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Fanball FAAB – Week 3 Waiver Wire Advice

by and • September 17, 2019

Words by Rob Willette and Paul Charchian, spending recommendations by Paul Charchian


Andy Dalton – Bengals – 18% owned

Coaching changes always unearth some hidden wisdom about players and teams.  While it has only been two games, thus far Andy Dalton has looked reborn under Zac Taylor, who has migrated many of the Rams’ offensive tendencies to Ohio. The Bengals have good weapons, especially once A.J. Green returns, and the Bengals look like a surprising offense. He has topped 300 yards and thrown two touchdowns in consecutive games to start the season.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Daniel Jones – Giants – 2% owned

The Eli Manning era has ended with a whimper and Daniel Jones will start this week against an improved Tampa secondary. Jones looked terrific in the preseason and demonstrated arm strength Eli hasn’t had in years. If you’re picking up Jones, it’s more for his long term upside, particularly when Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate return. Assuming this trial is successful, Jones is a fascinating late-season stash with maybe the easiest playoff schedule: Philadelphia, Washington and Miami.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 8%

Mason Rudolph – Steelers – 0% owned

The former Oklahoma State star lead a pair of scoring drives and looked poised after taking over for Ben Roethlisberger. We’re banking one of the league’s better offenses to regroup and recapture its mojo. Like many backup options taking over this week, you’ll need to pick your spots with Rudolph, but there’s potential for production because of his big arm and surrounding weapons.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%

Gardner Minshew – Swaguars – 5% owned

The legend of the Swaguar continues as Minshew posted another 95+ QB rating last week. In Week 1, he impressed with his unreal completion percentage; this week he did it with his legs, dropping 56 rushing yards on top of his 213 yards and a touchdown against one of the league’s better defenses. With Foles out until at least Week 11, Minshew should be owned in a leagues where you can start more than one quarterback.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Teddy Bridgewater – Saints – 0% owned

With Drew Brees down for two months, it’s Teddy Time for the Saints.  Averaging a measly one touchdown per game, Bridgewater has always been a game manager, and he struggled in relief against the Rams.  With full reps, there’s hope he can improve on his lackluster fantasy performances of the past, but we need to see it first. Sean Payton should be able to craft an offense around Bridgewater’s strengths, and despite being thin on ancillary weapons, the Saints have two of the game’s best playmakers to lean on.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%


Carlos Hyde – Texans- 43% owned

As much as we want Duke Johnson to happen, this has been Carlos Hyde’s backfield through two weeks.  Hyde handled 20 carries against the Jaguars and has looked surprisingly spry in his two appearances for the Texans, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.  Defenses are always keying on Deshaun Watson, and it’s giving Hyde favorable looks in many plays. Bill O’Brien has run the ball twice from inside the five-yard line, with Hyde and Watson each getting one carry.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 25%

Rashaad Penny – Seahawks – 61% owned

Chris Carson’s leash is getting short. He’s fumbled three times in two games, and he’s averaging a moribund 3.5 yards per carry.  He’s opened the door for Penny, who has totaled 17 touches over two weeks and broke off an untouched touchdown run against the Steelers last Sunday.  If you’re eyeing a speculative stash at the end of your bench, Penny’s an excellent addition. He has league-winning upside if Carson’s fumbling puts him on the bench.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%

Raheem Mostert – 49ers – 16% owned

(see also Jeffrey Wilson – 49ers – 0% owned)

The San Francisco backfield has become a hotbed for fantasy production.  Albeit in an incredibly lopsided game, both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson got run behind Matt Breida.  Breida is clearly Kyle Shanahan’s best back, but his constant health problems means backups usually find stats.  Mostert is the priority add but Jeff Wilson is also one injury away from fantasy prominence. Using his hodgepodge of runners, the Niners have the fourth-most rushing yards, three touchdowns, and are averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Mostert: 15%

