Preemptive Strike Week 3
With Week 3 being upon us, and as we continue to get banged up by injuries fantasy managers are left scurrying the waiver wire for possible replacements. But never fear Preemptive Strike is here. This is your weekly stop to add players on your prior to your league mates so that you can have next week’s most wanted waiver wire players already on your team. Here are some players to add before this week’s slate of games are played.
Check to see if these quarterbacks are available to add first: Carson Wentz 68% rostered, Trevor Lawrence 57% rostered, and Justin Fields 53% rostered.
Jared Goff, QB Lions 40% rostered
Well, look at Mr. Jared Goff this year. It looks like we may finally have an awakening in the force with the Lions quarterback this year. In his first two games, this season Goff has racked up 471 yards passing, six touchdowns, and only one interception. If you have lost Trey Lance for the season, the veteran quarterback is an excellent option this week as he will be in a shootout with the Vikings but will also have a nice match-up against the Seahawks next week at home. Goff should be rostered in 12-team leagues moving forward.
Matt Ryan, QB Colts 34% rostered
Last week Matt Ryan was brought back down to earth and looked like the bad Matt Ryan from last year with the Falcons. Ryan threw for 195 yards and three interceptions against the rising Jaguars. The main reason for this though, is that his number one receiving option Michael Pittman Jr. sat out of last week’s contest due to a quadriceps injury. If Ryan gets his favorite weapon back, he could be a streaming option for the next two weeks.
Malik Willis, QB Titans 1% rostered
This recommendation is not only for deeper leagues but a must in 2-Quarterback/Super Flex leagues, but with Ryan Tannehill playing so inconsistently the time for rookie Malik Willis to start behind center may be closer than you think, The Titans have started off 0-2 for the season and have looked bad on offense. Even Derrick Henry has looked mortal this year. The Titans will need to start seeing soon what they have in Willis because they could be on their way to a high draft pick next April. They need to know if Willis is the quarterback of the future. Willis is very athletic and will make plays with his legs and it will be fun to see him develop with Treylon Burks for the rest of the season. So if you have the space to stash the rookie quarterback for later in the season you may want to pull the trigger now.
Check to see if these running backs are available to add first: Jamaal Williams 59% Rostered, Raheem Mostert 56% Rostered, Kenneth Walker 55% Rostered, Alexander Mattison 54% Rostered, and Brian Robinson 52% Rostered.
Khalil Herbert, RB Bears 46% rostered
David Montgomery proved last week that he can still make plays, but so did Khalil Herbert as he turned four rushing attempts into 38 yards. Herbert is an excellent running back to have for depth going forward and he must be rostered in all league formats.
James Cook, RB Bills 42% rostered
James Cook is more of a stash for now because Devin Singletary and even Zach Moss may be ahead of him on the depth chart for the Bills. But on Monday Night Football, Cook showed off his game with the eleven carries he received. With one of his carries, Cook broke off a 33-yard run and proved he will be a factor in this offense going forward. Cook is a Singletary injury away from being a possible RB2 on your fantasy team for the rest of the season.
Rachaad White, RB Buccaneers 30% rostered
Another rookie lottery ticket is Rachaad White. With Gio Bernard already on the IR, White is Leonard Fournette’s main back and will be an excellent running back to hold on your roster if you have the space, especially in PPR leagues.
Darrell Williams, RB Cardinals 26% rostered
If you are a James Conner owner and witnessed him go down with an ankle injury last week you noticed the importance of Darrell Williams. Williams was a hot pickup on the waiver wire this week and rightfully so after he took over for the injured Conner and posted 59 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight rushes. Williams's roster percentage increased by 22%, making him a must-add in most league formats. He did split the touches with Eno Benjamin who is another player to add in deeper PPR league formats. Monitor Conner’s status heading into Week 3 and beyond.
Tyler Allgeier, RB Falcons 15% rostered
After being a healthy scratch in the season opener Tyler Allgeier made his pro-debut in Week 2 after Damien Williams got sent to the IR. Allgeier had 10 carries for 30 yards against a tough Rams front seven. At least he finally received touches in Week 2 and he will have better days ahead. Only Corradelle Patterson is ahead of him in the pecking order. Add him if you can in 12-team leagues.
Running backs to stash
Isiah Pacheco, RB Chiefs 24% rostered
Isiah Pacheco is behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire but has proven when given touches he can make plays.
Jordan Mason, RB 49ers 6% rostered
Jordan Mason is the next man up behind current starter Jeff WIlson Jr., who is injury prone himself.
Tyrion Davis-Price, RB 4% rostered
It is a shame that Tyrion Davis-Price suffered a high ankle sprain last week because he was involved in the offense last week. He received 30 backfield snaps in his pro-debut which was only seven behind starter Wilson who had 37. Davis-Price is a player to stash in your IR for now as he is currently designated as out for the time being.
