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Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire: Johnny Manziel, James Starks and others

Who are this week's top free agents? Check out the Week 3 Waiver Wire.

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Week 2 was a weird one. With injuries to Drew Brees, Tony Romo, and many others, we're in a far different state than we were prior to Week 1. While the following are all viable candidates, it would be naive to think they would definitely be the ideal choice to add. In every league, people are overreacting in some way, and better players are being dropped. Be sure to use your best judgment and make the best choice for what your needs are. The players listed below are filtered by position an are in no specific order.


Johnny Manziel, Browns

While I am unsure of whether or not Manziel is legitimately a fantasy-relevant QB, I do know he gets the Raiders this week, who have allowed big offensive days to both Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco. A big game from Johnny Football would probably make him one of the most popular adds this time next week.


James Starks, Packers

It is still unknown if Eddie Lacy will miss time with an ankle sprain, but Starks is an easy RB2 versus the Chiefs if the former is unable to go. He'll undoubtedly be highly-owned in DFS if he does in fact get the start.

Also Consider: David Johnson, Ronnie Hillman, Dion Lewis, Lorenzo Taliaferro


Aaron Dobson, Patriots

While Tom Brady is not going to throw for 466 yards every game, it was still encouraging for Dobson to catch seven balls for 87 yards on eight targets. The former second-round pick was on the field for 70 of the Patriots' 86 snaps per Rotoworld, which bodes well for Dobson believers. It'll be tough for him to be an every-week play with Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski getting so many targets, but he could continue to play until or even after Brandon LaFell's return.

Michael Crabtree, Raiders

After a Week 1 dud, it was encouraging to see both Crabtree and rookie Amari Cooper post big games against a respectable Ravens defense. A bet on Crabtree is unfortunately also a bet on Derek Carr, whom numberFire's JJ Zachariason explained is unlikely to "make the leap" and become a great QB. Crabtree is probably a low-end flex option when playing against below-average pass defenses.

Travis Benjamin, Browns

I cannot emphasize this more: Benjamin isn't an every-down player for the Browns right now. He's been used almost exclusively as a deep threat and has had success in that role, with three offensive touchdowns so far as well a 78-yard punt return score. He's a flier at most if one wants exposure to Johnny Manziel and the Cleveland passing game.

Rishard Matthews, Dolphins

Matthews made the most of his seven targets, catching six of them for 115 yards against the JaguarsHis 48-yard catch was the result of a deflected pass, so that could be a sign the numbers are deceptive, but this is the second week in a row he's turned in a viable fantasy performance, and Ryan Tannehill is clearly looking his way. His role likely is dependent on how much longer he can hold off DeVante Parker, the team's first-round pick this year who missed most of the preseason recovering from a foot injury.


Eric Ebron, Lions

While Ebron seems to be touchdown-dependent for his fantasy production, so is pretty much every other tight end. He has surpassed four catches, 40 yards, and a touchdown in both weeks so far, so he is worth an add for those okay with the fact this week's matchup versus Denver looks tough on paper, as do Seattle and Arizona in Weeks 4 and 5.

Vernon Davis, 49ers

While I'm not really trying to get part of the weak San Francisco passing game, but if I am picking one player it would be Davis, who has received a solid share of Colin Kaepernick's looks through two weeks. It's been a bit surprising to see Davis not reach the end zone, but that could continue based on how anemic the 49ers' offense has been thus far.