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Fantasy Football 2018: Week 3 Waiver-Wire Options

- Updated: Monday, September 17th

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23 percent)

Things could not have gone any better for Fitzpatrick and the Bucs to start the season. Not only are they 2-0 as a team, but Fitzpatrick has thrown for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns in back-to-back games against the Saints and Eagles. Expecting another 400/4 game in Week 3 would be unrealistic, but he's now just one of three quarterbacks (Dan Marino and Billy Volek are the others) to do so in consecutive games.

In Week 3, the Bucs will host the Steelers. Losing in a 42-37 shootout against the Chiefs, the Steelers just allowed Patrick Mahomes to throw six touchdowns in his third-ever start. While Jameis Winston returns from suspension after next week's game, the Bucs have said it's not a given that he immediately returns as the team's starter. Given how well Fitzpatrick has played and considering the Bucs have a Week 5 bye, it would make sense that he starts (at least) in Week 4 as well.

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Fantasy Football Week 2: Start'em, Sit'em

- Updated: Saturday, September 15th

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Patrick Mahomes is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Mahomes, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Mahomes.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 2 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (at PIT)

A breakout candidate heading into 2018, the strong-armed Mahomes takes over for Alex Smith, who had a career-best 2017 season when he finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback. In his first start of the season (and second of his career), Mahomes was one of three quarterbacks to throw four touchdowns. The second-year quarterback completed 15-of-27 pass attempts for 256 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and scored 28.34 fantasy points, the fourth-most in Week 1.

Even though the Chiefs are road underdogs in Pittsburgh this week, the Chiefs are projected to be a top-10 scoring offense based on implied totals from Vegas odds. With a talented group of weapons and a defense that should surrender plenty of points to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, Mahomes should have another highly productive week.

[Big Ben is also a start as my second-ranked quarterback this week.]

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

Not sure who to start in Week 2? Check out our latest weekly fantasy football rankings: The rankings above are from EDSFootball.com owner Kevin Hanson.

Want a second or third opinion? Check out our Week 2 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings.

2018 NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

- Updated: Tuesday, September 11th

Throughout the 2018 NFL season, we will update our consensus NFL Power Rankings from a variety of national sites.

Below you will find a table of our NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 2 ranked by average as well as their respective rankings at various sites (links at bottom of table).

[Previous: Post-draft consensus NFL Power Rankings]

RankTeamRecordLastChg.Avg.ESPNNFLCBSUSAT
1Philadelphia Eagles1-0101.751141
2New England Patriots1-0202.752432
3Los Angeles Rams1-04+13.754263
3Minnesota Vikings1-04+13.753354
5Jacksonville Jaguars1-06+14.255525
View full Consensus Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

2018 Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

Our fantasy football strength of schedule helps fantasy owners determine which teams and players have favorable (or unfavorable) schedules for the 2018 season.

Based on each team's scheduled opponents through Week 16, which is the championship round in most fantasy leagues, we have tallied the average fantasy points allowed by each of their opponents to the position.

While strength of schedule should not be the sole factor in determining who to draft/add, it could help potentially break a tie between two players that you may view as comparable.

Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule (SOS)

The top-five fantasy strength of schedules for quarterbacks are below:

RankTeamPlayerAverage PPGFantasy Playoffs
1Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles16.3647.94
1Washington RedskinsAlex Smith16.3645.14
3Houston TexansDeshaun Watson15.9650.01
4Chicago BearsMitchell Trubisky15.8647.89
5Denver BroncosCase Keenum15.852.99
2018 Fantasy Football QB Strength of Schedule

- Note: Average PPG are based on Weeks 1 to 16; Fantasy playoffs based on Weeks 14 to 16.

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Way-too-early 2019 NFL Mock Draft

- Updated: April 19th

The Huddle Report tracks NFL Mock Draft Accuracy and EDSFootball's Kevin Hanson ranks 2nd among experts tracked over the past five years. In addition, his 2015 NFL mock was the most accurate among the 113 tracked that year.

We are one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, so naturally, I've just posted my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.

Yes, 2019. (That wasn't a typo.)

Of course, we wouldn't project how the 2019 NFL Draft could shake our without already posting our 2018 NFL mock draft.

With the 2019 draft more than a year away, the draft order, the prospects that will declare early, how next year's free agency will shape team needs, etc. are all as clear as mud.

I'm not here to tell you that I have all of that figured out.

Based on what we know today, however, this is a preview of how the 2019 NFL Draft could play out. But of course you should take it with a massive grain of salt as so much will change between now and then.

The draft order for this mock was determined by using the inverse order of our consensus NFL power rankings (average ranking from a variety of national media outlets). One exception is we made sure that the 12 playoff teams were represented evenly by the AFC and NFC.

With all of that said, here's our way-too-early 2019 NFL mock draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

At this point, who knows what the Colts will get from Andrew Luck in 2018? Yet to throw an NFL-sized football, a wait-and-see approach is probably best considering how last season played out. I suppose if the Colts are picking first, there's a good chance that Luck did not play (another season) and a quarterback would be in play here.

Second-to-last in the NFL in sacks (25) last season, the Colts are likely to target edge rusher Bradley Chubb in the 2018 NFL Draft. But even if they fall to him at No. 6, you can never have too many pass-rushers. With first-round draft pedigree (father John and brother Joey), Bosa was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as a true sophomore as the former five-star recruit led the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and QB pressures (nine).

2. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Dolphins have been linked to Baker Mayfield as much as any other team throughout the draft process. If the Dolphins don't move up, it's unlikely that Mayfield falls outside the top 10 (and to them at No. 11). If they are selecting this high in 2019, they could have their pick of quarterbacks.

Possessing prototypical traits, Lock led college football with 43 touchdowns last season and may be the favorite to be the first signal-caller to hear his name called in 2019. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this offseason that "Lock gets the most buzz ... (and) ... might have the highest ceiling" (of next year's crop of quarterbacks). "Everyone loves his size and arm strength."

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