Week 3 Waiver Wire Guide – Top 12 Players to Add and Deep Sleepers

Week 3 Waiver Wire Guide – Top 12 Players to Add and Deep Sleepers

Top 12 Waiver Wire Adds for Week 3

Two weeks into the season, and while we don’t have a clear breakout waiver wire super hero like Alvin Kamara was in a lot of leagues last season (sorry Fitzmagic) there is still plenty of depth to this group of players. Keep in mind to be considered a waiver wire add, these players have to have an average ownership % of 30% or less.

1. Gio Bernard

Owned in 27% of leagues.
Gio will be the guy in Cinci for the next few weeks as Mixon recovers from the procedure he is having done on his knee. He was a top 10 fantasy RB when he was the #1 guy here last season. This offense is quickly turning into a well oiled machine under Lazor.

2. Phillip Lindsay

Owned in 27% of leagues.
Lindsay may prove to be a frustrating back to own as he will be reliant on the big play to stay this productive. That being said, snap count was up to 42% in week 2… One of the three backs in Denver has to lose their share in order for any of them to be fantasy-relevant.

3. John Brown

Owned in 25% of leagues.
Brown makes our waiver wire article for the third straight week. He is yet to have a truly favorable matchup yet is averaging over 16 fantasy PPG. When he is healthy he is a matchup nightmare and a perfect fit with what Flacco does best.

4. Corey Clement

Owned in 22% of leagues.
How much more do we need to see before Philly gives him the lion’s share of snaps here? I get Pederson prefers to use a committee, but just compare his production to that of Ajayi and Sproles over the past two seasons. Obviously Clement holds plenty of value as the lead RB here if Ajayi has to miss time.

5. Chris Godwin

Owned in 24% of leagues.
Are we believers in this ‘new’ Bucs offense? The organization seemed to be all in on the marriage of Winslow and Koetter, but removing both from the offense seems to have been the key to Pandora’s box. With Jackson shredding defense’s over the top and Mike Evans drawing the top opposing CB, I’m not sure how teams deal with Godwin who has WR1 talent.

6. Antonio Callaway

Owned in 5% of leagues.
Clearly Callaway has the game to produce in Todd Haley’s system, it’s just a matter of how well he grasps the system and how well Taylor trusts him. Callaway has big play ability, and can also supplement what Landry does in the short/possession passing game.

7. Geronimo Allison

Owned in 26% of leagues.
Speaking of big play ability, if Allison can combine what he did on Sunday (catching 6 of 6 targets for 64 yards) he could become a solid flex play every week. The big plays will always be there with his deep ball ability.

8. Ryan Fitzpatrick

Owned in 26% of leagues.
Not much to say here… Fitzmagic is a thing. There is no way the Bucs can pull Fitzpatrick after this start. So many of the weapons that are currently thriving with Fitzpatrick at QB were nowhere to be seen when Winston was at the helm. Given the weapons and how consistently great the play calling has been after two weeks, Fitz is a fairly safe play in most matchups.

9. Andy Dalton

Owned in 23% of leagues.
Speaking of quarterbacks that seem to be completely different players after a change of play callers, Andy Dalton has been a top 1 QB since Lazor took over this offense. This includes a 31/9 TD/INT ratio. He also has a wealth of weapons with Green, Boyd, Ross, Gio, and a finally healthy Tyler Eifert.

10. Calvin Ridley

Owned in 30% of leagues.
We gave Ridley as a sleeper play this past week as he was in great spot against a vulnerable Panthers secondary, and you knew the Falcons staff would want to get him going. He responded with a 4/64/1 line. We aren’t all in yet, but there is certainly room for a #2 weapon in this offense, we saw Taylor Gabriel kill it in this spot just a two seasons ago.

11. Tyler Boyd

Owned in 2% of leagues.
We mentioned Boyd earlier… he is likely available in your league, and worth a look if you need to add some depth at receiver. Lazor’s system is quick and efficient, which is actually a great fit for Boyd. He’s strong off the line and a big target with a huge catch radius.

12. D.J. Moore

Owned in 26% of leagues.
After getting our hopes up for Curtis Samuel last season, I think most fantasy owners expect to be disappointed by D.J. Moore. D.J. Moore is not Curtis Samuel. He is a complete receiver that happens to be ultra dangerous once he has the ball in his hands. Carolina acknowledged after their week 2 game that they need to get him the ball more. We will see if they can, this offense has lacked creativity for years, so not sure we should expect that to change anytime soon.

Top 4 Deep Sleepers For Week 3

1. Marcus Murphy – If Shady misses time with his rib injury it will be Murphy that assumes the majority of his work. Murphy was only able to catch 1 of 5 targets in week two, but is a much better pass catcher than those numbers indicate. Given a decent matchup, he is worth a flier… the Bills have to get a running game going or they won’t win a game this season.

2. Jarius Wright – There is nothing spectacular about Wright’s game, but he is a polished route runner with a ton of NFL experience… something this Panthers team is certainly lacking right now.

3. DeVante Parker – Why not? Should we hold the performance of this Dolphins passing attack with no Tannehill last season against any of the receivers? Parker remains an elite talent with one of the highest ceilings in the league. If he can figure out the mental side of the game and stay healthy he could be a steal.

4. Terrelle Pryor – After not getting much of a preseason, Pryor is being eased into the Jets gameplan, but there is certainly room here for a #1 WR. Robby Anderson seems more and more like a one trick pony in this offense, so if they are looking for a big receiver that can move the sticks it may be Pryor or bust. He was targeted 8 times in week 2.

Top Defensive Streaming Option for Week 3

Our top defensive streaming option for week 3 is the Cleveland Browns. If you are in a 10-12 team league, and other owners don’t have more than one defense rostered, I think you can always get more production by playing matchups and the waiver wire every week.

The Browns have held the Steelers and Saints to just 21 PPG this season, and should have their best game of the season in this week 3 matchup with the Jets.

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