X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

High-Upside Bench Stashes: Weekend Waiver Wire for Week 3 Includes Jared Goff, Nelson Agholor, Sterling Shepard, Rachaad White

Jared Goff - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

If you are 0-2 so far to start the fantasy season, don't panic. It's a long season. While having a solid draft is important for the success of your season, I would argue that being smart with your FAAB and waiver pickups, as well as starting the right players each week is just as important of a skill as drafting itself.  In fantasy, we always want to be looking for backup running backs who are one spot away on the depth chart to have some fantasy value. While we aren't openly rooting for the starter to get benched or injured, unfortunately, injuries are a harsh reality of fantasy football that we must be prepared for.

If you are in a league that allows you to drop bench players after Thursday Night Football, you might be able to make some free additions to your teams before Sunday. It's important to keep a keen eye on the injury reports and statuses of all teams as we head into the weekend. Whenever a player is injured or ruled out for the game, the first thing that pops into your head should be: "Who benefits the most from this on their team?" If you can develop that skill over time you will become a maestro on waivers, as well as be able to capitalize on player values and pick the right starts each week. Like an investor in the stock market, we always want to be conscious of a simple thing called cause and effect.

Week to week it is my job to keep my ear to the local scuttlebutt of all that is going on with 32 teams to help you bargain hunt for some free options on your league's waiver wire. Here are this week's selections for you to keep an eye on.

Featured Promo: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off and win big in 2022. Exclusive access to our Premium articles, 15 lineup tools, new Team Sync platform, Lineup Optimizer, Premium DFS tools and cheat sheets, and much more! Sign Up Now!

 

Weekend Waiver Wire Stashes Before Week 3

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions - 40% rostered

Often underappreciated by many in the fantasy community, Jared Goff has seen his share of ups and downs in the fantasy landscape and in real life. Right now, however, he is leading an emerging Lions offense that is quickly becoming a weekly highlight reel on top of being great for fantasy.

The Lions changed offensive play-callers late in the 2021 season and in the last 7 games that Goff has been healthy, he has thrown for 17 TDs with a 66% completion percentage, a total passer rating of 104.9, and just 3 interceptions. In 2020 and 2021, Goff was 29th and 32nd in the NFL in average air yards per pass attempt, but so far this season he is up to 7th with an 8.5 average. This Lions offense is going places and it's only a matter of time before the rest of the fantasy market catches up. The Lions finish out the fantasy season with the Jaguars, Vikings, Jets, Panthers, and Bears.

I am buying Goff as a value this year in deeper leagues and Superflex formats. This Lions offense is legit and when it gets Jameson Williams back fully healthy, man oh man. *Chef's kiss*

Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots - 11% rostered

While Jakobi Meyers is in danger of being ruled out for New England's Week Three matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, Agholor is a player worth your attention. The Ravens' defense is dead last in passing yards allowed in the NFL through two weeks and is allowing the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers so far this season!

Agholor is a player who has shown some flashes during his career, including a 2020 season on the Raiders where he averaged 18.7 yards per catch and had 8 TDs. While the Patriots' offense has been less than exciting so far *coughs* Matt Patricia take the pencil out of your ear, Mac Jones is a quarterback with room to grow as a passer and could get better as the season goes on, especially if the Patriots are forced to pass more.

Unless you are in a very deep league, Agholor likely isn't worth rostering right now, but if Meyers is indeed out for Sunday and you're thin at receiver and need a player with upside who can start for your team, Agholor is likely your guy.

Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Bucs - 30% rostered

A player with more moves than the queen of chess, when White has the ball in his hands he basically glides. Arguably the best pass-catching running back of the 2022 rookie class, White was taken by the Bucs in the 3rd Round of the 2022 Draft and has the potential to win you your league.

While he hasn't seen much action yet, he would become a must-start if anything were to happen to Leonard Fournette, who was on the injury report this week nursing a hamstring injury. The key to White getting on the field is going to be earning the trust of Tom Brady and improving in pass protection. So far Fournette has played 76 and 87% of the offensive snaps in Tampa.

