Saturday, September 22, 2018

Week 3 Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Ryan Fitzpatrick is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 37 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Fitzpatrick, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Fitzpatrick.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

 

QB - Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SF)

It would be difficult for things to go much better for Mahomes so far in 2017. Throwing six touchdowns against the Steelers in Week 2, the second-year quarterback has started the season with 10 passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. Here's the list of quarterbacks (in NFL history) that have thrown at least 10 touchdowns in the first two games of a season: Mahomes. End of list.

Going into the season as a high-upside, fringe top-12 quarterback, Mahomes is now the QB1 in my Week 3 rankings. If you own Mahomes as a backup with Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or another elite quarterback, I'd sit Brady, Rodgers or any other high-end quarterback in favor of Mahomes. In what should be one of the highest-scoring matchups of the week, Mahomes and the Chiefs have the highest implied total of the week based on Week 3 Vegas odds.

QB - Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PIT)

Just as we all expected, Fitzpatrick leads all quarterbacks in fantasy points through two games as the Bucs head into Week 3 looking to close out the Jameis Winston suspension with a 3-0 record. Not only has he vastly exceeded expectations, but Fitzpatrick has done something only two other NFL quarterbacks (Dan Marino and Billy Volek) have ever done -- thrown for 400-plus yards with four-plus touchdowns in back-to-back games.

As inconsistent as Fitzpatrick has been over his career, it wouldn't be a shocker if Fitzpatrick laid an egg this week. At the same time, I'd be comfortable to start him against the Steelers, who just allowed Mahomes to throw six touchdowns last week. Although the season is young, only the Chiefs have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Steelers.

QB - Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)

Scoring four total touchdowns -- two passing and two rushing -- last week against the Panthers, Ryan bounced back with a 30.68-point fantasy performance (QB5) in Week 2. After peppering Julio Jones with 19 targets in Week 1, Ryan spread the ball around in Week 2 with more of offense involved.

Even though second-year cornerback Marshon Lattimore has struggled early in the season, he's a talented corner so keeping the rest of the offense involved would be helpful for Ryan's Week 3 outlook. Early this season, the Saints have allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and only three teams -- Chiefs (31.0), Patriots (30.5) and Vikings (28.5) -- have a higher implied total than the Falcons (28.25) for the week.

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Sit'em

 

QB - Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (at LAR)

Throwing three touchdowns and finishing with 22-plus fantasy points in each of his first two games, Rivers gets a more difficult matchup this week against their cross-town rival. In fact, no team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks through two weeks. Part of that has to do with the fact that they faced the Raiders and Cardinals, but they have an elite secondary and dominant defensive line so it won't be easy for Rivers to scrape together a useful fantasy outing in Week 3.

QB - Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at PHI)

Over his three previous full seasons, Luck has finished as a top-four fantasy quarterback in each of those seasons. After missing all of last season, Luck has completed 60-of-84 pass attempts (71.43%) for 498 yards (5.93 Y/A), four touchdowns and three interceptions so far in 2018 with only nine rushing yards. In a difficult matchup against the Eagles, it's possible that Luck continues to perform more like a QB2 than a QB1 and he's ranked outside of my top 12 for the week.

QB - Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. IND)

While the matchup isn't too difficult for Wentz, I'm taking a wait-and-see approach with him as he returns from his torn ACL. Especially considering some top weapons (Alshon Jeffery, Jay Ajayi, etc.) will also be out, it's possible that he gets off to a slow'ish start in his return. While not a terrible option, Wentz is ranked just outside my top 12.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football: Running Backs Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Giovani Bernard is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 37 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Todd Gurley, James Conner and Bernard and start two running backs, you should start Gurley and Conner -- and in turn, bench Gio.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 3 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

 

RB - Latavius Murray, Minnesota Vikings (at BUF)

With Dalvin Cook already ruled out, Murray steps into what could be a massive opportunity and legitimate RB1 upside. In the previous two seasons, Murray had scored a total of 20 touchdowns and he has the potential for multiple scores in this one.

Through two games, the Bills have allowed six touchdowns to four different running backs. Favored by more than two touchdowns, game script should lead to a run-heavy attack for the Vikings, who are projected to score more points than every team other than the Chiefs based on implied totals from Vegas odds.

