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Fantasy Football Priority Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

More injuries, more work to do on the Waivers. This past week was brutal as many star players went down with serious injuries. The top 2 picks Christian McCaffrey (4-6 week) and Saquon Barkley (season) in many drafts are now hurt and their owners will be looking to grab a replacement off the waiver wire. Check out the best priority waiver wire pickups for Week 3.

These are players that are owned in less than 50% of Yahoo leagues.

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Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

“Minshew Mania” would’ve been going crazy right now if Jaguars pulled off another upset last week against the Titans. He gave them a chance to win that game and the Jaguars passing attack looks legit. The defense gave up points like I assumed they would and that trend should continue throughout the season forcing the Jaguars to air it out.

Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans

Tannehill is still under 50% ownership. I guess he had to show everyone again in Week 2 that he’s a viable fantasy option even though he’s been balling since 2019. Tannehill will not put up 300-yard passing games routinely but he’s effective in the red zone and can gain yardage on the ground.

Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Look who’s back!? And the Bears are 2-0 to start the season. Trubisky has put up big fantasy days in the past but has battled consistency issues and almost lost his job to Nick Foles this off-season. I honestly don’t believe his success will last the entire season but he has a great matchup against the Falcons in Week 3. If you’re a Jimmy Garoppolo owner and need a fill-in, Trubisky can put up big numbers this week. 

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Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers

Another blast from the past, McKinnon has worked his way back from a 2-year absence. Injuries robbed McKinnon from getting his opportunity in San Fran but now injuries to Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman give him a chance to get the bulk of the carries this Sunday. Grab him because a Kyle Shanahan back is good money.

Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers

If they didn’t believe last week, then this is the week Kelley goes over 50% ownership. He’s going to be the guy sharing the load with Austin Ekeler ala Melvin Gordon. Justin Jackson probably will have a role when he returns from injury but he won’t supplant an effective Kelley who received 23 carries this past Sunday. Twelve carries a game may be the floor with a high TD ceiling.

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers

Star running back Christian McCaffrey will miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle injury. Enter Mike Davis who caught all 8 of his targets for 74 yards against the Buccaneers. If you’re in a short-term running back pinch then Davis can produce on the ground and in the air. There isn’t much competition behind him so I assume he’ll be a big part of the offense moving forward until McCaffrey returns.

Other Running Backs I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

  • Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
  • Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins
  • Devonta Freeman/Wayne Gallman/Dion Lewis, New York Giants

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Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

I’m still high on Williams even after his Week 2 dud catching 1 pass on 1 target. Going up against Bills corner Tre White isn’t a good matchup but there will better matchups moving forward. He gets a good one this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This can be the Preston Williams breakout game.

Jalen Reagor/DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles offense isn’t hitting on all cylinders but there are some upside receivers in Jackson and Reagor that are playing the majority of the snaps. D-Jax led the Eagles in targets in Week 2 with 9 and caught 6/64 while Reagor played the most snaps (85%) and caught 4 for 41 yards. It’s just a matter of time for one if not both breakout for a monster game. Personally, I like Reagor for the long term but either could go off in any given week.

Allen Lazard/Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers

Another wide receiver duo on the waiver wire Week 3 list. The Packers offense have been hitting on all cylinders and Lazard and Valdes-Scantling have been major beneficiaries. Lazard has gone for 7/108/1 on 9 targets thus far in 2020 while Valdes-Scantling has 7/160/1 on 13 targets. If I had to pick between the two it would be Lazard based on his performance last season, but if Davante Adams is not fully healthy (hamstring) both will be good pickups in the short term.

Other Wide Receivers I’m Buying on the Waiver Wire –

  • Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
  • Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons
  • Keelan Cole/Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

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Eric Ebron, Pittsburgh Steelers

Ebron will have his big game soon and when he does folks will be rushing to add him off waiver. Beat the rush and add him now as he’s the preferred receiving tight end on a potent Steelers offense.

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team

Follow the targets. Thomas has 17 targets through two weeks and is the second option in Washington’s passing game. The tight end position as a whole has been strong thus far and the emergence of Thomas is part of the reason why.

Mo Allie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts

A tantalizing size/speed combo, Allie-Cox has teased us before. However, an injury to Jack Doyle and Philip Rivers’ propensity for targeting the tight end position is key for a breakout. A 5 catch 111 yard Week 2 performance and injuries to Parris Campbell and Doyle gives Allie-Cox an opportunity to showcase his talent.

Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals

The injury to C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) has opened up a major opportunity for 2nd year pro Drew Sample. Having Joe Burrow as your quarterback on a team that’s leaning on the passing game will vault Sample to TE2 status. He received 9 targets last week with 6 of them coming after Uzomah’s injury.