Week 3 Upgrades, Downgrades, and Waiver Wire Wonders

by Sigmund Bloom, exclusive to Footballguys.com

Updated: September 9, 2021


The number in red next to a waiver wire gem indicated the percentage of a "blind bid" budget used in some leagues to award free agent pickups. If your league does not use blind bid waivers, consider the number a way to rank the quality of waiver wire additions.


Quarterback Upgrade

  1. QB Justin Fields, CHI (waiver wire: 12-25%)
  2. QB Daniel Jones, NYG (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  3. QB Ryan Tannehill, TEN
  4. QB Teddy Bridgewater, DEN (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  5. QB Kirk Cousins, MIN
  6. QB Sam Darnold, CAR (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  7. QB Taysom Hill, NO (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  8. QB Tom Brady, TB
  9. QB Taylor Heinicke, WAS (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  10. QB Derek Carr, LV
  11. QB Jacoby Brissett, MIA (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  12. QB Jacob Eason, IND (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  13. QB Davis Mills, HOU (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)
  14. QB Mason Rudolph, PIT (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex)

Quarterback Downgrade

  1. QB Andy Dalton, CHI
  2. QB Jameis Winston, NO
  3. QB Trevor Lawrence, JAX
  4. QB Carson Wentz, IND
  5. QB Tyrod Taylor, HOU
  6. QB Justin Herbert, LAC
  7. QB Tua Tagovailoa, MIA
  8. QB Josh Allen, BUF
  9. QB Dak Prescott, DAL
  10. QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT

Running Back Upgrade

  1. RB Derrick Henry, TEN
  2. RB Tony Pollard, DAL (waiver wire: 50+%)
  3. RB Aaron Jones, GB
  4. RB Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL (waiver wire: 12-25%)
  5. RB Austin Ekeler, LAC
  6. RB Damien Harris, NE
  7. RB Alexander Mattison, MIN (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  8. RB Sony Michel, LAR (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  9. RB James White, NE (waiver wire: 10-20%)
  10. RB Michael Carter, NYJ (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  11. RB J.D. McKissic, WAS (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  12. RB Zack Moss, BUF (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  13. RB James Robinson, JAX
  14. RB Devin Singletary, BUF
  15. RB Elijah Mitchell, SF

Running Back Downgrade

  1. RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
  2. RB Alvin Kamara, NO
  3. RB A.J. Dillon, GB
  4. RB Ronald Jones, TB
  5. RB Trey Sermon, SF
  6. RB Mike Davis, ATL
  7. RB Antonio Gibson, WAS
  8. RB Carlos Hyde, JAX
  9. RB Josh Jacobs, LV
  10. RB Jamaal Williams, DET
  11. RB Giovani Bernard, TB
  12. RB Tevin Coleman, NYJ
  13. RB Darrell Henderson, LAR

Wide Receiver Upgrade

  1. WR Rondale Moore, ARI (waiver wire: 25-50%)
  2. WR Julio Jones, TEN
  3. WR Courtland Sutton, DEN
  4. WR Mike Evans, TB
  5. WR Michael Pittman, IND (waiver wire: 12-25%)
  6. WR Cooper Kupp, LAR
  7. WR Mike Williams, LAC
  8. WR Tyler Boyd, CIN
  9. WR K.J. Osborn, MIN (waiver wire: 7-15%)
  10. WR Hunter Renfrow, LV (waiver wire: 7-15%)
  11. WR Henry Ruggs, LV (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  12. WR Darius Slayton, NYG (waiver wire: 5-10%)
  13. WR Brandin Cooks, HOU
  14. WR Tim Patrick, DEN (waiver wire: 3-5%)
  15. WR Quintez Cephus, DET (waiver wire: 1%)
  16. WR DeVante Parker, MIA
  17. WR Jaylen Waddle, MIA
  18. WR James Washington, PIT (waiver wire: 1%)

Wide Receiver Downgrade

  1. WR Will Fuller, MIA
  2. WR Brandon Aiyuk, SF
  3. WR Marquez Callaway, NO
  4. WR Jarvis Landry, CLE
  5. WR Robby Anderson, CAR
  6. WR D.J. Chark, JAX
  7. WR Corey Davis, NYJ
  8. WR K.J. Hamler, DEN
  9. WR DeVonta Smith, PHI
  10. WR Gabriel Davis, BUF
  11. WR Russell Gage, ATL
  12. WR Terrace Marshall, CAR
  13. WR Laviska Shenault, JAX
  14. WR Antonio Brown, TB
  15. WR Amari Cooper, DAL

