Week 2 brought plenty of injuries across the NFL, especially at the quarterback position. The 49ers, who had their 2020 campaign derailed by injuries, seem to be on a similar path in the early going. Consider the following players for Week 3 waiver wire adds, as they are still available in the majority of ESPN leagues. You can also use our Waiver Wire Pickups tool to help find viable options and determine how much of your FAAB you might need to use for each player. For the purposes of this article, we will be utilizing the fantasy football ownership from the majority of leagues.
Fantasy Football: Week 3 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups | ESPN
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (51% available)
This might be the last chance to add Fields in the majority of leagues. Andy Dalton suffered a knee injury that forced him out of their Week 2 matchup against the Bengals, and it is unclear yet how much time he might miss. In his absence, Fields went 6-for-13 for 60 yards and an interception. However, the noteworthy stat is that he rushed 10 times for 31 yards. With his rushing ability, he can be a difference maker in fantasy if he is to take over as the Bears starting quarterback.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 1 (10%-15% of FAAB budget)
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (61% available)
It was not the high-scoring affair that many people expected, but the Cowboys still pulled off a win in their matchup against the Chargers. Ezekiel Elliott had a nice bounce-back performance, rushing 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown after being shut down by the Buccaneers in Week 1. Pollard was also busy, though, rushing 13 times for 109 yards and a score. He also caught all three of his targets for 31 yards, giving him seven receptions for 60 yards for the season. It appears he has already worked his way into somewhat of a timeshare with Elliott, which makes him an exciting fantasy option given his ability to contribute both on the ground and through the passing game.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 2 (10% of FAAB budget)
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (81% available)
The Cardinals offense looks like one of the most explosive in the league. Kyler Murray has been locked in, throwing seven touchdown passes and rushing for two. Moore had a respectable performance in Week 1, catching four of five targets for 68 yards. He exploded Sunday to catch seven of eight targets for 114 yards and a score. With his speed and usage, Moore could provide value for the long haul.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 3 (5% of FAAB budget)
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (87% available)
With Jerry Jeudy (ankle) on IR, Courtland Sutton had a monster performance against the Jaguars, catching nine of 12 targets for 159 yards. Patrick was not nearly as involved, as he only received four targets, but he did turn one of them into a touchdown. He found his way into the end zone in both games this season, so with Jeudy out and Teddy Bridgewater providing a significant upgrade for the Broncos at quarterback, Patrick has the ability to be a viable WR3 option moving forward.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 4 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (91% available)
The Giants suffered a gut-wrenching loss to Washington on Thursday Night Football, but it certainly was not Jones’ fault. He had an excellent stat line, throwing for 249 yards and a touchdown and also rushing for 95 yards and another touchdown. His line could have been even better if a long touchdown run had not been called back because of a holding penalty and if Darius Slayton did not drop a wide-open touchdown. Just as exciting about his stat line is that he did not turn the ball over. A matchup against a Falcons defense that has been demolished the first two weeks makes Jones someone to consider adding.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 5 (1%-3% of FAAB budget)
Darius Slayton, New York Giants (97% available)
Had Slayton not dropped that touchdown pass, he could have finished with a monster line Thursday. Still, he caught three of six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. Even with Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard in the fold, Slayton has 13 targets across the Giants’ first two games. He has been a favorite target for Jones the last couple of seasons, and rookie Kadarius Toney has barely seen the field, so Slayton could also thrive in a favorable matchup this week.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 6 (1% of FAAB budget)
Darrel Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (94% available)
It has not been a great start to the season for Clyde Edwards Helaire. He could only turn 14 carries into 43 yards in Week 1, and then he followed that up with 46 yards on 13 carries in Week 2. He also had a key fumble, which likely will not help his cause. He is not in danger of losing carries yet, but if he continues to struggle, Williams could see a more significant role. It might take some time for that to happen, though, so only add Williams if he can sit on the bench for the time being.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 7 (1% of FAAB budget)
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons (92% available)
The Falcons do not have much depth at running back. Wayne Gallman has been a healthy scratch for both of their first two games, which has left Mike Davis and Patterson to man the position. Make no mistake about it; Davis is their lead back. However, Patterson has received 14 carries across their first two games, which he has turned into 65 yards and a touchdown. He has also caught seven of eight targets for 71 yards and another score. In PPR leagues taking a flier on Patterson could pay off, especially if Davis suffers any kind of an injury.
Week 3 Waiver Wire Priority: 8 (1% of FAAB budget)
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