Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Transactions for NFL Week 3: Owners Making Moves


Fantasy football, at times, is just a game. Something to do for fun, a prize, or bragging rights amongst friends. But, if you have a competitive streak in you, fantasy football becomes almost a full-time commitment during the NFL season. With bye weeks, player performances, and injuries, owners must be constantly optimizing their lineups to stay competitive. Further, any season fantasy sports gurus will tell you championships are won and lost by taking advantage of your fantasy football weekly waiver wire. Thankfully, my fantasy football league’s owners are very active. Several of our owners added and dropped players in advance of Week 3.

Team Marino Added RB Bobby Rainey

We believe Team Marino added the backup Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back for depth on his lineup. Bobby Rainey, the former undrafted star from Western Kentucky University, has played for both the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns before joining the Bucs. Rainey had gotten off to an inconsistent start to his 2014 year. In Week 1, Rainey tallied six fantasy points against the Carolina Panthers. But in Week 2, Rainey scored 22 fantasy points after carrying the ball 22 times for 144 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. Marino must be anticipated a Rainey hot streak over the next few weeks.

The Buccaneers’ next three opponents are the Atlanta Falcons, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New Orleans Saints.


QB Kirk Cousins Joins Team Vega

The starting quarterback for the Washington Football franchise has been a revolving door over the last year. Washington can’t seem to decide between Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, or Rex Grossman. Last week, Cousins came in to replace an injured RG III against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Team Vega must be expecting that Cousins’ 18 point fantasy performance will be a weekly occurrence and that Cousins is the long-term solution at quarterback. Those are two big ifs. This could be the riskiest fantasy football waiver wire transaction. But to win big, sometimes you need to take big risks.

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Team Weiss Adds Two Playmakers

Astute fantasy football owners know that great lineups have depth at skill position players. Smart owners are also able to anticipate sleeper picks that give you unexpected production. Team Weiss is a seasoned NFL fantasy football competitor. That’s why he added tight end from the Cincinnati Bengals Jermaine Gresham and wide receiver Brian Quick of the St. Louis Rams. Gresham has yet to show consistent production for the Bengals but has raw talent. Quick is one of the most buzzed-about sleeper picks in the league. Time will tell if Weiss bet correctly.

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The Commish Adds a Kicker

Fantasy football losers usually make key mistakes when putting together their rosters. One of the biggest mistakes they make usually involves kickers. In fantasy football drafts, the biggest mistake you can make is selecting a kicker too early. It’s a waste of a pick. The Commish must be trying to replicate fantasy football horror stories by selecting free agent kicker Dan Carpenter.  Of course, the Commissioner could be convinced Carpenter will replicate his 17 fantasy point performance in Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins. News flash Commish, it won’t happen again.

The Commissioner also picked up Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz.

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Pablo Needs Points

Team Pablo needed more production from its WR2 spot, so he picked up Cincinnati Bengals‘ wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu is coming off a 17 fantasy point performance against the Atlanta Falcons during Week 2. Let’s hope he uses his new wide receiver depth to score more weekly points. Hoping to load up on more running back depth, Pablo also picked up New Orleans Saints’ Khiry Robinson. Pablo is hoping all those gurus who believe Robinson is a sleeper stud will be right.

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Other Transactions

Rounding out the transactional wire, Team Joel added the Indianapolis Colts D/ST and New York Giants’ tight end Larry Donnell. Team George added tight end Zach Miller of the Seattle Seahawks.