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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 3

Week 2 has come and gone, with plenty of surprising players stepping up and excelling for their respective teams.

Here’s a list of a few names you should target.

D.K. Metcalf WR Seattle Seahawks

Posting a 3-61-1 line in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Metcalf scored his first NFL touchdown in a thrilling victory, proving that Week 1 against Cincinnati wasn’t a fluke. He’s in a run-first offence, but it’s clear Russell Wilson trusts the physical rookie - and I’d expect the production to only increase from this point forward.

Ultimately, targets and catches may be a concern, but Metcalf’s touchdown upside makes him an enticing add for any fantasy squad.

Mason Rudolph QB Pittsburgh Steelers

With Ben Roethlisberger now out for the year, Pittsburgh has handed the reins over to Mason Rudolph, who was their 3rd Round draft pick from a year ago. Looking decent after being thrown into the fire against Seattle, Rudolph played alright - showing off the competitive moxie and elite competitiveness that made him a relatively high selection. The game didn’t look too big for him, and the interception credited against him can’t be blamed on the QB (Donte Moncrief dropped an easy catch). I definitely have concerns over his arm strength and his overall game - the Bryce Petty vibes worry me - but he’s the starting QB for a pass-heavy team.

No matter how you slice it, that’s worth an add.

John Ross WR Cincinnati Bengals

Last week I was concerned John Ross wouldn’t be able to replicate his Week 1 production and I advised you to bench him in my “Start/Sit” column. Well, after going for a 4-112-1 line, I’m here to admit that I was wrong. See, I admittedly was focused too much on Ross the inconsistent player with a mediocre QB - and not Ross the explosive playmaker on a desperate team.

The Bengals are going to be playing from behind in nearly every game this year, and Andy Dalton and company will clean up in garbage time as a result. This potentially helps no one player more than Ross, who only needs one big play a game to be worth a fantasy start.

I’d expect him to already be on rosters in the majority of fantasy leagues, but sprint to the waiver wire if the Bengal wideout is available.

Andy Dalton QB Cincinnati Bengals

Speaking of Cincinnati, Dalton is an intriguing waiver option to look at this week. Yes, I know what you’re thinking - It’s Andy Dalton. But we NEED to remember that this isn’t real football - it’s fantasy. Bad quarterbacks are sometimes the best fantasy options because of the garbage time stats that come along with them. Remember 2015 Blake Bortles?

Dalton, who has already thrown for over 700 yards this season, may just be the 2019 version of that.