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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Add These Players For Week 3

  • The Draft Network
  • September 21, 2020
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NOTE: Players listed below are owned in fewer than 45% of leagues

QUARTERBACKS

Gardner Minshew (QB - JAX) | Available in 80% of leagues

Minshew makes this list for the second week in a row after his second consecutive 20-plus point performance to open the season. Minshew was a lot less conservative in Week 2 but still finished with three touchdown passes, just like he had in Week 1. He had a couple picks as well, but he’s throwing enough to be very fantasy-relevant. He’s got a good matchup at home against the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football in Week 3 and three more solid matchups after that. If you’re streaming quarterbacks or figuring out what to do with Carson Wentz or Drew Lock, then Minshew can be your guy for the next couple weeks.

Ryan Tannehill (QB - TEN) | Available in 65% of leagues

Tannehill looked like his 2019 self against the Jaguars in Week 2. He threw just 24 passes but four went for touchdowns—even with no A.J. Brown. Tannehill has a solid matchup next week against an inexperienced Vikings secondary and he might have Brown back for that matchup. I know it can be tough to fit in waiver wire quarterbacks prior to the start of bye weeks in single-QB leagues, but Tannehill will flirt with QB1 territory this week. 

Justin Herbert (QB - LAC) | Available in 98% of leagues

It's not yet known whether or not Herbert will be the starter going forward or if this was just for one week, but count me in after his 311-yard, two-touchdown performance against the defending Super Bowl champs on no notice in Week 2. I've always thought there were enough weapons in L.A. to make Herbert a top-20 quarterback once he got the gig. If he starts in Week 3, he has a great matchup at home against the Panthers. If you want to take a chance, he's a top-15 quarterback this week—unless they go back to Tyrod Taylor, of course.


RUNNING BACKS

Dion Lewis (RB - NYG) | Available in 99% of leagues

With Saquon Barkley out for the season with a torn ACL, the Giants will have to have a committee-like approach to attempt to replace him. Of their potential options on the roster, I lean toward Lewis as the player you want to add. Not only did he get more work in Week 2 after Barkley’s injury, but he’s also a more talented and experienced pass-catcher. Considering how bad the Giants are, the need to throw a lot in the second half is apparent, and Lewis should be on the field in those situations. If you can’t get Lewis, Wayne Gallman is still worth an add if you don't have to give up much FAAB or a high waiver priority. Keep an eye on any veterans the Giants may bring in this week, though, including Devonta Freeman. 

Mike Davis (RB - CAR) | Available in 99% of leagues

Christian McCaffrey will reportedly miss multiple weeks after suffering an ankle injury on Sunday. That opens the door for veteran Mike Davis, who caught all eight of his targets for 74 yards in relief of last week. He also had one carry for one yard. He'll have flex appeal against the Chargers in Week 3 if he's the starter and could even spike into RB2 territory in full-PPR leagues during a stretch that includes playing the Cardinals at home in Week 4, the Falcons in Atlanta in Week 5, and his former team the Bears at home in Week 6.

Jerick McKinnon (RB - SF) | Available in 81% of leagues

It appears Raheem Mostert may miss some time with a knee injury. While the San Francisco backfield will be a bit of a timeshare in his absence, McKinnon looks healthy and was way more effective in Week 2 than Tevin Coleman. He had a 55-yard run and a 16-yard touchdown run as two of his three rushing attempts. He offers intriguing flex value against the Giants next week if Mostert is out in PPR formats.

Myles Gaskin (RB - MIA) | Available in 87% of leagues

This is for PPR leagues only, but I wanted to reiterate this point from my 20 thoughts column. For the second consecutive game, Gaskin led all Dolphins running backs with 13 touches—including six catches on Sunday. He’s assuming the role I pegged Matt Breida for at the start of the season. Considering how quickly the Dolphins seem to be down in games, Gaskin is a worthy flex consideration in full-PPR leagues. If you have space on your bench, he’s worth the final spot.

Darrell Henderson (RB - LAR) | Available in 55% of leagues

The status of rookie Cam Akers is unknown at the time of writing, but the Rams are showing they are going to lean on two backs as part of their weekly gameplan. It was Akers and Malcolm Brown in Week 1, and then after Akers’ injury, it was Brown and Henderson in Week 2. Either of the top-two backs on the depth chart are worth owning, and Henderson looked healthy against a good Eagles rush defense. He averaged 6.8 yards per carry and scored a touchdown. However, I’m not super excited to start any Rams back next week against the Bills.


WIDE RECEIVERS

Russell Gage (WR - ATL) | Available in 80% of leagues

Gage makes this list again after a 6/46/1 game against the Cowboys. He had nine targets and is only one behind Calvin Ridley for the team lead through two games. He also should’ve had a passing touchdown to Julio Jones—Jones just dropped it. Jones is dealing with a bit of a nagging hamstring injury, so Gage could/should continue to see a high volume of usage as Atlanta throws the ball a ton each and every week. He needs to be owned in a majority of leagues.

Laviska Shenault (WR - JAX) | Available in 87% of leagues

The Jaguars continue to find ways to get the ball in Shenault’s hands. He finished with eight touches—3/35/0 in the receiving game and 5/37/0 on the ground—in Week 2 after lining up all over the field in Week 1. Given the favorable matchups the Jaguars have over the next few weeks—home vs. Dolphins, at Bengals, at Texans, home vs. Lions—and the fact that Jay Gruden is clearly very comfortable game-planning for Shenault’s skill set, this rookie is someone I want on my bench.

Chase Claypool (WR - PIT) | Available in 83% of leagues

This is more of a stash than someone you’ll be playing in Week 3, but the rookie out of Notre Dame has made quite the impact in his brief time in the NFL. He caught a 28-yard pass to help the Steelers get on the board in Week 1 and caught an 84-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Broncos in Week 2. If your team is set but you have an open spot and are looking for a potential long-term play, give Claypool a look.


TIGHT ENDS

Jonnu Smith (TE - TEN) | Available in 61% of leagues

With Brown out, Tannehill leaned on Smith even more in the red zone in Week 2. The result? A pair of touchdowns, increasing his season total to three. He’ll be a hot pickup this week after that kind of performance, but he’s worthy of consideration as a weekly starter in general, but especially against a Vikings secondary that just had a lot of trouble with Mo Alie-Cox. He’s a potential TE1 this week if you need help at the position or need another week of George Kittle insurance. 

Mo Alie-Cox (TE - IND) / Jordan Reed (TE - SF) | Available in 96-99% of leagues

The excitement surrounding both of these players depends on the injury status of Jack Doyle and Kittle, but if either are out, both of these players are top-18 tight ends. Alie-Cox is a physical presence who shined in the No. 1 tight end role on Sunday with a 5/111/0 performance. Reed has always been a playmaker that needed to stay healthy. If he’s San Francisco’s TE1 next week against the Giants, he’s a top-10 player at the position.

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