Week 3 players to target
An exciting Week 2 of the NFL season culminates with a Monday night doubleheader. In the first game, the Tennessee Titans will face the Buffalo Bills, and in the second, the Minnesota Vikings will face the Philadelphia Eagles.
Week 2 was a wild ride for fantasy football managers. Amon-Ra St. Brown made history with his eighth straight game with 8+ receptions for the Lions, tying Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas. Additionally, Tua Tagovailoa stood out with a fantastic 38.8 points which included a Miami record six touchdowns.
However, the biggest story of Week 2 involved Trey Lance. He was ejected from the field in the first quarter of the San Francisco 49ers game against the Seattle Seahawks, forcing Jimmy Garoppolo to take over. The verdict was a broken ankle, so Lance will now be out for the season, and fantastic managers are scrambling to replace him.
To that end, I have some QB suggestions for you, as well as players you should know on the waiver wire from other positions. While some of these players can help your fantasy football teams right now, others are hiding places – players who might not be deployed to your roster in Week 3 but might have the potential to do so. in a close future. The weeks off are fast approaching, so they will also serve as useful depth options.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the recommended ESPN Fantasy waiver thread additions for Week 3.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (1.0% registered in ESPN leagues): Well, if you’re looking to replace Lance, let’s start at the obvious place. Heading into Sunday’s game, Garoppolo didn’t expect to have any reps on the field, but that’s exactly what he got for most of the 49ers’ 27-7 wins. Last season, he averaged 16.0 fantasy points per game, making him a solid streamer for fantasy managers. And don’t forget that with Garoppolo at the helm, the 49ers made it to a Super Bowl and last year’s NFC Championship Game. In other words, the expectations of this season will certainly not be reduced with the forced change of QB.
Carson Wentz, Washington commanders (56.7%): I have to mention the Commanders quarterback again this week. Wentz has completed 65.5% of his passes for 650 yards and seven touchdowns in two games so far in 2022. He has not only kept the commanders in both games, but also brought them back from deficits. Wentz can be considered a top QB2 with an upside.
Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons (9.3%): Mariota is a very good option for deeper leagues or fantasy managers in superflex or 2-QB formats. In two games, he averaged a fantastic 16.7 points and showed his ability to lead the Falcons offense. Mariota is on the streaming radar thanks to Drake London, Cordarrelle Patterson and Kyle Pitts as his top offensive playmakers.
Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (6.8%): The Lions scored 71 points in the first two weeks, including a touchdown in each quarter. Goff is surrounded by an improved offensive line and a plethora of receiving playmakers. In two games, Goff is averaging a fantastic 20.7 points, and it looks like he’ll have plenty of productive games this season. He’s a great QB2 for fantasy managers. Minnesota is next in Week 3.
Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins (51.7%): Mostert looks like the Dolphins starter after finishing with 14 touches for 79 total yards in a win over the Ravens. Chase Edmonds, who signed the second-largest contract among free running backs this offseason, had just six touches for 41 total yards. Mostert also had a higher snap percentage than Edmonds. Don’t complicate it too much. Both running backs will be involved in the Dolphins’ backfield, but it’s Mostert who should be selected in all leagues.
Eno Benjamin (4.0%) and Darrel Williams, Arizona Cardinals (3.6%): James Conner missed almost all of the second half against the Raiders on Sunday. He has a history of ankle problems. Benjamin (11 touches) and Williams (10) formed a committee after Conner’s departure, with both finishing the match with a similar number of touches. The backfield could be split as well if Conner runs out of time in Week 3 against the Rams, with Kyler Murray also getting his share of rushes. Both Benjamin and Williams are on the radar in deeper PPR formats.
Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons (14%): Allgeier made his pro debut Sunday against the Rams with veteran running back Damien Williams placed on IR with a rib injury. It was a solid performance from him, tying Patterson (10) for the team lead in rushing attempts. Allgeier has only played on 31% of attacking snaps, but he has the potential to be a league winner due to his collegiate production. In Allgeier’s last two seasons at BYU, he rushed for 2,731 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Quick hits: Tyrion Davis-Price played on almost as many snaps as Jeff Wilson Jr., but wasn’t as effective with the ball on his 14 run attempts. The 49ers running back is only listed in 4.5% of the leagues, but may be worth a look. … JD McKissic continues to be priority in the passing game for commanders. He’s on the flexible radar for fantasy managers in deeper formats. McKissic is averaging 10.5 fantasy points per game this season and is in just 42% of leagues.
Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots (0.6%): Agholor had his best game for New England on Sunday, seeing significant time in the slot and also out. He finished with six receptions for 110 yards. Agholor’s TD reception from QB Mac Jones had a completion probability of just 26.2%, according to Next Gen Stats. It was the third-lowest completion probability of any Jones touchdown so far in his career. The connection between Jones and Agholor, which reportedly improved during training camp, appears to have translated into regular-season wonders. In Week 3, Agholor has a great game against a Ravens secondary that was just destroyed by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (10.2%): Shepard had the most targets (10) against the Panthers on Sunday and was second in snaps among Giants wide receivers. There is no “true No. 1 receiver” in New York, so it would be wise to keep an eye on practice reports to better understand who is generating the most buzz. That said, it will likely continue to be Shepard. The Giants host the Cowboys in Week 3. For his career, Shepard is averaging 6.2 targets and a fantastic 11.0 points per game against Dallas. He is a great option for fantasy managers in deeper formats.
Liz Loza is bullish on Sterling Shepard’s performance in Week 2 and his potential as a flexible player in the PPR leagues.
Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys (44.2%): Gallup will return to the Cowboys roster in Week 3 after completing rehab on the torn ACL he suffered last season. He will be greeted by an attack from Dallas which is struggling at the WR position. CeeDee Lamb has caught just 9 of 22 targets for 104 receiving yards and is yet to score a touchdown. Gallup could see plenty of targets against the Giants in Week 3 as Dalton Schultz deals with a knee injury.
Noah Brown, Dallas Cowboys (0.8%): OK, what about the Cowboys? Brown’s rapport with quarterback Cooper Rush was on full display Sunday against the Bengals. This duo joined the Cowboys roster in 2017. So far this season, Brown has been the team’s most productive receiver. Between quarterbacks, he rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets. Brown appears to be in great shape heading into Week 3 against the Giants secondary.
Greg Dortch, Arizona Cardinals (2.8%): Dortch has been the Cardinals’ most consistent offensive contributor thus far. In two games, he averaged 6.5 targets and 14.4 fantasy points. When Rondale Moore returns from his hamstring injury and DeAndre Hopkins returns from suspension, Dortch could lose value. In the meantime, it looks like he’s on the flexible radar. Marquise Brown will square off with Jalen Ramsey in Week 3, leaving Dortch to see some favorable coverage.
Quick hits: Curtis Samuel is listed in just 67.6% of ESPN leagues. Prioritize him if he’s available in yours, as he’s averaging 21.0 fantasy points per game this season. … You can do the same with Jahan Dotson, who is only listed in 60.7% of ESPN leagues. He’s averaging 18.0 fantasy points per game this season.
Logan Thomas, Washington Commanders (19.5%): From week 1 to week 2, Thomas’ snaps and routes both increased. He caught 3 of 5 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Lions. Wentz has had a ton of success in his career with big receivers and bigger tight ends. In Week 3 against the Eagles, Thomas could be very productive as Samuel, Dotson and Terry McLaurin should, ahem, get a lot of attention from opposing defenses. Look no further if you need an upgrade from TE.
Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars (16.6%): Engram led the Jaguars in targets (eight) and receptions (seven) with an 85% road attendance rate. He’s a reliable target for QB Trevor Lawrence, who has plenty of playmakers to target each week. This is why Engram will have some low stat outputs on certain weeks. Even so, 12 targets in the first two weeks of the season is a good sign. In Week 3, Engram is a very good option against a Chargers defense that struggled to defend tight ends. Ideally, he should be paired with another tight end for fantasy managers to implement a game-based “committee” approach.
Quick hits: Tyler Conklin is averaging 8.0 targets and a fantastic 10.8 points per game over two games. CJ Uzomah’s eventual return from a hamstring injury could negatively impact his target share. Conklin is only registered in 1.8% of ESPN leagues. … Hayden Hurst racked up 15 targets in two games. Hurst could be successful in midfield with opposing defenses trying to outrun Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins.
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