Tight End Upgrade

  1. TE Dallas Goedert, PHI
  2. TE Harrison Bryant, CLE (waiver wire: 1%)
  3. TE Jack Doyle, IND (waiver wire: 1%)
  4. TE Pat Freiermuth, PIT (waiver wire: 1%)
  5. TE Austin Hooper, CLE (waiver wire: 1%)
  6. TE Blake Jarwin, DAL (waiver wire: 1%)

Tight End Downgrade

  1. TE George Kittle, SF
  2. TE David Njoku, CLE
  3. TE Tyler Higbee, LAR
  4. TE James OShaughnessy, JAX
  5. TE Dalton Schultz, DAL
  6. TE Jonnu Smith, NE

Quarterback Upgrade

QB Tom Brady, TB - Brady predictably did what he wanted against the Falcons defense. The Bucs offense is going to be much better at finishing drives with passes than runs, so Brady could lead the league in touchdowns this year. He and the offense will get their first true test this year in Week 3 when they face the Rams.

QB Teddy Bridgewater, DEN - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Bridgewater predictably shined against a weak Jaguars defense. The loss of Jerry Jeudy didn't affect his high floor outlook, and he should be in lineups as a quality QB2/Superflex and potential streamer again this week against the Jets.

QB Jacoby Brissett, MIA - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Tua Tagovailoa's rib injury isn't severe, but we should assume that Brissett will get the start against the Raiders until we hear otherwise. He's only a desperation play even in 2QB/Superflex, but the Dolphins passing offense didn't lose anything with Brissett in.

QB Derek Carr, LV - Carr had another command performance in Pittsburgh, setting a two-game record for the Raiders in passing yardage. He's approaching everyweek start status in fantasy football, although he is nursing an ankle injury that might affect his play or availability this week. The team expects him to play, stay tuned.

QB Kirk Cousins, MIN - It doesn't appear that the Vikings defense is going to keep them in low scoring games, and Dalvin Cook is already getting banged up, so this offense and team is likely to fall on Cousins' shoulders. He's a viable streamer against the Seahawks and looking like a very good QB2/Superflex for the cost in drafts.

QB Sam Darnold, CAR - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Darnold was dealing against a Saints defense that pushed the Packers around in Week 1. He is riffing well with D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey, and got Dan Arnold and Brandon Zylstra involved this week. He's a fine streamer against the lowly Texans defense and should be in as a QB2/Superflex where possible.

QB Jacob Eason, IND - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Eason promptly threw the game away with an interception when he entered in the fourth quarter, so hopes aren't high for the matchup with the Titans this week, assuming Carson Wentz can't go because of his two sprained ankles. Eason is a true desperation play, even in 2QB/Superflex.

QB Justin Fields, CHI - (waiver wire: 12-25%) - It doesn't sound like Andy Dalton's knee injury is season-ending, but Fields can make Dalton's run as the Bears starter end with good play. Fields has room to improve as a passer, but it is easy to see how his running ability will enliven this flat offense. Fields is a quality streamer and QB2/Superflex against the Browns this week.

QB Taylor Heinicke, WAS - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Heinicke overcame a slow start and crucial late interception to post the win and put up good passing numbers against the Giants. He'll be a viable QB2/Superflex against the Bills and can serve as a bye/injury/emergency backup in 1QB leagues.

QB Taysom Hill, NO - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Hill hasn't exactly perked up the offense when he has been on the field, but his chances of starting sooner than later got a boost when Jameis Winston and the Saints offense was miserable against the 2-0 Panthers. Hill is an instant fantasy QB1 when he starts because of his running ability, so it's time to put him on the preemptive pickup radar.

QB Daniel Jones, NYG - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Jones made some hay as a runner, including a long touchdown that was called back, which was enough to put him among the best fantasy quarterback starts of the week. Hopefully Jason Garrett will keep designed runs in the game plan against the Falcons. Jones is worth a streamer start this week, he's rosterable in 1QB leagues, and he is a quality QB2/Superflex for at least this week due to matchup. Whether that value lasts is up to Garrett and Jones.

