NFL Week 3 Waiver Wire: Drop or Cop

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September 18, 2019 by squish

Written by Gerry Leung

Welcome back to the Week 3 edition of Drop or Cop. Last week we saw some notable injuries to Big Ben and Drew Brees. Without Brees and Ben, it will be interesting to see how the skill players are affected. Also injuries to James Conner and Alshon Jeffery should open up some potential usage to some players that I’ll list below.


Mitchell Trubisky

Fantasy owners hoped Trubisky would take the leap forward after his year last year but we just haven’t seen it yet. Through two weeks he has 348 yards passing, 0 touchdowns to one interception, 4.8 yards per attempt while completing only 58% of his paces. There were also negative reports this summer regarding Trubisky and his poor performance in training camp. His schedule won’t be getting any easier as he faces the Vikings, Saints and Eagles.

Darrell Henderson

A tough pill to swallow for fantasy owners that invested a mid-round draft capital on a player who many were expecting to split carries with Gurley. Henderson didn’t log a rush attempt in the week 2 win over the Saints. It’s pretty clear Malcom Brown is the direct back up to Gurley. Should anything happen to Gurley this year, Henderson becomes a viable pick up. He’s clearly more talented than Brown and more athletic than Gurley but has zero opportunity in McVay’s offense. He’s more of a stash in dynasty leagues.

Dante Pettis

A lot of people had high hopes for Pettis this year who was expected to be the 49ers’ WR1 heading into the season. Through two games Pettis has one catch for 7 yards and is running behind Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin. With Kittle also in the mix and Trent Taylor returning, It’s safe to drop Pettis in every format.

Hunter Henry

The kid just can’t catch a break. Only 24 and he’s had a lacerated kidney, torn ACL and now a tibia fracture. Many projections had Henry as a top 5 Tight end but his health was always a major concern. Though the Chargers have not put a timetable on him yet, Schefter reported that it will likely be a 4 to 6-week absence. If Henry has eligibility to be put on IR he’s worth a stash but I’d be surprised if he played again this year.


Mason Rudolph

If Josh Allen is still available, I would snag him over Rudolph. Streaming QB’s this week is tough but Rudolph looks like a good bet. Taking on the 49ers in a home matchup and then facing the Bengals next week, Rudolph could return value for those who need a replacement to Ben or Brees.

Jaylen Samuels

Sticking with the Steelers here, Conner left Sunday’s game early with a knee injury. Following his departure against the Seahawks, Samuels played 21 of 23 offensive snaps and handled every backfield touch. Though Conner claims that he is fine, Samuels is still a good add considering that Conner may get limited snaps. Running behind a top 5 offensive line unit, Samuels is a RB2 prospect with upside of more should Conner miss any more time.

Mecole Hardman

Many will go game log chasing and pick up Demarcus Robinson but I’ll take my chances on Mecole here. The 2nd round pick ran a 4.33 40 and was a great punt returner in college, showcasing elite skill with the ball in his hands. Guys like Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham were great punt returners in college and look how their careers turned out. He finished Sunday with 4 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown but also had a 72-yard touchdown called back. In this offense with Patrick Mahomes, we should see a lot of deep balls thrown Hardman’s way until Tyreek Hill returns.

Vernon Davis

Tight ends are the toughest position each week for the waiver wire. That’s why getting guys like Kelce, Kittle or Ertz early is so important because you don’t ever have to worry about your tight end position after. Vernon Davis has seen extended snaps due to the injury of Jordan Reed. Given Reed’s concussion history, expect Davis to see more time at tight end. Through two games he has 7 catches on 11 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown. With the lack of pass receiving options on this Redskins team, Davis has upside in this offense.


As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.


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