Trashman’s Garbage Grab: Week 3
I don’t know if there will be another grab as potent as Week 2 was for those that heeded its direction, but Week 3 has some hidden gems of its own, particularly in the WR department. As always, these guys are owned in less than one third of leagues.
Josh McCown, Jets: The Jets are 0-2, and it doesn’t look like they’ll improve any time soon. That being said, they’ll be playing catchup most of the time, and now McCown has Austin Seferian-Jenkins to add to his arsenal in addition to Jermaine Kearse and Robby Anderson. Miami is one of the softest defenses for QBs right now, and the Jets get them at home.
Gio Bernard, Bengals: The unholy trinity that has been the Bengals running game hasn’t been doing anyone any favors, but Bernard stands a chance at getting some major usage against the Packers at Lambeau. The Bengals will have to go to the air to compete with Green Bay, and Bernard is their best pass catcher out of the backfield.
Wendell Smallwood, Eagles: Smallwood hasn’t done anything to earn his keep yet, but he’s the starter in Philly. If the Giants are weaker anywhere, it’s at defending the run. It’s a long shot, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
Devon Funchess, Panthers: The loss of Greg Olsen has opened up things for Funchess, who nows steps into the no.2 role in the passing game behind Kelvin Benjamin. He’ll get plenty of targets against the Saints this week.
Taywan Taylor, Titans: Taylor was one of my favorite players at this year’s Senior Bowl where he displayed excellent hands and breakaway speed. He reminds me of a young Antonio Brown, the way he can get open in coverage. The Titans play the Seahawks this week, and you don’t attack them on the outside. The key is the middle of the field, and that’s Taylor’s territory. He’ll be viable as long as Corey Davis is out and maybe beyond.
Jaron Brown, Cardinals: Brown led the Cardinals in targets last week with 11 in the absence of John Brown, and the news that J.J. Nelson is questionable only solidifies his role in the offense this week.
Paul Richardson, Seahawks: Richardson is still only owned in 11% of leagues despite being a starter and the only Seattle player to have scored a TD this season. He’s gotten consistent targets in both games thus far, and that trend will continue, especially if Jimmy Graham is hobbled.
Ben Watson, Ravens: Watson has apparently stumbled onto the fountain of youth at age 36, as he was the Ravens leading receiver last week(8 catches, 91 yards), catching everything thrown his way. There are worse options at TE off the wire this week but few better ones.
Ed Dickson, Panthers: Dickson isn’t going to fill Greg Olsen’s shoes by any means, but if there’s a week to give him a shot it’s this one in which the Panthers face the Saints.