Below are our favorite week 3 waiver wire targets in the order we would pick them up. These rankings assume a PPR scoring system. Injury tends to create value with each set of waiver wire rankings, and week 3 is no exception. Let’s take a quick look at who we like this week, and why.
- Chris Carson
Pete Carroll gives zero effs if you are a big name free agent, a guy that’s been in the system forever,
or an undrafted free agent… best man plays. The best RB on the Seahawks roster has clearly been Chris Carson through the first two weeks. A n/a for Lacy was one thing, but Carson the received 21 carries,
and looked like a legitimate NFL RB, albeit behind a Seattle line that has a ton of issues.
- Marqise Lee
We highlighted Lee all week, hopefully if you were on our site last week you started Lee and Nelson, because they were in every article. At near the minimum salary on DraftKings, Lee saw #1 WR targets (12)
and put up a respectable 7/76 line. The efficiency should only increase as he gets more game action ask Bortles’ new number one receiver.
- J.J. Nelson
We struggled with where exactly to put Nelson. This isn’t a guy you can start every week. Even with Brown out, he didn’t see a ton of work and was rarely, if ever, in on two receiver sets. Bring back Brown, who we believe is the top receiver in this offense, and Nelson will be too sporadic to start. Additionally, Palmer is yet to look good this season, and they just put up 13 points in 4 quarters against the worst team in football. That being said, Brown will be up and down all season, and Nelson will have a few more games like he did this week.
- Samaje Perine
The Redskins staff can say whatever they want about Kelley and Perine, but one guy is far superior and every expert on the outside that has assessed the position seems to agree. While his 21/67 stat line may not show it, that is more of a reflection on the fact that the Skins were trying to run out the clock. Perine is too skilled of an early down back to sit behind Rob Kelley, and this rib injury may be what they needed to hand him the keys.
- Devin Funchess
The Panthers staff talked all offseason about how they needed to get Funchess more involved, and all we hear from beat reporters throughout camp was that he was shredding the Panthers secondary. Well it is officially time for Funchess to put up or shut up. The Panthers don’t have another complete tight end like Greg Olsen, but they have a guy in Funchess that can step in and fill his shoes as a pass catcher for the next two months.
- Will Fuller
If your someone in your league dropped Fuller, scoop him up now. He’s back at practice, and could return as soon as week 3. This is one of the best home run hitters in the NFL, and the Texans need to get some help opposite Hopkins. The team released Jaelen Strong ahead of Fuller’s return.
- Tyler Lockett
Paul Richardson made this list last week, and while he scored a touchdown, did little more to merit the waiver add. That being said, Lockett was one of our sleepers heading into the 2017, and is a guy that we can really get behind. He has as good of top end speed as anyone in the league, and is a polished route runner. Clearly Wilson trust him, as he targeted him nine times in Sunday’s game. Given his speed and big play ability, nine targets per game would result in a number of long touchdowns by years end.
- Chris Thompson
We have several times been asked why Chris Thompson doesn’t get a shot at the RB1 job in Washington. For the same reason Riddick doesn’t in Detroit, or Vereen doesn’t in New York, these guys just aren’t good runners. They may break a big play here or there, but their skill set isn’t making one cut and hitting the hole down hill, and that is what you need from an early down back. That being said, a tiger can’t change it’s stripes, and Washington will throw it a ton this season making Thompson a consistent contributor regardless of who the RB1 is.
- Markus Wheaton
We know that Wright will dominate the possession, move the chains targets for Chicago, but this is still an offense that likes to push the ball down the field. Wheaton is a speed player that flashed in spurts for the Steelers, and for a stretch of games, looked like a player capable of being a low end WR1 in this league. We are assuming that is why Chicago gave him 2 years and $11 million. He is back, pick him up and hope that he can become the top option in this Bears passing game.
- Allen Hurns
Hurns looks like a number one receiver, and his 6/82/1 line on Sunday looks like a number one receiver’s line. The issue is he struggles to get separation against actual NFL secondaries. Against a bad Titans secondary, made even worse by 2 starters being out, Hurns is a boom play. Against about 80% of the other secondaries in the NFL, he’s a nonexistent afterthought in this offense.
- Rishard Higgins
The former Colorado State superstar finally got his chance when Corey Coleman went down on Sunday and went off. With Coleman out the next 8 weeks, it looks like Higgins will step in as the number one receiver in Cleveland. A role we know he’s comfortable in after being one of the most prolific receivers in college football history at CSU.
- Alvin Kamara
If Kamara is still available in your league, and you need RB depth, I would add him now. In an offense that really feeds off joker style players that can play a multitude of roles, Kamara is perhaps the best fit on the Saints roster. He can be the third down back, or bump into the slot if Ingram is in on 3rd downs, and is a matchup nightmare for safeties and linebackers. We saw the Saints target him in several different ways on Sunday, including a pair of deep balls that he burnt the secondary on.
- Jermaine Kearse
Here is another great pickup that may be more matchup dependent than we like, but will be a great plug and play guy if you need receiver depth. Kearse is clearly the Jets’ number one receiver, and in favorable matchups, will have games like we have seen out of him through the first two weeks.
- Kenny Stills
What do you do with Kenny Stills? He’s clearly the third receiver here, but is still one of the better home run hitters in the NFL. If you like to target high ceiling players for your bye weeks, Stills may be your best bet to get a touchdown from one of these lower level waiver wire receivers.
- D’Onta Foreman
Foreman received 12 carries and put up a decent 40 yards against a tough Cinci run defense. There is still a chance this backfield turns into a true committee, in which case the hard running Foreman is the clear choice to see short yardage and goal line work over Lamar Miller.
- Trevor Siemian
We have been saying it for two years now. This guy is the real deal. He has great feet and moxie in the pocket, and is as accurate as it gets in the short to mid range passing game. While the two games the Broncos won were at home, they came against some pretty solid defenses, and Siemian lit them up. He’s a rock solid number 2 QB.
- Kendall Wright
The matchup wasn’t great, as the Bucs have some talent at corner and were all over Glennon, but Wright more than held his own with 7/69 on 10 targets. He should remain a heavily targeted weapon in a thin group of receivers.
- Nelson Agholar
Agholar will be a very matchup dependent play moving forward, but I think it has more to do with who is on Jeffery than who is covering him. If Jeffery is locked down, Agholar will see more targets, and should produce. If Jeffery has a matchup the Eagles like, we will see more 1/9/1 style lines out of Agholar.
- Chris Johnson
The Colts stink and the backup RB’s couldn’t get anything going for the Cards. One thing I can say for certain after watching that game is that Kerwynn Williams is not a starting NFL RB. Chris Johnson should take over that role, and hold onto it until Johnson gets back.
- Brandon Coleman
Here is another camp star that is finally getting a chance. That being said, Willie Snead is back in a couple of weeks, so this is likely a short term add. If you need a guy to plug in this week, I think Coleman can repeat his week 2 success one more time before entering the realm of fantasy irrelevancy for the rest of the season.
- Alex Collins
- Deonte Thompson
- Geronimo Allison
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins
- Dwayne Washington
- Zach Miller
- Jesse James