With week four approaching, the waiver wire becomes more crucial than ever. To go along with the constant injuries, there are now teams on a bye week. Players like Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Demarco Murray, among others, are all on a bye this week. There are still a number of great replacements that are still not owned in a majority of leagues. Some of these players are…
Terrelle Pryor (Owned in 28% of ESPN leagues)- Terrelle Pryor is easily the most versatile player on this list, playing quarterback, running back, and receiver in week three. He threw for 35 yards, ran for 21 yards including a touchdown, and most importantly of all, caught eight passes for 144 yards. And, matching up against Josh Norman in week four who has been less than impressive as an understatement, it could turn out to be another big week for Pryor. With Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Pryor will continue to be heavily involved in the Browns offense.
Jordan Howard (Owned in 15.9% of ESPN leagues)- Jordan Howard started to take some of Jeremy Langford’s carries before Lanford’s injury, but now with him being sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, Howard should become the workhorse back for the winless Bears. Especially, with Jay Cutler being injured with a sprained finger.
Jamison Crowder (Owned in 11.2% of ESPN leagues)- Crowder has now proved himself as a viable flex in PPR leagues by scoring a touchdown in each of his last two games. Utilizing Desean Jackson being used as just a deep ball threat, Crowder has moved himself into a position in which he is often thrown to in the red zone by Kirk Cousins.
Cole Beasley (Owned in 14.5% of ESPN leagues)- Through three games, Beasley has recorded at least 5 catches for 65 yards. Now that rookie Ezekiel Elliott is taking pressure off of fellow rookie Dak Prescott, it has opened up the field for receivers like Beasley. His production will continue with Dez Bryant injured, with no word yet from the Cowboys on if Bryant will play or not in week four. Beasley will become more involved as the season goes on and his relationship grows with Prescott.
Victor Cruz (Owned in 47.3% of ESPN leagues)- With Rashad Jennings injured and Shane Vereen being placed on the IR, the Giants are going to need to start relying even more on Eli Manning’s arm. Cruz has had at least 70 yards in the last two games and has breakout potential. And with Odell Beckham Jr. being double covered in almost every game, there won’t be much attention given to Cruz. He has been extremely consistent in PPR this season, posting double digit fantasy numbers for the first three games of the season.
Darren Sproles (Owned in 49.3% of ESPN leagues)- Even with a bye this week, Sproles is a fantastic pickup in PPR leagues. He caught six passes in week three for 128 yards. With Ryan Mathews injured and the Eagles early success starting the season 3-0, Sproles will see increased work in the running game. He should also continue to see the ball come his way through the air. Coach Doug Pederson will want to take some pressure off rookie Carson Wentz with many short passes to Sproles.
Written by Max Silbar
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