RB - Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (at KC)

In a fairly even timeshare with Alfred Morris (28 touches), Breida (26) could see a larger share of the workload in Week 3. Not only did he have a strong performance (159 YFS and a TD) in Week 2, it's likely we see a more pass-heavy game script this week. No team is projected to score more points than the Chiefs so Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers could find themselves needing to play catch up or keep up with the high-scoring Chiefs offense.

RB - Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (vs. NO)

With Devonta Freeman out in Week 2, Coleman carried it 16 times for 107 yards and added four catches for 18 yards. Playing four times in his career without Freeman, Coleman has 390 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns in those four games. Not only is Freeman going to miss another game, but the matchup against the Saints should be one of the highest-scoring games of the week. Coleman remains a top-12 option at least one more week.

RB - Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (at CAR)

Teammate Joe Mixon (knee) will be sidelined for two to four weeks and that opens up a great short-term opportunity for Bernard. Gio (12) has been a distant second for touches behind Mixon (44), but he has been productive when given more of an opportunity. Over a five-game stretch last December when Mixon missed two games, Bernard totalled 507 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as he averaged 4.75 yards per carry and hauled in 24 receptions. I have him ranked as a top-15 fantasy running back this week.

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football RB Sit'em

 

RB - Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (at BAL)

Getting nearly half as many touches in Week 2 (eight) as he had in Week 1 (15), Freeman's fantasy owners were fortunate that he rushed for a touchdown considering he had just 28 YFS against the Raiders. Meanwhile, UDFA Phillip Lindsay once again had 15-plus touches. Through two weeks, the backfield touches have been allocated as follows: Lindsay (32), Freeman (23), Devontae Booker (seven) and Andy Janovich (one). As five-point road underdogs against a tough defense, it wouldn't be surprising if the trend of Lindsay leading the backfield in touches continues through Week 3.

RB - Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. DAL)

Before last week's game, coach Pete Carroll said that Carson "really took the lead" at running back. So, naturally, Carson saw a larger workload in Week 2, right? Wrong.

After producing 79 yards on 10 touches in Week 1, Carson had just six carries (all in the first half) for 24 yards in Week 2. Once again, first-round rookie Rashaad Penny had more touches than Carson. While the Cowboys offense leaves much to be desired, their front-seven is one of the team's strengths and it won't be easy for the Seahawks to run the ball on them. There's no way anyone should trust that Carroll will give Carson enough work to be a useful fantasy option in Week 3.

RB - Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (at JAX)

Somewhat surprisingly, Henry (18) had more touches than Dion Lewis (15) last week after Lewis thoroughly outplayed him in Week 1. That said, Henry has just 82 rushing yards on 28 carries (2.93 YPC) and one catch for five yards through Week 2. Things won't get any easier in Week 3; in fact, things get much more difficult against the league's most suffocating defense. Not only are the Titans nearly double-digit underdogs, but only the Bills are projected to score fewer points this week based on Vegas implied totals.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Keelan Cole is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 37 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Odell Beckham, Tyreek Hill and Cole and start only two receivers, you should start OBJ and Hill -- and in turn, bench Cole.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 3 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

 

WR - Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. IND)

Philadelphia's offense gets an overall boost with the return of Carson Wentz, who threw 33 touchdowns through Week 13 last season and was square in the MVP discussion at that point. As seven-point favorites against the Colts, the Eagles are projected to be a top-seven scoring offense this week based on implied totals from Vegas odds.

Last week against the Bucs, Agholor had eight receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. Agholor also had double-digit targets in Week 1, but he parlayed those targets into only 33 yards. With Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) not expected to play in Week 3, Agholor could once again be peppered with double-digit targets.

WR - JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (at TB)

Targeted 19 times in the shootout against the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster posted a 13/121/1 stat line in Week 2's loss. Going back to last season, the second-year wide receiver has now exceeded the 100-yard mark in three consecutive regular-season games and has gone over the century mark in four of his past five.

The good times should continue for JJS as the Bucs have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points (seventh-most in PPR) to opposing wide receivers this season. In addition, this game could be one of the highest-scoring games of the week with an over-under of 54.5, second to only the Chiefs-49ers game.

WR - Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (vs. NE)

With the physical profile of a No. 1 receiver, Golladay generated some buzz this offseason as a potential breakout candidate going into his second NFL season. The second-year wide receiver has exceeded expectations through the first two weeks of the season. With 21 total targets this season, Golladay has 7/114 (WR23) and 6/89/1 (WR17) performances so far this season. In a game where the Lions may be forced to play catch up, Golladay could post another top-24 performance.

