Quincy Enunwa WR leads week 3 waiver pickups
With the conclusion of week 2 and another breakout performance from Quincy Enunwa WR, we get a little more clarity towards the roles of players on their respective teams. All of the preseason chatter about who will bust and who will break out finally becomes irrelevant as we get to see two full weeks of football, and make some roster moves that can define your season. Injuries are always occurring, being active on the waiver wire gives you the edge you need to win.
The Wide Receiver Waiver Wire adds are usually not as crucial as the Running Back Waiver Wire, but if you can identify trends early enough you can find players that can help you every week. All of these players will be available in at least 50% of Yahoo leagues. For some more information visit the forums page and twitter.
Last week we saw Quincy Enunwa WR (10% ownership) from the Jets have a solid game in a tough matchup against the Bengals. In that game he matched Brandon Marshall for a team high in targets (8) and caught 7 balls for 54 yards and a touchdown. Thinking this was a fluke and not a trend, he was left off the wide receiver waiver wire list last week. This last matchup against the Buffalo Bills proved that he will be a significant part of the offense going forward. He caught all 6 of his targets for 92 yards. Enunwa will not get the target share of Brandon Marshall, or the red zone consistency of Eric Decker, but the efficiency of his touches will prove to be a valuable asset going forward.
It may come as a surprise but Jamison Crowder (5% ownership) has been the target leader through the first two weeks for the Washington Redskins. His 18 targets through the first two weeks puts him amongst the top 20 in the league. He hasn’t turned those targets into a great amount of production, but in an offense that seems to want to throw the ball a lot, owning the player who get the most looks is a safe play. The quarterback, Kirk Cousins, is tied for the most completions through the first 2 games of the season. This exemplifies how much this team wants to throw the ball. So far Crowder has only turned this into 12 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown, but there will be better days soon.
Known mostly as a straight line burner, Torrey Smith (39% owned) of the San Francisco 49ers is expanding his role under new coach Chip Kelly. What seems to be holding him back is the quarterback play of Blaine Gabbert and his tendency to check down. Smith’s career average yards per catch is an impressive 17.2 yards. This shows his ability to break a big play at any moment. He was able to get a touchdown in a blowout loss this week but his 5 catches for 68 on 16 targets is extremely inefficient and concerning. If he can catch the ball at a better rate, he can turn into a player that gives you depth at receiver.
For the second week in a row Cole Beasley (3% owned) was second on the Cowboys in targets and receptions. This could have something to do with rookie Dak Prescott at quarterback, but with Tony Romo out for a significant part of the season, it’s time to take notice. The definition of a possession receiver, Beasley isn’t going to do anything amazing, but his steady production of 70 yards per game through the first 2 weeks can’t go unnoticed. His 9 targets per game can also lead to some steady fantasy numbers.
Kenny Britt (3% owned) of the Los Angeles Rams had 10 targets in the divisional matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The veteran turned this into 6 catches for 94 yards against some of the best defensive backs in the league. It’s a one week sample, but if you are in a deep league this wide receiver waiver wire add makes sense. There aren’t a lot of passes to go around but there’s always a chance.
Brandon LaFell (9% owned) of the Cincinnati Bengals is one of the most frustrating wide receivers in the league. He has had opportunities on several good teams but he can’t seem to escape his drops and inefficiency. Working in his favor is the fact that he barely ever comes off the field, and that he plays opposite to one of the best receivers in the league. LaFell will sustain a good amount of targets every week giving him the potential to put up big numbers, but he also has the risk of dropping a touchdown if given the opportunity.
Quincy Enunwa WR – Jets doing his thing