Welcome to Week 3 of the NZI weekly fantasy football waiver-wire column. Week 2 was insane, with lots of people putting up huge numbers and others faceplanting. To read more about that, check out this article by NZI’s Jake Miller.
As for me, I am here to help you find success going forward. Whether you had a great week in fantasy football or you are sitting at 0-2, this is the content you NEED.
Fantasy football draft night is such a fun event. It is one of my favorite days of the year. But, winning fantasy football is about more than just having a good draft. In fact, a great draft can be nullified by an inactive owner during the season. Likewise, a poor draft can be corrected with smart moves throughout the season.
To that end, each week I will highlight 10 players to target on the waiver wire. Now, there were a TON of injuries and so NZI’s Robbie MacGregor will actually be handling who to pick up to replace injured stars this week.
Otherwise, I will continue to be here week in and week out with your weekly waiver-wire targets. The requirement to be on this list is to be owned in less than 50% of leagues on any of the following fantasy football platforms: ESPN.com, Yahoo.com, and NFL.com.
Joshua Kelley, RB (Los Angeles Chargers)
Joshua Kelley is the clear backup to Austin Ekeler for the Chargers, but is owned in less than 30% of leagues on ESPN. He is worth a roster spot because he is not only a great hand-cuff, but through two weeks, he has played a huge role in the offense along with Ekeler. He is absolutely worth a waiver claim this week and could prove to be a solid flex play as the season progresses.
Jonnu Smith, TE (Tennessee Titans)
Jonnu Smith has three touchdowns in the first two games of the season. He is being targeted often and he has shown to have a solid connection with QB Ryan Tannehill. If you are in need of help at tight end, he is worth a look this week.
Gardner Minshew II, QB (Jacksonville Jaguars)
“Minshew Mania” is alive and well, yet many people have been slow to buy in on the fantasy side. But, I am here to tell you that he is the real deal and he is worthy of a spot on your roster! He has thrown three touchdown passes in each of his first two games this season and is on a team with a terrible defense. Even with two interceptions in Week 2, he was still a top-12 QB in fantasy and is available in over 81% of leagues on ESPN and 68% of leagues on Yahoo!
Dalton Schultz, TE (Dallas Cowboys)
After Blake Jarwin went down with a season-ending injury in Week 1, Dalton Schultz was inserted into the starting line-up. He simply responded to the opportunity with a nine-catch game and a touchdown in Week 2. He looks like he will be a huge part of the Cowboys game plan going forward, and as bad as their defense looked on Sunday, there should be no shortage of opportunities in the passing game.
Darrell Henderson, Jr., RB (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Darrell Henderson is in a backfield that is crowded with Malcolm Brown and Cam Akers also regularly getting touches. Henderson didn’t do much in Week 1, but he had a big game in Week 2 against the Eagles. Cam Akers is banged up, so there are definitely opportunities to be had. This is a situation that should become more clear as the season progresses. If Rams head coach Sean McVay chooses to feature Henderson, finding him on waivers would be a big win for you. He is still available in over 50% of leagues on ESPN and Yahoo!.
Joe Burrow, QB (Cincinnati Bengals)
Consider this choice as a player to stash on your bench for now. There is no denying that Joe Burrow is going to be a star. He has some really good weapons around him on offense and a terrible defense. That is a recipe for fantasy success.
Will there be growing pains? Probably.
Am I comfortable starting him in Week 3? Probably not.
Can I envision him being a top-10 fantasy QB in the second half of the season? Absolutely.
So, I am all-in on grabbing him now and stashing him on my bench until a little later in the season.
Corey Davis, WR (Tennessee Titans)
In 2017, Corey Davis was a top-five pick in the NFL draft. The talent is undeniable, yet he has not lived up to the hype. But, through two games so far in 2020, he has looked good, as he had seven catches in Week 1 and a touchdown in Week 2. With WR A.J. Brown hampered by injury, Corey Davis is currently the top WR in the Titans offense and worthy of being on your fantasy football team.
Keelan Cole, WR (Jacksonville Jaguars)
I mentioned Keelan Cole’s QB earlier in the article. Now, I get to tell you why you should also look to roster one of his favorite targets from the waiver-wire this week. As I explained when talking about Minshew, volume will not be an issue for this offense. Futhermore, Cole has a fantastic 11 catches on 12 targets, per Pro Football Reference. This kind of chemistry between the WR and QB, along with the high-volume offense, makes this an easy decision for me. Simply put, add Keelan Cole to your roster.
Russell Gage, WR (Atlanta Falcons)
It is not often that the number-three WR on a football team is worthy of a waiver claim. But Russell Gage is special. First, he is on one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Next, he is playing with possibly the best WR duo (Julio Jones & Calvin Ridley) in the league which means lots of favorable matchups for him against the defense. Through two games in 2020 he has an amazing 15 catches, over 150 yards, and a touchdown. He is currently on 20% of rosters on ESPN; by next week, I expect that number to double.
Myles Gaskin, RB (Miami Dolphins)
Myles Gaskin is someone I would only target in PPR leagues. But, if you are in one of those leagues, I definitely think he is worthy of your consideration. There are not a lot of players in Miami worthy of being on a fantasy team, but Gaskin has real value. He is a RB being frequently targeted in the passing game, as seen by his ten catches in the first two games combined. If you are in need of RB depth in your PPR league, he is a good option off the waiver-wire.
So there you have it: the 10 players I am targeting on the waiver-wire after Week 2 — let me know your thoughts!
Think someone doesn’t belong on the list? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Let me know, too!
Now, get back to winning your fantasy football league already!
(Featured Image Credit: Jacksonville Jaguars)