I hope you had a great Week 2. My teams went 2-1 last week. In my dynasty league I got the high score. I drafted Cooper Kupp in the first round of my team that lost (and is now 0-2), but it scored in the middle of the pack. So if I can pick up a win or two against an easy matchup while waiting for Kupp to return, my team will still have a decent shot at a playoff berth. It is way too early to throw in the towel on any team, especially with this week's crop of great waiver wire talent.
I think my waiver wire suggestions for Week 2 turned out pretty good as a whole:
QB: Mayfield (21.6), Tannehill (23.5), Ridder (24.8), Dobbs (27.5), Wilson (31.0)
RB: Jackson (0.0), Edwards (12.2), Williams (28.0), Kelley (3.9), Hill (8.3)
WR: Reynolds (23.6), Woods (13.4), Samuel (6.2), Moore (7.1), Mooney (0.0), Bourne (6.9), Nacua (30.1), Atwell (15.2)
TE: Henry (17.2), LaPorta (11.3), Thomas (10.2), Hurst (5.0)
PK: Elliot (13.1), Moody (14.7), Maher (14.9), Prater (10.1)
Def: Commanders (8.0), Buccaneers (15.5), Colts (8.0), Lions (-3.0), Packers (2.0)
I have listed the following potential waiver wire pick ups in order of our current fantasy point projections (PPR), but you should use your own judgment and consider your team needs. Do you need a fill-in player now? Are you in a dynasty league looking to find developing talent? Hopefully the descriptions I provide give a little bit more useful information than just a Week 3 fantasy point projection.
This is usually the best week of the season to get value from the waiver wire. The talent that we missed in the draft is starting to rise, the first round of injuries has occurred, and from here on out waiver wire talent thins out.
- Baker Mayfield, TBB vs Phi (16.3) - Coming off a solid Week 2, going against the defense that has allowed the most fantasy points vs QB in Week 3.
- Jimmy Garoppolo, LVR vs Pit (15.7) - Had an unspectacular Week 3, but is up against only an average defense this week.
- Desmond Ridder, Atl vs Det (14.1) - This sophomore QB is developing nicely, both throwing and running the ball and is againt the 5th worst Def against QB in Week 3. Good dynasty league addition.
- Ryan Tannehill, Ten vs Cle (13.9) - Had a solid Week 2, but up against the toughest defense vs QB in Week 3
- Joshua Dobbs, Ari vs Dal (12.9) - Dobbs filling in for Kyler Murray is doing more than expected, but is up against a tough Dallas D (3rd best vs QB)
- Gardner Minshew, Ind vs Bal - My favorite back up QB - deserves a starting job somewhere in my opinion. Good to pick up if you have Anthony Richardson and have the space on your roster. If Richardson is out in Week 3, Minshew is still up against the 8th best defense vs QB. Can be serviceable in 2-QB leagues or if a bit desperate.
- Jerome Ford, Cle vs Ten (11.0) - With Nick Chubb sidelined for the season, Ford, a talented sophomore RB, becomes an instant must add. Worth spending some big bidding bucks in your league, but up against the #1 def against RBs in Week 3 and #4 in Week 4, then a Week 5 bye. Look for real performance starting in Week 6.
- Gus Edwards, Bal vs Ind (9.6) - 'The Bus' turned in a solid Week 2 performance, including a critical TD to give Bal the narrow victory. Look for Edwards to get more opportunities against Colts def (12th against the RB) in Week 3.
- Samaje Perine, Dev vs Mia (9.3) - Only one carry, but 3 receptions in Week 2. Up against the 28th worst D against RBs in Week 3.
- Tony Jones, NO vs GBP (6.5) - Jones was the only RB available for the Saints after Jamaal Williams exited in the 2nd quarter. Could be the lead (or only) back in Week 3 if Williams and Kendre Miller can't start. Alvin Kamara has one more game remaining on his suspension. Up against the 29th defense in Week 3.
- Deuce Vaughn, Dal vs Ari (4.5) - Deuce, showed some flashes last week in a crowded Dal backfield. I am listing him because he is a developing rookie. If Tony Pollard were to be hurt, the diminutive (5'6" 176 lbs) back will be given more opportunity, but will likely never be a true starter. Look for him to build on his opportunities against an average Arizona D in Week 3.
- Latavius Murray, Buf vs Wsh (4.1) - Solid Week 2. Look for the 33-yr old veteran to continue his supporting role against a stout Commanders D (8th best against the run) in Week 3.
- Jaleel McLaughlin, Den vs Mia (2.9) - I am listing him here because he is another rookie with development opportunity. He hasn't had a lot of opportunities, but he has done the most with them. Hard to trust for Week 3 even against the 28th worst D against the run, but would get solid time if Javonte Williams or Samaje Perine were to miss time.
- Robert Woods, Hou vs Jax (11.6) - Sometimes boring is better. The 31-year old has delivered two solid but unspectacular performances in Weeks 1 and 2, and is against an average D against WRs in Week 3.
- K.J. Osborn, Min vs LAC (9.7) - Caught a TD in Week 2 but also dropped two balls. Against the worst team in the league against WRs in Week 3.
- Kendrick Bourne, NEP vs NYJ (9.4) - Coming off a meager Week 2 performance and only a 50% catch rate so far this season. But the Pats are going into a must-win situation against an average Jets D against WRs.
- Josh Reynolds, Det vs Atl (9.1) - It's hard to believe Reynolds is available on the waiver wire in some leagues, but has a tough schedule the next three weeks.
- Nathaniel Dell, Hou vs Jax (7.9) - This rookie has no where to go but up after an solid Week 2 performance. Week 3 opponent, the Jags have an average defense against WRs.
- Isaiah Hodgins, NYG vs SF (7.1) - Look for Hodgins to build on his solid Week 2 performance against a weak 49ers secondary (26th against WRs) in Week 3.
- Jayden Reed, GBP vs NO (6.7) - This rookie had a blow-out performance against a solid Atl Def in Week 2, but has a low catch rate (6 out of 13 targets) so far this year. Look for Jordan Love to continue to give Reed more opportunities against another tough Def against WRs in Week 3.
- Kalif Raymond, Det vs Atl (6.6) - The Falcons are 6th against WRs
- Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Ten vs Cle (6.0) - 7 catches on ten targest so far this season. Look for NWI to build on his performance so far against a tough Browns D, which is 2nd best WRs.
- Marvin Mims, Den vs Mia (5.4) - This rookie slot receiver has done nothing except catch every ball thrown his way this season, including a 113-yd, 1-TD performance on only two targets in Week 2. Add to this, two rushes for 10 yards. Look for Mims role to increase in Week 3.
- Chase Claypool, Chi vs KC (5.1) - The Chiefs are 13th against WRs
- Jalin Hyatt, NYG vs SF (5.1) - Gained 89 yards on two receptions in Week 2. Drafted in the 3rd round, this rookie will likely have more opportunities in Week 3 vs the 27th Def vs WRs.
- Nelson Agholor, Bal vs Ind (4.6) - This perrenial waiver wire staple had a blow out Week 2 performance and seems to be building chemistry with Lamar Jackson. Look for the ball to be thrown his way against a weak Colts secondary (31st against WRs) in Week 3.
- River Cracraft, Mia vs Den (4.4) - 5 catches on 7 targets and a TD so far this season. Up against a weak Denver secondary (23rd against WRs) in Week 3.
- Justin Watson, KCC vs Chi (4.3) - The Bears are 17th against WRs
- Brandon Johnson, Den vs Mia (3.3) - This sophomore WR had a 2-TD performance in Week 2. It's hard to trust him for Week 3 with his deep ball low-opportunity role against a solid Mia D against WRs, but if he hits, he can hit big.
- Dontayvion Wicks, GB vs NO (2.5) - Developing rookie scored first TD in Week 2.
- Zach Ertz, Ari vs Dal (9.1)
- Logan Thomas, Wsh vs Buf (8.5)
- Cade Otton, TB vs Phi (8.8)
- Dawson Knox, Buf vs Wsh (8.3)
- Jake Ferguson, Dal vs Ari (7.8)
- Noah Fant, Sea vs Car (6.8)
- Tyler Conklin, NYJ vs NE (6.1)
- Jake Moody
- Cameron Dicker
- Brandon McManus
- Brandon Aubrey
- Dustin Hopkins
- Cleveland Browns vs Ten (7.5)
- Seattle Seahawks vs Car (7.2)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Phi (6.2)
- Washington Commanders vs Buf (6.2)
- Indianapolis Colts vs Bal (5.7)