Week 3: Waiver Wire Pickups

This past few days has been relatively volatile in the fantasy football world. Check out the week 3 waiver wire recommendations

Ryan Tannehill (QB – Mia): Tannehill has been quietly having a solid season, passing for 591 yards, and 2 TDs en route to the Dolphins unexpected 2-0 start on the road. Tannehill has also gotten relatively unlucky in the touchdown department, having several receivers tackled on the 1 yard line already. Tannehill has some explosive weapons in Charles Clay and Mike Wallace, and as chemistry develops, he should only improve.

Willis McGahee (RB - FA): This one is a slightly speculative add, but one that could end up paying dividends for fantasy owners. Word is that in the wake of Trent Richardson’s departure, the Browns are looking to sign McGahee. With the only other competition on the depth chart being the inexperienced Bobby Rainey, and FB Chris Ogbonnaya, McGahee should surely get the lion’s share of work, assuming he can pass the necessary medical evaluations.

Jacquizz Rodgers (RB – Atl): With SJax out for several weeks with an injury, the brunt of the load falls to Jacquizz Rodgers. He is a smaller, speedy back that will likely catch a decent amount of passes and could rack up some quality yards, but expect Snelling to poach goal line work.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR – Hou): Last week Hopkins finally showed owners why the Texans drafted him in the first round. There have been suggestions among the Houston front office that this kid could be better than Andre Johnson. In the meantime, Johnson remains injury prone and potentially sidelined, and Hopkins should be a great playmaker for Schaub. Johnson will continue to draw the better DB’s and most likely won’t turn into a red-zone machine overnight, leaving plenty of big play opportunities and TD looks for Hopkins.

Eddie Royal (WR – SD): Don’t be mistaken, Eddie Royal is not going to continue to rake in touchdowns at this pace. Despite the inevitable regression in the TD department, with Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander injured, and Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen not doing much of anything, Royal should remain a solid fantasy option for the foreseeable future – especially if Philip Rivers continues his sharp form.

Charles Clay (TE – Mia): Clay has earned the trust of Tannehill, and shown some explosive playmaking ability in the process. With 10 catches f0r 163 yards and an added 1-yard rushing TD, Clay should remain a solid option from here on out.

Alex Henery (K – Phi): With the effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s “blur/point-a-minute offense” it’s surprising that more owners haven’t picked up Henery. The Eagles put up 63 points in their first two games, and show no signs of slowing down. Henery should remain a very solid kicking option until Michael Vick gets injured, and/or the Eagles show signs of slowing down.

Minnesota Defense: The Vikings host a Cleveland team that has seemingly rolled over and entered the Clowney/Bridgewater sweepstakes. With Weeden injured, the Browns will look to Brian Hoyer this week. Oh, and their formerly best offensive player, Trent Richardson, now plays for the Colts. Take this one and say thank you.

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