the end of the season, but I personally didn’t have room for him in the RB position of my roster. He’s a complimentary back to Melvin Gordon, a running back who the Chargers are wanting to limit his touches due to injury concerns which does bode well for Ekeler as he’s getting a bigger snap % and an opportunity to make plays, which so far this season he has done. Currently averaging 112 scrimmage yards per game this season, he needs to be owned at the very least as a handcuff.
Javorius Allen (18.8%)
Javorius Allen is a PPR flex dream, he gets the ball at the goal-line and he’s used in the passing game. Baltimore is a team that likes to use both their running backs so it’s safe to say in most weeks Buck Allen is at the very least a high floor flex play. He might not win you your week, but he’s a good enough option when needing a streamer. Currently averaging 14.8 fantasy points per game this year, he should be owned in more leagues.
John Brown (24.1%)
John Brown, in my opinion, is another player that should be owned in every league, especially after last week. Let’s face it, when the Ravens want to gameplan around throwing the ball, Joe Flacco can actually get it done. The Ravens offense is looking a lot better this year and one of those reasons is because of John Brown. He had 10 targets for 92 yards and a TD in Week 2 against the Bengals and seems to be a focal point of this offense going forward.
Keelan Cole (48.5%)
Early candidate for catch of the year in Week 2, Keelan Cole brought in 7 catches for 116 yards and a TD as the Jaguars have shown that they can beat you in the air as well, he’s not a person I’d start from week to week yet on my roster, but he clearly showed that he’s capable of putting up big numbers and has a relatively easy Week 3 against the Titans.
Jesse James (3.3%)
Depth charts can be misleading, although Jesse James is listed as the Steelers #2 Tight End, James has 198 receiving yards to Vance McDonald’s 26. James is a tight end that takes advantage of being in one of the leagues best offenses, naturally getting the ball in the end zone a lot. Tight end is a volatile position, but if you can’t get one of the big three, settle for the guy in a good offense.
Will Dissly (24.4%)
Perhaps the most confusing story so far this year, Will Dissly who was picked up to be a solid blocking tight end for the Seahawks has now produced back to back 40+ yard & TD weeks in the NFL, something he only did once in all his years at Washington. Seattle is a team that’s naturally going to have to check down a lot due to their bad offensive line and if Dissly can keep making plays downfield he can be a solid tight end going forward.