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Waiver Wire Week 3: Jay Cutler, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Chris Carson


With all of the injuries in Week 2, fantasy owners are running to the waiver wire to find diamonds in the rough to start for their team. It's not a matter of finding depth or promising talent any more; it's finding replacements for the David Johnson, Greg Olsen, Danny Woodhead, Corey Coleman or others that are now on the shelf. Here are the names to file away when you scan the waiver wire this week (only those owned in less than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues):

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Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins (29 percent owned)

In his Miami Dolphins debut, Cutler actually looked competent. He made smart plays, checking down a lot to Jarvis Landry (15 targets!) and letting Jay Ajayi do this thing (120 rushing yards). Cutler is reunited with Adam Gase, and it seems to be a good fit. While Cutler will still do Cutler-like things (read: throw interceptions), he isn't a bad stash as a QB2.

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (13 percent owned)

Siemian isn't going to be a starting quarterback for most fantasy teams, however, he has shown over the past two games that he's more than capable of getting the job done. He threw two touchdowns last week and four in Week 2, with only one interception in each game. Siemian is a name to watch from week to week. He isn't going to have QB1 value, but he may be worth streaming when the matchup is right.

Running Backs

Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (37 percent owned)

Despite Adrian Peterson being on the Saints roster, it is Kamara that has taken over the role behind Mark Ingram. He's also become the passing-down back for the Saints; he had seven targets in Week 2. He caught three passes for 51 yards and that figures to be where he makes his mark moving forward. Fantasy owners in PPR leagues should grab him as a RB3, with a role similar to Darren Sproles. However, if Ingram were to go down, Kamara may be the next man up.

Chris Thompson (30 percent owned) and Samaje Perine, Washington Redskins (23 percent owned)

Should Rob Kelley miss any time because of his bruised ribs, Thompson (right) and Perine will see more work. While it's not clear how long Kelley will be out, both of his backfield mates are worth adding. in PPR leagues, Thompson is the guy to own — he had seven targets in Week 2, although he only caught three of them. He also ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Perine was given 21 carries in Week 2, which he turned into 67 yards. It doesn't seem that he's going to take the job from Kelley just yet, but he's worth an add just in case.

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Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (20 percent owned)

Last week Tarik Cohen was the No. 1 waiver pick; this week it is Carson. He didn't start, but he was clearly the Seahawks' best running back. He had 93 rushing yards and he passed the eye test. While Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch and Thomas Rawls is still banged up, Carson figures to get the lion's share of the carries. He's worth using a waiver claim on.

Wide Receivers

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (26 percent owned)

After Allen Robinson went down last week with a torn ACL, someone had to step up for the Jags. Marqise Lee (34 percent owned) saw the most targets in Week 2, but it was Hurns that found the end zone. Both receivers will have some WR3 value as the Jags will find themselves playing from behind and Blake Bortles (or whoever may step in as QB) will need to throw the ball. In the past, Hurns has been a red zone target for Bortles. While Hurns' points may come in garbage time, points are points for fantasy owners.

J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (21 percent owned)

When John Brown was ruled out for Week 2, savvy fantasy owners grabbed Nelson with the thought that he might step up. Nelson is a fast wideout that is a boom-or-bust WR3. Jaron Brown (two percent owned) saw the most targets from Carson Palmer in Week 2, but it was Nelson with the big game. He had five receptions on seven targets for 120 yards and a touchdown. In 2016, he only had three games with four or more receptions. He is just as likely to have one reception for 10 yards as he is to have three receptions for 40 or more yards. It's a gamble, but desperate fantasy owners  may want to pick him out in case John Brown misses more time.

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (3 percent owned)

With Corey Coleman (broken hand) out for the foreseeable future and Kenny Britt not living up to No. 1 wide receiver expectations, the Browns need someone to step up as a reliable pass catcher. In Week 2, Higgins had the most targets on the team with 11, and he caught seven of them for 95 yards. Higgins was a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft, and he was just signed off the practice squad on Saturday. He may have WR3 value, and is worth a pick up in deeper leagues.

Tight Ends

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (5 percent owned)

The Chicago Bears have lost plenty of pass catchers this season, and Miller had nine targets in Week 2, tied for second on the team. He caught six of those nine targets for 42 yards. Miller isn't going to put up Rob Gronkowski numbers, but he is a TE2 or a serviceable replacement for desperate Greg Olsen owners.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets (3 percent owned)

It's hard to say how Seferian-Jenkins will fare this year after being suspended the first two games. However, the Jets need someone to be a target in the passing game. Will ASJ be the answer? Maybe not, but many teams are desperate for a tight end and he's likely available.

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (26 percent owned)

Are the Buccaneers DST that good or is Chicago that bad? Either way, owners of the Buccaneers DST fared well in Week 2. Tampa faces Minnesota in Week 3. If Sam Bradford is out again, the Bucs are a good option for Week 3.

Miami Dolphins (5 percent owned)

For those playing "pick up the DST who is playing the Jets," your Week 3 winner is the Dolphins. Miami was OK, but not great against the Chargers in Week 2. However, teams facing the Jets typically fare well. The Dolphins are an excellent streaming option for Week 3.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.

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