By Jamal Murphy, Ouralds Chief Fantasy Analyst
Fantasy Waiver-Wire Pick-ups (Week 3)
As we move to week three of the NFL season, fantasy owners surely have needs to fill on their rosters. Here are some players that may be able to help your squad.
RB Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks…In twelve-team leagues and larger, Carson is likely already gone off the waiver wires. However, if you are in a ten-team league, it’s time to jump on the rookie out of Oklahoma State. After running for 39 yards on six carries in week one, Carson clearly became the Seahawk’s number one back in week two, getting 20 carries, good for 93 yards. Carson is a must pick up if available in your league.
TE Ed Dickson, Carolina Panthers…The Panthers suffered a devastating injury, losing Greg Olsen for the foreseeable future with a broken ankle. While it will be a tough blow for Carolina to overcome, Dickson – and more importantly fantasy owners – should benefit greatly from Olsen’s absence. The 30-year-old Dickson has 150 career receptions, including a career best 54 for Baltimore way back in 2010. He’s a capable player and will get a chance to show if he’s still got it, since Cam Newton will lean on his tight end while he continues to work off his extreme rust.
RB D’Onta Foreman, Houston Texans…Foreman was barely used in week one, but that changed significantly last week. He received twelve carries for 40 yards against the Bengals on Thursday night, only six less carries and 21 less yards than Lamar Miller. It looks like something very close to a timeshare could be developing in Houston, as Foreman looked strong and durable. Fantasy owners would be smart to jump on Foreman now, especially in deep leagues, while he’s still under the radar.
WR Rashard Higgins, Cleveland Browns…The Colorado State prospect jumped from the practice squad to the big-time last week, catching seven passes for 95 yards on a team high 11 targets. Add to that the news that Browns’ number one wide receiver, Chris Coleman, has a broken hand that will keep him out six to eight weeks and Higgins suddenly becomes a must pick up.
RB Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins…Rob Kelley’s rib injury on Sunday significantly sped up the learning curve for Perine. The rookie out of Oklahoma was forced into action and did a decent job, running for 67 yards on 21 carries, including 43 yards on the Washington’s last two drives. He should only improve with more repetitions and Kelley could miss substantial time, as rib injuries are known to linger. Perine is a priority pick up in all league formats.
QB Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos…If you’re like me, you weren’t expecting much from Siemian this season. But, after a second straight impressive week, the 3rd year pro out of Northwestern has 450 yards passing and six touchdown passes with only two interceptions. That’s good for a passer rating of 106.9. He definitely has weapons at his disposal, so there is no reason to think he won’t continue to produce. If you need help or insurance at the quarterback position, Siemian could be your man.