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Wilson: 1%

Jaylen Samuels – Steelers – 35% owned

James Conner left Sunday’s game early with a knee injury, and if he’s going to miss any time, Jaylen Samuels becomes an obvious add.  Samuels filled in admirably for Conner during a three game stretch last year, including a 142 yard effort against New England, and is a plus pass-catcher after spending much of his career at N.C. State at tight end.  As we’re writing this, early in the week, it appears that Conner’s injury isn’t serious. But if it takes a serious turn, Samuels is an elite pickup.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Justin Jackson – Chargers – 33% owned

7 touches for 61 yards. 8 touches for 64 yards. That’s an impressive 8.3 yards per touch in Justin Jackson’s two games. Austin Ekeler doesn’t look like a long-term workhorse, and Jackson has earned a bigger share of the touches.  And, if Ekeler goes down, Jackson would be primed for a bell cow role. In deeper leagues, he might be viable as a flex play with bye weeks coming up and you can hope for an explosive play or a touchdown.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Ty Johnson – Lions – 0% owned

With the release of CJ Anderson, the Lions have room for Ty Johnson to get some playing time. They did acquire Paul Perkins off of waivers, but anyone who has seen Perkins play isn’t worried. The Lions are averaging just over 30 touches per game so far this year and that rings true to Darrell Bevell’s history with running backs. Patricia has been unwilling to give Kerryon Johnson a full compliment of touches and make him a bell cow back, opening the door for Johnson to have some fantasy relevant games going forward.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Frank Gore – Bills – 7% owned

Nobody wants to roster Frank Gore. He was a boring option a decade ago. And here we are, in 2019, and he remains a productive weekly play.  A hamstring injury to Devin Singletary has left Gore as one of the few men standing in the Buffalo backfield. Gore touched the football 21 times against the Giants last Sunday, and any back with that workload must be owned.  He’ll never win you a week unless you play in a points-per-decades format, but sans Singletary his touch floor should be strong enough to make him a weekly FLEX play.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 2%


Terry McLaurin – Redskins – 51% owned

Give Jay Gruden credit, he’s putting his best players on the field, including rookies. (We’re looking at you, Matt Nagy.) His best receiver, and it’s not close, is rookie sensation Terry McLaurin. He’s been on the field for 92% of the Redskins snaps and leads the team with 16 targets. He’s scored in both games, and done so from distance and up close. Washington’s leaky defense ensures that the script is always favoring the pass. If Dwayne Haskins ever takes over, he’ll have college teammate chemistry.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 20%

Demarcus Robinson – Chiefs – 2% owned

Give Patrick Mahomes a football, and he’ll turn someone, anyone into a fantasy star.  Demarcus Robinson took advantage of Tyreek Hill’s absence and an overmatched secondary with a pristine 6-172-2 line on six targets against the Raiders.  But this was not just Mahomes dropping dimes and Andy Reid geniusly scheming; Robinson made a contested catch late in the first half for his second touchdown and largely looked the part of starting receiver in the NFL’s most high-powered offense.  Robinson was a gifted receiver at the University of Florida who never quite put it all together at the NFL level.

There are reasons for concern with Robinson, though.  Every week, it’s going to be tough to know which receiver is going to get Mahomes’ attention. Just ask Sammy Watkins’ frustrated owners. And when Tyreek Hill returns, Robinson has the same value he had last year, almost none.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 10%

Golden Tate – Giants – 25% owned

Sterling Shepard – Giants – 75% owned

Pat Shurmer’s move to Daniel Jones boosts the entire Giants offense and particularly his wideouts.  Within two weeks, both Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard should be on the field again. Both guys represent a massive upgrade at the position and will get starter’s snaps. Jones possesses an NFL calibur arm strength, something we haven’t seen from Eli Manning in years.  The Giants schedule is pretty tough over the next month, so if you pick up Tate or Shepard, plan to show some patience. New York may have the easiest playoff schedule for passers, facing the Eagles, Dolphins and Redskins.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Shepard: 10%

