With three weeks in the books, we are now into the season where teams start to have their bye weeks. Outside of injury, bye weeks are one of the main reasons why you would want to have depth on your fantasy team. It is a big plus when you know your players will miss the game and someone is waiting on the bench to pickup the slack. For that reason, there should be plenty of waiver claims in all leagues this week. Here are some guys I feel should be targeted.
Kirk Cousins QB, Redskins: One beauty of fantasy leagues is with only 10 to 12 teams in each league, everyone has a capable quarterback. While the position is very deep, Cousins is worth investing in. Despite losing, he looked very good this past week in his first start of 2014 against the Eagles. Unlike Robert Griffin III, Cousins was able to get Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson involved in the offense. At this point, Cousins with the Redskins potential to put up points is a fringe fantasy QB1, but would serve as a very high end backup.
Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB Ravens: Due to the Ray Rice saga, the Ravens through three games have already had three running backs earn fantasy relevance. Justin Forsett earned it after an impressive week one, Bernard Pierce ran for almost 100 yards in week two, and the rookie Taliaferro came up big in week three. For the game, Taliaferro ran for 18 carries 91 yards and a touchdown. He is a physical runner and while he may not have game breaking ability, has the frame to handle 20 plus touches a game.
Despite all that, Pierce figures to be the starter when he returns from his injury. That could change very quickly though as he hasn’t looked that impressive in his career up to this point. You may be buying Taliaferro early if you’re grabbing him this week. However his ability and the volume that would come with the starting gig make him worth the stash.
Allen Robinson, WR Jaguars: Despite numerous claims that he would sit out his whole rookie year, the Blake Bortles era is underway in Jacksonville. While the Jaguars (and Bortles) will be in for a long ride, the team is going to throw it early and often. Unlike Chad Henne, Bortles will take his fair share of shots downfield. While fantasy players are more likely to think of Cecil Shorts, Allen Hurns or Marqise Lee here, Robinson is the Jaguars receiver to have.
At 6’3 210 pounds with a 40 plus inch vertical leap, Robinson has the prototypical build and athleticism of a number one receiver. The physical tools are starting to show results as he has had back to back games with 70 plus yards. Yes, most of those numbers came when the game was out of hand, but time of production doesn’t matter for fantasy points. At this time, Robinson could serve as a decent fourth fantasy receiver with the potential for more.
Travis Kelce, TE Chiefs: Can I interest you in a tight end who checks in at 6’5 260 with the ability to run after the catch? If so, Kelce is the guy for you. He earned a lot of preseason sleeper hype, but owners might have lost patience after the Chiefs didn’t get him involved in week one. The last two weeks however he has combined for 117 yards and a touchdown. Kelce gives the Chiefs a receiving threat who can stretch the seams of the defense. It’s only a matter of time before he’s even more involved. If you are impacted by Kyle Rudolph’s injury or just need a tight end, I would strongly suggest giving Kelce a look.