Upside Desparation Plays for Week 3

Whether it’s injuries, league depth, or just bad drafting, you might be desperate for a fill-in player in week 3. Here are are a few guys that might be on your waiver wire that can put up solid points if you’re in a rough spot.

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy G has a solid matchup this week against the Packers, who are giving up the 7th most points against to QBs through two weeks. Green Bay was barely able to contain Jared Goff last week, who posted a couple TDs and 246 yards on a 72 percent completion percentage. Are those the greatest stats? No, but Goff did this with a full cast of no-name receivers.

Jimmy G will have his full arsenal of receiving weapons against the Packers, including his star tight end, George Kittle, who should have a great game. The Packers gave up 8 receptions with 66 yards and a touchdown to T.J. Hockenson last week, showing the way for Kittle to get lots of looks over the middle of the field this week. Look for the Garoppolo to Kittle connection to be on full display. If you’re desperate for a QB in week 3, it could be much worse.

Peyton Barber / Kenyan Drake

With Josh Jacobs looking “very questionable” for week 3 against the Miami Dolphins, the duo of Barber and Drake will once again lead the Raiders backfield. The reason I list both is because you probably should favor Drake in PPR, and Barber in standard scoring.

The Dolphins are a treat for fantasy RBs so far (7th most points against), and as a Dolphins fan myself, I can tell you they historically always seem to struggle against pass catching running backs. If you’re truly desperate for a RB, one or both of these players should have a good game.

Tyler Boyd

With Tee Higgins looking iffy to play this week, look for Boyd to recapture some of the targets and production from last season when he was a top 2 WR on the team. With the edition of Chase in the offseason, Boyd has been the number three option in terms of targets, but things will be different this week if Tee Higgins doesn’t play.

Through 10 games last year with Joe Burrow at quarterback, Boyd totaled 69 catches for 720 yards and 3 touchdowns. Without Burrow for the rest of the season, it’s a totally different story, but we know what Boyd can do with Burrow throwing to him. He might be on your waiver wire after a dismal week 1 performance and just an okay week 2.

Jared Cook

Through 2 games this season, Jared Cook has accrued 84 yards on 8 catches with no touchdowns. While that’s nothing to write home about, let’s take into account Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense have yet to get to the higher level they were playing at last season.

With two games now under their belt, they face Kansas City in what looks to be a high scoring affair. There’s a very real chance the Chargers play from behind and will be forced to throw often.

Most importantly, though, the Chiefs are giving up the 10th most points to tight ends through the first 2 weeks. Look for Cook to have the most targets he’s had all season, and is a fine play if you’re in need of a tight end fill-in.

What do you think? Are these picks too farfetched? Do you have some sleeper picks of your own? Let us know in the comments down below!