Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups
Welcome to Week 3 of this topsy turvy fantasy season. A lot of predictions and things we thought were true ended up being false. So let’s go in and take a look at some players that should be on waivers that will help your team in Week 3.
QB Daniel Jones, Giants
Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, and Lamar Jackson are the obvious names when it comes to listing Konami QBs. Well, time to add another name to that list. In Weeks 1 and 2, Jones ran for over 50 yards per game and added a couple of touchdowns. In Superflex leagues, he can be an under-the-radar league winner if he continues at this pace. He faces Atlanta in his next game, so we can expect him to continue piling up stats, even in garbage time.
QB Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos
Bridgewater threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns. In Jerry Jeudy’s absence due to an ankle injury, he and Courtland Sutton appear to be developing great chemistry. In Week 3, the Broncos face the reeling Jets, which is a plus matchup for Teddy. He is efficient and rarely makes any mistakes. He has QB1 upside in his matchup this week and is probably still sitting on your waiver wire. Pick him up everywhere he is available.
RB/WR Cordarrelle Paterson, Falcons
Mike Davis was supposed to handle lead-back duties when he signed with Atlanta. HE is getting the volume, but his efficiency has been down. Cordarrelle Patterson has stepped in and become a revelation. In Week 2, the veteran had 12 touches for 69 yards and two touchdowns (one through the air, one on the ground). In terms of carries, he was only two behind Davis. Patterson, a former wide receiver, is a home run in PPR leagues, as he seems to be getting a majority of the pass-catching work at RB going forward. Next week, he’ll face a Giants defense that has a difficult time covering receiving backs, so he would be a perfect flex option over an underperforming “bigger” name.
RB Demetric Felton, Cleveland Browns
The UCLA rookie made his presence felt in Week 2 with a 33-yard touchdown after Jarvis Landry went down with an injury. Even if young wideouts Anthony Schwartz and Donovan Peoples-Jones have better athleticism and greater draft capital than Felton, this offense is playing it safe to maximize the effectiveness of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Felton can be deployed in any formation, in the slot, and at RB. It will be hard to find consistent usage with Hunt and Chubb in front of him, but he could be a deeper league flex play in PPR leagues going forward. He should also be relatively cheap in terms of FAAB.
WR Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals
Moore, a 2nd round pick, had a breakout game in week 2. Moore caught seven receptions and gained 114 yards and a touchdown, as he was one of the top fantasy wide receivers of the week. He surprisingly had more catches than anyone on the Cardinals, including Deandre Hopkins. Some caution is warranted, as most of the yardage came on a play when Moore was wide open, but the target share is something to keep an eye on moving forward. The Cardinals seem to be a fantasy juggernaut on offense, so try to get a piece of them wherever possible. The Cardinals’ next game is against the Jaguars in Week 3, so if you get Moore, start him right away.
WR Henry Ruggs III, Raiders
In Week 1, we saw a 37-yard grab by Ruggs, which was his only reception in a game where he had no other targets. It was expected that he would continue to not live up to his draft capital, and disappoint in an offense starving for an alpha wide receiver. Week 2 saw him have a considerably greater impact, hauling in five of eight targets for 113 yards and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. Ruggs has a boom-or-bust outlook most weeks, but he’s a big-play machine with a high ceiling every week. Ruggs is a must-add ahead of the Miami game next week, especially with Derek Carr having the best start to his career.
TE Juwan Johnson, New Orleans Saints
Johnson’s two-TD game in Week 1 was followed by a dud in week two. Such is the life of streaming tight ends. The Saints do not have an above-average wide receiver, so Johnson still has a chance to be targeted more in Week 3 against New England’s suffocating defense, despite the fact that it is a tough matchup. Targets have to go somewhere and Marquez Callaway has been rendered virtually nonexistent after his electric preseason. If you need TE help, there are worse shots to take.
TE Dan Arnold, Carolina Panthers
Arnold only had two receptions for six yards in Week 1 due to a bad fantasy day, but he had three catches for 55 yards in Week 2. On a tea with a suddenly resurgent Sam Darnold, and a good offense around him, Arnold is in line to have some super solid weeks. On top of that, he’ll go up against a Houston defense that recently let the Browns’ tight ends rack up 11 receptions for 107 yards. He is an excellent candidate if you are employing the streaming TE strategy.