Jerick McKinnon leads the Week 3 Waiver Wire
Jerick McKinnon headlines the week 3 pickups following an absolute bloodbath this past Sunday. In a league where McKinnon was drafted or stashed? Don’t worry as we will once again dive to the depths of the waiver wire pickups to find talented players for your roster.
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This article will be updated regularly through Monday night. Suggested FAAB bids appear in green.
All players in my weekly waiver wire post are owned in 50% or fewer of Yahoo leagues.
- Honorable Mention: If Charles Sims (Bucs RB) is available, he is a must add following Doug Martin’s hamstring injury. Since Sims is owned in a majority of leagues, he didn’t make this week’s article.
Jerick McKinnon – RB – Minnesota Vikings (21% owned) | 11% FAAB
As Adrian Peterson was carried to the locker room Sunday night, fantasy football owners simultaneously groaned and rushed to look at their leagues waiver wire to see if Jerick McKinnon was still available. McKinnon hasn’t had the opportunity to start a game since 2014, but when he sees 10+ carries he is pretty impressive. Totaling up the six games where he had 10+ carries comes to 93 carries for 469 yards (5.04 YPC). He also added 16 receptions for 79 yards. The one knock on Jerick McKinnon was lack of TDs (He didn’t score one). Matt Asiata may once again be the vulture, but we need to keep in mind McKinnon was only a rookie at the time. He could be given an expanded role now that he is a bit more seasoned.
UPDATE: Vikings believe AP avoided a major injury. May only miss a week or two.
Current waiver bid of 11% assumes a 1-2 week absence for Peterson. If AP ends up being out 3-4 weeks, up the bid to around 26% of your FAAB budget. If it is potentially season ending, up the FAAB bid to around 41%.
Use Waiver Priority 1? IF Adrian Peterson is ruled out for an extended period, Jerick McKinnon is the sort of player you use a waiver priority 1 on. If the injury report comes back and says only a week or two, then you are better off holding on to the priority.
Jay Ajayi – RB – Dolphins (27% owned) | 11% FAAB
Arian Foster owners probably thought they would get more than a week of production this season. Sadly, that wasn’t the case as Foster carried the ball just 3 times in week 2 before exiting with a groin injury. Jay Ajayi stepped right in as the early down back for the Dolphins finishing with 5 carries for 14 yards, while adding another 31 yards through the air. While the 45 yards total isn’t overly impressive, Miami was playing from behind much of the game, which contributed to Jay Ajayi’s low carry total. (That and the fact that he lost a fumble)
For week 3, it looks like Foster will be extremely doubtful, leaving Ajayi as the early down back with Damien Williams and impressive rookie Kenyan Drake mixing in. While this will form more of a committee than many would like, Ajayi will have value going up against a Browns defense that is short on talent. If you missed out on the Jerick McKinnon sweepstakes, Ajayi isn’t the worst consolation prize. Don’t blow your full FAAB budget here, but if you need a RB it looks like Jay Ajayi can give you a couple weeks of production at least.
Victor Cruz – WR – New York Giants (37% owned) | 7% FAAB
Victor Cruz continues his comeback after appearing in just 6 games the past 2 seasons (Missed all of 2015). Week 1 put him on my suggested adds radar as he hauled in 4 receptions for 31 yards and a TD. Week 2 made him a must add as he saw 8 targets, converting that in to 4 receptions for 91 yards. While there may still be some bumps in the road, Cruz is just 29 years old and is looking to prove he is still a dynamic WR in the NFL. He is unlikely to return to his studly 2011 numbers (1500+ yards and 9 salsa dancing TDs), but we could definitely see 900+ yards and 6 touchdowns this season, which would be just fine for a guy off waivers. Victor can be started as a WR3/Flex option next week against the Redskins.
Tyrell Williams – WR – Chargers (48% owned) | 6% FAAB
If you missed Tyrell Williams in last week’s article you probably missed out, but check to make sure he isn’t floating out there on waivers just in case. The new Chargers WR2 had a solid 6 targets in week 2, catching 3 passes for 61 yards and a score. His upcoming schedule is pretty juicy as well with the Colts, Saints and Raiders on deck. Williams can be started as a decent WR3 heading into his upcoming matchup with Indianapolis.
