2020 Season: Week 3 Movers & Shakers

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Following the free agent market is incredibly important for fantasy football success. First, you scour the blogosphere (that is still a thing right?) for articles about the "waiver wire" (you should check out our waiver wire article every Tuesday!) and see what previously unknown stud will replace one of your duds from the past week.

But what if you did not manage to snag one of those players? What if you had low waiver priority, not enough time with a busy work week, or too much to drink watching Monday Night Football? Well, then you would probably want to know who is still left once the first batch of add/drops clear early Wednesday morning.

Luckily for you, we at The Lateral had the same thought, so every Wednesday we are going to let you know the top players still left in over 50% of Yahoo leagues and 50% of ESPN leagues. Below you will find one for each position, and why they are the addition your team needs. You will also find who were the players everyone added to get ready for their next match-up, and which players got left in the dust to make way for the new guys.

Week 3 Movers & Shakers

Top Players Left on the Board Yahoo Leagues

QB: Gardner Minshew II

It will probably be Minshew's last time on this list, as he is now 46% rostered in all Yahoo Leagues. Check out this week's "Week 3 Waiver Wire" for more of the skinny on Minshew, but we have been talking about the Mustachioed Marvel for some time now. Get him while you can!

RB: Mike Davis

Davis gets the nod over Dion Lewis here, who is also rostered in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues. RB21 in PPR last week to Dion Lewis' RB20, Davis put up similar numbers with less time on the field (The Notorious C.M.C was in the game until the fourth quarter), and was on a team whose RBs scored a combined 40.3 points in Week 2. Lewis had a surprisingly good showing in relief Saquon Barkley, who went out in the first quarter with an ACL tear, but the combination of a bad offensive line and the arrival of Devonta Freeman make it unlikely for Lewis to repeat his success. Ride the Davis wave while you can rather than taking a flyer on Lewis.

WR: Keelan Cole Sr.

With double digit points each of the first two weeks and a slate of excellent match-ups for the next few weeks. There should be concerns that D.J. Chark will start to take volume from Cole, and Laviska Shenault Jr. has been an exciting hybrid WR/RB who could increase his role in the team, but getting at least a weeks of solid production from Cole seems to be the most likely outcome.

TE: Drew Sample

The Cincinnati Bengals loved going to the TE in Week 2, and if C.J. Uzomah and Drew Sample were one super-TE, they would have posted a line of 15 targets, 11 receptions, 87 yards, and a touchdown. I discussed this in the waiver wire article this week as well, but if the volume for Burrow continues, the Cincy TEs should feast, and right now Sample is the only name in the game.

NOTE: If George Kittle is ruled out, Jordan Reed becomes the TE to target across the board. Continue to monitor that situation.

DST: Arizona Cardinals

Everyone has been talking about the Cardinals' offense, and rightly so, but the DST has quietly put up Top-10 numbers, and has a few good match-ups in a row. The lack of turnovers are a concern, but if they can keep up the solid production, they should be the best DST still available in most Yahoo Leagues.

K: Mason Crosby

Team? Good. Player? Good. Available in 52% of Yahoo leagues? Good enough for me.

Top Players Left on the Board ESPN Leagues

QB: Mitchell Trubisky

QB scoring has been out of control so far in 2020, with Ben Roethlisberger scoring 20.65 PPG... which means he is QB13 and should be on your bench?? So despite being QB14, Mitchell Trubisky has still managed a respectable 19.74 PPG, ahead of Deshaun Watson and Jared Goff. Yes, rostering Trubisky is like playing with fire, which is why he still available in most leagues, but he should be safe against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

RB: Myles Gaskin

A quick note: Devonta Freeman is still available in just over 50% of ESPN leagues, so he should be your priority ahead of Gaskin if he is available in your league.

It is slim pickings in ESPN leagues right now, and I do not like the prospects of the guys around of Gaskin and available in over 50% of leagues. Adrian Peterson is still performing well, but is in a RBBC that is game script dependent. Sony Michel is just... no. Benny Snell Jr., Tony Pollard, Boston Scott, and Chase Edmonds all have handcuff value at least, but you cannot start them in Week 3.

So give me Myles Gaskin, who has been the clear lead back in Miami. Sure, the carriers are closer than most people think, and Jordan Howard is a lock to vulture the goal-line work, but this is PPR, and Gaskin is the only Dolphins RB with double digit targets through two weeks. In fact, it is not even close. Make no mistake, this is a desperation FLEX play, but it is still a FLEX play.

WR: Russell Gage

We at The Lateral already thought he was viable as the WR3 in Atlanta. Now there is news that Julio Jones' hamstring injury is worse than expected? Get Russell Gage everywhere you can. He has the potential to be Corey Davis but on a much more pass-happy offense. Which is an almost unfair comparison given Russell Gage is WR16 through two weeks and Davis is WR20.

TE: Logan Thomas

Logan Thomas went from having 8 targets and being on the field for 74% of the offensive snaps, to 9 targets and 91% of the offensive snaps in Week 2. Trust that volume, and get Logan Thomas where you can. Especially against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3, who made the Cincinnati Bengals TEs look like All-Pros in Week 2.

DST: Los Angeles Chargers

This has been a solid DST unit, and in Week 3 they face the Carolina Panthers, who the Tompa Bay Buccaroos DST absolutely demolished in Week 2. Frankly, I was surprised they were this widely available.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship

See the waiver wire article regarding 2020's Sexiest Man Alive Blank the Tank.

Top 5 Adds Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Mike Davis (437,207 adds)
2. Devonta Freeman (401,982 adds)
3. Jerick McKinnon (390,548 adds)
4. Dion Lewis (291,423 adds)
5. Indianapolis Colts DST (289,065 adds)

Top 5 Adds ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Malcolm Brown (64.1% increase)
2. Mike Davis (56.8% increase)
3. James Robinson (55.8% increase)
4. Dallas Goedert (46.1% increase)
5. Devonta Freeman (41.5% increase)

Top 5 Drops Yahoo Leagues (Daily Moves)

1. Tennessee Titans DST (53,372 drops)
2. Kansas City Chiefs DST (51,600 drops)
3. Saquon Barkley (50,765 drops)
4. Benny Snell Jr. (47,354 drops)
5. Arizona Cardinals (44,717 drops)

Top 5 Drops ESPN Leagues (7-day Moving +/-)

1. Marlon Mack (52.4% decrease)
2. Eagles DST (36.6% decrease)
3. Saquon Barkley (34.8% decrease)
4. Courtland Sutton (32.8% decrease)
5. Matt Brieda (28.7 % decrease)

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