Monday, September 17, 2018

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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