Start of Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups and Free Agents

In the NFL, the value of a reserve player can go down a dime due to an injury to a player ahead of him on the depth board or a productive outing that requires more playing time in games at come. Fantasy Football players must recognize the value of the “next man” to succeed on the waiver wire. After watching the Thursday and Sunday matches in Week 2, here’s a look at some players to pick up in Week 3.


Tua Tagovailoa, indefinite

In short-list leagues, Tagovailoa can still be in the free agent pool. He’ll be lined up in all formats after passing for 469 yards with six touchdowns against the unfortunate crows‘ secondary. Maybe Tyreek Hill was right when he said his new quarterback was the most accurate in the NFL. Its success and its two broad elites are screaming, “start me up” to move forward. The Dolphins passer is available in 38% of leagues.

Jimmy Garoppolo, indefinite

After a season-ending ankle injury to Trey Lance, the entire structure of the 49ers offense changes. His top three receiver options are gaining value due to the expectation of better throws with Garroppolo under center. San Francisco has two talented receivers (Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk) and a healthy George Kittle is setting a potential top 15 for their passing game. For now, it only brings a week’s worth of coverage. The 49ers signal-caller is available in 96% of the leagues.

Other quarterbacks to consider adding: Carson Wentz-commanders, Jared Goff-Lions

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Darrel Williams/Eno Benjamin, indefinite

Cardinals starting running back James Conner injured his ankle early in the second half of the team’s win over the Raiders. Benjamin and Williams formed a solid tandem in his absence. Benjamin totaled 51 yards from scrimmage while Williams totaled 62 yards and scored a touchdown. The former Chiefs playmaker had the advantage in goal-line and close-range situations, making him a slightly more attractive option to claim waivers. Benjamin is available in 89% of leagues, Williams is available in 97%

Ramandre Stevenson, indefinite

In the first two games, Stevenson gained 78 combined yards with three catches. The Patriots have talked about his value in the passing game this summer, but they haven’t gotten the ball to him in the air yet. On the Patriots’ last running game against the Steelers, Damien Harris limped off the field, but no injuries were reported. Patriots running back is available in 26% of leagues

Other running backs to consider adding: Tyrion Davis-Price-49ers, Jamaal Williams-Lions,

Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots

After finding a rebound in his step with the Raiders in 2020 (48/896/8), Agholor lost his way in New England’s wide receiver reshuffle last season (37/473/3). In Week 2, he put his name on the fantasy card against the Steelers (6/110/1). His role and opportunity look way above DeVante Parker heading into Week 3 and they can be traded on the waiver feed this week. Agholor is available in 99% of leagues.

Drake London, indefinite

London attracted a WR4 top prize in the high-stakes market, but I’m sure his prize was much more favorable in the home leagues, especially with 16 roster slots. After two games, he has 13 catches for 160 yards and a score on 19 targets. London should be a fantastic starter each week based on their early success. The Falcons rookie is available in 28% of leagues.

Other wide receivers to consider adding: Greg Dortch-Cardinals, Garrett Wilson-Jets, Sterling Shepard-Giants, Noah Brown-Cowboys

Our full Waiver Feed article for Week 2 is out Tuesday morning. Stay tuned for more player updates and free agent pickup suggestions.

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