WR - Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. TEN)

With Allen Robinson injured last year and signing with Chicago in the offseason and Marqise Lee out for this season, Cole has continued to step up to fill the team's void in the receiving corps to emerge as its best option. Including the most spectacular catch of the season so far, the second-year wideout finished Sunday's game with seven catches for 116 yards and a touchdown. Going back to last season, Cole has at least 99 yards in four of his past six regular-season games and eight-plus targets in four of the past five.

Listed in our waiver-wire post this week, Cole was available in more than half of Yahoo! leagues as of Monday evening. If he's still available in your league, make sure to correct that -- and potentially start him this week.

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

 

WR - Josh Gordon, New England Patriots (at DET)

Playing in the Tom Brady-led, high-powered Patriots offense will obviously be beneficial to Gordon's fantasy outlook in the long term. Given the fact that he just joined the team and the difficulty that other receivers have historically had in terms of getting up to speed with the offense, it would be unrealistic to expect big things from the talented wideout this soon. For now, I'd prefer to take a wait-and-see approach with Gordon, especially for Week 3.

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. GB)

Once as safe as it gets as a WR2, Fitzgerald has 10 catches for 104 yards and no touchdowns on 15 targets through two games. In those games, he's finished as the weekly WR40 and WR85, respectively, in standard-scoring formats and was not significantly better in PPR formats (WR30/WR81). Normally a slam-dunk WR2 with some volume-based WR1 upside, Fitzgerald is ranked as my WR27 -- not a must-start if your league settings mandate only two starting receivers. Given the state of the Arizona offense, it's hard to have any confidence in what you'll get from Fitz (or the rest of the offense).

WR - Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (at JAX)

With Delanie Walker out for the season, Davis is clearly the go-to guy in Tennessee's passing attack and he has a team-high 20 targets through the first two weeks of the season. A top-five pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Davis has the potential to finish the year as a top-20 fantasy wide receiver, but this week's matchup is unfavorable with Jalen Ramsey likely to shadow the second-year receiver most of the game. Only the Bills (12.00) are projected to score fewer points than the Titans (15.25) based on implied totals from Week 3 Vegas odds.

WR - Michael Crabtree, Baltimore Ravens (vs. DEN)

Crabtree has a team-high 16 targets, but he's converted those targets into just eight catches for 94 yards and a score. Meanwhile, fellow newcomers John Brown and Willie Snead both have 14 targets each, but they have been more efficient with their targets. Both Brown (136) and Snead (103) have more yards than Crabtree and Brown (two) has more touchdowns. The matchup against the Broncos isn't great and I have Crabtree ranked as a low-end, TD-dependent WR3 this week.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football: Tight Ends Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, George Kittle is listed below as a "start" for Week 3. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 37 with him as my starting tight end.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Rob Gronkowski and Kittle, you should start Gronk -- and in turn, bench Kittle.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 3 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

 

TE - Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts (at PHI)

With Jack Doyle (hip) out in Week 3, it boosts the outlook for Ebron, who is off to a good start with the Colts. Scoring in both of the first two games, Ebron has just nine total targets so he's been a TD-dependent fantasy option. But given that he has scored in both games, he has finished as a top-10 weekly tight end each week.

The duo of Doyle (7.5 targets per game) and Ebron (4.5) have averaged 12.0 targets per game and it'd, of course, be unreasonable to expect that volume for Ebron with Doyle out. That said, he should certainly get more than the 4.5 per game that have come his way early this season. If he gets 7-8 targets, his production this week will be less dependent on whether he finds the end zone or not.

TE - George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (at KC)

After a big (that could have been bigger) Week 1 performance against a tough defense, I expected a bigger outing from Kittle in a more favorable Week 2 matchup. On a positive note for Week 3, Chiefs safety Eric Berry is likely to be out this week, which sets Kittle up for a big day in a potential shootout against the Chiefs. As a matter of fact, the Chiefs allowed Steelers tight end Jesse James to go off for 5/138/1 last week.

TE - Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (at MIA)

Less involved in Week 2 (4/49 on four targets) than Week 1 (9/180 on 12 targets), Cook has scored the fourth-most fantasy points amongst tight ends (and most in PPR formats) going into Sunday's games. While the Dolphins have yet to allow a touchdown to opposing tight ends, they have allowed the eighth-most receiving yards (155) to the position this season. Especially if you play in PPR formats, Cook is at least a back-end TE1 for Week 3.

