Fantasy managers often scour the waiver wire on Tuesday night before waivers run on Wednesday. However, the savvy fantasy managers will also scour the waiver wire on Saturday, when players are still free agents and don’t require the use of FAAB money to acquire for their team.
If you have a free spot on your team (as in, there is a player you don’t mind dropping), look to grab someone that may be a popular waiver add the following week.
Richie James Jr., WR, New York Giants (13 percent rostered)
Sterling Shepard went down with a knee injury in Week 3. It was confirmed that he tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. James, who has 17 targets this season (and 14 receptions for 146 yards) has the potential to be a solid receiving option for the Giants. Granted, it is still the Giants, so the passing game takes a backseat to Saquon Barkley, but they need someone to step up, and with Wan’Dale Robinson and Kadarius Toney banged up, it certainly could be James.
Velus Jones Jr. WR, Chicago Bears (0 percent rostered)
Jones has yet to play a snap in the NFL. He was drafted in the third round this year, but he has been dealing with a hamstring injury going back to training camp and the preseason. The Bears need all the help they can get at the wide receiver position and Jones may be enough to make a difference. Darnell Mooney certainly hasn’t done anything for fantasy managers. Perhaps there is hope that Jones can be the connection that Justin Fields needs to jumpstart this offense. Jones may make his debut in Week 4, and if he does, he may be a hot waiver claim next week.
Related: Week 4 Waiver Wire
Josh Reynolds, WR, Detroit Lions (3 percent rostered)
With 10 targets in Week 3, Reynolds actually showed he can have a role in the Lions' offense. With D'Andre Swift expected to miss some time with a shoulder injury, the game plan may focus more on throwing the ball. However, that plan may be marred by the fact that Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark are both dealing with ankle injuries and tight end T.J. Hockenson has a foot issue. All three have missed practice time this week because of their injuries. Reynolds should pick up where he left off, with six receptions for 96 yards, and could potentially lead the team in receiving yards in Week 4. It’s unclear if any of the walking wounded will miss Sunday's game, but Reynolds isn't necessarily a one-week fill-in either.
Craig Reynolds, RB, Detroit Lions (3 percent rostered)
Reynolds is not the clear backup to D'Andre Swift, but he is someone who just may be given the opportunity to make an impact. Jamaal Williams will fill in for Swift, but he may not be able to be an every-down back. Swift may not return until Week 7, so fantasy managers will have at least two weeks to use Williams – and possibly Reynolds (the Lions have a bye in Week 6). For those in deeper leagues, grab Reynolds now before his usage increases in Week 4.
Honorable mentions (those who have been previously mentioned but because of injuries, should absolutely be picked up): D’Onta Foreman (likely starter this week with Christian McCaffrey dealing with a quad injury), RB, Carolina Panthers; and Tyler Allgeier (Cordarrelle Patterson has missed practice time this week) RB, Atlanta Falcons
— 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.