Welcome to the Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire pickups where we give you the players to start right away, stash at the end of your bench, or stream for the immediate future.
Let’s look back at Week 2 and dissect the future prospects for the fantasy football Week 3 waiver wire.
Note: Roster % based on Yahoo and should hover around 50% or less
WEEK 3 WAIVER WIRE PICKUPS
- Garrett Wilson, WR New York Jets (21% rostered)
- Jahan Dotson, WR Washington Commanders (42%)
- Raheem Mostert, RB Miami Dolphins (43%)
- Darrel Williams, RB Arizona Cardinals (3%)
- Logan Thomas, TE Washington Commanders (14%)
- Eno Benjamin, RB Arizona Cardinals (10%)
Despite lower snap numbers, rookie Garrett Wilson had a monstrous day for the Jets. He led the team with 14 targets, eight catches for 102 yards, and two scores on the day. While he was only on the field for 43 of 70 snaps compared to Corey Davis, who had the second most at 55, you’d think the Jets would start to increase Wilson’s workload as he’s clearly the superior talent.
Believe it or not, rookie Jahan Dotson led the Commanders this week with 73 of 74 offensive snaps and ran a route on all 53 dropbacks. That is elite usage, and super surprising when you have the likes of Terry McLaurin behind you. While Dotson is still behind McLaurin and Samuel in target share, he’s making the most of his limited work scoring a touchdown in each game. The usage is already there, and the production is sure to follow so his stock will only keep climbing moving forward.
This past week Raheem Mostert overtook Chase Edmonds as the RB1 in Miami. Not entirely sure if this is permanent but Mostert dominated early down work and goal line usage. More surprisingly, he ran the most routes of his career with 25. One of the fastest players in the league, Mostert can offer significant upside for an up-and-coming explosive offense.
With James Conner going down with an ankle injury, Darrel Williams stands the most to gain from an increased backfield workload. He didn’t have sole possession after Conner’s departure, but Williams handled all eight goal line carries, led in short yardage situations, and split third down/two-minute usage snaps. Williams has the upper hand experience-wise when it comes to the other Cardinals options, and seems more fit to be a lead back.
Logan Thomas looks like his old self again, finding the end zone and securing three of five targets for 37 yards. The tight end also played 54 snaps and ran 32 routes. If you don’t have an elite tight end, you could do worse than Thomas.
The other Cardinals running back in question, Eno Benjamin, was originally pegged as the RB2 behind Conner after a stellar preseason. When Conner went down, Benjamin had a grasp on early-down snaps (19 vs Williams 4) and split the two-minute drill (8 to 7). With no clear ‘guy’, Benjamin seems pegged for a near-even split or change of pace back with decent upside. He might also be Conner’s complement when he returns.
- Carson Wentz, QB Washington Commanders (51%)
- Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants (10%)
- Jakobi Meyers, WR New England Patriots (35%)
- Joshua Palmer, WR LA Chargers (27%)
- Tyler Conklin, TE New York Jets (2%)
- Noah Brown, WR Dallas Cowboys (5%)
- Jordan Mason, RB San Francisco 49ers (5%)
- Brian Robinson Jr., RB Washington Commanders (47%)
- Evan Engram, TE Jacksonville Jaguars (21%)
- Treylon Burks, WR Tennessee Titans (44%)
For as bad as the Commanders’ defense has been, Carson Wentz has thrived fantasy-wise trying to keep up with the opponents scoring. He’s got 27 fantasy points in back-to-back games, going over 300 yards passing each time with 3-plus scores in both contests. Wentz has been airing it out all over the field resulting in valuable fantasy numbers. He makes for a great Trey Lance replacement or can be used if you waited super late on a quarterback and are stuck with Justin Fields or Matt Ryan.