 

Week 3 Fantasy Football TE Sit'em

 

TE - Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals (at CAR)

When healthy, Eifert is always a threat to score a touchdown (or two or three). Through two games, Eifert has five scoreless receptions for 67 yards. In a relatively difficult matchup against the Panthers, Eifert is outside my top-12 fantasy tight ends for Week 3.

TE - Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (vs. MIN)

So far this season, tight ends have performed fairly well against the Vikings. Both Kittle and Jimmy Graham have had 90-yard games against them. The streak will end this week as there's virtually no chance that Clay gets 90-plus yards against the usually stout Vikings defense. No team is projected to score fewer points than the Bills (based on implied totals from Vegas odds) and Clay has just two catches for 23 yards on five targets so far this season.

TE - Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PIT)

Like me, Brate is still waiting for his first catch of the season despite fellow Harvard alum Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns in back-to-back games to open the season. Meanwhile, teammate O.J. Howard has five receptions for 150 yards (insane 30.0 Y/R) and a touchdown on just six targets. Finishing as the TE9 and TE3 in the first two weeks, respectively, Howard is a low-end TE1 or high-end TE2 in a favorable matchup against the Steelers. That said, Brate should be benched -- or more precisely, dropped.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football TE Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some tight end waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (17 percent)

Hooper caught all five of his targets in Week 2 for 59 yards and a touchdown. Like most/all of the options on this list, Hooper is a TD-dependent option. The good news is that the Saints-Falcons Week 3 matchup could turn into a shootout (54-point over-under) that leads to plenty of streaming appeal.

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars (32 percent)

Seferian-Jenkins has exactly three receptions and five targets in back-to-back games with 25 yards or less. The difference between Week 2 (from Week 1) is that his touchdown wasn't called back. There are not many inspiring options in the under-50% ownership category, but ASJ remains a TD-dependent streamer.

3. Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (27 percent)

The Cardinals offense has been terrible. Absolutely terrible. After all, starting quarterback Sam Bradford has 243 passing yards ... through two games. Larry Fitzgerald (15) leads the team in targets, but Seals-Jones (12) currently ranks second in that category. Averaging 6.0 targets per game is equivalent to a 96-target pace, something only seven tight ends had in 2017. Perhaps that volume will lead to more than 18.0 yards per game at some point in the season.

4. Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (10 percent)

Going into Monday Night Football, no tight end has scored more fantasy points (standard-scoring) than James (TE2 in PPR). Even with Vance McDonald returning in Week 2, James hauled in five receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. Considering I expect McDonald to score more fantasy points than James going forward, I have James ranked relatively low on this list of mediocre options.

5. Jake Butt, Denver Broncos (three percent)

Butt had four catches for 48 yards on six targets in Week 2 and now has 10 targets through the team's first two games. If Butt continues to average five-plus targets per game, he'll have the chance to perform as a high-end TE2. For now, he's worth a look in deeper leagues.

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2018 Fantasy Football WR Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).




With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (49 percent)

With the catch of the year (so far), Cole was a big part of Jacksonville's win over New England as he finished with 7/116/1 on eight targets. Going back to last season, Cole has at least 99 yards in four of his past six regular-season games and eight-plus targets in four of the past five. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect 100-plus yards and a score every week, but I expect his number of useful outings to exceed the number of disappointing outings for the talented second-year receiver.

2. John Brown, Baltimore Ravens (25 percent)

A few years removed from a 1,000-yard season (2015), Brown appears poised to have his best season since his breakout campaign. Averaging a career-high 19.4 yards per reception in his first season with the Ravens, Brown has a total of seven catches for a team-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on 14 targets. While newcomers Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead also have 14-plus targets so far, Brown should be owned in way more than one-quarter of Yahoo! leagues.

3(a). DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (50 percent)

Apparently the best thing to happen to Jackson was the three-game suspension of Jameis Winston. With Winston out and Ryan Fitzpatrick going 400/4 in back-to-back games, D-Jax has reached the 100-yard mark with scores each week. On the year, he has caught all nine targets for 275 yards and three touchdowns and is currently a top-three receiver in both PPR and standard-scoring formats. Sure to disappoint at some point as a boom-or-bust option, he may have a couple more good outings with Fitzpatrick under center for at least one more week.

