19 Sep Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets
By: Mike Stromme – @stromme_93
Two weeks down, 15 more to go. You hanging in there alright?
If not, hopefully these guys can help you out a little bit. Here’s your Week 2 waiver wire targets.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks:
This entire backfield has been a cluster the entire… Well, basically ever since Marshawn Lynch went down with a hip injury early in the 2015 season. While Thomas Rawls has had his moments, he’s had trouble staying on the field. C.J. Prosise has had similar issues throughout his early NFL career. The also brought in Eddie Lacy in a rather desperate attempt to shore-up their backfield, but that has been a rather fruitless acquisition thus far.
Enter Chris Carson, the only Seattle RB that showed any sort of burst throughout the preseason. In Week 1, he rushed for 6-39-0 in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. Last week, he carried the ball a whopping 20 times for 93 yards!
It’s quite clear that Carson is the lead back in the Emerald City. He’s a must-target this week, and should be an RB2 going forward.
DeShaun Watson, Houston Texans:
Odds are, this guy was drafted in deeper leagues and 2QB/super flex formats. However, he should be available in 12 team leagues and shallower. And to be frank, he shouldn’t be after this week.
The former NCAA National Championship QB was given his first start of the season last Thursday night. And, while he looked like a true rookie at times, he still made plays with his arm, found top WR DeAndre Hopkins, didn’t turn the ball over and even ran it in for a 49-yard TD. From a rookie QB making his first start in the NFL, that’s all you
can ask for.
Mobile QBs are worth their weight in gold in fantasy football. Even the not-so-great real-life QBs like Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor were start-able fantasy options in their day. And while the rookie was a little inaccurate at times, he still has much more promise as a passer than those two ever did. He’ll only get better with his accuracy going forward, especially as he develops a rapport with Hopkins.
With bye-weeks just around the corner, it’s never a bad idea to be a little proactive and get ahead of the curve. DeShaun Watson is a viable, legitimate QB2 right now, and his value will only climb from here. Get him while you can.
J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals:
John Brown and his health issues reared its ugly head again last week as he was ruled “Inactive” for the Cardinals tilt with the Indianapolis Colts. While this hasn’t been any news to fantasy owners, the real question throughout the offseason was who would fill the role vacated by Brown in his absence as the WR playing opposite Larry Fitzgerald.
Last week in Brown’s absense, J.J. Nelson WENT OFF! He had 5-120-1 on seven targets in Indy last week. The week before, with John Brown active, Nelson caught five of six targets for 43 yards and a touchdown. Whether Brown has been in the lineup or not, Nelson has been an effective fantasy option.
Brown’s condition is more likely to get worse before it gets better, and it’s evident that Nelson and Palmer have some sort of chemistry. Odds are, this isn’t the last we’ve seen out of J.J. Nelson. He’s worth a look for WR-needy clubs in just about any format.