Waiver Wire Week 3: Best Fantasy Football Pickups & Adds

Fantasy Football Waiver WIre Pickups Week 3

Getty Running back Darrell Henderson #27 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was a breeding ground for injuries. Stars such as New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley and San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert were just two of the numerous big names bitten by the injury bug. However, while injuries may have stripped fantasy football owners of some of their top playmakers, it’s also opened the door for a handful of budding must-adds on the waiver wire as we head into Week 3.

* All owned percentages are based on Yahoo Fantasy Football leagues.

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Notable Waiver Wire Targets for Week 3

  1. New York Giants Running Backs 

Saquon Barkley’s season-ending injury left the Giants searching for answers in their backfield. That was, until the signing of Devonta Freeman on Tuesday. While not the player he once was, Freeman offers the most potential as an every-down back, making him the priority add among New York’s trio of runners. His receiving skills make him an intriguing play for PPR-scoring formats moving forward, as he finished 2019 with the eighth-most receptions amongst NFL running backs.

Veteran Dion Lewis manned the lead-back role in Week 2 after Barkley went down with injury. He, as Barkley did the week prior, failed to muster up much production on the ground, averaging just 2.0 yards per carry. However, Lewis did haul in three receptions and score a rushing touchdown in approximately three-quarters of play.

Wayne Gallman was a healthy scratch vs. the Bears but will likely be called up next week vs. San Francisco. The former Clemson star flaunted high-end fantasy production a season ago, finishing Week 4 as the fifth-highest scoring RB in place of an injured Barkley, racking up 27.8 points. Don’t be surprised if New York leans more towards Gallman as their early-down back.

  1. Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, LAR
  2. (31% Owned)

After rushing for just six yards on three carries in Week 1, Henderson was dropped in numerous fantasy football leagues. Those managers immediately regret that decision as the second-year back had an impressive 81 yards and a touchdown off 12 carries against the Eagles. Henderson chipped in an additional 40 yards on two catches. Rookie running back Cam Akers suffered a concussion and Week 1 waiver wire warrior Malcolm Brown had about half of the yardage as Henderson.


Top Waiver Wire Targets  for Week 3

# Top Waiver-Wire Targets % Owned Wk. 3 Opp.

1

James Robinson RB I JAC

69%

vs. MIA

2

Devonta Freeman RB I NYG

16%

vs. SF

3

Mike Davis RB I CAR

8%

@ LAC

4

Russell Gage WR I ATL

21%

vs. CHI

5

Dion Lewis RB I NYG

5%

vs. SF

6

Darrell Henderson RB I LAR

31%

@ BUF

7

Jerrick McKinnon RB I SF

22%

@ NYG

8

Wayne Gallman RB I NYG

1%

vs. SF

9

Ryan Tannehill QB I TEN

45%

@ MIN

10

Keelan Cole WR I JAC

3%

vs. MIA

11

Gardner Minshew WR I JAC

32%

vs. MIA

12

Joshua Kelley RB I LAC

39%

vs. CAR

13

Myles Gaskin RB I MIA

14%

@ JAC

14

Justin Herbert QB I LAC

3%

vs. CAR

15

Mike Gesicki TE I MIA

67%

@ JAC

16

Dalton Schultz TE I DAL

1%

@ SEA

17

Braxton Berrios WR I NYJ

0%

@ IND

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