Last season at Arizona State, White rushed for over 1,000 yards averaging 5.5 yards per carry while having 43 receptions for 456 yards and a TD. While he hasn't done much yet at the NFL level, he will get on the field at some point. In deeper formats, he is a great stash to hold on your roster. While the Bucs seem to be stumbling out of the gate offensively, they are still 2-0. Much like an aging, veteran San Antonio Spurs team at the end of their dynasty, the Bucs' approach for this season seems to want to keep the team well rested and firing on all cylinders just in time for the postseason. Hold White. He's a special talent. You heard it here first.

Jimmy Garappolo, San Francisco 49ers - 33% rostered

Like a cockroach crawling out from beneath a crack in the wall after it has been slapped with a rolled up newspaper several times, Jimmy Garappolo just refuses to die. Wait, people still read a physical newspaper? After an unfortunate season-ending injury took place to Trey Lance in Week Two, Jimmy G was thrust back into the starting lineup for the 49ers.

Starting running back Elijah Mitchell is still sidelined with a knee injury and the 49ers have struggled to get their running game of old going again. This will result in the team relying more on the ultra-talented Deebo Samuel, but also on Garappolo as the team may be forced to pass more than Kyle Shanahan would prefer.

While Jimmy doesn't have much value in a 1QB or 10-team league, if you are in a Superflex league or a deeper 1QB league with 14 teams, he is worth rostering due to scarcity alone. In 15 starts last season, Garappolo only went over 20 fantasy points just twice. He isn't a player you can start with confidence right now, but if the situation changes in San Francisco, he could be asked to throw more which would increase his fantasy value.

Sterling Shepard, New York Giants - 20% rostered

A talented player in his own right, Shepard fell off the fantasy radar much like Curtis Samuel after injuries also derailed his 2021 campaign. With Kadarius Toney and Kenny Golladay grounded and sent to their rooms like Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers by Brian Daboll, an opportunity has opened up for Shepard to have some fantasy value this season.

These aren't the same Giants that featured the dysfunctional offenses of Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge anymore. Off to a 2-0 start, Daboll is bringing some much-needed swagger back to New York and to their offense. Shepard is looking fully healthy and has a chance to be the number one target on the team after having 10 targets last week against the Panthers.

Last week Jones overthrew Shepard on what could have been a relatively long gain. While it might be hard to start any of the Giants wide receivers right now, Shepard is one worth keeping an eye on as he has featured five seasons of 83+ targets in his career.

Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars - 25% rostered

A former darling of the fantasy community who has now been thrown outside the city walls and left to beg for bread in the streets, Evan Engram found a new home this offseason and has already established some chemistry with Trevor Lawrence, earning 12 targets through just two weeks.

While he hasn't broken out yet for fantasy, it's important to remember who the new head coach is on the Jaguars and how tight ends were featured in Doug Pederson's offenses in Philadelphia. With Christian Kirk looking like the alpha in the offense right now, there is still enough of a slice of the pie for somebody to earn the number two role in Jacksonville. Could that be Engram?

In 2020, Engram had 109 targets on a bad Giants offense before injuries derailed his 2021 season. Now that he is in a new home, Engram has the potential to be a great late value for fantasy. If you already have a top tight end on your roster, Engram isn't much of value to you right now outside of a bye week, but if you went late tight end in your league and are still looking for a reliable starter he is a player with some potential.

Jaylen Warren, Pittsburgh Steelers - 10% rostered

While incumbent running back Najee Harris already played against the Cleveland Browns this week, this season he has made me think that I was watching an old episode of NFL films. Harris has been banged up with a sprained lisfranc and hasn't looked like his old self after featuring an 84% snap share in the 2021 season where the Steelers treated him like Boxer in Animal Farm.

Warren had a long gain that was called back on a penalty, but in his limited touches in Week Three he looked like the much faster and explosive running back of the two while rushing 4 times for 30 yards and having 1 reception for 3 yards.

In no way am I suggesting that Warren is going to overtake Harris on the depth chart this year, but I think it has become pretty clear to the Steelers coaching staff and front office that they need to do a better job of keeping Najee fresh during games and the season. If anything were to happen to Harris, Warren would arguably become a must-start, but he may be able to carve out a role in the Steelers' offense if TNF's trend continues.

Is there a quarterback change coming in Pittsburgh soon as well? Warren is a player worth keeping an eye on even if you aren't rostering him.

