Week 2 is in the books, and we have seen some players have a couple of good games and some replacement players for our injured stars. Each week I’ll give you one player from each position to pick up for your squads and some bonus players if you need multiple options. This week we got some terrible injury news about many linebackers and other top stars. Here are my top waiver adds for Week 3.
DT – Larry Ogunjobi, Cleveland Browns
For two straight weeks, Ogunjobi has been terrorizing veteran QBs. He got Big Ben for a sack in week 1 and pulled down Drew Brees twice on Sunday, which is not an easy task. He played 88% of snaps for the Browns and has 7 tackles on the season, which for a DT isn’t bad. He’s currently the #2 DT in fantasy and should be owned way more than he is currently. On MFL he is owned in 2.82% of leagues, ESPN 23.3% (22% of the adds were within the last 7 days), and 3% on Yahoo. I wouldn’t expect the 1.5 sacks per game average to continue through the season, but the solid tackle numbers are a plus, and the pass rushing is a strong trait to look for in DTs. Other notables: Davon Godchaux (Week 2: 4 solos and 2 assists on 52% snaps); Da’Shawn Hand (Week 2: 4 solos and 1 assist on 59% snaps); and Antwaun Woods (Week 2: 2 solos and a sack on 43% of snaps)
DE – Sam Hubbard, Cincinnati Bengals
Defensive end may be the most shallow pool of free agents that can help your team. Sam Hubbard is my pick of the litter. He played 59% of the snaps for the Bengals and collected 3 solos, 2 assists, and a sack. The most intriguing reason to roster and start Hubbard may be the fact that he seems to be the fullback on the goal line for the Bengals and could get a carry down there one of these games. That alone isn’t a reason to start Hubbard but shows some upside to his defensive play. He is currently the 32nd ranked DE in fantasy points and is a promising rookie. He is virtually unowned in all formats. Other notables: Benson Mayowa (Week 2: 6 solos, 1 assist and 2 sacks on 78% of snaps [Warning: Snaps may decrease if Markus Golden returns from injury]); Isaac Rochell (Week 2: 5 solos on 65% of snaps filling in for Bosa); and Taco Charlton (Week 2: 3 solos, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 sack on 84% of snaps)
LB – Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
So, my linebacker adds have not been the greatest. Yes, Fred Warner did alright, but this Leonard kid should redeem my picks as he’s going to be a stud. If for some reason he’s still available on your waiver wire he won’t be next week. He put up a studly 15 solos, 3 assists, 1 forced fumble, 1 sack, and a pass defended. Week one he put up respectable numbers with 6 solos, 3 assists, and a fumble recovery. He’s wearing the green dot on his helmet as the play caller for the Colts, and he didn’t leave the field at all in week two. He is owned in 8.87% of MFL leagues, 7.2% of ESPN leagues and 12% of Yahoo leagues. Other notables: Kyzir White (Week 2: 4 solos, 1 INT, and 1 PD on 61% of snaps); Duke Riley (Week 2: 7 solos and 2 assists on 87% of snaps replacing Deion Jones); and Lorenzo Alexander (Week 2: 5 solos, 2 assists, 1 sack and a PD on 56% of snaps)
CB – Kenny Moore, Indianapolis Colts
Another Colt! This one is sneaky good. He’s playing 100% of snaps and loading up on tackles. He had 7 solos and 2 assists in week two and week one didn’t get the same tackle numbers but grabbed an interception and 2 solos. I’ll always rotate through my corners, but Moore and a few other rookies on this list look like they could be starter candidates for the foreseeable future. I’ve been partial to Colts CBs for the past few years because they always seem to get picked on and get high tackle numbers. More is basically unowned anywhere. Other notables: Donte Jackson (Week 2: 6 solos, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT, and 1 PD on 67% of snaps); Carlton Davis (Week 2: 6 solos, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 PD); and Rahsaan Melvin (Week 2: 2 solos, 1 assist, 1 INT and 3 PDs)
S – Ricardo Allen, Atlanta Falcons
Allen looked to replace Keanu Neal and had a pretty good debut at strong safety with 5 solos, an interception, and 2 PDs. He played 100% of snaps which could be a bi-product of Damontae Kazee’s ejection but should be close to 100% regardless of Kazee’s playing time. Allen is not a target of mine beyond this season, but for the remainder of the season, while Neal is on IR, Allen will fill in nicely. He is owned in 2.12% of MFL leagues, 1.2% of ESPN leagues, and 1% of Yahoo leagues. Other notables: Damarious Randall (Week 2: 4 solos, 1 assist, 1 fumble recovery, and 2 PDs on 89% of snaps); Shawn Williams (Week 2: 6 solos, 2 assists, 1 fumble recovery, 1 INT, 1 sack, and 1 PD on 82% of snaps back from his ejection in week one); and Ronnie Harrison (Week 2: 7 solos on 52% of snaps, this kid will be a stud safety when he gets the chance to play 100% of snaps)
These are my top waiver options for Week 3 of the NFL season. Come back next Tuesday for more waiver gems! You can follow me @seahawksdan8 and catch me on the IDP Edge Crushers every week for some IDP goodness!