QB Davis Mills, HOU - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Mills was better than expected in relief of Tyrod Taylor and he'll get the start against the Panthers. He is still a mere desperation play in 2QB/Superflex.

QB Mason Rudolph, PIT - (waiver wire: 1% in very deep/2QB/Superflex) - Rudolph could get the start this week if Ben Roethlisberger's pectoral injury keeps him from going, and his numbers might not be significantly different.

QB Ryan Tannehill, TEN - Tannehill and the Titans fought their way out of the corner against the Seahawks for a stirring overtime win. It wasn't a great fantasy performance by Tannehill, but Julio Jones bounced back, and the offense was back to 2020 form in the second half. He earned his roster spot on fantasy teams with this game.


Quarterback Downgrade

QB Josh Allen, BUF - Allen had a garbage time rushing touchdown wiped off of the board that would have made his fantasy afternoon acceptable, but it was still not a command performance for him. The Washington defense is up next and if Allen doesn't put up a strong score, he'll fall to the low QB1 ranks.

QB Andy Dalton, CHI - Dalton's knee injury isn't severe, but the Bears aren't giving updates beyond that right now. They could make the move to Justin Fields on the grounds of how poor the offense looked with Dalton anyway.

QB Justin Herbert, LAC - Herbert didn't come through in one of the easier matchups he will have this year. The passing yardage is there, but the offense has been fizzling out in the red zone, in part due to Herbert taking sacks. He'll need to be mistake-free for the Chargers to beat the Chiefs this week. Consider Herbert startable in typical leagues, but if he doesn't convert more often in the red zone this week, his hold on a fantasy football starting job will loosen.

QB Trevor Lawrence, JAX - Lawrence had one good drive early vs. Denver but was otherwise ineffective. He's not producing as a runner and isn't even clearly a viable QB2/Superflex right now. Consider him a boom/bust play vs. the Cardinals this week.

QB Dak Prescott, DAL - The Cowboys had a balanced offense in the win over the Chargers, which will be good for the team, but bad for Prescott's fantasy numbers. He's still a solid start in 1QB leagues against the Eagles, but it doesn't look like he is going to threaten to be QB1 overall for fantasy like he was for the first four weeks last year.

QB Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - Roethlisberger is scraping the bottom of the barrel, even in 2QB/Superflex leagues, and he might not be available in Week 3 because of a pec injury.

QB Tua Tagovailoa, MIA - Tagovailoa left with a rib injury that appeared to be worse than it actually was, leaving him day-to-day entering Week 3. The offensive line is an issue and Jacoby Brissett wasn't noticeably worse than Tagovailoa. He's only worth rostering in 2QB/Superflex right now.

QB Tyrod Taylor, HOU - Taylor left Week 2 with a hamstring injury and has already been ruled out of Week 3. He was playing some of the best football of his career before this, so if he's due back soon, he might be worth holding in 2QB/Superflex leagues.

QB Carson Wentz, IND - Wentz only had one big mistake early and was playing well enough to keep his team competitive with the Rams before spraining both of his ankles. He hasn't been ruled out for Week 3, but he won't be as mobile if he does play vs. the Titans.

QB Jameis Winston, NO - Winston was horrendous in Week 2, enough to wonder how many more performances like this it will take before we see Taysom Hill. The Packers must have been sleepwalking in Week 1. Bill Belichick and the Patriots are up next to give Winston a hard time. He's a marginal QB2/Superflex and should be put on the waiver wire in 1QB leagues.


Running Back Upgrade

RB Michael Carter, NYJ - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Carter had the best burst in the Jets backfield as their running game improved in Week 2. He's still in a committee, but his receiving ability makes him at least useful depth in PPR leagues. Grab him in deeper leagues if he was dropped after a Week 1 disappointment.

RB Austin Ekeler, LAC - Ekeler's zero target line in Week 1 was an aberration. He had nine receptions to lead the team and might go in the top five if we had drafts today.

RB Damien Harris, NE - The Patriots showed their confidence in Harris when they made Rhamondre Stevenson inactive despite Harris's game-losing fumble in Week 1, and he delivered with a 26-yard touchdown run that left most of the Jets defense in his wake after he broke at least 4-5 tackles on the way to the end zone. He's a solid RB2 heading into a matchup with the Saints.

