Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups [Video]
The candidates for our top Week 3 fantasy waiver wire pickups began lining owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered. Each week, we identify six players to target on waiver wires, plus a lightly owned D/ST. Matt Asiata, master of the 3-yard gain (Getty Images). He's a priority pickup for fantasy managers entering Week but, when Drew Brees is your quarterback, chances per game will usually.
Tyrod Taylor is an option every week because of his rushing ability, but he has struggled to produce through the air and now gets a tough matchup on a short week. There are simply better options…Derek Carr did have a better game Week 2, but the Dolphins have quietly played well on defense, albeit against questionable competition, and it is an east-coast early game…Case Keenum had a letdown in a good spot against the Raiders, and the Ravens still have a tough defense despite what we saw Thursday night…Joe Flacco has now thrown multiple touchdowns in six of seven games, and the Broncos are not the matchup they once were.
That is not going to get it done in fantasy unless your name is Patrick Mahomes. Cincinnati has more receiving talent this season, which will likely deflate that target share, and more help in the backfield in fourth-rounder Mark Walton. Still, Bernard is the heavy favorite for backfield touches. With Mixon expected to miss at least two games in the best-case scenario, that easily makes Bernard the top add of the week and worth a percent FAAB bid.
Should be rostered in team leagues 2. Corey ClementEagles — Rostered in 22 percent of Yahoo leagues It seemed like Jay Ajayi would be ready for Week 3 after he was able to return to Sunday's game in the second half.
Reports on Tuesday put his availability in doubt, however, and Darren Sproles is still hobbled by a hamstring injury. If Ajayi sits, Clement should start and see a large workload. Should be rostered in team leagues. Javorius Allen, Ravens — Rostered in 8 percent of Yahoo leagues Readers of this article were not surprised when Allen received six carries and seven targets on Thursday night.
Through two weeks, Allen has played three more snaps than Alex Collins, has eight more targets, and has seen one fewer attempt inside the Based on what we saw last season, he is not going away. Should be rostered in team leagues 4. Austin Ekeler, Chargers — Rostered in 44 percent of Yahoo leagues His workload was inflated by Melvin Gordon leaving the blowout early, but Ekeler now has 24 touches in two games and is averaging 9.
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Even if those numbers fall off, he will at worst be a high-upside handcuff. Should be rostered in team leagues 5.
Mark Walton, Bengals — Rostered in 0 percent of Yahoo leagues The most likely outcome is Bernard working as the clear lead back, but perhaps there are enough backfield touches for a secondary option to emerge. Tra Carson has been active the first two weeks, but that seems to be because of special teams — he played five snaps on offense in two games and 38 on special teams.2018 Fantasy Football: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups
Walton will at worst be active and is the more talented runner of the backups, making him an interesting stash in deeper leagues. Should be rostered in team leagues 6. Perhaps he does not return much value with Coleman healthy, but he should get a handful of touches.
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Should be rostered in team leagues 7. With the passing game being emphasized, Grant played Even so, Grant is worth a stash in deeper leagues. Should be rostered in team leagues 8. Even so, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially since Murray would be a great play against the Bills if he gets the start.
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Even if he does not, he could get more work than usual in a game the Vikings should win going away. Should be rostered in team leagues 9. Chris Ivory, Bills — Rostered in 5 percent of Yahoo leagues With another likely shootout ahead next week at New Englandthe USF rookie deserves a long look from fantasy managers.
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He battled an ankle injury leading up to Week 8, and his year-to-date performance has been something less than flawless 3.
Still, there should be a roster spot for a full-workload runner in any league of standard size and shape. Barber carried the ball 19 times for 85 yards and one score on Sunday, reestablishing himself as the lead back for the Bucs.
Ronald Jones suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to Cincinnati, adding yet another disappointment to a brutal first season. Moving forward, Barber is clearly the Tampa back with fantasy appeal.
He should see double-digit touches in every game moving forward. Story continues Schedule, next three weeks: Cannon had a quiet day in a degree-of-difficulty matchup, gaining just 22 total yards. Still, the rookie managed to catch three balls and he out-snapped Isaiah Crowell, 29 to Cannon gained 73 yards the prior week, playing in relief of the injured Powell neck surgery, IR. McGuire suffered a broken foot back in July, so he opened the season on IR.
You might recall that he had his moments as a rookie last year, gaining scrimmage yards on touches. If you can find room to stash him, consider the add. Unless of course the Eagles make a deadline deal for a back.