In case you’re a bit dissatisfied with one or more of your starters at a particular position, and trolling the waiver wire in search of a guy who could be a Week 3 boon, this post is for you.
I’ll provide a few names at each position that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues who might be able to provide more of an immediate impact than someone else on your roster.
Important note: Just because I list someone here doesn’t necessarily mean you should drop your struggling starter. You may have a superstar who is just starting slow (Ray Rice owners, I’m talking to you), or even just a solid guy who hasn’t hit his stride yet. Everything is relative. If you have a specific question, pose it in the comment section here.
(Players are listed with Yahoo ownership percentage, then our Week 3 rank in parentheses.)
Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleepers at WR
I know this guy’s owned percentage will go up after he turned in another terrific performance in Week 2. Right now, Walter is the #2 guy in Houston over Jacoby Jones. Matt Schaub loves him and Walter is a guy who has proven himself to have a nose for the end zone in the past. With an expected shootout looming this weekend against the Cowboys, I expect another strong performance from Walter.
Mike Williams (TB) (39%, 35th) vs Pittsburgh
You know I don’t like rookie WRs, and I have plenty of misgivings about Mike Williams, a guy who dropped on draft day because of character concerns; but…he’s caught two TDs in two weeks and the Bucs are facing the Steelers this weekend. Pittsburgh will shut down the run and force Josh Freeman to throw the ball. With Williams appearing like his go-to target right now, he could have a decent day and possibly even put up another score. And they are at home, which usually helps rookies feel more comfortable.
Louis Murphy (9%, 45th) at Arizona
Murphy performed well when Bruce Gradkowski replaced Jason Campbell, hauling in a second half touchdown and finishing the day with 6 catches for 91 yards. He also had 4 catches in Week 1 and has always turned a decent percentage of his catches into TDs. Oakland plays a porous Arizona defense this week. If Gradkowski starts again, and even if he doesn’t, Murphy is a deep sleeper who could help out WR-starved teams.
Fantasy Football Week 3 Sleepers at TE
Dustin Keller (48%, 4th) at Miami
No need to belabor this one. Sanchez loves Keller and he had a great Week 2. He’s a solid long-term option and will be owned in more than 50% of leagues once the waiver term expires.
Jermaine Gresham (38%, 18th) at Carolina
This guy is already one of the most talented tight ends in football. He just needs experience and some time to build rapport with Carson Palmer. Six catches in two games proves the Bengals will give him opportunities, and at some point he’ll take them and (literally) run with them. It wouldn’t surprise me to see that be this week against Carolina.
Head over to MSF Fantasy Sports to see our Week 3 sleepers at QB, RB, and Defense.