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Waiver Wire Workout: Week 3

This week, the Cleveland Browns end up on Christopher Harris' add list. No, seriously.
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Because league formats vary, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to your waiver wire. That's why I break possible free agent adds into three categories. Follow me on Twitter for the latest on possible additions to your fantasy roster.

Addable In All Leagues

Matt Jones, RB, WAS (owned in 23% of Yahoo leagues). Jones split time with Alfred Morris in a Week 2 win and produced two touchdowns. It won't always be so easy for Washington, perhaps beginning Thursday night against the Giants, but Jones is still worth adding in all leagues. His running style is similar to Morris', but he's bigger and is a better pass catcher. Alf is an impending free agent, and it's conceivable that Jones could ascend to the top spot by the end of 2015.


James Starks, RB, GB (11% owned). Eddie Lacy sprained an ankle Sunday night and Starks took over the lead gig as Aaron Rodgers's caddie. Starks isn't as talented as Lacy, but he's a big guy who likes contact and can find the running lanes that invariably crop up when defenses face Rodgers. If Lacy misses time, it's hard to imagine Starks won't be ranked as a top-15 RB.

Dion Lewis, RB, NE (34% owned). Through two weeks, Lewis' 258 yards from scrimmage have been a revelation. His calling card is his jump-cut quickness. Also, being Tom Brady's primary pass-catching threat out of the backfield is a juicy role. Realize, however, that the Patriots will change their running back plans on a weekly basis. In Week 2, against an elite Buffalo defensive front, LeGarrette Blount was never going to be a big part of the game plan. In Week 3 against Jacksonville? Who knows?

Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN (36% owned). Is it the Broncos offensive line that has crippled C.J. Anderson, or is it a case of turf toe? My guess is the former, but if it turns out that CJA just isn't healthy, Hillman could stand to inherit what was once (two weeks ago!) thought to be one of the elite gigs in fantasy. Most importantly, it would be good news if I'm right and Peyton Manning's arm isn't what's troubling the Denver offense but rather the team's messy blocking situation. A struggling line is fixable.

Eric Ebron, TE, DET (16% owned). Ebron was my No. 1 tight end sleeper this summer and he's scored a touchdown in back-to-back weeks. Make no mistake: I'm not saying he's bulletproof. Like pretty much every tight end not named Rob Gronkowski, Ebron will have crummy weeks. But I think he's done enough to climb into the ranks of the vast tight end middle class, where riding the hot hand is fine fantasy strategy.


Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL (45% owned). Tevin Coleman, who had separated himself from Freeman skills-wise through a game-and-a-half, fractured a rib on Sunday and figures to miss multiple games. That lands Freeman at the front of a Falcons offense that has potential for a lot of short scores, depending on where Julio Jones gets tackled after one of his long gains. Unfortunately, the smallish Freeman isn't a spectacular bet to convert goal-line bunnies. He should have the workload Week 3 versus the Cowboys, but I'm not sold he'll give great results.

Cleveland Browns Defense (18% owned). I'll start by saying that if you're streaming defenses, first check to see if the New York Jets are available. Somehow, Yahoo is telling me that they're only owned in 38% of leagues, which is ridiculous. In fact, the Jets probably aren't a streaming defense: they should be started every week. But assuming you're in a sane league where the Jets are owned, take a crack at the Browns for Week 3. They face the Raiders at home, who aren't as good offensively as the Week 2 box score makes them look. David Carr just wants to throw interceptions. He thirsts for it. Joe Haden and the Browns will oblige.

Players listed in previous weeks who are still addable in all leagues: Chris Johnson, RB, ARI (47%); Richard Rodgers, TE, GB (8%).

David Johnson may be the winning the Arizona running back battle. Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Speculative Adds

David Johnson, RB, ARI (34% owned). Johnson took the opening Week 2 kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, then added a traditional running back score late in the contest. Chris Johnson is the starter in Andre Ellington's absence and Kerwynn Williams got a few looks Sunday, too. But Johnson, who has an intriguing size/speed/catching combo, is the the Cardinals backup who has some ceiling to him.


Crockett Gillmore, TE, BAL (3% owned). Gillmore scored twice Sunday against the Raiders. In the absence of ancillary Ravens receivers stepping forward opposite Steve Smith, you could convince me that Gillmore is worth starting. Of course, he's a tight end, and that means just when you begin counting on him, he'll put up a two-catch, 27-yard stat line.