Suggested Adds | Guys you should consider
- There are a number of guys from last week that are still viable pickups including Phillip Dorsett (42% owned) and Cole Beasley (10% owned). Tried to limit this week’s articles to my favorites though.
Quincy Enunwa – WR – Jets (10% owned) | 6% FAAB
Well, once was a fluke, twice is almost a trend, and in fantasy football we can wait no longer. Quincy Enunwa had a solid week 1 with 7 receptions for 54 yards and a TD. He followed that up with 6 receptions for 92 yards in week 2 against the Bills. As the new slot receiver for the Jets, it looks like Enunwa will continue to see 7-8 targets per game this season. He now has flex value in standard, and WR3 or better value in PPR. If you can grab Enunwa off the week 3 waiver wire, now is the time to pounce.
UPDATE: Word is coming out that Brandon Marshall may have an MCL injury, which would give Enunwa increased value.
Alfred Morris – RB – Cowboys (22% owned) | 6% FAAB
As I mentioned ahead of week 1, Alfred Morris is one of the premier handcuff stashes in fantasy football. The Cowboys O-line is elite, and now with the rookie Ezekiel Elliott struggling, Morris should see even more opportunities. We haven’t quite reached the point yet where Morris will be in a complete RBBC, but with the 2 fumbles by Zeke in week 2, Elliott’s leash is growing shorter. Pick up and stash Morris in leagues where he is available. I get the feeling his opportunity to produce will come sooner rather than later. Jerick McKinnon is obviously getting his chance, but if you have room be sure to stash Alfred Morris as well.
Dennis Pitta – TE – Ravens (10% owned) | 6% FAAB
Pitta is about to go from a waiver wire afterthought to one of the most added players on this week’s list. In his first week back Dennis saw 4 targets, converting that into 3 receptions for 39 yards. Week 2 he broke out with 9 receptions for 102 yards on a whopping 12 targets. This may represent the high water mark in targets for him on the season, but Pitta should consistently see 5-6 targets each week with a decent chance of finding the end zone. He is a high end TE2 that you can play depending on matchup. On Yahoo where Jack Doyle is owned by 12% of teams, I’d expect Pitta to eclipse 30% ownership after this week.
Kyle Rudolph – TE – Vikings (30% owned) | 3% FAAB
I’ve been burned by “Rudolph breakouts” so many times in years past that I’m probably getting a bit jaded. Here we go again in 2016, and through his first 2 games Rudolph has seen 8 targets in each. Week 2 saw him convert the 8 targets into 3 receptions for 31 yards and a TD. If it wasn’t for the high target numbers and the score he wouldn’t be worth mentioning, but given the underperforming TE’s around the league (looking at your Dwayne Allen), Rudolph is certainly worth a pickup. If he can consistently see 7-8 targets per game he could have low end TE1 value in 12 team standard leagues, just be prepared for the inevitable roller coaster of emotions that comes with adding him to your roster.
Shane Vereen – RB – Giants (19% owned) | 3% FAAB
I was a bit surprised to find out Vereen is only owned in 19% of leagues, especially considering he led the team in carries week 2 (14) while seeing 3 receptions as well. With rumors that Rashad Jennings was in a cast after the game, Vereen could be in for a large workload in week 3. If he is available in your league, and you can’t grab one of the top running back suggestions on the list, add Shane.
Jacob Tamme – TE – Falcons (5% owned) | 2% FAAB
Hopefully you jumped on the Tamme train after he appeared in last week’s article. If you didn’t catch that one, allow me to refresh your memory. Tamme had 8 targets week 1. He followed that up with another 8 targets in week 2. The Falcons play the Saints in week 3. All sounds good right? After that point, the Falcons play CAR, DEN and SEA. Basically, Tamme will be a one week rental if you pick him up off the week 3 waiver wire. After the Saints game, you’ll probably have to bench, drop or trade him until the schedule softens up again starting in week 7.
In conclusion, feel free to put in a bid on Jacob Tamme, just don’t go nuts as he only has one recommended start the next 4 weeks.
Fozzy Whittaker / Cameron Artis-Payne – RB – Panthers (2% owned) | 2% FAAB
Jonathan Stewart left this past Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and didn’t return. UPDATE: Stewart is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
From that point on it was Fozzy Whittaker carrying the mail while decimating the 49ers on the ground and through the air. Fozzy rumbled his way to 100 yards on 16 carries while adding 3 receptions for 31 yards. The yards per attempt obviously won’t remain that high, and Cameron Artis-Payne was a healthy inactive who should be ready to rock week 3.