RB Derrick Henry, TEN - One week after the Titans got destroyed in their home stadium, Derrick Henry destroyed the Seahawks in the second half and overtime. His passing game involvement is at an all-time high and he is earning his draft cost in a rough start to the year for running backs.

RB Aaron Jones, GB - Jones dominated touches and goal line opportunities for the Packers in their bounceback game on offense. A.J. Dillon appears to be no threat to his lead back role.

RB Alexander Mattison, MIN - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Dalvin Cook had a gutsy performance against the Cardinals including two different times when he left due to injuries, but he finished the game and looked strong doing it. Mattison's value is still up now that the specter of an injury to Cook has been raised.

RB J.D. McKissic, WAS - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - McKissic won't get a huge opportunity, but he showed he can make the most of it in Week 2. Even with just two minute drill and passing down snaps, McKissic is good desperation play to hold for byes/injuries

RB Sony Michel, LAR - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - Darrell Henderson isn't going to be out for long with his rib injury, if at all, but Michel's performance in Week 2 should still raise eyebrows. He looked strong and effective and at worst is one of the best injury upside backups to carry. Michel will only be a flex play if he gets the start against the Bucs defense this week.

RB Elijah Mitchell, SF - Even though he left the game with a shoulder injury and had a touchdown wiped off of the board, Mitchell is still up as the 49ers seemed committed to him as the lead back and Trey Sermon did nothing to change that. As soon as he is able to play, he'll likely be the lead back again.

RB Zack Moss, BUF - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Moss scored twice to overcome an early fumble and appears to be back in his RBBC role for the Bills. He's just a what the heck flex in good matchups, and it's not clear that Washington is a good one for opposing running games despite giving up 29 points to the Giants in Week 2.

RB Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL - (waiver wire: 12-25%) - Patterson was successful as a runner and receiver against the best run defense in the league and should force a committee with Mike Davis for the rest of the season. He's a what the heck flex/RB2 in a pinch against the Giants this week and going forward.

RB Tony Pollard, DAL - (waiver wire: 50+%) - Pollard was probably drafted and not dropped after Week 1, but if he is available in a short bench league, correct that. He should be co-lead back from here on out and more valuable than Ezekiel Elliott.

RB James Robinson, JAX - There's not much we are going to be able to count on every week in the Jaguars offense, but at least Robinson got more touches this week and was used like a lead back, albeit one on a terrible team in a terrible offense. Hold on to see if the Jaguars can get anything going on offense against the Cardinals this week.

RB Devin Singletary, BUF - Zack Moss was back to get goal line carries and lower Singletary's ceiling, but Singletary busted a long touchdown run early and he's still the best fantasy play going forward.

RB James White, NE - (waiver wire: 10-20%) - White is shaping up as a core part of a conservative Patriots offense who will get goal line chances and enough targets each week to be a decent flex, if not a solid PPR RB2.


Running Back Downgrade

RB Giovani Bernard, TB - If you were hoping that Bernard's lack of involvement in Week 1 was due to him coming off of an ankle injury, you were disappointed in Week 2. Bernard appears to be a bit player and not worth carrying except in very deep leagues.

RB Tevin Coleman, NYJ - One week after leading the Jets backfield in carries, Coleman was at the bottom of the box score. He's droppable in even the deepest of leagues.

RB Mike Davis, ATL - Davis is now in a committee with Cordarrelle Patterson, so he's just a what the heck flex at best after being drafted to be an RB2/Flex weekly play.

RB A.J. Dillon, GB - There was some hope that Dillon might steal goal line looks and get enough work to have standalone value this year, but that didn't happen in Week 2. He's just an injury upside bench stash right now.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, DAL - Elliott has been relegated to a committee with Tony Pollard, and he's not the more explosive or valuable part of the committee. Elliott wouldn't go in the first round, or second round, or maybe even third round if drafts were held today.

RB Antonio Gibson, WAS - Gibson not getting on the field much in the two minute drill and passing downs wouldn't be as big a deal if the Football Team didn't seem destined to be in tight games most of the time. He's just a low ceiling RB2 instead of the foundation RB1 he was drafted in the second round to be for fantasy teams.

RB Darrell Henderson, LAR - Henderson left the Week 2 game with a rib injury. It might not sideline him for long, if at all, but Sony Michel looked good in his stead and might force more of a committee when Henderson returns.

