Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups
Wow, another week, another plethora of crazy fantasy performances. From the Patriots defense absolutely thrashing the Dolphins offense, to Patrick Mahomes carrying those to wins who were fortunate enough to have him on their roster. It was another exciting week, and yet again, there were outliers in the fantasy universe that may not be rostered in a lot of leagues. Let's take a look at them.
Josh Allen (4.3% owned in ESPN / 40% owned in Yahoo): Josh Allen has done relatively well this season as far as fantasy production is concerned, and with injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, some fantasy owners may need to jump on the opportunity to snag Allen if they're looking to fill a QB void. The Buffalo QB has thrown for 507 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, to go along with 17 rushing attempts for 59 yards and two touchdowns. Allen's rushing ability is a valued part of the fantasy community and his constant threat to score on the run brings a versatile aspect to his game. If he's available in your league, and you're in need of a QB, take a look at him, he might just surprise you.
Mecole Hardman / Demarcus Robinson (38% / 1% owned in ESPN // 40% / 6% owned in Yahoo): With Tyreek Hill being sidelined for a few weeks or more, Hardman and Robinson are two speedy WR's that have seemed to benefit from the absence of an elite talent in Hill. Hardman caught four balls for 61 yards and a TD, while Robinson caught six balls for 172 yards and two TD's. That's a fair amount of volume and opportunity, and having a QB like Patrick Mahomes to launch you dimes is a nice perk of being in Kansas City as well. Don't be scared about the number of mouths to feed in this offense. Everyone has an opportunity to make a big play. As long as Tyreek Hill is injured, either one of these two receivers are valuable to own as depth pieces to your fantasy lineup.
Nelson Agholor (4% owned in ESPN / 15% owned in Yahoo): DeSean Jackson, Dallas Goedert, and Alshon Jeffrey have all gone down with injuries. With no definite news on the severity of any of their injuries, Agholor now becomes the WR1 in Philadelphia for the Eagles. So far this year, Agholor has received 16 targets which he's converted to 10 receptions for 118 yards. With the Eagles defense not looking like it was hyped up to be, Philly may need to pass more if they get down early in games, which may not be the case vs the Lions next week, but they're trip to Lambeau may leave much to be desired vs the Packers. If you're looking to plug and play this week, Agholor may be a decent shot.
Carlos Hyde (44% owned in ESPN / 43% owned in Yahoo): So far, it's looked like Carlos Hyde is being given every opportunity to be the leading rusher for the Texans. He has rushed the ball 30 times for 173 yards, which comes out to 5.7 YPC, which is somewhat surprising with the state of the Texans offensive line, but they've seemed to do a decent job in paving the way for Hyde. The only thing holding Hyde back so far has been his lack of touchdown production, which should come eventually. Duke Johnson has only received half of the carries that Hyde has, but has had a larger role in the passing game. Hyde has a relatively easy strength of schedule this season, and should be picked up as soon as possible. He is less valuable in PPR leagues.
Randall Cobb (18% owned in ESPN / 24% owned in Yahoo): So far, Cobb has played a small, but prevalent role for the Cowboys this season. He has produced nine receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown through two games this season. With Michael Gallup now out with a meniscus injury, Cobb now becomes the second option for Dak Prescott who has been on a tear so far this season. He's seems to be having the best start to a season in his career, and Cobb may end up benefitting from it. The Cowboys have the Dolphins coming up, and we all know how that may turn out, so go ahead and snag Cobb. He may end up becoming a serviceable flex option for a few weeks.
Other players to target: Jaylen Samuels, Frank Gore, Peyton Barber, Terry McLaurin, Will Dissly