Check to see if these wide receivers are available to add first: Jahan Dotson 60% Rostered, Tyler Boyd 52% Roster, and Jacoby Myers 50% Rostered
Treylon Burks, WR Titans 44% rostered
News alert you better go add Treylon Burks now before it is too late. Although the Titans offense has been nothing to write home about, but Burks is already leading the team in catches and yardage. Robert Woods has looked like a shadow of his former self and has been non-existent in this offense this year. Burks has been averaging 14.6 yards per reception making him a big play waiting to happen. Burks should be rostered in all league formats.
Michael Gallup, WR Cowboys 33% rostered
Looks like Michael Gallup is set to return on Monday Night Football as he has proven in full participation in practice this week that he is ready to go. Although Cooper Rush is still behind center, Dak Prescott should hopefully be returning soon.
Josh Palmer, WR Chargers 26% rostered
Keenan Allen was out last week with a hamstring injury and that opened the door for Josh Palmer to get eight targets. Palmer is already a starting wide receiver for the Chargers but if either Allen or Mike Williams should be out like we saw last week Palmer becomes an instant starter on your fantasy rosters.
Jameson Williams, WR Lions 24% rostered
Jameson Williams is still on the NFI List and can be stashed on the IR hold the talented rookie safely on your roster for now until he makes his debut. Williams is eligible to come off the list in a couple of weeks, so add him now before your league mates realize he’s already about to come back.
Sterling Shepard, WR Giants 19% rostered
It feels at times like Sterling Sheppard is the last Giants wide receiver that is healthy and the only option for Daniel Jones to throw to. This is ironic since Sheppard is the one who is always hurt. Sheppard jumped from four targets in Week 1 to 10 targets in Week 2 and he should continue being one of Jones’s favorite go-to receivers. At this point, Shepard should be rostered in all PPR league formats and be considered as a player with flex appeal going forward.
Greg Dortch, WR Cardinals 12% rostered
I’m glad that Greg Dortch is finally getting some love from the fantasy community. After being mentioned in this column last week when he was just 4% rostered, Dortch is now up to 12% rostered and is sure to continue to rise. Dortch is averaging 6.5 targets, 5.5 receptions, 59 yards, and a touchdown. If you are in a sharp 10-team PPR league or more Dortch is a must and another flex-worthy option.
Cole Beasley, WR Buccaneers 7% rostered
Now let’s give everyone an even deeper league option. With the news that Cole Beasley was signed by the Buccaneers to their practice squad, I was definitely intrigued with this news. Between the Mike Evans suspension and all the injuries at wide receivers that the Buccaneers are dealing with, those in deep 12-team leagues with extra space on their roster should add Beasley at the very least as a speculative move. Earlier on Saturday morning, Beasley has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster. This means one thing, Tom Brady will get him involved in the offense one way or another. So add him now and thank me later.
Check to see if these tight ends are available to add first: Gerald Everett 80% rostered and Irv Smith Jr. 54% rostered.
Logan Thomas, TE Commanders 35% rostered
The pickings are starting to get slim at the tight end position, but one tight end that I was able to add in a couple of leagues that I was hurting in at the position was Logan Thomas. Not only are all the wide receivers getting some action in the offense but so is Thomas. His rostership has steadily increased throughout the week and if you’ve been stung by Cole Kmet's horrible play or are dealing with the prospect of not having Dalton Schultz for the foreseeable future, Thomas is an excellent option for you. The tight end so far has been averaging 5.5 targets a game from Wentz which is a healthy total to be productive. Thomas should be a player to add in 12-team leagues.
Evan Engram, TE Jaguars 25% rostered
One of Trevor Lawrence’s weapons getting the job done in PPR leagues is Evan Engram. Last week he was targeted eight times and caught seven receptions for 46 yards. Now the yardage total wasn’t out of this world, but the target share and the number of receptions are. The eight targets he received in Week 2 actually led the team. Engram does have a tough match-up in Week 3 against the Chargers, but he will be licking his chops with a juicy contest against the Eagles in Week 4, who give up the eighth most fantasy points to tight end so far this season. Get ahead of your league mates and add him for free now while you can.
Tyler Conklin, TE Jets 18% rostered
As I mentioned last week when Tyler Conklin was just rostered in 2% of Yahoo leagues, the man is just one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets. Conklin has averaged eight targets with Flacco behind center and will surely continue to receive some love from the veteran quarterback. In 12-team PPR leagues Conklin should also receive some love from fantasy managers that are in a bind at tight end.
Defense Streaming for Week 4
Pittsburg Steelers Defense 58% rostered face the Jets at home.
Cleveland Browns Defense 49% rostered battle the Falcons.
Indianapolis Colts Defense 40% rostered have a match-up against the Titans.
What players are you looking to add before this week's games? If you would like to discuss this further you can reach me on Twitter at @smooth1074.