And with that, Week 3 is in the books.
There were many memorable performances this week, but as far as the waiver wire is concerned, the theme for Week 3 is the rise of the young tight end.
Tight end needy teams with FAAB to splash have an opportunity to secure some help this week as there are several options based on their performances this week, as well as one trade that has opened the door for two players.
All that and more below, as we breakdown this week’s waiver targets. Note the stats are based on PPR, and the bid is based on a $100 FAAB budget.
Chuba Hubbard – Carolina Panthers
Season totals 14.3 points
19 rushes, 62 yards rushing, 8 targets, 5 receptions, 31 yards receiving
With Christian McCaffrey getting injured it was Hubbard who stepped in to shoulder the load at RB for Carolina. Chuba had 11 carries for 52 rushing yards and 3 catches for 27 yards on 5 targets. Hubbard should be the starter for the next couple weeks at minimum and should be heavily involved in the offense. While he isn’t likely to be impactful for the rest of the season he should put up good numbers while starting and could help teams win a few games.
Kyle Jusczyk – San Francisco 49ers
Season totals 20.5 points
6 rushes, 16 yards rushing, 8 targets, 7 receptions, 59 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
With the injuries piling up in the 49ers backfield it Jusczyk capitalized on increased touches in week three. While his rushing stats of 5 carries for 17 yards weren’t impressive it was his sure hands catching the ball that were impressive. Kyle had 4 catches on 4 targets for 37 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. The return of Elijah Mitchell could decrease his opportunities but Jusczyk is worth a cheap dart throw this week. If Mitchell is out again Jusczyk could have another double digit scoring week in week 4.
Brandon Bolden – New England Patriots
Season totals 5.7 points
4 rushes, 4 yards rushing, 4 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards receiving
Bolden saw an immediate increase in usage with the injury of James White. White’s hip injury could cost him a few weeks. Bolden had one carry and 4 targets on 33 snaps in week 3. The receiving back role is a lucrative one in the Patriot’s offense and Bolden appears to have the inside track on the role. Add Bolden for a pittance this week. As a bye week fill in or a flex play Bolden has appeal.
Kalif Raymond – Detroit Lions
Season totals 25.5 points
1 rush, 9 yards rushing, 16 targets, 11 receptions, 136 yards receiving
In a thin Lions wide receiving corps Raymond stepped up with Tyrell Williams being placed on injured reserve. Raymond was targeted 10 times as the Ravens focused their efforts on taking away TJ Hockenson as a receiving option. Expect defenses to continue this approach of blanketing Hockenson. With the extended opportunity in front of him Kalif is a great value pick up who is flying under the radar.
Anthony Miller – Houston Texans
Season totals 12 points
6 targets, 4 receptions, 20 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Miller finally was able to play in week 3 after recovering from a shoulder injury. He immediately showed he will be involved in the Texan’s offense, which is in desperate need of a viable receiving option to pair with Brandin Cooks. 6 targets, 4 receptions, 20 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown aren’t amazing numbers but they are encouraging. Houston will continue to be behind most games and throw the ball a lot. Capitalize on Miller’s return this week because he will be one of the most popular adds next week.
Terrace Marshall Jr. – Carolina Panthers
Season totals 19.1 points
14 targets, 10 receptions, 91 yards receiving
Robby Anderson has seen his snap count decrease every week after an explosive week 1. Terrace had his highest snap count in week 3 and came up with his best game of the season, 5 targets for 4 receptions and 48 yards receiving. While not an amazing stat line it is encouraging to see Marshall be utilized more. Terrace has earned the trust of Matt Rhule and Sam Darnold and I expect to see his snap percentage increase in the coming weeks. With the injury to Christian McCaffery there is ample opportunity in what has proven to be a high powered Panthers offense this year.
