Saturday, October 23

Fantasy Waiver Wire Week 3: Wives for Darrell Henderson, Dalvin Cook Among Best Free Agents Collected

You know it’s a boring period when you handcuff RBs who are still boring (Tony pollard, Cordarrelle Patterson) and mid-level QB (Derek Carr, Justin fields, Teddy bridgewater, Sam darnold) are the most interesting names, but with that we are working to Top Week 3 Fantasy Waiver Transfer Pickups and Free Agent Additions. Sure, there are some legit shoots of WR (Rondale Moore, Sterling shepard, Henry Ruggs III, Quintez Cephus) and possible new headlines (Sony michel, Alexander mattison), but for the most part, we’re dealing with free agents to target after exemptions clear around 4-5 am ET on Wednesday mornings in the ESPN and Yahoo leagues.

These players and more populate our full list of free agents. Again, it’s not the most exciting week, but there are some interesting bench pieces that can give you depth and possibly explode as the season progresses. We even have a few streamers specific to Week 3, including more than initially anticipated on QB and D / ST. There is only one TE, but given the sorry state of that position this year, it’s not a surprise. You can find the transmitter suggestions in the end of the list. Check our Week 3 kicker rankings if you need a new kicker or just want to waste this precious gift called life by reading about fantasy kickers.

PLUS WEEK 3: Main collections of exemptions | Buy low, sell high

Unless we get more injury information by Wednesday night, it doesn’t seem like any of these players deserve any big exemption claims. He can defend Fields if his quarterback situation is poor, and Mattison would probably be worth throwing in if Dalvin Cook was expected to be out (he is not). Pollard and Patterson look good, but neither gets a full complement of carries, so they’re only really of limited value. Moore or Shepard may have the biggest overall advantage, so if your WR situation is a mess you can shoot them, but they’re both on teams with a lot of viable pass receivers.

Ultimately this seems like a week to get no waivers if you have a high claim. Instead, try to get some free agents. It is still early enough to move forward on the exemption order relatively quickly if you use your claim now.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Best Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

Unless otherwise noted, only players owned less than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues considered.

Sony Michel, RB, Rams. Darrell Henderson exited Week 2 due to a rib injury, and while the Rams he is optimistic, he can play Against the Bucs in Week 3, he’s far from a lock. Michel took over as Los Angeles’ closer in Week 2 after Henderson was injured, rushing 10 times for 46 yards. If Henderson can’t go next Sunday, Michel would be in line for more than 15 carries. That might not pay off much against Tampa’s fierce running defense, but at least it puts Michel in play as a volume-based flex in standard leagues. Given Henderson’s injury history, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Michel would have more value going forward.

Alexander Mattison, RB, Vikings. Dalvin Cook had to be treated on the field on more than one occasion last week, and with the Vikings saying after the game that their star RB has a “minor ankle sprain”, it is quite possible that Cook was “questionable” before this. game of the week against Seattle. If it is out, Mattison would immediately have RB2 value. Even if Cook plays this week, his Week 2 numbers serve as a reminder that Mattison should be owned in all formats. Cook missing a game seems more like a question of “when”, not “if”.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Quintez Cephus, WR, Lions. With Tyrell Williams (concussion) out, Cephus operated as the Lions’ best wide receiver Monday night, trailing four of seven goals for 63 yards and a TD. Now he scored and had at least six targets in both games this year. After TE TJ Hockenson, the Lions don’t have a defined pecking order in WR, so Cephus is as good a candidate as anyone to be the best player. If so, he will have a decent amount of flexible value given the deficits the Lions are likely to face this year. It’s worth adding as a bench piece, as the Lions should also pitch a lot next week against the Ravens.

PLUS WEEK 3: Main collections of exemptions | Buy low, sell high

Rondale Moore, WR, Cardinals. Moore saw eight goals for the team for 114 yards and a TD in Week 2, and it looks like the talented rookie is only scratching the surface. He’ll be a constant concern for injuries, and the Cardinals have a lot of mouths to feed, but he’s as explosive as anyone on the field. He can confidently start next week against the lowly Jaguars.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders. Carr could be the NFL’s MVP after two weeks of back-to-back 300-yard performances against the Ravens and Steelers. Yes, the Ravens and Steelers. He’s dealing with a sore ankle that could be “questionable” for Sunday’s game against Miami, but we hope he’s there. If he is, he will have QB1 on the upside, and if he delivers another good game, it will be difficult to keep him out of the fantasy lineups.

For more waiver / free agent tips, including breakout RBs such as Tony pollard and Cordarrelle Pattersonand WR, like Sterling shepard and Henry Ruggs III, look at our complete list from week 3.

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