The Week 3 Waiver Wire has a compelling mix of short term options for immediate help and upside targets for teams that can be patient. The 8 targets for fantasy football consist of 5 running backs and 3 wide receivers. Who should you target this week?
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Sony Michel – Rostered in 66% of Leagues
Sony Michel is rostered in more leagues than I typically prefer, but he deserved a mention in this week’s article. Darrell Henderson left Sunday’s game with a rib injury that has the potential to keep him out multiple weeks.
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HC Sean McVay has shown a willingness to lean heavily on one guy in the past. In fact, we saw Michel get all the work when Henderson left. This offense is cooking and the Rams should run a ton of plays in the red zone.
If you are looking for a short term option, add Michel this week.
James White – Rostered in 55% of Leagues
If you are looking for a reliable RB option in leagues where you get any sort of reward for receptions, James White is worth your time. Even in a game where the Patriots dominated from the start, White saw 6 targets. This is on the heels of seeing 7 targets in Week 1.
White won’t see a ton of work as a traditional rusher but should see a handful giving him a chance to add some value and potentially find the end zone like he did this week. White will never win you a week but he can definitely be a reliable option that can provide value week in and week out.
Tony Pollard – Rostered in 38% of Leagues
Tony Pollard looked incredible this week in the Cowboys win over the Chargers. He racked up 109 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Pollard also saw 3 targets in the passing game.
While Ezekiel Elliott is the starter and should see plenty of work, Dallas is clearly motivated to get Pollard involved. He is explosive and has absolutely looked the part with the work he has received.
This is a two fold add this week. In the short term he is a complementary piece that can help RB needy teams. In the long term, he could be an option that could supplant Elliott due to injury or poor performance.
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Cordarrelle Patterson – Rostered in 8% of Leagues
The Atlanta Falcons offense has been a mixed bag of results through two weeks. They have shown flashes at times of what they can do. Unfortunately there have been flashes of how bad things can be when things fall apart.
That being said, Cordarrelle Patterson is worth an add this week. HC Arthur Smith is finding unique ways to utilize him. He has seen 7 carries in each of the first two weeks producing either 50 yards or a TD. He also saw an uptick in the pass attack this week with 6 targets.
Many had questions about Mike Davis and his ADP heading into this season. While I’m not sure anyone thought Patterson would be the person that cut in, it is absolutely the case. Now, a 2 TD performance may cause people to prioritize or spend more FAAB than he dictates.
I would be spending 5%-10% of my FAAB this week on Patterson at most. I would also be prioritizing Michel, Pollard and White in leagues where they are available.
Darrell Williams – Rostered in 6% of Leagues
This is purely a speculative add for a team that can afford to be patient. Whether due to injury or poor performance, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has not looked the part. He also fumbled the ball late against Baltimore, allowing the Ravens to seal the victory on Sunday Night.
I would be looking to sneak Williams on the back end of my bench this week to see what might happen. He can be a viable option in the league’s best offense. Add him this week if you’re scrambling.
Other Names to Consider: Zack Moss, Michael Carter, Latavius Murray
Rondale Moore – Rostered in 19% of Leagues
A week ago I recommended Christian Kirk in this column, a take I still believe in by the way. But Rondale Moore is a must add following Week 2. He was an incredible talent that some worried would struggle at the next level because of his size. But thus far he has looked incredible.
He led the team in Week 2 with 8 targets, catching 7 for 114 yards and 1 TD. This performance came on the heels of a 68 yards on 4 receptions performance in Week 1. He improved his snap rate(29% to 46%), route rate(38% to 57%) and target share(15.6% to 22.2%) per Jared Smola of Draft Sharks.
Moore can be used in a variety of ways and Arizona has actually deployed him uniquely. He also has the explosive athleticism to score on almost any play. With the way Kyler Murray has been performing, adding pass catchers seeing any sort of consistent targets is definitely the move.
Sterling Shepard – Rostered in 54% of Leagues
Sterling Shepard has looked incredible through two games, mostly due to his number change. All joking aside, 19 targets through two games catching 16 for 207 yards and a TD.
Now the Giants are welcoming the Falcons offense that has been torched by opposing pass catchers. The Falcons should at least keep this game competitive which should allow the Giants to throw more often.
Thus far, Shepard has been WR9 in PPR leagues. While I’m not banking on him finishing as a Top 10 option at the position, I dont think a solid WR2 or WR3 is out of the question. Add his as a reliable option all season long.
K.J. Osborn – Rostered in 1% of Leagues
K.J. Osborn was a name very few people were talking about coming into the season especially with Minnesota being an offense that funnels targets to two pass catchers. But Osborn is a player that should be added to a lot of teams, especially if you are WR needy.
This week he saw 6 targets, catching 5 for 91 yards and a TD. This performance came on the heels of a 9 target game where he caught 7 for 76 yards.
With Minnesota welcoming the Seattle Seahawks for Week 3, the Vikings pass attack should once again be all systems go. Osborn is a player that can help you as soon as this week. He should see plenty of volume, even as the third option. And if Dalvin Cook misses this week, the Vikings could throw even more.
Other Names to Consider: Terrace Marshall Jr, Hunter Renfrow, Zach Pascal, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Good luck with the Week 3 waiver wire and with the rest of your fantasy football season!