By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer
For most sports fans, and in particular those who follow football, fantasy football is a way to keep up with what is going on around the league, and also bring a little competitive fun to watching the games. Most fantasy teams have their set players that they count on week in and week out. However, there are a few positions on each team where navigating the waiver wire can make a huge difference. It can be difficult at times, but it is crucial aspect to being successful in your league.
Week three of the 2017 NFL season was an interesting one for several fantasy owners. Many fantasy owners have been disappointed thus far by the production of some of their big-time players. Players like Sammy Watkins, Pierre Garcon, and Chris Hogan finally had a strong week, although they rode the bench in over 60% of CBS Sports leagues. Despite the strong week by these players, there are some interesting options worth looking at on the waiver wire.
Duke Johnson, RB Cleveland Browns – While Johnson isn’t considered a reliable starter week in and week out, there certainly is potential there. He scored for the second week in a row and remains a strong weapon in the Browns offense. However, he has only averaged 68 yards per game and he will be a stretch of an RB2 if he doesn’t keep scoring. Fantasy owners still suffering with the loss of David Johnson should give Duke a long look.
Jared Goff, QB Los Angeles Rams – Goff put in a solid performance this week versus the San Francisco 49ers in the Thursday night victory. He finished with 29 fantasy points after going 22 of 28 for 292 yards passing and three touchdown passes. It was a strong week for the second year QB as he was able to find his new weapon in Sammy Watkins on two separate scores. Think about giving Goff a shot if you have a second or third tier QB.
Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants – Shepard has emerged as the number two receiver for the Giants behind Odell Beckham Jr. He has outperformed Brandon Marshall in every game this year, and thus will keep seeing targets from Eli Manning. He finished with 133 yards receiving and a touchdown for a total of 19 points in non-PPR leagues. He is owned in only 31.5% of ESPN leagues so he may just be worth a look for a potential WR2 or flex option.
Cameron Brate, TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Picking up a tight end on the waiver wire is difficult, especially if you don’t have Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce, as they are much more scarce than wide receivers or running backs. Brate came through in week three, hauling in all four of his targets while also finishing with a touchdown reception. He has a favorable matchup in week four against the Giants, as they have allowed a touchdown to a tight end in every game this season. Brate’s potential to find the end zone is there, especially with Jameis Winston at quarterback.