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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Editor
Look, anyone can make fantasy football waiver claims based on this week's matchups. But if you want to be ahead of the curve, to take your fantasy football strategy to the next level, you need to be thinking about next week's fantasy football waiver wire moves this week. Beating your fantasy football league-mates by a week to the right player can provide a serious advantage, as long as you are willing to take a risk and roster players that may not help you with your current matchup.
Below, The Lateral will be taking a look at which players you need to roster right now to help you get a unique advantage in your fantasy football matchups in Week 3. How's that for, "A Sideways Look at Fantasy Football?"
A Week Too Early Waiver Wire: Week 2 Moves for Week 3
Bye Weeks: None
Last Weeks' Successes: N/A (We find out this week!)
Last Weeks' Failures: N/A
Key Matchups: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (Sunday 1 pm), New York Jets at Denver Broncos (Sunday 4:05 pm)
Who to add: Carson Wentz (Indianapolis Colts), Teddy Bridgewater (Denver Broncos)
Bridgewater really should have been an obvious add in this week's waiver wire article (oops). He has the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets as his next two matchups, and a ton of offensive talent. Not sure how he slipped through, but go get him if you still can.
If you cannot get Bridgewater however, go ahead and pick up Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz has an excellent matchup in Week 3 against a Tennessee Titans defense that Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals just eviscerated. Wentz is not the quarterback that Murray is, but he does have a nose for finding the end zone through the air and a hint of mobility. Plus, with the Los Angeles Rams on the schedule for Week 2, nobody is going to try and pick him up for this week's matchups.
Running Back (PPR)
Key Matchup: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers (Sunday 8:20 pm)
Who to add: JaMycal Hasty (San Francisco 49ers)
In Week 1, Elijah Mitchell proved just how valuable a San Francisco 49ers running back can be on your fantasy football roster. With teammate running back Raheem Mostert now on season-ending injured reserve, the remaining running backs on the 49ers roster are even more valuable. Mitchell is likely claimed in all leagues now (he was the obvious add in our waiver wire article), but Hasty was likely not rostered so hastily. If another running back goes down for San Francisco, or head coach Kyle Shanahan continues the Shanahanigans from Week 1, Hasty could be a viable FLEX play in a good Week 3 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Wide Receiver (PPR)
Key Matchups: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans (Sunday 1 pm)
Who to add: Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts)
If you listened to the most recent episode of The Lateral Show, you probably heard me say I would not play Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal in Week 2. That is because in Week 2 they play the Los Angeles Rams. The same Rams team that is the third-worst matchup for wide receivers so far this season. But the Tennessee Titans defense is a different beast and can be exploited by the wide receiver position. So go get Pascal, but keep him on your bench. Then you will have him ready to go in Week 3, where he could win you your game.
Tight End (PPR)
Key Matchups: Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns (Sunday 1 pm), Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Monday 8:15 pm)
Who to add: Cole Kmet (Chicago Bears), Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles)
Did you get Cole Kmet already as I told you to? You did not? Well, go fix that. The Cincinnati Bengals are a good matchup this week, and the Browns bled fantasy football points to the position in Week 1. Yes, that was against the Kansas City Cheifs and elite tight end Travis Kelce, but Kmet can beat the Browns as well.
If you cannot get Kmet though, go take a flyer on Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz. Week 1 was not great, as he only saw two targets compared to the five that fellow tight end Dallas Goedert saw against the Atlanta Falcons. But, he caught both targets, and the Cowboys do provide an opportunity for the Eagles to torch their opponent with their two excellent tight ends.
Key Matchups: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (Thursday 8:20 pm), Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday 1 pm)
Who to add: Carolina Panthers DST, Arizona Cardinals DST
Remember from this week's waiver wire article how I recommended you add the Arizona Cardinals for this week's matchup against the Minnesota Vikings? Well, all that applies for their Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars may be the worst team in the NFL this year. Do not overthink it.
But if the Cardinals are gone, the Carolina Panthers should be streamable against the Houston Texans in Week 3. The Panthers were a top-six defense against the New York Jets, and the Texans could be a similar caliber of offense this year, despite looking surprisingly good against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Carolina can simply shut down everyone but Brandin Cooks, much like they shut down everyone but Corey Davis in Week 1, they should be in good shape.
Key Matchups: Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills (Sunday 1 pm)
Who to add: Dustin Hopkins (Washington Football Team)
Dustin Hopkins has a much better matchup in Week 3 than Week 2. In week 2 he gets the New York Giants, a bad team with a defense that looked bad against the Denver Broncos in Week 1. Would not shock me if he kicks only extra points. Maybe he has just a single field goal attempt. But against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3? On the road? Feels like a great matchup for the Washington Football Team kicker. It is the same matchup that Chris Boswell took advantage of last week. Boswell finished the week tied for K3 with Hopkins.
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