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Week 3: Working the waiver wire

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.

@JoshJordan975 @Moneyline975

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The Astros rotation looks like a strength moving forward. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros are coming off a much-needed series win over the White Sox, but have a quick turnaround as they host the Orioles on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The 'Stros dropped the first game of the series with Framber Valdez on the mound, but were able to rebound with Hunter Brown and Spencer Arrighetti starting the final two games.

Brown was brilliant once again, and Arrighetti bounced back after a disastrous start against the Tigers over the weekend. Despite all the injures to the Astros staff this season, their young pitchers are stepping up when they need them the most.

Brown has six consecutive quality starts and is beginning to show signs that he can be the top of the rotation pitcher the club always hoped he could develop into.

Arrighetti has stepped in and shown that he belongs in the big leagues, and has provided innings Houston desperately requires with so many pitchers on the injured list.

Speaking of which, with Justin Verlander on the IL, Double A prospect Jake Bloss will make the start for Houston on Friday night. Bloss has quickly progressed through the farm system, having been drafted just a year ago.

We'll see how he performs in his MLB debut, but the club seems to have a lot of quality pitching options moving forward, especially with Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers scheduled to return in late July and early August respectively.

And as we look at the Astros rotation moving forward, perhaps they will go back to a six-man rotation during certain stretches in the second half of the season.

Which could prove to be vital to the team's success. As good as Ronel Blanco has been, he's never pitched as many innings as he'll be asked to pitch this year. Same goes for Arrighetti. And let's face it, sending Verlander out to pitch on four days rest consistently at 41 years old doesn't sound like a wise decision. He's already been on the IL twice this year.

While some see Garcia and McCullers as wild cards to help the team this season, Astros GM Dana Brown doesn't see it that way. He told the Astros flagship station this week that he's counting on those guys to make big contributions when they return. And he's counting on their postseason experience should they get there.

Keep in mind, Garcia has a 3.61 career ERA and has been durable outside the Tommy John surgery. And McCullers has always been good, it's just the health that causes concern.

Garcia is also an example of how a player can skip Double A and Triple A and have success right away in the big leagues. Hopefully, Bloss can follow in his footsteps, since he's bypassing Triple A to make his first start.

So what's the short and long-term outlook for the Astros rotation? And should we expect Verlander to return in 2025?

Be sure to watch the video above as we address those questions and much more!

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