Best Fantasy Week 3 Waiver Pickups: Justin Fields Has His Chance, Cordarrelle Patterson & Tony Pollard Break Out
We were not alone in this case, but we advised to hide Justin Champs since even before the start of the season. Although it is owned by around 50% of Yahoo leagues, it is obviously also widely available. We’re just a few games away this season, and Fields is headlining our week 3 best fantastic waiver feed pickups and free agent additions. It might be a little premature, but with Andy Dalton in pain, Fields could start to gain value as early as next week (and so could Deshaun Watson… more on that later). Fields isn’t the only player to replace an injured QB (although he’s probably the only one worth picking up), and apparently the QBs absorbed most of the injury bad luck, as few players left behind. ‘other positions seem poised to achieve starter status (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). Sony Michel, JaMycal Hasty, and Peyton barber have taken advantage of injuries to get more hits, but according to injury reports this week, they won’t be in high demand. Actually two handcuffs / committee backs, Tony Pollard and Cordarrelle Patterson, could be the best RB mics.
Our full list of free agents offers plenty of potential saves, streamers, and lotto tickets worth tucking away so early in the season, including Henri Ruggs III, Zack Moss, KJ Osborn, Rondale Moore, Derek carr, Sam darnold, Michael carter, Tim patrick, Quez Watkins, and many others. Week 3 is a good time to start cutting some of those preseason sleepers who barely see the pitch and investing in some guys who have actually shown a little something this year. We’re trying to give a taste of all of these types of players, but we all know they’re potential cup candidates after next week. If you’re just looking for a Week 3 streamer, we have QBs and D / STs for Week 3, which can be found on the end of this list.
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Right now, it doesn’t look like any of this week’s top pickups deserve a high waiver request. Fields may depend on your QB situation, but since most single-QB league owners already have a good one, Fields are unlikely to be worth more than a mid-level claim. Patterson, Pollard and Michel will fight to be the best RB, which doesn’t really mean much. We’ll likely learn more about some of these injury situations throughout the week, but until we do, plan to save your first five claims, unless your RB situation needs help. .
Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3
Unless otherwise specified, only players belonging to less than 50% of Yahoo leagues are considered.
Justin Fields, QB, Bear. Fields wasn’t particularly impressive for the relief of Andy Dalton, who came out in the second quarter against the Bengals with a knee injury, but the mere fact that Dalton was injured is most important here. The Ohio State rookie was six for 13 for 60 yards and an INT while adding another 31 rushing yards on 10 carries. This last statistic is really the most important, at least in terms of projecting the future value of Fields. It’s unclear if Dalton will be healthy enough to start next week against Cleveland, but if he can’t, Fields will have immediate value (especially with Detroit in play in Week 4). Catch it now.
Cordarrelle Paterson, RB / WR, Falcons. Mike Davis struggles as the Falcons “get the hang of it,” which isn’t a huge surprise. What is a little unexpected is the reinforced role of Cordarrelle Patterson. The veteran hybrid totaled 69 yards on 12 touches in Week 2, but most importantly, he scored twice (one in the air, one on the ground). He was also just two behind Davis for the team lead in races. It seems unlikely that Patterson will “take over” as frontman from Atlanta, but even in his current role he has value, especially since he has dual eligibility at some venues. Expect him to be a potential flex next week against a Giants defense that struggled to cover full-backs in the receiving game.
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Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys. Pollard looked like the best RB Cowboys in the past two weeks, rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown and adding 31 more yards on three receptions in Week 2. Obviously we know Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t “give it away. not going, “but it’s clear Dallas has no problem giving Pollard meaningful touches. Considering his talent and versatility, he is valuable even though Zeke is in perfect health, especially during the weeks off. You can think of it as a flex next week against Philadelphia.
Sony Michel, RB, Rams. We all knew Darrell Henderson Jr. wasn’t the toughest fullback, and of course he couldn’t make two games in one piece. Henderson had handled virtually all of the RB touches for the Rams in the first seven quarters of the season, but a rib injury was ruled out late against the Colts in week two. Michel came in and handled “closer” tasks, rushing 10 times for 46 yards. It’s unclear how badly injured Henderson is, but Michel is a tough guy to be handcuffed anyway. Next week the Rams take on the Bucs and their top-tier racing defense, so you’re unlikely to want to play either, but Michel becomes more viable if Henderson is out.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Texans. You remember this guy, don’t you? Tyrod Taylor suffering from a hamstring injury and substitute Davis Mills also being knocked down, Texans coach David Culley was not hired when asked if Watson could play Thursday night against Carolina . That’s highly unlikely considering all of the issues surrounding Watson (legal issues, swap request, etc.), but if there is any chance that come true, Watson will be commissioning a lot of fantastic storylines. Just keep an eye on it at the start of the week.
For more waiver / free agent suggestions, including additional RB and RB breakouts and potential streamers, check out our full list for week 3.