Most fantasy managers scour the waiver wire on Tuesday nights, they see what claims they won on Wednesday morning, and then they look to set their lineup for the weekend. However, the savvy fantasy manager will try to predict who will be the hot waiver claims the following week.
If you are able to pick up a player before kickoff on Sunday, you can save your FAAB dollars or your waiver wire spot. (Also, keep in mind, players that are dropped when Wednesday waivers run are available as free agents on Saturday – always keep an eye out for them!).
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (4 percent rostered)
When reports come out of the Steelers team saying that Mitch Trubisky isn’t in the conversation to be benched… it means that there are conversations about Trubisky being benched. A player that is playing well is not involved in conversations about being benched. A player that started the season with two games under 200 yards and one touchdown in each game. In Week 3, Trubisky went 20-for-32 for 204 yards and he also had a rushing TD. Pittsburgh didn't lose to Cleveland on Thursday night because of Trubisky, but it's not going to stop the calls for Pickett to get a look. For those in leagues that start two quarterbacks, this is a good time to grab Pickett.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Carolina Panthers (6 percent rostered)
It’s a matter of when – not if – for Christian McCaffrey to miss time this season. He’s already been on the injury report with a variety of ailments, and while he is still healthy… it’s a "for now." Fantasy managers know how the past two seasons have turned out for McCaffrey. His immediate backup is no longer Chuba Hubbard, but Foreman (formerly of the Tennessee Titans). Foreman has little value on his own – right now- but McCaffrey already has been on the injury report twice, most recently ahead of Week 3 with an ankle issue (he also rested on Thursday). Grab Foreman before McCaffrey misses time and everyone is spending their FAAB money.
KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos (3 percent rostered)
Hamler tore his ACL in 2021 and missed most of the season. During his rookie year, he looked ok, but nothing amazing. However, the Broncos need to get their offense ignited, and quick. Jerry Jeudy (ribs/shoulder) is banged up and may be out this week. This will give Hamler the chance to step up, and if he does, he will be a popular waiver wire name ahead of Week 4. For those in deeper leagues or that start at least three wide receivers, Hamler is a guy to stash… just in case he does have a breakout game on Sunday.
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (44 percent rostered)
The Patriots don’t seem to be using their tight ends this year, but Henry is the one to own. He only has four targets, which isn’t resulting in fantasy value. In Week 2, he posted a fantasy goose egg. However, with Jakobi Meyers likely out for this week and possibly beyond with a knee injury, the offense is going to have to change. The tight end options are better than the wide receivers down the depth chart, so look for Mac Jones to target his TEs more. Henry is someone who should be much more involved, which will result in fantasy value.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.