Steve Smith Sr. trash talks his way into the top waiver add of the week
After last years devastating achilles injury, Steve Smith Sr. was thought to be done. In a world of young flashy receivers like Odell Beckham Jr., a tough old veteran like Steve Smith Sr. is a glimpse into the NFL of the past, and the culture that Roger Goodell is trying to distance himself from. Smith Sr. is has an aggressive style and backs down from no one. Week 3 was no exception. There were scuffles, trash talk, and even a new feud with rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Steve Smith Sr. is one of my favorite players to watch and it makes me happy to see him hitting his stride 3 weeks into his 16th season. As always, all of the players mentioned in the waiver column are available in over 50% of yahoo leagues. For more information and interaction, visit the forums page and twitter.
Owned in just 39% of leagues, Steve Smith Sr. of the Baltimore Ravens is the top add of the week. What is incredible about Smith Sr. is that he doesn’t look any less explosive than he did before the injury. Even with his limited usage, he has seen 8, 6, and 11 targets through the first 3 games. Smith Sr. has eight 1,000 yard receiving years under his belt. If you stretch out his production from the 7 games he played last year to a full 16 game season, he would have ended up with over 90 catches for 1,300 yards and 6 touchdowns. In week 3 Smith Sr. caught 8 balls for 87 yards against a poor Jacksonville defense and gets to play the Raiders’ porous secondary next week.
Terrelle Pryor (22% ownership) of the Cleveland Browns could’ve easily been the top waiver add of the week. He literally did it all in week 3 playing snaps at quarterback, wide receiver, and safety. Safety? Just the fact that Pryor has so many different opportunities to score fantasy points makes him a must add. He rushed for 21 yards and a TD on 4 carries, threw for 35 yards, and caught 8 of his 14 targets for 144 yards. He has been seeing increased targets every week. Through the first 3 weeks he has had 7, 10, and now 14 targets for a total of 244 yards making him the focal point of an offense that lacks any explosive talent. With the uncertainty of what Josh Gordon will be, Corey Coleman hurt, and Cody Kessler under center, the Browns need to find ways to get Pryor involved.
The Chicago Bears are a mess. Second year wideout (49% ownership) and 7th overall pick Kevin White has been somewhat of a non factor despite the expectations of the 6’3” 215 pound wideout. White ran 4.35 40 yard dash at the 2015 NFL combine but has failed to translate those raw attributes into on field production. That is until Sunday night, when he made a ridiculous one handed catch around a defender. With a team high 14 targets, there should have been more than the 6 catches for 62 yards production. Regardless of the inefficiency, I am believer in opportunity. The Bears will want to see if this kid was worth the 1st round price and should keep trying to get him the ball.
Deep League Adds:
Adam Humphries (1% ownership) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need somebody to throw to not named Mike Evans. Humphries seems to be trending towards some increased production. In week 3 he caught 9 of 12 targets for 100 yards. The Bucs will likely be playing from behind quite a bit so a reliable option like Humphries could add some depth to your bench. He is averaging 6 catches a game.
Kenny Stills (9% ownership) does one thing. Run deep and catch the ball. It just so happens Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins can’t seem to connect on deep throws. On throws that travel over 15 yards Tannehill completes only 36%. There is always a chance, and if you are in an extremely deep league, all you need is one big play from Stills and he can make your week.