Week three on the NFL season saw many breakout performances at every position, some from well known names and some from not so well known. Listed below are a few of the not so well known names that can be added to your roster and have an immediate impact.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns - Pryor had quite the game on Sunday, not only did he catch passes but he also had a few rushes and took some snaps under center as well. He saw 14 targets and turned those into eight receptions and 144 YDS. Until Josh Gordon comes back from suspension, Pryor will continue to see the bulk of targets. Even when Gordon returns Pryor should still be involved in the passing game. Grab him now and ride the wave. (Owned in 23% of Yahoo Leagues )
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles - After his first two games, you could say part of the reason he was successful was due to the teams he played against. You can't say that now after Sunday, he carved up the Super Bowl hopeful Pittsburgh Steelers by putting up 301 passing yards on 23-31 attempts, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. The hype is real with this kid, so if your in need of a QB he's your guy. (Owned in 20% of Yahoo Leagues)
Jordan Howard, RB, Bears - With Jeremy Langford being carted off on Sunday due to a high ankle sprain, Jordan Howard stepped in and didn't look out of place. Initial reports have Langford missing 4-6 weeks, the other running back on the depth chart is Ka'Deem Carey but he is also nursing and injury. Howard's work load will undoubtedly see a big increase over the coming weeks, which will only increase his fantasy value. He's a must add this week so put those claims in now. (Owned in 25% of Yahoo Leagues)
Zach Miller, TE, Bears - I had high hopes for Miller going into the season and after two underwhelming performances in the first two weeks, Miller broke out for 78 yards and two TD's in week three. He did so by being the primary check-down option for backup QB Brian Hoyer, if Cutler misses another week that trend should continue. When Cutler comes back he'd be wise to keep the big TE involved. (Owned in 40% of Yahoo Leagues)
Something you can't avoid when it comes to fantasy football is injuries to your starting players, knowing who is most likely to fill that spot while that roster spot is key. In week two, a handful of starters got injured and are set to miss a couple weeks, listed are some of the players in line to fill those roles and a couple others that are worth looking at.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, Bills - With Sammy Watkins playing through pain in his surgically repaired foot vs the Jets, he was more or less a decoy than anything else. That ultimately led to Tyrod Taylor looking for Goodwin on the deep balls instead of Watkins, he turned two receptions into 112 yards, highlighted by a 84 yard TD. If Watkins ends up missing any time, Goodwin becomes more of an attractive option, until then he'll see a few targets per game and could turn those into big plays. (Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues)
Victor Cruz. WR, Giants - Cruz has slowly put himself back on the fantasy map this season after not playing a snap since 2014. Through two games he has 125 YDS on 8 REC, and as each game goes on the Giants are going to get him more involved. That's good news for fantasy owners, grab him now before someone else does. (Owned in 38% of Yahoo Leagues)
Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings - The door is open for Asiata to make an impact on the field once again with Peterson's injury. He will most likely lose some snaps to Jerrick McKinnon, however the last time Peterson was out for significant time due to an injury, Asiata outscored McKininon in the fantasy world. So both are worth adds but Asiata is the more valuable of the two. (Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues)
Anquan Boldin, WR, Lions - In the low scoring affair that the Lions-Titans game was, QB Matthew Stafford looked Boldin's way in key situations. His end totals were 4 REC, 48 YDS and one TD, Boldin's day could have been much better as the TD he caught in the second quarter was called back because of a holding penalty. Stafford will continue to look the veterans way in key situations especially in the red-zone and Boldin should be able to turn those targets in to positive plays. (Owned in 17% of Yahoo Leagues)
Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers - After Jonathan Stewart left the game early on in the game, Fozzy Whitaker was the clear lead back in his absence. If Stewart is set to miss any time, Fozzy will be the guy to take Stewart's place. After Stewart's departure, Whittaker gained 131 total yards with 100 rushing yards on 16 ATT, and 31 receiving yards on 3 receptions. He could be a great addition to your team if Stewart indeed misses anytime. (Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues)
Dennis Pitta, TE,Ravens - Pitta had a much better second week vs the Browns, working once again as the clear No. 1 tight end he amassed 102 YDS on 9 REC. Pitta will continue to see lots of targets week in and week out so if your in need of a tight end he is a more than viable option. (Owned in 9% of Yahoo Leagues)
With the first week of the NFL now in the books, the weekly process of sifting through the waiver wire to better your team begins. Every Tuesday morning I will provide you with a few players to target and why you should target them. Finding players on the waiver wire that could contribute to your team, can ultimately be the difference in you succeeding in your leagues or not. Finding the time to do so can be taxing and time consuming for most, I however love watching football, analyzing stats from each game and finding those players to help your teams. Stay tuned next week for another batch of sleepers.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans - It was quite the coming out party for rookie Will Fuller, he finished his first career regular season game with a stat line of 5 REC/107 YDS/ 1 TD. Brock Osweiler showed trust and confidence in Fuller throughout the pre-season and showed it once again in Sunday's game by targeting him more than Deandre Hopkins. The Texans didn't have many other options last season other than Hopkins, so if Fuller can continue to produce, Osweiler will keep feeding him the ball. If you can snag him off the waiver wire, he could turn out to be quite the fantasy asset. (Owned in 51% of Yahoo Leagues)
Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans - Sharpe was another rookie who had a great pre-season and was able to carry it over into his regular season debut. He was targeted early and often as the clear No. 1 receiver for the Titans. Mariota targeted him 11 times and Sharpe was able to turn those targets into seven receptions and 76 yards. He doesn't have the breakaway speed to compile big gains, but the sound route running he displayed on Sunday and the early chemistry he has with Mariota will bode well for him and fantasy owners that can get him. (Owned in 46% of Yahoo Leagues)
Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons - Coleman and Devonta Freeman more or less shared duties on Sunday with Coleman outplaying the latter of the two. He wasn't all that successful on the ground, only mustering up 22 yards on eight carries. He made up for the slow day on the ground by leading the team in receiving yards with 95 on five receptions. Going forward, the Falcons may continue use the the running back by committee approach which will only benefit Coleman. He is the superior receiver out of the backfield and the team should continue to exploit that talent going forward. (Owned in 43% of Yahoo Leagues)
Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers - No one on the Chargers should benefit more from the potential season ending injury to Keenan Allen than Tyrell Williams. In his first game he secured two of his five targets for 71 yards. With Allen's going forward, look for Rivers to throw to Williams early and often. Snag him off the waiver wire while you can. (Owned in 2% of Yahoo Leagues)