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Week 3: Working the waiver wire

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Did anything interesting happen this week? Week 2 was a bloodbath for fantasy owners. Losing Big Ben and Drew Brees certainly hurt a lot of fantasy teams, but luckily QB is deep and there are plenty of good options on the waiver wire. Some of these players are good for the short-term, while others have more long-term value. You have to make the call on what your team needs. Immediate help to start this week, or a player to stash on your bench and hope he breaks out. Let's get started.

QB

Josh Allen: He's available in 70% of ESPN leagues, and he's recorded a rushing TD in both games already. Plus, he already has 17 rushing attempts. Keep in mind he's thrown for over 250 yards in both games, so he can get you points through the air too. He gets the Bengals this week, so the matchup is good.

Matthew Stafford: You can get him in 74% of ESPN leagues, and he's a Top 5 QB in PPR leagues after the first 2 games. He has to go to Philly this week, but Matt Ryan put up big numbers against them in week 2. Ryan threw 3 picks, but also put up over 300 yards and 3 TDs. Stafford should be a pretty reliable option this week and going forward if you need him.

Jimmy Garoppolo: He's rostered in only 24% of leagues, and had a nice performance against the Bengals on Sunday with 3TDs. He faces the Steelers at home, and should have a lot of opportunities to put up points if Mason Rudolph can't keep the offense on the field.

RB

Carlos Hyde: Hyde has looked good so far this year, and he's still available in 55% of ESPN leagues. The Texans love to run the rock, and the offense should be good despite their performance against the Jags. Kerryon Johnson had 150 total yards and a TD against the Chargers, so Hyde certainly has a chance to do something against them this Sunday.

Darwin Thompson: If he ends up with a starter's role in this offense, he could be a league winner. LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams both were injured against the Raiders on Sunday, so you'll have to check the injury report this week to see if they're out. Thompson has a tough matchup against the Ravens this week, but that shouldn't matter in this offense. He's only rostered in 18% of ESPN leagues, so pick him up. McCoy reportedly has no structural damage in his ankle, but Thompson should have a role if Williams is out and McCoy returns.

Jaylen Samuels: Samuels certainly lost some value when Big Ben went down, but with James Conner dealing with a knee issue he should be a good option until Conner returns. He showed he could be productive filling in for Conner last year, so he's definitely worth a shot. He's available in 75% of ESPN leagues.

Raheem Mostert: It's hard to get too excited about Mostert since the 49ers like to use several RBs, but he got 16 touches last week, and we know Breida has trouble staying healthy. He's out there in 89% of ESPN leagues.

WR

Demarcus Robinson: Wow, that was an impressive performance against the Raiders. You can't expect him to have over 100 yards and 2 TDs every week, but Mahomes is going to air it out, and they have some injuries at RB that may lead to them throwing more. He gets the Ravens this week who are dealing with some injuries in the secondary. He's available in 99% of ESPN leagues. He's a veteran, so we'll give him the nod over Hardman.

Mecole Hardman: Hardman has speed to burn, and he got a lot of reps with Mahomes this offseason because of Tyreek Hill's suspension. Anybody with a role on the Chiefs should be added. He's rostered in 38% of ESPN leagues.

Nelson Agholor: The Eagles are dealing with injuries to their top 2 pass catchers and Carson Wentz has to throw the ball to someone besides Zach Ertz. Jackson and Jeffery will likely return sooner than later, but if you need a WR this week Agholor can help you. He's only rostered in 4% of leagues.

Marquise Goodwin and Deebo Samuel: It's hard to know which guy is the better start from week to week, but it's worth picking them up and watching how their roles evolve over the course of the year. This offense should be good, so they have value. Goodwin is available in over 95% of ESPN leagues while Samuel is only rostered in 13% of leagues.

TE

Will Dissly: It appears Dissly is the TE to have in Seattle. He came away with 2 TD grabs against the Steelers, so pick him up if you need some help at the position. You can get him in 98% of leagues.

Jason Witten: I know, he's a thousand years old and can't really run anymore, but Dak Prescott looks for him in the red zone and let's be real. Unless you have an elite TE, you're just hoping for a TD and Witten has scored two weeks in a row. He's only rostered in 18% of ESPN leagues. Also, he's playing the Dolphins this week. If there's ever a week to start him, this is it.

Jordan Reed: He'll return at some point from the concussion protocol, and he can help you out until he gets hurt again. If you're desperate, you can roster him and Vernon Davis playing Davis until Reed returns to action.

Defense

Who's playing the Dolphins this week? That's what you should be asking every week. This week the Cowboys have the honor of playing Miami, so they're a great start obviously.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or listen to my radio show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo Sundays from 10-noon on ESPN 97.5 FM. We talk all things fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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Boston's two grand slams in the first two innings were too much for Houston to overcome in ALCS Game 2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a win in ALCS Game 1 that had the prototypical fingerprints of this Astros team all over it, Houston returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, hoping to take a dominant 2-0 series lead if they could grab another victory. The Red Sox dashed those hopes very early, though, scoring eight runs across the first two innings to build the lead they would hold on to even the series.

Final Score: Boston 9, Astros 5

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): tied 1-1

Winning Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Houston met with disaster to start Game 2

You couldn't have drawn up a much better start for the Red Sox or a worse one for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 2. Luis Garcia met early disaster in the top of the first inning, allowing a leadoff double, then got two outs while issuing two walks to load the bases. That brought up Boston's designated hitter, J.D. Martinez, to the plate, and he delivered a crushing blow to Houston, launching a grand slam to put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Houston could even get to the plate.

After a scoreless bottom of the inning by his offense, things got worse for Garcia in the top of the second, as after issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame, he would become the center of a meeting at the mound with trainers, ultimately leaving the game with an injury. Houston opted to bring in Jake Odorizzi for the emergency call to the bullpen, but things did not start well for him either. He would put two of his own batters on base with two singles, then gave up the second grand slam in as many innings, this one to Rafael Devers to double Boston's lead to 8-0, doubling down on Houston's disastrous start to the game.

Odorizzi rebounded with a 1-2-3 third, but with one out in the top of the fourth allowed a solo homer to Kiké Hernández, his third homer of the series so far. He would still get the job done of eating up a few innings, finishing the fourth, and retiring Boston in order in the fifth, giving Houston just four more innings to cover with the rest of their relievers.

Astros get a few runs back

Over that span, Houston did trim the lead by three runs, getting an RBI double by Kyle Tucker and a two-RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the fourth, making it a six-run game at 9-3. Their next reliever was Blake Taylor in the top of the sixth, and he would keep the score where it stood by sitting down the three batters he faced that frame.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, getting two singles to put two aboard, but would come out empty, sending the game on to the seventh, where Taylor would remain on the mound. He faced three more batters, getting two out while allowing a single before Yimi Garcia would come in to get the third out.

Red Sox even the series as it shifts to Boston

Garcia returned in the top of the eighth, getting through that inning despite a walk and hit by pitch, stranding both runners. Boston's bullpen kept Houston from getting any closer in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryne Stanek came in for the Astros in the top of the ninth. Stanek allowed a leadoff double, but with a groundout and double play, held the score at 9-3. Yuli Gurriel and Jason Castro did their part to keep the Astros alive in the bottom of the ninth, each hitting solo homers to make it 9-5, but that's as close as they'd come, dropping Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: The ALCS now moves to Boston for the next three games after a day off on Sunday, with Game 3 on Monday at 7:08 PM Central. While the Astros have named Jose Urquidy as their starter, the Red Sox have not yet determined theirs.

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