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Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups



  • Jacoby Brissett, Colts

Brissett was listed here last and he managed to put up 10 points against a tough Cardinals defense.  He scrambled a bit, adding 22 yards on the ground.  Andrew Luck has already been ruled out for week 3 and he Brissett will start at home against the Browns (who will be the favorites).  I’d expect him to be closer to 15 points this week.


  • Alex Collins, Ravens

I loved Collins in the draft process in 2015.  He had been in the dog house in Seattle after fumbling on the goal line his rookie season.  Luckily, he was cut by the Seahawks.  Collins is a dependable back who put up a ton of yards at Arkansas against stout SEC defenses.  With Terrance West battling a soft-tissue injury, Collins mixed in with Buck Allen totally 42 yards on 7 carries.  Collins is talented enough to take over the backfield if West can’t get right.



  • Rashard Higgins, Browns

Corey Coleman went down with a broken hand again and will be out 6-8 weeks after his surgery.  Hollywood Higgins filled in admirably catching 7 of 11 targets for 95 yards.  Higgins was a target monster Colorado State.  He was a 3rd-5th round pick in rookie drafts last year and may be available on waivers after failing to do much in 2016.  He should see a ton of work over the next two months playing across from the corpse of Kenny Britt.

  • Kasen Williams, Browns

This is more of a long-term play.  Williams was a preseason darling who was surprisingly cut by the Seahawks.  The Browns claimed him off of waivers.  He was a healthy scratch in week 2, but I’d expect him to be on the active-53 in Indy this week.  He just needs a chance, and it shouldn’t take much to push past Britt.

  • Jaron Brown, Cardinals

At 6’2, 215 pounds, Brown compares favorable to Marvin Jones:

JJ Nelson stole the show on Sunday against the Colts putting up 120 yards and a touchdown, but Brown managed to put up 73 yards of his own.  It was great to see him garner 11 targets, even though he proved to be inefficient with them only hauling in 4.  In week 3 they play a Dallas secondary that was just torched for 4 touchdowns by Trevor Siemian.  It sounds like the situation regarding John Brown’s health isn’t good, so I’d expect Jaron Brown to continue to start in 3 wide sets.


  • Geronimo Allison, Packers

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are both dealing injuries which could open the door, once again, for Allison.  He didn’t do much filling in for Nelson on Sunday night, notching only 3 grabs on 5 targets for 24 yards.  However, he had a couple of nice games to close the season out last year:

Anyone who has a chance to play a lot of snaps with Aaron Rodgers needs to be rostered, and potentially started if Cobb or Nelson miss significant time.



  • Jacob Hollister, Patriots

Gronk caught his 69th touchdown against the Saints this week, and in doing so he immediately injured his groin.  It doesn’t sound like it is serious and he is going to be week-to-week.  This is how these injuries issues start with Gronk though.  If he does miss time, the only thing standing between Hollister and significant playing time and targets from Tom Brady would be the oft-injured and inefficient Dwayne Allen.  The undrafted rookie out of Wyoming had a monster outing in week 1 of the preseason, posting 7 catches for 116 yards.

  • Ben Watson, Ravens

This is a guy I recommended back in June.  If you’re contending this season and dealing with any of the litany of tight end injuries going on around the league, then Watson could be a nice fill-in guy.  After failing to get a target in week 1, Joe Flacco targeted Watson 8 times, and he managed to catch all of them for a total of 91 yards.  This week he gets to go up against a Jaguars defense that is currently 3rd worst against opposing fantasy TEs through 2 games.

Watson could be in for a lot of work with Danny Woodhead on the shelf and Mike Wallace on a milk carton.

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