Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 3 Pickups:

With the number of injuries, changing roles, and disappointing performances in Week 2, the waiver wire will be a popular place. Better get your claims in fast!


Some big names were banged up in the Week 2 games, but not all of them are officially knocked out. Pay attention to updates and just in case you need them, here are some of the top names on the waiver wire, as well as a couple of names you might not have seen yet. 

Javorius ‘Buck’ Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

If you didn’t pick up Javorius Allen last week, you better grab him quickly after he out-snapped Terrance West 43-15 Sunday. Allen had 14 carries and six pass targets, accumulating 101 total yards and a receiving touchdown. Allen could easily slide into the RB1 role when Danny Woodhead returns, making him an even more important waiver addition.  

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Last week, I wrote that Carson and Thomas Rawls could emerge from the Seahawks’ running back committee “not necessarily in that order.” It now looks like that is the order. Carson dominated snaps and touches throughout Sunday’s game. Head coach Pete Carroll was quick to say that the plan was to bring Thomas Rawls around slowly, but Carson is by far the best option behind Seattle’s suspect offensive line. 

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins

Washington’s Chris Thompson has been getting a lot of talk for his three touchdowns in the first two weeks. But when Rob Kelly went down with a rib injury, it was Samaje Perine who took over the lead role. He took 21 carries and a pass target. Although his yards were not great, the usage makes him a worthy streaming option to cover Kelly. 

Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Chris Johnson got re-signed during the week and promptly outplayed the running back who took his roster spot on the final cut. He may cede third-downs to Andre Ellington, but his veteran presence is more appealing in the primary role than Kerwynn Williams. If JJ Nelson can continue to stretch the field with his receiving, Johnson’s task becomes that much easier. With the pressure on to improve the Cardinals’ offense, Coach Bruce Arians will use the reliable option. 

JJ Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Nelson gets the nod over Jaron Brown as the Cardinal receiver to look for. Brown saw more targets (11) but Nelson took the deeper targets. His 120 yards and a touchdown made him a top-five receiver this week. Veteran Larry Fitzgerald still draws the top defender for now. Nelson looks like the real deal, with Jaron Brown a consolation prize if you miss out. Arizona’s next two contests are against the Cowboys and 49ers. 

Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers

Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers really wants to throw for 300 yards every week. If Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are both hobbled, Allison could line up as the WR2 or in the slot. Rodgers trusted Allison enough to target him with some important throws last season. He caught three of five chances in Week 2. As one of the rare familiar faces out there, expect both of those numbers to increase in Week 3. 

Phillip Dorsett, WR, New England Patriots 

Don’t look now, but the Patriots are about to make another star. Phillip Dorsett only saw three targets in Sunday’s game against the Saints but caught all of them for 68 yards. Two resulted in first-and-goals. With Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan banged up, Tom Brady will remember Dorsett’s Week 2 contribution and move him up the pecking order in the weeks ahead.  

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Sanu seems ready to emerge as the second option behind Julio Jones. He caught five of his six targets Sunday night for 85 yards. That was more targets than the two running backs combined and seemed like a legitimate effort to get another wide receiver involved. While defenders cheat toward Julio Jones, Sanu could be a fantasy force before long.

Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets

Kearse seems to be the go-to guy for Jets’ quarterback Josh McCown. He is a good bet to see plenty of garbage-time targets and fantasy points, which count the same as the early-game points. 

Ben Watson, TE, Baltimore Ravens 

Watson caught all eight targets for 91 yards this past Sunday. When the Ravens have a healthy tight end, they tend to be fantasy relevant. Watson will not be an exception. The Ravens wide receivers are not seeing as many looks as the tight ends and running backs, which is consistent with a Joe Flacco-led offense. Watson is a value pickup. 

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts

Doyle was dropped by a lot of owners last week but rebounded with a 79-yard effort Sunday. This week, he goes against the Cleveland Browns, who continue to give up points to tight ends as well as anyone else in the league. 

Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

Fleener has two touchdowns in two games. With Willie Snead out for another week, Fleener should continue to be Drew Brees’ main option in the middle of the field against Carolina. 

Are the tight end handcuffs a sure thing?

Dwayne Allen, Ed Dickson, and Vernon Davis haven’t done much over the first two weeks of the season. Davis looked good in the preseason and is a good option if Jordan Reed’s injuries take him out of a game. Dickson and Allen could be asked to pick up the load in Carolina and New England this week and might provide some fantasy dividends for your roster.

Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos

Broncos fans and teammates are starting to believe in Trevor Siemian and so am I. He might not rack up a lot of yards, but he is efficient and unafraid to throw in the red zone. He has the running game to keep defenses honest and the receivers to cover for minor inconsistencies. 

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz is starting this season as many predicted he would. He has better weapons and is more comfortable with the gameplan this year. Whether he fades in the second half or not, he is worth the roster spot right now.

Tennessee Titans DS/T

If you streamed the Titans against the Jaguars last week, I hope you didn’t drop them. If someone else dropped them, pick them up. The Titans face Seattle this week and follow that up with the Texans, Dolphins, Colts, Browns, Ravens, and Bengals. 

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Pat Opperman

Pat recently retired from real life to watch sports and write. Look for references to games and events from ancient times as memories of an earlier Age of Sport tend to pop into his head.

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