Waiver Wire Pickups, Week 3: These fantasy players are ones to consider adding if they’re available in your league.
Week 2 is in the books and it was one that seemed to be plagued by injuries. We saw a few quarterbacks and running backs who were impacted by injuries. Some were more serious than others, but this might lead you to be looking towards the waiver wire to try and fill a hole in our teams. This article is here to help point you in the right direction.
Some of the players listed are the ones who we might need to find out a little more about pending some injury updates. However, they are definitely guys to keep your eye on and see how the news breaks.
Most of the players listed below are the ones who are most likely available on your waiver wire in your league. Every player listed is owned in less than 50 percent of leagues (Yahoo and ESPN formats).
Week 3 waiver wire: Probably owned, but worth a look
Greg Olsen (TE, CAR)
Olsen has over 50% ownership, but if he’s available and you are in need of a tight end then he could be a good add. Carolina has struggled in games, but Olsen has had nine targets in each of the last two games. He also gets the Arizona Cardinals this week, who have struggled against the tight end position so far this year (T.J. Hockenson (6-131-1) and Mark Andrews (8-112-1).
Week 3 waiver wire: Less than 50% ownership
Matthew Stafford (QB, DET)
If your hurting at quarterback after Week 2 (maybe you owned Drew Brees or Ben Roethlisberger?), Matthew Stafford is rostered in less than 50% of leagues. Now, he might not be the most attractive waiver wire pickup, but can be definitely serviceable. He also faces the Eagles in Week 3, whose secondary has definitely been struggling so far in 2019.
Josh Allen (QB, BUF)
Josh Allen can be incredibly frustrating to watch but he finished around quarterback No. 7 in Week 2, thanks to the continued added value his rushing brings. He also gets a Cincinnati Bengals defense in Week 3 that was just run over by the 49ers. He’s one who might soften the blow if your hurting at quarterback.
Terry Mclaurin (WR, Was)
Terry Mclaurin made this list last week after breaking out in Week 1 and put up a solid Week 2 performance as well. He caught 5 balls (9 targets) for 62 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came in garbage time, but it was still a good day going up against the Cowboys secondary. There may be some down weeks, but Washington figures to be behind a lot this season, which makes Mclaurin a good asset to have.
Mecole Hardman (WR, KC)
Mecole Hardman jumped right in to help fill the role left open with Tyreek Hill’s injury. He managed 4 receptions (6 targets) for 61 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t have quite the day as Demarcus Robinson but was still quite productive. Hardman could have some volatility with all the mouths to feed, but any piece of this Chiefs offense is definitely worth an add.
Demarcus Robinson (WR, KC)
Demarcus Robinson had quite the Week 2 after posting just 1 reception in Week 1. He managed 6 receptions for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. Just like with Hardman there is a possibility for some volatility, but with the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes looking as good as they did on Sunday he’s worth a roster spot.
James Washington (WR, PIT)
James Washington might be worth an add with Roethlisberger being out for the year, simply because Mason Rudolph played with Washington in college. This rapport was on display during the preseason, so Washington could provide some spark in a Pittsburgh offense that was brutalized by injuries this last Sunday.
Raheem Mostert (RB, SF)
Mostert stepped up to help fill the void after the Tevin Coleman injury. He was listed in this article last week but still is under 50%-owned in most formats. Mostert rushes 13 times for 83 yards and had 3 receptions for 68 yards and a score. San Francisco still appears to be heading for an RBBC with Matt Breida getting carries and Jeffrey Wilson getting goal-line looks, but Mostert led the team in rushing attempts (Breida did, however, rush for 121 yards). He should be in flex consideration moving forward.
Carlos Hyde (RB, HOU)
Carlos Hyde out-touched Duke Johnson 20-6 on Sunday on his way to 90 yards. Hyde wasn’t involved in the passing game as usual, but Houston should be fairly competitive all year and that would give Hyde enough chances to make an impact.
Darwin Thompson (RB, KC)
Another Chief makes this list, but not because he blew up on Sunday. Damien Williams left the game with an injury and if it is prolonged, Darwin Thompson may be the guy to jump in and split carries with LeSean McCoy.
Jaylen Samuels (RB, PIT)
James Conner left the game with a knee injury this week and Jaylen Samuels jumped back into a starting role. Should Conner end up missing time, Samuels could be a solid pickup. He shined last year when he filled in for Conner. However, without Roethlisberger, this offense might look a little different and may not be as productive. Still, I think he can be a decent acquisition for your fantasy team.