The upcoming schedule for the Panthers is juicy as they face MIN – ATL – TB – NO meaning the starter for CAR will have solid RB2 potential as long as JStew is out. Current reports have Stewart out 1-2 weeks, with a committee of Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker taking over. This looks like it is a fantasy situation to avoid unless we get more clarity on who will be the lead back in week 3.
Tyler Boyd – WR – Bengals (13% owned) | 2% FAAB
Tyler Boyd had a solid week 2 for the Bengals as he brought in 6 receptions for 78 yards against the Steelers. While many owners may be quick to jump on a potential rookie breakout, Boyd will likely be a boom or bust weekly flex pick in most formats. His 3 target 2 reception week 1 is closer to what you can expect as long as LaFell and AJ Green are healthy. Once Eifert returns there will be even fewer targets to go around.
Matt Asiata – RB – Vikings (1% owned) | 1% FAAB
When AP went down in 2014 it was Matt Asiata who was consistently called upon in red zone situations, as he finished with 9 TDs that season. For his career Asiata has been a bruising, plodding back averaging just 3.57 YPC, but he should see carries in the new RBBC that emerges with Peterson out. For those in deeper leagues you can bid a few percentage points more, but most weeks will be a gamble as we expect McKinnon to handle the early down work. If Asiata continues to see the goal line carries here in 2016 he could be worth a RB2/Flex start in 14+ team leagues.
Deep League Prospects
Dwayne Washington – RB – Lions (0% owned) | 1% FAAB
Be sure to keep an eye on Ameer Abullah’s injury status, as that could heavily affect Washington’s value. The Lions seemed content to have Riddick lead their attack both on the ground and through the air on Sunday. Riddick finished with 15 touches, while Washington was a distant afterthought with just 4 carries. Why should you consider Dwayne then? He was already working in as the goal line back, and if Abdullah is out he could start seeing 10+ carries per game. In deeper formats Washington could have some value, especially as his role continues to evolve.
Kenyan Drake – RB – Dolphins (1% owned) | 0% FAAB
While Jay Ajayi will be given first crack at the early down role, Kenyan Drake is an intersting guy to keep an eye on as someone who could steal away the job. Ajayi already lost a fumble in week 2, and Drake capitalized by punching in a TD on his 2 carries. Kenyan Drake is a running back out of Alabama, who ran a 4.45 forty yard dash at the combine. At 6’1″ and 215 lbs he also has pass catching abilities out of the backfield, and given the opportunity could prove to be a solid NFL back. His injury history in college may be a bit concerning, but as a speculative waiver wire add in deeper leagues, he is worth a shot.
Adam Thielen – WR – Vikings (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
Lost in the shuffle on Sunday night football was Adam Thielen. Stefon Diggs had a monster night. Adrian Peterson was hurt. And there was Adam Thielen with his second straight 5 target, 4 reception week. Laquon Treadwell is owned in 14% of leagues, and still hasn’t seen a target! Charles Johnson had just 2 receptions. It is beginning to look like Adam Thielen is second in line for targets behind Diggs, and still no one is talking about him. For those wondering who he is, Thielen checks in at 6’2″ / 200 lbs. He’s a 3rd year WR out of Minnesota State who ran a 4.49 40 yard dash at his pro day. While he doesn’t profile as much of a red zone threat, he should consistently see the second most targets behind Diggs. If you’re in a deep league where there are no wide receivers left on waivers, grab Thielen. He can provide low end flex value in 14+ team leagues.
Orleans Darkwa – RB – Giants (0% owned) | 0% FAAB
It looks like Rashad Jennings suffered a hand injury in week 2, but we don’t yet know the extent. Shane Vereen saw most of the action for New York in week 2 with 17 touches. The backup Darkwa saw just 2, however, if this is a serious injury Orleans could have some deep league value. Darkwa isn’t exactly a Jerick McKinnon must own, and at this point is merely a speculative add, but if you play in a league where no one is left on waivers, look for Orleans. He averaged 4.3 YPC a season ago and can produce when given the opportunity.
Thanks for reading! Hopefully you have a chance to grab Jerick McKinnon off waivers. This article will be updated through Monday night. I’ll be happy to answer all questions posted in the forums.