Zamir White, Las Vegas Raiders - 13% rostered

Incumbent running back Josh Jacobs did not travel with the team to Nashville yesterday after being diagnosed with an undisclosed illness. A stomach bug most likely. This leaves his Week Three status very much in doubt for Sunday.

Zamir White was drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 Draft by the Raiders and looked good in his limited action during the preseason. However, he hasn't done much so far this season as he hasn't gotten to play much with just one carry for 2 yards. We have seen how difficult it can be in the past to trust Josh McDaniels' word when it comes to running backs, as well as committees.

For this reason it would be very difficult to start Zamir White or Brandon Bolden on Sunday against Tennessee. White is worth rostering if you have a spot solely as a pure lottery ticket in case he has such a great game that he catches the attention of the coaching staff and could potentially cut into Jacobs' number one role. It's not likely, but in fantasy we always want to try and be one step ahead of our opponents in the sense of being proactive versus reactive.

I hope you enjoyed these picks. Feel free to follow me on Twitter for more waiver and player analysis throughout the season!



Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!




Win Big With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis




LINEUP RESOURCES

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

ROTOBALLER PLAYER NEWS

Eddy Alvarez52 mins ago

Brewers Sign Eddy Alvarez
Brandon Nimmo1 hour ago

Yankees Have Met With Brandon Nimmo
Justin Verlander1 hour ago

Mets, Yankees Interested In Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon
Jameson Taillon1 hour ago

Mets, Rangers In On Jameson Taillon
Noah Syndergaard1 hour ago

Orioles Meet With Noah Syndergaard
Justin Verlander2 hours ago

Mets Now Looking At Justin Verlander
Trea Turner2 hours ago

Padres Have Met With Trea Turner Twice
Kevin Holland2 hours ago

Hoping To Rebound With Main-Event Victory
Stephen Thompson2 hours ago

Set To Headline Main Event
Bryan Barberena3 hours ago

Will Highlight Co-Main-Event Matchup
Rafael Dos Anjos3 hours ago

Rafael dos Anjos In Saturday's Co-Main Event
Jordan Poole3 hours ago

Delivers 30 Points Off The Bench
Devin Booker3 hours ago

Remains Red-Hot Versus Houston
Zion Williamson4 hours ago

Dominates Against The Spurs
Joel Embiid4 hours ago

Comes Close To A 30-Point Triple-Double
Anthony Davis4 hours ago

Notches Season-High 44 Points
Kevin Love4 hours ago

Records A Double-Double Off The Bench
Jimmy Butler4 hours ago

Returns In Top Form
Dejounte Murray4 hours ago

Leads Hawks To Victory
Johnny Gaudreau4 hours ago

Has Another Multi-Point Performance
Patrik Laine4 hours ago

Returns With A Two-Goal Effort
Mathew Barzal5 hours ago

Pots A Power-Play Goal
Roman Josi5 hours ago

Bags Two Power-Play Points
Matt Duchene5 hours ago

Logs Three Points In Friday's Win
Mika Zibanejad5 hours ago

Stays Hot With 12th Goal
Brady Tkachuk5 hours ago

Notches Three Points Versus Rangers
Matt Schnell10 hours ago

Matthew Christopher Schnell Hoping To Be A Tough Out
Matheus Nicolau11 hours ago

Can Continue To Make Strides In The Division
Josh Hart16 hours ago

Listed As Doubtful For Saturday
Tyrese Haliburton16 hours ago

Will Play Friday
Drew Eubanks16 hours ago

Questionable For Saturday
Jaden McDaniels16 hours ago

On Track To Return Saturday
Alex Caruso16 hours ago

Probable On Friday
Jacob deGrom16 hours ago

Signs Five-Year Deal With Rangers
Dario Saric17 hours ago

Moves To The Starting Lineup
Brandin Cooks17 hours ago

Won't Play Against Browns
Mike Williams17 hours ago

Ruled Out Against Raiders
Brandon Bolden18 hours ago

Josh Jacobs, Brandon Bolden Questionable
Joe Mixon18 hours ago

Ja'Marr Chase, Joe Mixon Questionable For Week 13
Jason Castro19 hours ago

Announces His Retirement
Deebo Samuel19 hours ago

Is Questionable For Week 13
Teuvo Teravainen19 hours ago

Activated From Injured Reserve
Lewin Díaz19 hours ago

Lewin Diaz Claimed By Orioles
Jakub Voracek19 hours ago

Dealing With A Concussion
Andrew Cave19 hours ago

Phillies Claim Jake Cave Off Waivers From Orioles
Sergei Pavlovich19 hours ago

Can Secure Fifth Straight Win Saturday
Justin Verlander19 hours ago

Yankees In On Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon
Kawhi Leonard19 hours ago

