Week 3 Waiver Wire: Injury Replacements

The Week 3 waiver wire is stocked with a ton of options depending on what you are searching for. While you won’t find someone who can produce like Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery or Davante Adams, you can find players that can help in the short term.

The names on this list for the most part are widely available in Yahoo leagues. Names from last week like Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Corey Davis are still compelling adds if they are still free agents in your league.

So who am I adding heading into Week 3?

Jerick McKinnon – Rostered in 22% of Yahoo Leagues

Go figure that with all the injuries the 49ers are currently dealing with, Jerick McKinnon would be one of the players still healthy. Beyond just being available, McKinnon has been incredibly productive.

In Sunday’s contest against the Jets, he had 3 carries for 77 yards. He only saw one target in the passing game, which was a little frustrating considering he saw five the week prior.

Going forward, expect McKinnon to see more work as Raheem Mostert is going to miss time with an MCL sprain. There is some hope that it won’t keep him out for an extended period of time. The 49ers will also be without Tevin Coleman for the foreseeable future with a knee injury. 

With both Mostert and Coleman out, you should expect a split between McKinnon and teammate Jeff Wilson Jr. Wilson will see the majority of the between the tackles and red zone work. Their usage will likely fluctuate depending on game script.

Now, there is some concern this offense might have issues with Jimmy Garopplo out for an extended period. There is some optimism that Garoppolo could play this week.

That being said, a less productive passing game should funnel more production to the running backs. It should also provide a game script that is optimal for McKinnon being involved.

If you are in need of running back help in the short term, he and Wilson both make for a great adds. I would lean Wilson in any non-PPR formats while McKinnon gets the nod in format that adds points for receptions. I wouldn’t go crazy with your FAAB but am willing to get a little aggressive depending on team needs. 

Mo Alie-Cox – Rostered in 1% of Yahoo leagues

Mo Alie-Cox broke out in a major way in Week 2. He caught 5 of his team high 6 targets for 111 yards. Indianapolis utilized him in a variety of ways against the Vikings including in the screen game and down the field.

There is some concern how much usage he may get when Jack Doyle returns but Alie-Cox looked like a significantly better player. Per JJ Zachariason, in this contest Alie-Cox tied Jack Doyle for the amount of 100 yard plus receiving yard games. This was the first contest Alie-Cox saw 5 plus targets while Doyle has seen that volume in 30 games.

If he can continue to see anywhere near the volume we saw against Minnesota, Alie-Cox could vault into a weekly starter at minimum and potentially a top 5 option at the position. If you are worried about your tight end, I would be adding Alie-Cox this week. Team need and league size will dictate FAAB but be as aggressive as needed. 

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Robby Anderson – Rostered in 63% of Yahoo Leagues

Robby Anderson is rostered in more leagues that I typically target but I thought he was worthy of a mention. The Panthers will be without Christian McCaffery for at least a month and likely longer. While your league mates run out to add Mike Davis or Reggie Bonnafon, I would be adding Panthers pass catchers, primarily Anderson.

Through two games he has 15 catches on 18 targets for 223 yards and a touchdown. Who would have guessed that another breakout would happen when the player was finally away from Adam Gase?

While the production has been great, the volume has been more impressive. If he can continue to see seven to ten targets a week, Anderson could have a DeVante Parkeresque breakout in 2020. 

If Anderson is rostered in your league, look to teammate Curtis Samuel. A player that played some running back during his time at Ohio State. New OC Joe Brady is incredibly creative and should insert some unique wrinkles. With the issues on the defensive side of the ball, i’m excited to see this offense evolve over the course of the season. 

Both wide receivers are worthy of some FAAB this week. I would be more aggressive on Anderson. Roster needs and the free agency pool should dictate how aggressive you may need to be.

KJ Hamler – Rostered in 1% of Yahoo leagues

KJ Hamler saw his first NFL action Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He along with fellow rookie Jerry Jeudy lead the team in targets with 7. While he only caught 3 of those targets for 48 yards, the confidence the Broncos showed in him was impressive.

Going forward, Denver will not have the services of Courtland Sutton who will miss the rest of the 2020 season with a torn ACL. The Broncos also lost Drew Lock in this game which is not ideal for the passing game as a whole. Jeff Driskel was able to step in and look very capable. He went 18/34 for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Hamler was a very compelling prospect coming out of Penn State. Denver was so enamoured that they used a second round pick on him. This selection came after taking Jerry Juedy in the first round. All of this is to say he should be added this week.

Michael Pittman – Rostered in 15% of Yahoo leagues

The Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman is starting to make his mark. Not only did he see 92% of the team’s snaps but he saw a team high six targets. He caught 4 of those passes for 37 yards. While those numbers are less than ideal, this is a player trending in the right direction.

We have seen the success of players like Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd have tremendous success with Philip Rivers. Pittman is built out of a very similar mold. He also has a tremendous catch radius that fits well with Rivers chuck and duck strategy in the passing game.

The Colts are in need of help in the passing game with Parris Campbell injuring his PCL and TY Hilton clearly trending in the wrong direction, there will be opportunities even in an offense that wants to lean on Jonathan Taylor and the running game. 

Pittman is an ascending player who can be a real difference maker come fantasy playoff time. Get in now before his cost to acquire goes too high.

Darrell Henderson – Rostered in 34% of Yahoo leagues

While I am not super excited about Darrell Henderson and his potential upside at the NFL level, he is someone fantasy football managers should be adding. He carried the ball 12 times for 81 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.

The plan entering the game was for Cam Akers to garner the majority of the touches but that came to a quick end when he left the game with a rib injury. This is an injury that will keep him out in the short term at minimum.

Malcolm Brown also got injured in this contest, fracturing his pinky finger. This injury isn’t likely to force him to miss time but is worth being monitored. If he does play, catching the football may be more of a challenge for Brown.

This all opens up things for Henderson to get volume in the Rams backfield. Their offensive line has taken tremendous strides in 2020 opening up all kinds of running room for the Los Angeles ball carriers. The running game has also given Jared Goff more time and the ability to utilize the play-action game that made him so impressive in 2018.

With the rash of injuries around the NFL, Henderson is definitely worthy of your FAAB dollars. I would look his way before adding Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman, Mike Davis and others.

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