Waiver Wire: Week 3

The waiver wire article is set up to help give you the best possible players that may still be available on your league’s waivers. The following players are all rostered in under 50% based on ESPN’s leagues. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @JGalt93.  


Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers  (1% Rostered)

What a year it has been, and it is only Week 3! Trey Lance had an unfortunate season-ending ankle injury, which means that the 49ers offense belongs to Jimmy again. The 49ers offense hasn’t been as good as we had hoped but I think that will start to turn around with Jimmy G behind center. Jimmy is a capable QB and has all of the talent around him needed to succeed. If your QB is injured or hasn’t been great, Jimmy would be my #1 add at the QB position. He will be a high-end QB2 with an upside going forward.

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars  (49.8% Rostered)

 Lawrence and the Jags looked great this past week as they shut out the Colts. I personally am writing off Lawrence’s first year in the league, as it was a circus due to its coaching staff. Lawrence has all of the tools needed to be a great QB in the NFL and that should translate to fantasy as well. Lawrence is not a QB1 in fantasy but has QB1 upside depending on that week’s matchup. Lawrence is certainly worth an add if you are a QB away from being a top-tier team. He has the coaching staff’s trust and has enough talent around him. He is a mid-tier QB2 with an upside. 

Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (6.8% Rostered)

Who would have thought that I would be writing about Goff this year, not me? Goff is not a league-winning type, but he is the perfect streaming/ bye week option. In good matchups, Goff has shown that he has high-end QB2/low-end QB1 ability. The Lions offense is firing on all cylinders and Goff’s success is directly linked to it. As long as the offense keeps scoring as it does, Goff will be a weekly streaming option. This week’s matchup against the Vikings isn’t great, but it should leave Goff slinging the ball early and often to catch up. Goff is a mid-tier QB2 with boom potential. 

**If Tua Tagovailoa or Carson Wentz is available, I would take them over all of the QBs listed above.**

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • Joe Flacco, QB, New York Jets
  • Malik Willis, QB, Tennessee Titans
  • Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

Running Back

Darrel Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (3.6% Rostered)

James Conner’s injury is not supposed to be serious, but there is no timetable as to when he will return or how many games he will miss. So for the time being, Darrel should be the lead back for the Cardinals. The Cardinals aren’t great, but they always support a top-tier fantasy football running back. Williams is a low-end RB2 with an upside until Conner comes back. 

J.D. McKissic, RB, Washington Commanders (42% Rostered)

McKissic is not the kind of back that you should break the bank on, but he is definitely a player that should be rostered. He doesn’t have the highest upside but his floor has been solid over the first two weeks. His value is even higher in full PPR leagues as he has been receiving a decent target share. McKissic is a low-end flex with an upside going forward. 

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (43.8% Rostered)

Williams isn’t going to get you two touchdowns every week, but he does offer you two things. He is a top-tier backup and he offers you a safe floor play with a decent ceiling every week. He will continue to be utilized and is a great addition going forward. If you need some depth at the RB position, Williams is worth the add. He is a low-end flex with an upside. 

** Adding top-tier running backs back-ups is never a bad decision if you have the space to do so.**


Honorable Mention(s): 

  • Brian Robinson, RB, Washington Commanders
  • Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
  • Jaylen Warren, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans
  • Jerick Mckinnon, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona Cardinals
  • Jordan Mason, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receiver

Noah Brown, WR, Dallas Cowboys (0.8%Rostered)

It looks like Brown is the receiver to own in Dallas outside of CeeDee Lamb. We have seen in the past that when a 2nd/3rd string QB comes in, they usually have a stronger connection with one of the receiving options over the others. With Cooper Rush behind center, that receiver is Brown. The fact that Dalton Schultz is dealing with an injury also makes me more interested in Brown. Brown should be a flex option with a high ceiling if everything goes well for him. 

Devin Duvernay, WR, Baltimore Ravens (15.9 % Rostered)

Duvernay is a TD magnet! Now, this week’s TD was because of an amazing kick return, so it is hard to get excited. But what does excite me is that Duvernay has been an integral part of the offense over the last 2 weeks. He is clearly the #2 receiver and #3 receiving option on the team. Duvernay is a solid flex option going forward. He should offer a decent floor with a high ceiling every week. 

Greg Dortch, WR, Arizona Cardinals (2.8 % Rostered)

Dortch was the receiver I was most excited to write about this week. He has been ridiculously reliable throughout the first two weeks of the season and that should continue until Hopkins or Moore come back. Dortch has been receiving 4+ targets in each of his last two games and has had at least 50 yards as well. He is a viable flex option with upside, especially in a potentially high-scoring matchup against the Rams in week 3. 

**If Garrett Wilson, Curtis Samuel, or Jahan Dotson are available, I would take them over all of the WRs listed above.**

Honorable Mention(s): 

  • Corey Davis, WR, New York Jets
  • Joshua Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  • DeAndre Carter, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots
  • Justin Watson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Richie James, WR, New York Giants

Tight Ends

Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (30.7% Rostered)

Everett is legit. He is getting enough targets/TDs to be considered a starting TE in fantasy. As long as he is connected to Justin Herbert, he will continue to be a top 12 option for me going, whether or not Keenan Allen is on the field. If you need a TE, Everett is your guy. He is a high-end TE2 with TE1 upside going forward. 

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Commanders(19.5%  Rostered)

Once again Thomas was a great streaming option in week 2. With Wentz behind center, all of the Commanders receiving options have higher ceilings. Thomas should continue to be successful, as he is turning into one of Wentz’s favorite targets. If you need a TE and Everett is not available, Thomas is who I would add. He offers a solid target share, a safe floor, and plenty of TD upside on a weekly basis. Thomas is a mid-tier TE2 with an upside going forward. 

Tyler Conklin, TE, New York Jets (1.8% Rostered)

Conklin has been a serviceable streaming option over the first two weeks of the season. He has received 7+ targets in each game, that fact alone is why he is worth adding. As long as Flacco is the starting QB, Conklin should continue to have the same type of target share. If you are TE needy, Conklin is a good option. He is a low-end TE2 with an upside. 

Honorable Mention(s):

  • Ross Dwelley, TE, San Francisco 49ers
  • Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars 
  • Hayden Hurst, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Daniel Bellinger, TE, New York Giants