Last week’s waiver wire highlighted Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams, two studs who are full-time starters and combined for over 50 fantasy points this week. While we may not have those types of talents available on the fantasy football Week 3 Waiver Wire, we have a list of intriguing players to put on your radar in preparation for late Tuesday night.
Check back after Monday Night Football for our final Week 3 Waiver Wire Starters, Stashes, and Streamers list.
FIRST CHECK: RB Gus Edwards (65%), QB Jordan Love (63% rostered), RB Kyren Williams (62%), WR Nico Collins (61%)
ZACK MOSS, RB, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (53% ROSTERED)
The plodding Zack Moss returned from a fractured forearm to play all but one offensive snap in Week 2. Yes, you heard that right. Moss played 56 out of 57 snaps on Sunday and touched the ball 22 times (18 carries and 4 rec). As long as Jonathan Taylor is in street clothes, this looks like Moss’ backfield. He’s one of the most boring runners in the league, but the snap share and volume are undeniable.
CRAIG REYNOLDS, RB DETROIT LIONS (0%)
I feel gross typing this name. Mostly because we know uber-talented Jahmyr Gibbs will sit in Dan Campbell’s dog house, while Craig Reynolds will get double-digit carries while David Montgomery is out for what could be a “couple of weeks.’
Following Montgomery’s exit, Reynolds played ten snaps in the fourth quarter and saw three carries to Gibbs’ one. Fantasy owners should expect a similar role to Montgomery’s as long as RB1 is out of the lineup. In his first career start back in 2021, Reynolds had a 26-carry game for 112 yards against a strong Cardinals’ run defense.
MATT BREIDA, RB, NEW YORK GIANTS (2%)
Saquon Barkley injured his ankle at the end of the Giants’ miraculous comeback and was unable to get off the field under his own power. Although the injury did not appear serious, the Giants have the 49ers on a short week, meaning they’ll likely be without their star running back. Do I really want to stream Matt Breida on a short week against the league’s top defense? Absolutely not. But do I have to include him in this article? Yes. Breida should play more snaps than Gary Brightwell and could catch a few balls out of the backfield. Either way, I hope Barkley fantasy managers have a viable RB3 over Breida.
TANK DELL, WR, HOUSTON TEXANS (5%)
CJ Stroud banged the table for the Texans to draft the shifty wideout from Houston, and their chemistry looked real in Week 2. Tank Dell caught seven of ten targets for 72 yards and a touchdown — he also had a second touchdown called back due to a penalty.
Dell ascended the depth chart after the team placed Noah Brown on IR and will fight Nico Collins for the Texans’ WR1 job as the season progresses. With Stroud impressing, Dell has a chance to be a Flex option moving forward.
TUTU ATWELL, WR, LOS ANGELES RAMS (25%)
Discount Puka Nacua looks like the real deal, securing 13 receptions for 196 yards on 17 targets through the season’s first two weeks. Situated behind Nacua, Tutu Atwell appears to be the WR2 over Van Jefferson and is Matthew Stafford’s preferred deep target, with 23.5% of his targets coming on deep throws. Even if or when Kupp returns, Atwell will remain on the field due to his ability to make plays downfield. This is a shocking turn of events for a player who resembled a bust before the season kicked off.
JAYDEN REED, WR, GREEN BAY PACKERS (10%)
The rookie amassed a 33% target share and caught two touchdowns in a Week 2 loss against the Falcons. Sure, Jayden Reed did this with WR1 Christian Watson out for the second straight game, but Matt LaFleur is moving Reed around the formation from the slot in Week 1 to the outside in Week 2. Through two games, he’s seen 13 targets and turned them into six receptions for 85 yards and two touchdowns. His target share will likely drop when Watson returns, but he’s earned the right to play in three-receiver sets from any spot.