Working the Wire: Shoot for the moon with Jordan Howard

Jordan Howard Bears

With Week 3 of the NFL Season all but in the books it’s time to turn our attention to the Week 4 Waiver Wire. We are starting to learn things about players and their roles with teams. There is still reasons to like some of the waiver claims you made a week ago so be patient. The Vikings, Panthers and Dolphins seem to be more of timeshare than any of us fantasy owners would like to see. I still like Kenyan Drake the best, despite Jay Ajayi getting the touchdown to win the game. Carolina and Minnesota should provide two fantasy relevant options but Cameron Artis-Payne and Matt Asiata should be the most consistent. Those situations should be much clearer over the next week or two. Working the Wire takes a look at names to help you win in the upcoming weeks. The players appear in the order I would add them. I also suggest some names of widely owned players that I would feel okay moving on from if you need to open a roster spot. Don’t feel the need to drop them especially if you can wait to see if things get better in their situations. Let’s make some claims!

Bye Weeks: Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles

Jordan Howard | RB | Chicago Bears
(22% owned in Yahoo)

Jeremy Langford left Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys with an apparent achilles’ injury. He had 31 yards on three carries before leaving the game. Langford had been pretty underwhelming coming into the game as well which left the door open for someone else to grab the starting role. Jordan Howard is a more physical back that profiles as a first two down back. With games coming against the Lions, Colts and Jaguars Howard has a chance to be a very productive back. After the way the running back position has been effected across the NFL, Howard is a must add for RB needy teams and one I would find a way to add even if you aren’t.

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Wendell Smallwood | RB | Philadelphia Eagles
(1% owned in Yahoo)

Most people will be running to the waiver wire this week to pick up Darren Sproles but it’s Wendell Smallwood who I will be picking up. It was Smallwood who stepped in when Ryan Mathews went out of this game after just two carries. He had 17 carries for 79 yards and a score. There was a buzz around Smallwood heading into the season and he had already received touches through two games. The Eagles offense has looked great through three games this season. While it’s not safe to assume they will keep rolling through the NFL schedule if they can stay in games, Smallwood should be able to be productive part of this offense.

Paul Perkins | RB | New York Giants
(2% owned in Yahoo)

Things have gone from bad to worse for the New York Giants backfield. The absence of Rashad Jennings was a surprising one as a late scratch before Sundays game. Now word has surfaced Shane Vereen will miss the rest of the 2016 due to a triceps injury. The door is wide open to for someone to rumble through and that player is Paul Perkins. He is a talented player that showed three down skills during his time at UCLA. While Orleans Darkwa may initially get carries in this offense, it should be Perkins who can steal the role and produce with it. Its Jennings role if he is healthy but as we have seen throughout his career injuries are a constant problem for him. Add Perkins if you have some back end of the bench flexibility.

RBs to potentially cut: Justin Forsett, Terrance West, TJ Yeldon, Derrick Henry

Redskins Jamison Crowder

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Jamison Crowder | WR | Washington Redskins
(15% owned in Yahoo)

While Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson are garnering the love when it comes to Washington pass catchers it’s clearly Jamison Crowder who is worthy of some love. He has been targeted 25 times in the first three weeks on the season. Crowder had four catches for 78 yards and a score. He has scored in back to back games for the Redskins. Crowder clearly has a role in this offense and it looks to be an offense that will need to throw to stay in games. Pick him up for stability and with those bye weeks approaching he will reward you handsomely.

Quincy Enunwa | WR | New York Jets
(34% owned in Yahoo)

I wanted to put Quincy Enunwa back on this list again this week. I have a feeling many will see the Jets anemic offensive performance including only 37 yards on four catches from Enunwa and be ready to abandon ship. However don’t be so quick to do so. Ryan Fitzpatrick was much more Fitztragic than Fitzmagic in this game including six interceptions. The offense will have much better weeks in general going forward. Enunwa lead the team with 11 targets in this game. He has 25 targets through three games and is clearly a piece the Jets will utilize going forward.


Terrelle Pryor | WR | Cleveland Browns
(21% owned in Yahoo)

Despite having three quarterbacks in the span of three weeks Terrelle Pryor has shown to be the constant option in this offense with 31 targets over that span. Pryor exploded in Week 3 with 8 catches for 144 yards. The Browns will likely be down in most if not all games going forward and Pryor should continue to be a big part of the offense.

Adam Humphries | WR | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(1% owned in Yahoo)

There is an emerging WR2 in Tampa Bay and his name is Adam Humphries. Vincent Jackson has been underwhelming to say the least this season. Jackson has only caught 9 of his 21 targets and hasn’t eclipsed 50 yards in a single game. Humphries however keeps progressing and quarterback Jameis Winston is starting to trust him. He has gone from three catches in Week 1 to six catches is Week 2 to nine catches in week 3.

WRs to potentially cut: Tyler Lockett, Steve Smith Sr., Vincent Jackson


Bears Zach Miller

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Zach Miller | TE | Chicago Bears
(40% owned in Yahoo)

The Zach Miller that had some fantasy owners excited heading into the season showed up on Sunday for the Bears. He displayed the down the field threat we saw last season. Apparently Brian Hoyer was the magical elixir that was needed to unlock him. I expect Miller to be fantasy relevant especially when Chicago needs to play catch up.

Jack Doyle | TE | Indianapolis Colts
(10% owned in Yahoo)

It was Jack Doyle not Dwayne Allen that was Indianapolis’ most productive tight end on Sunday. He was used in a multitude of ways including out wide and on a TE screen. While Allen may be the TE with the touchdown upside, its Doyle who seems to provide the more consistent week to week floor. Doyle is widely available and makes a solid PPR threat with the possibility of catching a touchdown or two.

Cameron Brate | TE | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(2% owned in Yahoo)

Though Cameron Brate was technically the starter to start the season, it became clear after the Buccaneers cut Austin Seferian-Jenkins that Brate’s roll was much more cemented. He had an impressive 10 targets in Sunday’s game against the Rams and garnered much of Jameis Winston’s focus in the red zone. While Brate won’t be a huge yardage guy but should have touchdown upside. Brate caught two touchdowns on Sunday. While I’m not rushing out to add Brate, he is a good name to remember in deeper leagues.

TEs to potentially cut: Dwayne Allen, Zach Ertz, Antonio Gates (if he misses extended time)


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