Collin Johnson – New York Giants
Season totals 10.1 points
7 targets, 5 receptions, 51 yards receiving
Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton both sustained game ending hamstring injuries in week 3. Johnson was called upon and performed admirably in their absence. Posting 5 receptions for 51 yards on 7 targets in week 3, Johnson only played in 49 percent of the snaps. After his performance in week 4 if either or both Shepard and Slayton miss week 4 Johnson should get the opportunity to prove his play wasn’t a fluke.
Olamide Zaccheaus – Atlanta Falcons
Season totals 16.4 points
10 targets, 5 receptions, 54 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Zaccheaus had a strong season as a rookie last year but had yet to be afforded a chance to make an impact this year. With the injury to Russel Gage, Olamide started at wide receiver in week 3. He was targeted 6 times, coming away with 3 receptions, 32 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown. Gage is week to week and with the play of Zaccheaus there is no need to rush him back. Expect Olamide to start in week 4 and with another solid week he could usurp the starting role moving forward.
Kendrick Bourne – New England Patriots
Season totals 28.9 points
1 rush, 16 yards rushing, 14 targets, 9 receptions, 123 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
The loss of James White had an unexpected effect on the receiving game of New England. Kendrick Bourne emerged as a go to option in week 3. Posting 96 yards receiving and a touchdown on 6 receptions Bourne was the most impactful player on the Patriots. With a huge game in week 3 Bourne will look to be more involved in the Patriots offense going forward.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – Tennessee Titans
Season totals 16.9 points
7 targets, 6 receptions, 69 yards receiving, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble lost
Westbrook-Ikhine made the most of his opportunity after the injury to AJ Brown. Leading the Titans in receiving with 4 receptions, 51 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown on 4 targets Nick played in 78 percent of snaps. With AJ Brown listed as day-to-day Westbrook-Ikhine is a low floor high ceiling option in week 4.
Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills
Season totals 32.7 points
12 targets, 10 receptions, 107 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
On this list for the second week in a row Knox is still massively undervalued. Playing in an explosive offense, Knox has earned the trust of Josh Allen. This week Dawson had 4 receptions, 49 yards receiving, and 1 touchdown on 5 targets. Knox sits as TE5 right now. If he is available, pick him up, this seasons stats
are not a fluke.
Dalton Schultz – Dallas Cowboys
Season totals 40.3 points
15 targets, 14 receptions, 143 yards receiving, 2 touchdowns
Schultz has cemented himself as the top tight end in Dallas. Schultz had a massive game in week 3. On a day when the Cowboys offense was nigh unstoppable, Dalton had 6 receptions on 7 targets for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite their being plenty of mouths to feed in Dallas, Schultz should eat. Expect to have to spend a pretty penny this week for Schultz but at a shallow position he could end up as a top 8 player for the year.
Tyler Conklin – Minnesota Vikings
Season totals 31.6 points
16 targets, 13 receptions, 126 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
Conklin had a huge game in week 3 with Seattle seeming to have no answers to the Vikings offense. Conklin posted 70 yards receiving and 1 touchdown with 7 receptions on 8 targets. While Conklin will never be the first option in the passing game he will see plus matchups every week with defenses focused on stopping the duo of Jefferson and Thielen. Conklin is in a great offense and has developed good chemistry with Kirk Cousins. Conklin will be one of the most popular adds this week.
Tommy Tremble – Carolina Panthers
Season totals 17 points
1 rush, 7 yards rushing, 1 targets, 1 reception, 30 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
With Dan Arnold being traded to Jacksonville Tremble should get more playing time. With his only obstacle to playing time being the disappointing Ian Thomas, Tommy is worth an end of the bench stash for a minimum bid.
Dan Arnold – Jacksonville Jaguars
Season totals 15.4 points
11 targets, 7 receptions, 84 yards receiving
The trade to Jacksonville should breathe some life into Arnold’s season. Jacksonville is in desperate need of a viable tight end. Expect Arnold to get opportunities immediately in an offense that will throw the ball often. As a cheap dart throw Arnold is worth an end of the bench spot that will cost you next to nothing.
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