3(b). Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (35 percent)

When given the opportunity, Godwin has been productive. As a rookie, he closed the season with a 26/442/1 (17.0 Y/R) second-half line including 68-plus yards in three of his final four games. Making "a lot of plays everyday" in the offseason, the second-year wide receiver was a sleeper that entered 2018 as a breakout candidate. Off to a good start in 2018, Godwin had 3/41/1 and 5/56/1 in the first two games.

In terms of Week 3 outlook, I'd prefer Jackson over Godwin. In terms of rest-of-season outlook, I'd prefer Godwin over Jackson.

5. Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (seven percent)

With Josh Gordon traded to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick, that elevates Callaway to the No. 2 wide receiver role next to Jarvis Landry. After a catch-less one-target Week 1, Callaway had three second-half receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in Week 2. As is typical with all rookie receivers, there will be some inconsistency on a weekly basis, but Callaway has the talent to have a few big games.

6. Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (31 percent)

Even with Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and tight end Jimmy Graham ahead of him for targets most weeks, Allison now has 11 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. Assuming that Aaron Rodgers stays healthy (or at least healthy enough to play), Allison will have fantasy value.

7. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (two percent)

While A.J. Green scored a trio of touchdowns on Thursday night, Boyd had six catches on nine targets for 91 yards, all of which were team highs, and a touchdown. At a minimum, I'd prefer Boyd over second-year receiver John Ross and he's at least someone to watch, especially for PPR owners.

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2018 Fantasy Football RB Waiver-Wire Options Heading Into Week 3

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

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With that said, here are some running back waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (27 percent)

Through the first two games, Joe Mixon had exactly 22 touches each week as he racked up 179 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards. A knee injury sustained in Thursday night's win over the Ravens required a cleanup knee procedure that will sideline Mixon for two to four weeks.

Bernard (12) has been a distant second for touches behind Mixon (44), but he has been productive when given more of an opportunity. Over a five-game stretch last December when Mixon missed two games, Bernard totalled 507 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as he averaged 4.75 yards per carry and hauled in 24 receptions.

2. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (44 percent)

Of course, Melvin Gordon is the clear "1" in the team's 1-2 rushing attack, but Ekeler has been highly involved in both of the team's games so far. In Week 2, Ekeler had 11 carries for 77 yards and three catches for 21 more after racking up 126 YFS and a touchdown in Week 1.

Effective on a per-touch basis (7.3 YPC and 13.5 Y/R this year and 5.5/10.3 last year), Ekeler would be a legit RB1 type if MG3 were to miss time. Either way, he has a chance to produce flex value especially when we move into the bye weeks in a couple of weeks.

3. Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (eight percent)

After two games of the 2018 season, Alex Collins and Allen both have exactly 20 touches and Kenneth Dixon (knee) has been placed on IR. While I'd still prefer Collins over Allen, Allen should be owned in all PPR formats.

The fourth-year back has scored a touchdown and caught exactly five passes in each of the team's first two games. In his first three seasons, Allen had at least 45 catches twice and it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished with 50-plus this season.

4. Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (22 percent)

With Jay Ajayi (back) missing almost two quarters and Darren Sproles (hamstring) out in Week 2, Clement had six carries for 30 yards and a touchdown with five receptions for 55 yards. It's certainly possible that Clement's role expands during the season either way, but he would clearly benefit if either Ajayi or Sproles were to miss time at future points in the season.

5. Jordan Wilkins, Indianapolis Colts (31 percent)

Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines are also considerations in this spot, but then again, maybe none of them should be as part of a committee backfield. Mack returned from his hamstring injury and had 10 carries and one reception for a total of 36 yards. It was Wilkins, however, that led the team's backfield in touches (12) and was the most effective (64 YFS) of the bunch. The return of Robert Turbin in a couple of weeks from a PED suspension could make this three-headed committee more complicated.

6. Chris Ivory, Buffalo Bills (five percent)

At the moment, there's still a chance that LeSean McCoy (ribs) could play against the Vikings on Sunday and ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets that McCoy "should not miss more than one game, if that." Even if he does, the matchup isn't great for McCoy (or Ivory). If McCoy doesn't play, however, Ivory gets a boost in workload -- although the matchup combined with the state of the Bills offense overall leaves lots to be desired for his Week 3 outlook either way.

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