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Week 3 waiver-wire pickups and fantasy targets

By Jeff Ratcliffe
Sep 19, 2017

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Jack Doyle #84 of the Indianapolis Colts carries the ball against the New York Jets in the first half during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Injuries continue to ravage the fantasy landscape, with Greg Olsen going down along with Jordy Nelson and Rob Gronkowski getting banged up. Players also emerged this week who deserve our attention. So let’s dive into this week’s waiver recommendations.

Remember, we cast a wide net every week in our waiver wire advice. Below, you’ll see recommendations for shallow, regular, and deep leagues. Players are listed in order of priority and the suggested auction budget percentage is in parentheses.

Keep in mind that some leagues may be more aggressive or conservative in terms of bidding, so know your league tendencies. Regardless of the size of your league, it’s suggested that you work your way down the list and prioritize the top players in your waiver claims for this week.

Shallow leagues (8-10 teams)


1. Trevor Siemian, DEN (7-10%) — Those in need of some help at quarterback will want to give Siemian a long look this week. He’s taken well to Mike McCoy’s offense and currently leads all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring.

Running back

1. Chris Carson, SEA (40-50%) — The Seahawks backfield seems to have sorted itself out in Week 2 with Carson racking up 21 touches. With running back very thin this year, Carson is worth a big chunk of your FAAB budget.

2. Javorius Allen, BAL (30-40%) — Allen led the Ravens backfield in touches for the second straight week, and out-snapped Terrance West 43-15. He’s now the preferred Baltimore back for fantasy purposes.

Wide receiver

1. J.J. Nelson, ARZ (15-30%) — With John Brown dinged up, Nelson went off for 120 yards and a score. He’s a volatile fantasy option, but should be owned in all formats.

2. Marqise Lee, JAX (10-20%)Allen Hurns had the bigger fantasy day, but Lee saw a massive 13 targets in Week 2. Expect the volume to continue for him going forward.

Tight End

1. Jack Doyle, IND (10-20%) — Even with Jacoby Brissett under center, Doyle was able to deliver eight catches on eight targets for 79 yards.

Regular leagues (12 teams)


1. Jay Cutler, MIA (5-8%) — Cutler was far from lights out in his Dolphins debut, but he showed a good connection with Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker. He’s worth QB2 consideration.

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