Already preparing to raid the Waiver Wire after Week 3? Let’s take a look at the wide receiver options who may be available (owned in less than 50% of ESPN leagues) and prioritize who you should be targeting and who is better left for someone else:
- Justin Jefferson – Minnesota Vikings
- Brandon Aiyuck – San Francisco 49ers
- Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers
- Hunter Renfrow – Las Vegas Raiders
- Tee Higgins – Cincinnati Bengals
- Greg Ward – Philadelphia Eagles
- Andy Isabella – Arizona Cardinals
- Dontrelle Inman – Washington Football
The Vikings ultimately fell to the Titans 31-30, but Jefferson showed that he could fill the role left by Stefon Diggs joining Adam Thielen to form a dynamic 1-2 receiving punch. After just 5 catches on 6 targets over the first two weeks, look at what Jefferson did in Week 3:
- Justin Jefferson – 7 catches (9 targets), 175 yards, 1 TD
- Adam Thielen – 3 catches (5 targets), 29 yards, 1 TD
Games like this may not be common for the first round draft pick, as Thielen should see more chances and Dalvin Cook is the centerpiece of the offense. That said, this shows what’s possible for Jefferson and it’s awfully enticing.
Aiyuck missed Week 1 and played a limited role in Week 2, but Week 3 proved to be his coming out party:
- Receiving – 5 catches for 70 yards
- Rushing – 3 carries for 31 yards and 1 TD
We can’t forget that this performance came with Nick Mullens at QB, so it will be interesting to see if he’s as big of a focus once Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy. That said he was a first round pick for a reason and the 49ers are lacking at WR, Look for him to continue playing a significant role moving forward.
With Dante Adams sidelined Lazard was the centerpiece of the passing game, leading the team in targets (8), catches (6) and receiving yards (146). He also delivered a TD, and it’s not like he wasn’t a significant part of the offense even before Adams went down (Lazard was targeted 9 times in the first two weeks, while scoring a TD).
Obviously a healthy Adams is going to be the leading receiver, but Lazard is going to be involved and needs to be owned.
After being targeted a total of 5 times in the first two weeks, Renfrow erupted as he turned 9 targets into 6 catches, 84 yards and 1 TD. While the receiving corps may not be particularly impressive, Darren Waller should be the focus of the passing game and Josh Jacobs is likely the offensive star. The bigger question is whether or not Renfrow will continue to see this type of target share once Henry Ruggs III is healthy and back on the field (as well as Waller not being taken out of the offense as well as the Patriots did).
Tyler Boyd is going to be the leading receiver for the Bengals, and even while Higgins was getting 9 targets it was Higgins who led the way with 13 (and delivered 10 catches for 125 yards). A.J. Green is also going to be an important part of the offense, and while Higgins scored 2 TD don’t let it change the outlook. There’s a lot of upside, but also a lot of risk that can’t be ignored as the opportunities simply aren’t guaranteed.
Ward was forced into a significant role, as the Eagles saw DeSean Jackson and Dallas Goeddert get hurt, joining the already injured Alshon Jeffrey and Jalen Reagor on the sidelines. Time will tell if those players are ready to return to the field for Week 4, but Ward led the team with:
- 11 targets
- 8 catches
- 72 yards
Ward also scored a TD, as he and Zack Ertz led the way. If the injuries linger, Ward could become a sneaky WR3/4 play.
Isabella turned 4 targets into 4 catches, 47 yards and 2 TD. The problem is that the performance came with Christian Kirk sidelined and Isabella still wasn’t the second most targeted receiver (KeeSean Johnson saw 7 targets). It was a nice performance and this passing attack has the potential to produce big numbers, but Isabella is more of a player to stash in case injuries open up opportunity.
Inman is a player who we’ve consistently waited to emerge as a viable option week in and week out. Considering the Washington receiving corps, could this finally be the year? He was targeted 6 times in Week 3, delivering 3 catches for 38 yards and 2 TD. It wasn’t a blow away performance, and Terry McLaurin and Logan Thomas are going to consistently be the better receiving options. Monitor him, given the potential upside, but it’s impossible to anticipate Inman finally figuring it out.
Sources – NFL.com, ESPN