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2016 NFL Waiver Wire Wednesday – Week 3



It’s Waiver Wire Wednesday! It’s that special time of the week that can make (or break) your seasons. Nothing is more satisfying than landing that up-and-comer, that injury replacement, or that breakout stud from the previous week. Conversely, nothing is more infuriating than the team immediately ahead of you on the waiver wire list snagging that player you had your eyes on. Here at, we’ll give you the tools you need to own the waiver wire and your daily/season-long leagues.


Carson Wentz – Wentz appears to be the real deal. Through two games, Wentz has shown that he has an incredible understanding of both his offense, and the opposing team’s defense. Wentz is checking in and out of different plays, changing protections and routes at the line of scrimmage like Peyton Manning. He looks under control and the game doesn’t appear to be going too fast for him. My only concern, so far, with the #2 overall pick is his disregard for his own well-being. He is taking too many shots and not avoiding heavy contact down field. Regardless, he is flirting with QB1 status.

Sam Bradford – Apparently, Sam Bradford used his Pokemon fusion card and evolved himself into Aaron Rogers Sunday night. The Vikings mortgaged the farm for Bradford after losing Teddy Bridgewater to a gruesome knee injury in camp and he rewarded them handsomely in the unveiling of the Vikings new stadium. Bradford threw for 286 yards, 2 touchdowns and no turnovers on his way to making Stephon Diggs look like Antonio Brown.

Dak Prescott – In deep or 2 QB leagues, Dak is a safe add if he’s available. He isn’t setting the world on fire, but Prescott has proven, throughout the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season, to be lightyears ahead of where they projected him to be when they selected him in the 4th round of this year’s draft. If the team continues winning, Prescott will force Jason Garrett to make a tough decision in about 6 weeks.

Blaine Gabbert – It’s just so difficult to make my fingers type anything to advocate for Blaine Gabbert but, similar to Prescott, Gabbert appears to be a solid add in deeper or 2 QB leagues. He’s currently the number 12 overall QB after facing two difficult defenses: the Rams at home and cross-country trip to Carolina to take on the Panthers. Gabbert has the ability to generate points through the air and on the ground as he’s thrown for 400+ yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 50+ and a touchdown over the last 2 games. The 49ers travel to Seattle to take on the all-the-sudden beatable Seahawks. He could be worth an add in season-long formats in Chip Kelly’s offense. It’s borderline crazy, but he could be a sneaky GPP DFS option as well.

Jacoby Brissett – The Patriots are starting a rookie QB for the first time in 354 games. Jacoby Brissett steps in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo and a suspended Tom Brady. Normally, this would be a disaster for any professional football team. In New England, however, I’m confident Bill Belichek will have the Patriots offense ready to roll, even if that means LeGarrette Blount runs the ball 40 times. Brissett has a strong arm and the ability to run. Take a wait and see approach.

Running Back

Matt Asiata / Jerrick McKinnon – Adrian Peterson is down with a torn meniscus. It’s possible that he plays through it, but I anticipate him having the surgery to repair it and sit for several weeks. If that happens both Asiata and McKinnon are in play as waiver wire adds. McKinnon would appear to be the logical option but, when All Day went down, it was Asiata that received the bulk of the work.

Fozzy Whitaker / Cameron Artis-Payne – Jonathon Stewart is down with a hamstring issue. Reports out of Carolina are that he could miss several weeks. Fozzy Whitaker has already been named the week 2 starter but, last year’s 2nd round draft pick, Artis-Payne, has the higher ceiling of the two.

Kenyan Drake – Stop me if you’ve heard this before…Arian Foster is dealing with some type of soft tissue injury. It just never fails for Foster, which means the Dolphins backfield is up in the air between Jay Ajayi and Kenya Drake. Go with Drake. He may have the lower floor, but he definitely has the higher ceiling and longer term viability.

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