Ryan Fitzpatrick
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It’s finally time to believe in Ryan Fitzpatrick (and others) pertaining to the Week 3 fantasy football waiver wire in NFL 2018.

Another week of the NFL has come and gone, but there are plenty of players on the free agent wire that can help your fantasy team win.

It’s important to work the waiver. Those that are aggressive and add players are those who end up making the playoffs. There are five players who are available in over 50 percent of ESPN leagues that can start for you this week.

Let’s take a look and see who you should be adding to your fantasy teams:

Antonio Callaway, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns (Available in 91 percent of ESPN leagues)

With Josh Gordon going to the New England Patriots, Antonio Callaway will have a bigger role in the offense.


He showed his big-play ability last week by catching three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. As of right now, he is a boom or bust type of play, but he is the type of player who you can play in your flex (in 12 or more team leagues) and he can help you win your match-up that week. 

John Brown
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John Brown, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens (Available in 75 percent of ESPN leagues)

John Brown and Joe Flacco showed that they had a connection in the preseason and now it has carried into the regular season. He is leading the team in receiving yards (136) and touchdowns (2) and as long as he stays healthy, he will continue to be a top 25 wide receiver for the season.

Talent has never been the issue with Brown, it’s been health concerns (sickle cell-trait) but that is no longer a problem. I would use my first waiver claim on John Brown this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Available in 68 percent of ESPN leagues)

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the highest scoring fantasy player after week two with 74.3 fantasy points … just like everyone predicted.

He just lit up a top-five defense and now, he gets to face the Pittsburgh Steelers who just gave up 326 passing yards and six touchdowns to Patrick Mahomes. This may be his last week starting with Jameis Winston coming back from suspension in week four, but he is worth the add in case he keeps the starting job.

If you need help at quarterback or your current one has a bad match-up, pick up Fitz magic and enjoy the hot streak while it lasts. 

Giovani Bernard, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals (Available in 60 percent of ESPN leagues)

With Joe Mixon expected to miss multiple weeks, Giovani Bernard will be the workhorse for Cincinnati until Mixon returns. Bernard has more value in PPR leagues because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield but he should have no problems getting between 15-20 touches this week.

This is a couple week fill-in but if the Joe Mixon injury lasts longer than expected, Bernard is a top 20 running back.

Aaron Jones, Running Back, Green Bay Packers (Available in 54 percent of ESPN leagues)

He was mentioned in the column last week and he is still available in half of leagues. The Packers have struggled to run the ball and Aaron Jones should get the starting gig if not at least half the workload against the Washington Redskins.

If you need help at running back and are looking for a player who can have an impact for the rest of the season, Aaron Jones has the chance to become this year’s breakout star.

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