RB Carlos Hyde, JAX - Hyde wasn't used nearly as much in Week 1 even though the Jaguars had plenty of garbage time to feed him against the Broncos. He's a mere backup, and in one of the worst offenses in the NFL after the box score suggested otherwise in Week 1.

RB Josh Jacobs, LV - Jacobs couldn't play in Week 2 and the Raiders offense didn't really miss him. He's in a committee with Kenyan Drake when he is healthy enough to play, but the strength of the offense could give him enough touchdown opportunities to keep him in fantasy lineups. He's a what the heck flex if he can play in Week 3 against the Dolphins.

RB Ronald Jones, TB - Jones start was merely ceremonial, as Leonard Fournette is clearly the top back in the Bucs offense, even though that might not be worth much in fantasy leagues. Jones can be dropped in redraft.

RB Alvin Kamara, NO - Kamara was a non-factor in a game, which should never happen. Kamara will certainly get more touches against the Patriots this week, but whether he'll do more with them is uncertain. He wouldn't go as high in drafts today as he did two weeks ago.

RB Trey Sermon, SF - Sermon rode the pine until Elijah Mitchell got hurt and then he suffered a head injury and fumbled. The 49ers don't appear inclined to give Sermon more work at this point except out of necessity. Don't drop him, but don't expect a Week 3 breakout unless Mitchell can't play.

RB Jamaal Williams, DET - Williams got almost as much work as D'Andre Swift, but didn't do as much with it, and wasn't a fantasy factor against the Packers. He's still a hold as a good desperation play and carrier of Swift injury upside, but visions of him being an everyweek RB2/Flex were dashed.


Wide Receiver Upgrade

WR Tyler Boyd, CIN - Boyd was a bigger part of the passing game in the loss to the Bears in a sign that he should still be a viable PPR WR3/Flex. The Bengals will need him to keep the offense on schedule against the Steelers this week.

WR Quintez Cephus, DET - (waiver wire: 1%) - Cephus played well for a second year third day pick and got a lot of high value targets for the Lions against the Packers. Tyrell Williams could be back this week against Baltimore, but Cephus put himself on the deep league radar with this high visibility performance.

WR Brandin Cooks, HOU - Cooks was able to produce with both quarterbacks in Week 2, including rookie Davis Mills, who will start Week 3 against the Panthers. The Texans #1 receiver has proven to have durable value so far this year.

WR Mike Evans, TB - Evans got right with two scores against the Falcons. He got a little banged up in the game, so monitor practice reports, but know that he shouldn't be benched when active in this potent pass offense.

WR Julio Jones, TEN - Jones showed everyone he hasn't gone anywhere in a resounding way against Seattle. He looked like prime Julio and only millimeters kept him from scoring and having an even bigger day. We will just forget Week 1 happened when we set lineups for Week 3 with Jones facing the Colts.

WR Cooper Kupp, LAR - Kupp is the clear #1 target for Matthew Stafford and he might end up delivering first round wide receiver value if this pace keeps up. The Bucs are next on the schedule, which should only lead to another big day for Kupp.

WR Rondale Moore, ARI - (waiver wire: 25-50%) - Moore's breakthrough came on an extended play when Kyler Murray found him behind the defense, but he also looked exceptionally quick and elusive on his touches and had a goal line touch that he fumbled before he could reach the goal line. It looks like he get enough touches every week to at least be a flex play, and he could level off as an everyweek WR3.

WR K.J. Osborn, MIN - (waiver wire: 7-15%) - Osborn had his second straight big week to start off the season, and judging by the Vikings defense inability to hold down opponents, it won't be his last big week of the season. The Vikings aren't using their tight ends as much with Irv Smith out, so Osborn is filling the gap in the passing game. He should be a good deep league WR3/Flex against the Seahawks.

WR DeVante Parker, MIA - Parker gets an upgrade this week on the sad news that Will Fuller is out indefinitely with a personal issue. Even if Jacoby Brissett starts against the Raiders this week, the pass offense didn't drop off much, if at all, with Brissett in.

WR Tim Patrick, DEN - (waiver wire: 3-5%) - Patrick caught a touchdown in Week 2, but Courtland Sutton's re-emergence as the #1 will put a cap on how much he can help fantasy teams. He can still be a decent WR3/Flex this week because of the matchup against the Jets.