Paul George, Kawhi Leonard Return To Practice Friday
Calle Jarnkrok19 hours ago

Out For At Least Two Weeks
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander19 hours ago

Questionable To Suit Up Saturday
Chris Martin19 hours ago

Agrees With Red Sox
Tyler Bertuzzi19 hours ago

Set To Miss Six Weeks
Torrey Craig19 hours ago

Ruled Out For Friday’s Game
Jesse Winker19 hours ago

Abraham Toro Heading To Brewers
Anthony Cirelli19 hours ago

Nearing Season Debut
Dennis Schroder19 hours ago

Unavailable For Friday's Game
Brayden Schenn19 hours ago

Questionable For Saturday
Jakob Poeltl20 hours ago

Jeremy Sochan Remain Out For Friday’s Game
Kolten Wong20 hours ago

Mariners Acquire Kolten Wong From The Brewers
Sam Gagner20 hours ago

Rejoins Jets Lineup
Doug McDermott20 hours ago

Josh Richardson, Doug McDermott Will Miss Friday’s Contest
T.J. Warren20 hours ago

Set For Season Debut Friday
Courtland Sutton21 hours ago

Jerry Jeudy Questionable
Pittsburgh Steelers21 hours ago

T.J. Watt Questionable For Week 13
Ja'Marr Chase22 hours ago

Bengals Optimistic Ja'Marr Chase Will Play
Zay Jones22 hours ago

Travis Etienne Jr., Zay Jones Questionable To Face Lions
Najee Harris22 hours ago

Will Play, Jaylen Warren Questionable
Justin Fields22 hours ago

Will Face Packers
Jerick McKinnon22 hours ago

Expected To Play
Matthew Stafford22 hours ago

Ruled Out, John Wolford To Start
Tai Tuivasa23 hours ago

Facing Off Against Dangerous Heavyweight
Jack Hermansson23 hours ago

Looking For Victory Over Rising Star
Roman Dolidze23 hours ago

Set For Huge Test Saturday
Kyle Daukaus23 hours ago

Looking For Big Finish Saturday
J.K. Dobbins23 hours ago

Won't Face Broncos
Antonio Gibson24 hours ago

Listed As Questionable Against Giants
David Njoku24 hours ago

Ruled Out Against Texans
David Njoku1 day ago

Unlikely To Play In Week 13
Travis Etienne Jr.1 day ago

"Good To Go" For Week 13
Michael Carter1 day ago

Doubtful To Face The Vikings
Zack Britton1 day ago

Should Be Full-Go For Spring Training
Salvador Perez1 day ago

White Sox Looking To Trade For Salvador Perez?
Trea Turner1 day ago

Padres In the Market For Trea Turner?
Kolten Wong1 day ago

Giants, Mariners Interested In Kolten Wong
Bryan Reynolds1 day ago

Unlikely To Be Dealt
Willson Contreras1 day ago

Astros, Cardinals Top Landing Spots For Willson Contreras
Eryk Anders1 day ago

Hoping To Prevent Losing Skid On Saturday
Anze Kopitar1 day ago

Nets Two Goals In Thursday's Win
Matthew Tkachuk1 day ago

Tallies Three Points Thursday
Matthew Beniers1 day ago

Continues Hot Streak With Historic Goal
Sean Monahan1 day ago

Notches Two Assists Against Calgary
Jake Oettinger1 day ago

Stops All Shots Thursday
Jason Robertson1 day ago

Pots A Hat Trick Versus Anaheim
Ryan Johansen1 day ago

Leads The Way Versus Devils
Jakobi Meyers2 days ago

Officially Active For Week 13
Justin Fields2 days ago

Practices In Full On Thursday

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP