Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3

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There have been a number of devastating injuries for NFL teams, which means owners of these players in fantasy football are on a ledge somewhere. If you drafted David Johnson there is a chance of a support group forming in the very near future if it hasn’t already.

Waiver wire territory can be a dangerous one. You have to be diligent and also patient at the same time. The right move can bring you to fantasy glory (hello, Odell Beckham pickup in Week 3 of 2014) and the wrong move can send you to the basement (hello, dropping Jay Ajayi in Week 4 of 2016).

So for those of you looking for Allen Robinson, Johnson, and Greg Olsen replacements, here’s a list of players you should be targeting on your Week 3 waiver wire. For the purposes of this article, all owning percentages were taken from Yahoo Fantasy Football.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos (13% Owned)
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With seven total touchdowns against pretty good defenses through the first two weeks, it’s time to take Siemian seriously. At the very least he’ll be a terrific option for when your starter has a bye, and even some of you looking to turn your season around after trusting a Dak Prescott or Carson Palmer should take a flyer.

Siemian has 450 yards, six touchdowns through the air and 33 rush yards with a score on the ground. The improvements to the offensive line have clearly helped the Broncos.

J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals (20% Owned)
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Nelson has now scored in consecutive weeks, and without John Brown on the field looked like the best weapon the Cardinals have. He hauled in five catches for 120 yards, including a 45-yard bomb from Palmer. Pay attention to Brown’s injury status, but Nelson is still worth the look given the Cardinals will likely be playing from behind a lot this season.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys (66% Owned)
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If there were any doubts about the ageless wonder heading into this season, Witten has erased them all. With teams stacking the box to stop their running game, Witten is finding mismatches and exploiting them. 22 targets, 17 receptions and two touchdowns through two weeks has him in the top 15 overall in PPR formats. He should be 100% owned.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets (7% Owned)
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Most thought Kearse might need some time to develop a rapport with Josh McCown, but that’s clearly not the case. He led the Jets in targets in Week 1, then grabbed two touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. The Jets are surely going to be playing from behind a lot this season, the result being an abundance of opportunity for Kearse, who is a big fish in a laughably small pond of wide receivers on the Jets.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (40% Owned)
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Carson has far and away looked like the best running back on the Seahawks so far, and Pete Carroll is not afraid to trust the rookie. He out-snapped Thomas Rawls 51 to 16 in a close game, and dominated late when the Seahawks were trying to put the San Francisco 49ers away. Eddie Lacy’s performance in Week 1 led to a healthy scratch; if that’s not trust in the rookie I don’t know what is.

Allen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (26% Owned)
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Many were quick to look for other options when Allen Robinson was lost with a torn ACL, but Hurns came through with some points in garbage time and is worth a look in deeper leagues. The Jaguars definitely plan to lean on the run game, but when that sputters they will find themselves behind and having to air it out.

Brandon Coleman, WR, New Orleans Saints (1% Owned)
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While Coleman could just be relevant for one more week as Willie Sneed is set to return from his three-game suspension, it is evident Drew Brees trusts Coleman in the red zone, looking for him twice down there and hooking up for a touchdown once. He had a big game against the New England Patriots, bringing in four catches for 82 yards and the score. Coleman is definitely worth a look in deeper leagues.

Benjamin Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens (1% Owned)
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Watson had a big season when he last played a full slate with the Saints in 2015, but after receiving just one target in Week 1, it felt like he was destined to have another quiet season. The Ravens doubled their passing attempts from Week 1 to Week 2, and Watson was a clear beneficiary as he led them in yards, targets, and receptions. It may be a mirage, but certainly worth a look if you’re needing an injury replacement.

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (73% Owned)
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Henry baffled everyone after a zero target game in Week 1. Philip Rivers got him much more involved in Week 2 and he performed as many expected he would before the season. Given the lack of weapons at wide receiver, Rivers loves going to his tight ends. Don’t let the Antonio Gates touchdown scare you away from Henry. If someone gave up on him after Week 1, make them pay by scooping him up this week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears (15% Owned)
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This is a combination of the Bears almost certainly playing from behind this year and the lack of options for whoever plays quarterback moving forward. Kevin White is injured, again, and Wright put in a respectable seven catch (on 10 targets), 69 yard performance against an underrated Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns (2% Owned)
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Higgins had a breakout performance after the downfall of Kenny Britt continues to happen in Cleveland. Higgins outsnapped Britt 54 to 42 and dominated him in the box score as well. He turned in seven catches (on 11 targets) for 95 yards. He seems to be the de facto starter in Cleveland with Corey Coleman now out for weeks with a broken hand. Amazing turnaround for a guy who was cut earlier this season.

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (34% Owned)
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Lee was the better performer between he and Hurns, so if both are available Lee is the better option. He had 12 targets, catching seven of them, for 76 yards on Sunday. Both of them benefitted from a lopsided second half score, so temper expectations a bit before taking the plunge on either of them.

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (5% Owned)
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People seem to forget Miller was a top 10 tight end before Jay Cutler got hurt in 2016. With Kevin White out again, Miller will definitely see an increase in targets, especially as Mike Glennon realizes he’s the most reliable option running routes. While it hasn’t led to a touchdown yet, Miller is tied for second in the NFL with four red zone targets. Expect a touchdown to accompany his modest numbers soon.

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins (23% Owned)
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Rob Kelley left Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Rams and it was the rookie Perine who got the bulk of the carries afterwards. Chris Thompson turned his three carries into 77 yards and a score, but it seems as though the coaching staff doesn’t trust him as much between the tackles. Kelley is day-to-day, but Perine has enough talent to eventually take the job regardless. Handcuff this guy if you can.

Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (12% Owned)
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Kerwynn Williams disappointed many a fantasy owner (including me) with a paltry performance, allowing Johnson to take over and start the second half as he was the better runner all game. CJ finished with 11 carries and 44 yards, prompting head coach Bruce Aryans to say he might get the start in Week 3. Having said all that, this situation is only for deeper leagues.

Dwayne Allen, TE, New England Patriots (8% Owned)
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This greatly depends on Rob Gronkowski’s status for Week 3, and should be considered a streaming option at best. Allen has been used primarily as a blocker so far, but that obviously changes if Gronk is out for any amount of time. The Patriots are devastated by injury at the wide receiver position right now. Allen could see some targets come his way over the next couple of weeks.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots (5% Owned)
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Speaking of the Patriots wide receiver situation, Dorsett made a few plays before coming out of the game with an injury. His injury is not considered serious and he may have kept playing if the game was closer. Dorsett is known for his blazing speed, and given the lack of options right now, Bill Belichick may look to use that in creative ways. He took an end around for seven yards to go along with his 68 yards receiving against the Saints.