Daniel Jones has a weird infatuation with Sterling Shepard, who has been the WR1 for the Giants this year. He led the team in targets with 10 while playing 66 of 73 snaps and ran a route on 39 of 43 dropbacks. With both Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney completely out of the game script, and Wan’Dale Robinson sidelined, Shepard is Danny Dimes’ top option.
The Patriots’ offense hasn’t looked great, but one of the lone bright spots in the receiving game is Jakobi Meyers. In Week 2, Meyers led the team with 13 targets while playing the most snaps and running the most routes among all pass catchers. New England doesn’t look like a high-scoring offense, but their schedule lightens up after Week 4.
If you know us by now, we love Joshua Palmer. We got lucky at the end of Thursday Night Football when Justin Herbert found him in the back of the end zone to salvage our streamer call, but Palmer is considered a top ‘WR handcuff’ and will be until he’s rostered in over 50% of leagues. He’s going to put up numbers when he’s starting and he’s definitely worth the roster add.
With all the praise Garrett Wilson got earlier, Tyler Conklin actually lead all pass catchers in total snaps as he was on the field for all 70. His eight targets only trailed Wilson on the day and he could be a band-aid if you’re struggling in the tight end slot.
Despite the loss of Dak Prescott, Cowboys WR Noah Brown has grasped the WR2 role in Dallas. He’s playing a high percentage of snaps while running a route on nearly every dropback. The injury to Schultz could give Brown an even higher target share moving forward.
While he didn’t play a single snap last game, Jordan Mason is making his way up the depth chart in true 49er fashion. Jeff Wilson was the lead guy as expected, but rookie Tyrion Davis-Price was the RB2 on the day before suffering a high ankle sprain that will keep him out multiple weeks. Plus, 49ers insider Grant Cohn came on the Fantasy Fullback Dive to tell The Wolf that Mason would eventually wrestle the job away from Wilson. Patience could pay off with the rookie.
Brian Robinson Jr. was released or not drafted due to his unfortunate circumstance. Luckily for Robinson, he returned to practice last week for the first time since the shooting. While he is ineligible to play until after Week 4, Robinson is a top stash if you have an extra bench spot or even an IR spot. The coaching staff loved his toughness and see him as an early-down and goal line back to complement Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic.
Here’s a name for veteran fantasy managers: Evan Engram showed up in Jacksonville’s first win this year. While his snap numbers aren’t spectacular, he’s running a high percentage of routes with 26 of 31 dropbacks. His eight targets led the team, as Trevor Lawrence and the offense showed a glimmer of hope.
Treylon Burks has yet to pop as the Titans’ WR1, but no one has popped as a pass-catcher in that offense because they’re deploying a deep receiver rotation. Robert Woods still looks rusty coming off his ACL injury and the alpha role is ripe for the rookie to take. Burks has seven receptions for a shade over 100 yards in his two games this season. On the bright side, he was targeted on six of his 14 routes run on Monday Night Football.
- Greg Dortch, WR Arizona Cardinals (6% rostered)
- Breshad Perriman, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0% rostered)
- Russell Gage, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers (40% rostered)
- Ashton Dulin, WR Indianapolis Colts (1% rostered)
While De’Andre Hopkins and Rondale Moore remain sidelined, Greg Dortch has filled in nicely with double-digit fantasy point performances in back-to-back games. Unless Moore makes a miraculous recovery, expect Dortch to remain in the WR3 discussion again next week.
Mike Evans will be suspended for Week 3, while Chris Godwin and Julio Jones remain sidelined in the receiving group. Breshad Perriman led the Bucs in snaps and seemed to be the WR1 after the huge scrum. Russell Gage was also a big factor for Tampa Bay as the new addition was brought for depth in this injury-prone group.
While Parris Campbell was technically the WR1 on the day, he did absolutely nothing (my saltiness pours through your screen here). Ashton Dulin seemed to be the guy for what little work the Colts offense could do with Michael Pittman and Alec Pierce both out. Should Pittman remain out, Dulin could be an emergency streamer.