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Tate: 5%

Deebo Samuel – 49ers – 14% owned

Deebo Samuel took his turn trying to earn that rose on Sunday, torching the Bengals for 87 yards and 7 targets before kicking back on his Barcalounger as the Niners took Cincinnati’s soul.  A unique prospect out of South Carolina, Samuel is the most talented receiver on this roster and has draft pedigree on his side. Here’s a concern, though: With Pettis’ groin injury on the mend, Pettis’ snap count rose dramatically last week, and Samuel’s dropped equally.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Diontae Johnson – Steelers –  1% owned

James Washington – 29% owned

To say Donte Moncrief’s Steeler career has gotten off to an inauspicious start would be an insult to the man or woman who invented the word.  After a ten-target Week 1 which resulted in (double-checks research to ensure it is actually feasible) SEVEN yards, Moncrief was benched Sunday against the Seahawks and it would not be a major surprise if we saw him in the unemployment line before long.  We’re looking ahead to what could be with Pittsburgh’s other receivers, two intriguing young players in James Washington and Diontae Johnson. Washington is a 2018 2nd-round pick who was magical at Oklahoma State. He has immense talent, and his 23 yards on three targets Sunday are downright Jerry Rice-like in juxtaposition with Moncrief.

Rookie Diontae Johnson was a 3rd-round pick out of Toledo, and the simple fact he possesses two hands capable of catching a football make him an upgrade on Moncrief.

If one or both of Washington and Johnson are available on the wire, they’re worth an add as it is hard to see this Pittsburgh offense remaining so mediocre, unless we’re looking at a prolonged absence from Big Ben.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Washington: 5%

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation for Johnson: 1%

DJ Chark – Jaguars – 11% owned

Is this Gardner Minshew’s main weapon? DJ Chark is averaging over 100 yards per game, granted, it’s just 2 games… but he scored on a Minshew pass at the end of Week 1 and followed that up by scoring again this week while leading the Jaguars in both targets and receptions as well. At 6’4” Chark is a big target for Minshew, especially in the red zone.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 5%

Preston Williams – Dolphins – 2% owned

It’s really difficult to recommend any Dolphin, but if you’re going to own one, you want a guy who can score points in garbage time (which starts in the middle of the first quarter). Last week, Preston Williams got himself on the field for 42 of the Dolphins 62 snaps and led the team in targets and yards after scoring the team’s only touchdown the week before. Prior to the season, Xavien Howard said that Preston had the potential to be a WR1–and he’d know as he faces Williams in practice every day.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 3%


Will Dissly – Seahawks – 3% owned

Will Dissly was heavily involved in Seattle’s offense, racking up five targets and looking like the third option behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.  There’s a dearth of viable receivers for Russell Wilson and Dissly can catch. Last week’s two-touchdown game wasn’t the first time he’s blown up. Last year, he scored in both games to start the season. As is well-known in the fantasy community, the tight end landscape is messier than Moira Rose after happy hour.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Jason Witten – Cowboys – 15% owned

Jason Witten is averaging a truly Witten-esque 5.7 yards per reception this season, but we’re not worried about inefficiencies from a fantasy perspective.  Witten has been a popular target in the redzone, scoring in each week from in-close (because he can’t score from anywhere else) and the Dallas offense figures to be one of the league’s more productive all season.  The only thing more boring than inserting Witten into your lineup is writing a blurb about him, but he’s capable of providing return on the cheap investment required to attain him.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 1%

Scott Fish – Dolphins – 94% owned

Scott has implored the Dolphins on Twitter to take a chance on him, and in full tank mode, they may oblige.  Fish ran a 6.37 40 at his Gustavus Pro Day and has the hands of an aged Troy Williamson. Pushing 40, Fish has the experience to dominate and despite dad runner tendencies, brings the savvy to be a PPR machine.  In a barren TE landscape, Fish is a must-add for desperate owners.

Charch Blind Bidding Recommendation: 110%