WR Michael Pittman, IND - (waiver wire: 12-25%) - In a good news/bad news situation, Pittman came up big against a tough Rams secondary to assert himself as the #1 receiver the Colts need with T.Y. Hilton out, but he also might have lost Carson Wentz for some time. Add him with the hopes that Wentz won't miss much time with his ankle injuries, because no one in the Colts pass offense is going to be viable when Jacob Eason is in.

WR Hunter Renfrow, LV - (waiver wire: 7-15%) - Renfrow is being targeted frequently enough to be a viable PPR WR3/Flex in a Raiders pass offense that should remain pass happy. Watch Derek Carr's status before playing him in a good matchup against the Dolphins this week.

WR Henry Ruggs, LV - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Ruggs was able to get free deep on a decisive play against the Steelers and ice the game and maybe some fantasy matchups if anyone was bold enough to play him. The Dolphins aren't a great matchup this week, but Derek Carr is on and the Raiders are clicking despite injuries on the offensive line. Ruggs is worth adding if he was spite dropped after Week 1.

WR Darius Slayton, NYG - (waiver wire: 5-10%) - Slayton had one long touchdown in Week 2, and should have had two, including a game winner. He's facing the Falcons this week and could make good on his drop with opportunities to get behind one of the worst pass defenses in the league.

WR Courtland Sutton, DEN - Sutton bounced back in a huge way and showed that he can definitely be the alpha in the passing game with Jerry Jeudy sidelined. Week 3 brings the Jets and another must start on the schedule.

WR Jaylen Waddle, MIA - Waddle gets an upgrade this week on the sad news that Will Fuller is out indefinitely with a personal issue. Even if Jacoby Brissett starts against the Raiders this week, the pass offense didn't drop off much, if at all, with Brissett in.

WR James Washington, PIT - (waiver wire: 1%) - The Steelers offense is miserable, but Washington could get a lot of snaps against the Bengals with Diontae Johnson ailing, and he might even get to play with his college quarterback Mason Rudolph if Ben Roethlisberger can't play through his pectoral injury.

WR Mike Williams, LAC - Williams involvement in the Chargers pass offense is still central and there's no reason to think that will change this week against the Chiefs. He would go at least 2-3 rounds ahead of ADP if drafts were held today.


Wide Receiver Downgrade

WR Brandon Aiyuk, SF - Aiyuk looks like a bit player in a low volume pass offense. Give him one more week against Green Bay to show something before dropping him.

WR Robby Anderson, CAR - Anderson is clearly in the back seat of the Panthers passing game with Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore in the front seat with Sam Darnold driving. Anderson is only bye/injury/emergency depth for now, but he could hit as a what the heck flex against the Texans in Week 3.

WR Antonio Brown, TB - One week after the connection posted a strong fantasy score, Tom Brady went away from Antonio Brown following a few early targets. Brown is still worth playing as a boom/bust WR3/Flex, but we can see now that there will be bust weeks to go along with the boom once again.

WR Marquez Callaway, NO - We can't blame Callaway's bad Week 2 on bad luck, as no one in the Saints offense came through against the Panthers. He's not worth holding onto with the challenge of the Patriots defense up next.

WR D.J. Chark, JAX - Chark didn't have a long garbage time score this week, so he wasn't useful in fantasy leagues. Will he have one against the Cardinals. This will be the nature of having him on your fantasy team this year.

WR Amari Cooper, DAL - Cooper wasn't a big part of the pass offense in the win over the Chargers, and the pass offense wasn't as big a part of the overall attack. Cooper also got a little banged up with bruised ribs. He's still a must play against the Eagles on Monday as long as he's active, but the rollercoaster ride with Cooper in fantasy leagues is back in effect.

WR Corey Davis, NYJ - Davis seemed to be reliable after he scored twice on a rough afternoon, but Bill Belichick saw to it that Davis would not be a factor in the Week 2 game. The Broncos are up next and they are a stingy defense, so it's better to err on the side of benching Davis in Week 3.

WR Gabriel Davis, BUF - Davis is the fourth fiddle in the Bills pass offense, and Josh Allen isn't playing at last year's level to give that role the chance to have fantasy relevance. With Emmanuel Sanders foot holding up well through two weeks, Davis can dropped in typical leagues.