Karlos Williams, RB, BUF (21% owned). The Big K vultured Shady McCoy again on Sunday, stealing a short TD after McCoy had done most of the work. If you own shares of Shady, you should already own Williams as a handcuff. But even if you don't, Williams is intriguing. This converted safety is a big dude who's showing some finer instincts in his first NFL season. I couldn't argue if you want to let him ride your fantasy bench for a few weeks while McCoy's hamstring decides whether it wants to explode.

Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, BAL (2% owned). Taliaferro was a flag player of mine this summer, meaning I thought he had value relative to where he was being drafted. But that was before he suffered a knee sprain and missed the end of the preseason and Week 1. Now he's back, and he stole a short TD from Justin Forsett on Sunday. That alone doesn't give Taliaferro a ton of fantasy appeal. But Taliaferro is worth a hold if, like me, you believe Forsett is too small to last as a feature back for a second straight season. He'd get a big part of that job if Forsett got hurt.


Marvin Jones, WR, CIN (16% owned). Jones caught a bomb TD Sunday, stirring echoes of his 10-score season two years ago. Alas, he missed all of 2014 with a broken foot. But Jones is back and appears to have bypassed Mohamed Sanu in the Bengals pecking order. Jones is a solid deep threat and at 6'2" is also a pretty decent red-zone guy. I can't imagine too many of Andy Dalton's secondary weapons being key cogs to a fantasy title, but Jones has real ability.

Players listed in previous weeks who are still speculative adds: Andy Dalton, QB, CIN (30%); Tyrod Taylor, QB, BUF (14%); Duke Johnson, RB, CLE (37%); Christine Michael, RB, DAL (6%); Brandon Coleman, WR, NO (42%); DeVante Parker, WR, MIA (30%); Ladarius Green, TE, SD (49%).

Someone has to replace Eric Decker. Maybe it will be Quincy Enunwa. Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Deep-League Adds

Khiry Robinson, RB, NO (4% owned). Robinson is probably third man up if everyone in the Saints backfield is healthy. But if he keeps trucking tacklers like he did Chris Conte on Sunday, he's going to be difficult to bench. If Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller can't stay healthy, they could get Wally Pipped by Robinson.

Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI (1% owned). Langford got a series to himself Sunday and made the most of it: six carries for 21 yards and a touchdown. I'm not sure any Bears running back would get starter's touches if Matt Forte gets hurt, but my current guess is that the rookie Langford would lead a platoon.

Theo Riddick, RB, DET (1% owned). Game flow determined Riddick's involvement for a second straight Sunday, and there will be some weeks where the Lions are ahead and won't need the hurry-up (won't there?). But the fact remains that Riddick has played 40 snaps this year, compared to 50 for Ameer Abdullah and 32 for Joique Bell.


Ty Montgomery, WR, GB (6% owned). It was the rookie Montgomery who took Davante Adams' place—rather than Jeff Janis—when Adams injured an ankle Sunday night. And Montgomery was pretty good, yielding four targets from Aaron Rodgers. He'd be worth an add in most leagues if one of the three main Packers receivers gets hurt.

Leonard Hankerson, WR, ATL (4% owned). Roddy White didn't appear injured in Week 2, but he only netted one target (on the second play of the game), while Hankerson saw a whopping 11. Maybe (probably?) the Falcons simply liked matching up Hankerson against the Giants' nickel. Or maybe there's a switch in the works.

Rishard Matthews, WR, MIA (2% owned). I'm as skeptical as you are, because Matthews doesn't appear to be anything special. But all Ryan Tannehill does is throw to the dude. Matthews has 13 targets through two weeks, and he made a terrific juggling catch that saved Tanny's bacon early in Week 2. It's a crowded Dolphins receiver corps, but maybe Matthews and Jarvis Landry team up to turn the whole pass attack into five yards and a cloud of dust?

Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ (0% owned). If Eric Decker misses time with the knee injury he suffered Monday night, either Enunwa or Chris Owusu (also 0% owned) could be forced into a larger role opposite Brandon Marshall. Enunwa didn't impress in his national TV debut Week 2 versus the Colts, with one official drop and one that could have been judged a drop. But he's got the size (6'2", 225 lbs.) and speed (4.45 40) to eventually find work as an outside receiver. Owusu might also be worth a look; he's not quite as physical a player as Enunwa, but he might be even faster.

Players listed in previous weeks who are still addable in deep leagues: Lance Dunbar, RB, DAL (17%); Buck Allen, RB, BAL (1%); Josh Robinson, RB, IND (2%); Scott Chandler, TE, NE (5%).

Christopher Harris is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writing Association award winner. He hosts the Harris Football Podcast every weekday. Find it on iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and most other podcast apps, as well as at