Another CRAZY week is in the books and it seems like we are going to have to wait a little longer to figure out which version of some players we are really going to get. Some guys who we expected to shine bright and have not seemed to turn on their light switch yet, and others who we expected little of, have shown up big. This is what football is all about and what makes it such a fun game to be a part of, even if its only in a fantasy sense.
I say it week in and week out, waiver wire is going to be a huge part of your success or your failure. Those active in the waiver wire tend to hit on something good eventually and many times it leads to fantasy playoff football for them. If you stumble upon a lottery ticket on the waiver wire, it may even lead to a championship.
My advice, roll the dice on guys and take a shot. Their are no guarantees in fantasy football…well ok, Gronkowski is a guarantee, but other then Gronk, nothing is a for sure thing. Pick up players on the waiver wire and drop guys who you feel are not going to produce. Worse thing that can happen is you swap trash for trash. Best case scenario, you found your golden ticket in a chocolate Wonka bar.
Matt Jones, RB, Redskins
I know I mentioned Jones back on my sleeper list before the season started but who knew he’d be mentioned again this early in the season? Safe to say that happened faster than even I thought it would. Don’t get it twisted Morris is still around and is going no where, however, Jones has clearly earned split reps with Morris. In week 2 the two literally split the carries and receptions almost even and I see no reason why that would change moving forward. The Redskins need as many play makers as they can get and Jones has shown he’s clearly not afraid of contact.
Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts
You’re not seeing things, Moncrief was on this list last week. Apparently not everyone bought in when I told you last week so he’s here for a second and hopefully last appearance. Don’t let me down guys, pick him up! Do not let Hilton scare you off & do not let Luck’s rough start make you weary. The Colts are going to throw and throw often, it’s who they are and Moncrief will be one of the WR’s to benefit from their style of play. If he’s still available in your league then he is your #1 priority week 3.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Browns
With the way Benjamin has played the first two weeks of the season I have no choice but to put him on this list. I know he is not a big name, heck, your average NFL fan doesn’t even know who Benjamin is and I’m only being honest. In his defense, he has the speed to take the top off a defense and is great as a return man if your league awards points for special teams. It’s very possibly Benjamin had his two best games of the season already and that there is not much success to be had ahead. Regardless, if you have the spot on your roster, then take a shot and wait and see what Benjamin can do in week 3 vs the Raiders.
James Starks, RB, Packers
I’m not going to go too far into this but Lacy is hurt and someone has to run the ball. Starks has been in GB for a long time and always takes the carries when the starter gets injured. He’s nothing exciting but anyone who runs the ball for the Packers in a starter role is worth having. He is likely not going to have higher value then he will in week 3 unless Lacy gets seriously hurt sometime this season. Add him and use him in week 3 but I cannot promise how much value he will have outside of this week.
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Titans
Did you see his TD grab this past week? Green-Beckham is a big, strong target and with a rookie QB in Mariota that’s a great asset to have. Guys with Beckham’s size and skills are almost like a TE but he’s faster. I would pick-up Beckham with the understanding that he might not take off right away or in week 3, but he’s def. a worthy stash who has all the potential in the world to blossom into Mariota’s favorite option.
Audible at the line of scrimmage:
I am going to continue to stick to my guns on this one and keep recommending the sneaky pick-up of Seahawk WR Tyler Lockett. I will not stop mentioning Lockett until he is owned in more leagues, then not. He flashes here and there but has not put anything together fully where you can trust him, and I understand that. All I can tell you is that playmakers find ways to make plays. The Seahawks are struggling a tad starting the season 0-2 and that will only help Lockett’s chances. By mid-season he should be seeing the field much more regularly and when he does…you’ll want to be the one who has him and not your opponent.