WR Will Fuller, MIA - Fuller is going to be away from the team indefinitely dealing with a personal matter. Hold him for this week, but we don't hear more about the nature of the issue and a timeline for return, it will be time to drop him next week.

WR Russell Gage, ATL - If you were waiting to see what Gage would do in Week 2 before moving on, go ahead and move on. He wasn't a big factor in the passing game before leaving the game after aggravating an ankle injury.

WR K.J. Hamler, DEN - Hamler had another drop this week. The waiver wire shine has worn off with Courtland Sutton resoundingly reintroducing himself, so Hamler is probably droppable even though opportunities for big plays will be there against the Jets this week.

WR Jarvis Landry, CLE - Landry has been placed on injured reserve. He can be dropped in leagues without IR spots.

WR Terrace Marshall, CAR - Marshall is blending in to a deep Panthers pass offense after standing out in the preseason. His opportunity is going to be too inconsistent to trust as long as all hands are on deck, so he's not an essential hold.

WR Laviska Shenault, JAX - Shenault got banged up on a rough afternoon for him and the Jaguars offense. He's only an end of the bench stash at best in this unit that appears to be going nowhere.

WR DeVonta Smith, PHI - It ends up that facing the Falcons in Week 1 isn't the best way to evaluate the fantasy fortunes of their opponent. Smith and the Eagles passing game came crashing down to earth with a thud against the 49ers. Consider him a what the heck flex with upside against the Cowboys this week.


Tight End Upgrade

TE Harrison Bryant, CLE - (waiver wire: 1%) - Bryant is already as dangerous or more than Austin Hooper as a receiver. If Odell Beckham isn't ready for the Week 3 matchup against Chicago, Bryant could work as a what the heck tight end play.

TE Jack Doyle, IND - (waiver wire: 1%) - Doyle was the most involved tight end in the Colts passing game, but he also might have lost his starting quarterback as Carson Wentz injured both ankles in the loss. Doyle is a suitable streamer against the Titans if Wentz can go on Sunday.

TE Pat Freiermuth, PIT - (waiver wire: 1%) - Freiermuth outsnapped Eric Ebron in Week 2 and he caught four of four targets compared Eric Ebron's zero of two. Ebron was also on the injury report going into the game, so Freiermuth's time is coming. He's a stash for deep tight end premium leagues.

TE Dallas Goedert, PHI - Goedert almost had a score in Week 2, but that's not why he's an upgrade. Zach Ertz was placed on the covid list on Monday, so if he's out against the Cowboys, Goedert will be a solid fantasy TE1.

TE Austin Hooper, CLE - (waiver wire: 1%) - Hooper was back to being a viable if uninspiring fantasy play in Week 2. With Jarvis Landry out and Odell Beckham an unknown, consider Hooper a viable Week 3 streamer against the Bears.

TE Blake Jarwin, DAL - (waiver wire: 1%) - Jarwin moved back ahead of Dalton Schultz in the target pecking order on a less than stellar day for the Cowboys pass offense. He's worth a streaming look against the Eagles this week if you're desperate.


Tight End Downgrade

TE Tyler Higbee, LAR - Higbee still had the snaps and routes run, but he didn't get the targets against the Colts. The hope for him to be consistent in his new larger role is gone, but he is still a good play against the Bucs in what should be a high scoring game.

TE George Kittle, SF - It looks like Kittle's ceiling and floor are going to be lower as long as the 49ers defense continues to play well. He's still an everyweek start, but Kittle might go outside of the top five tight ends drafted if drafts were held today.

TE David Njoku, CLE - One week after it looked like the Browns were going to leverage Njoku's outstanding overall athleticism, he blended back in even though Baker Mayfield relied more on his tight ends after Jarvis Landry went out.

TE James OShaughnessy, JAX - O'Shaughnessy left the Week 2 game with an ankle injury. He'll miss multiple weeks and can be dropped.

TE Dalton Schultz, DAL - Schultz is the lesser receiving talent in the Cowboys tight end group and he has returned to being second in targets to Dalton Schultz after a strong Week 1.

TE Jonnu Smith, NE - Despite getting a ton of money from the Patriots, Smith doesn't look like he's going to be a foundational player in the passing game. He's just a what the heck tight end play against the Saints.