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Waiver Wire Week 3: Jared Goff, Jordan Mason, Jahan Dotson

Jahan Dotson is off to a nice start in his first NFL season.

Fantasy managers have to start taking a look at the waiver wire as injuries are piling up across the board. All positions are affected, and managers need to look at their team and drop some of the players that just aren't performing at this point. While it has only been two weeks, some guys just aren't going to be what you may have thought they were (Kenny Golladay, anyone?). While some players aren't worth dropping just yet (Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet, want to show up?), managers should scour the waiver wire to have some additional options... just in case.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (22 percent rostered)

Perhaps it is his connection with Amon-Ra St. Brown, but something is working well with Goff. He’s not going to be vaulted to QB1 level, but he is now a solid QB2 and a nice backup to have on your roster in case your QB gets injured. In Week 2, Goff threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns (two to St. Brown). He had no interceptions in Week 2 and has the Washington Commanders on deck for next week.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers (5 percent rostered)

Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback for the 49ers this season unless something drastic happens (injury or terrible performance). After Trey Lance went down with a fractured ankle that will cost him the season, Garoppolo stepped up and threw for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also ran one in but don't mistake him for Lance when it comes to athleticism and mobility. For Lance owners, Garoppolo is a decent option to fill that void and a QB2 in all formats.

Running Backs

Darrel Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals (4 percent rostered)

When James Conner left with an ankle injury, it was Williams, not Eno Benjamin, that was the preferred option. He got the work at the goal line and ended the day with 59 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin ended with 31 rushing yards and three receptions for 20 yards. Benjamin is 11 percent rostered, so both backs should be looked at in case Conner misses time (which seems likely).

Jordan Mason, RB, San Francisco 49ers (5 percent rostered)

Mason should have been picked up last week by managers in deep leagues after Elijah Mitchell went on IR with a knee injury. Now Tyrion Davis-Price (another rookie running back) is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Jeff Wilson Jr. is still the No. 1 running back, but Mason is going to see work. He should now be owned in all formats as the possibility for success is there.

Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins (43 percent rostered)

Chase Edmonds was expected to be the Dolphins' new No. 1 back and was given the opportunity to succeed. However, after his Week 1 performance, Mostert got his chance in Week 2. He finished with 51 rushing yards and three receptions for 28 yards in Miami's monumental come-from-behind win over Baltimore. It seems like Mostert will get another shot at the starting job, but the Dolphins face the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, who shut down the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

Wide Receivers

Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets (23 percent rostered)

Wilson, a rookie, was not drafted in most formats heading into the season. He had eight targets in Week 1 (4/52/0 stat line), but saw 14 in Week 2. He caught eight of them for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Corey Davis and Elijah Moore are still ahead of him on the depth chart, but his usage warrants a spot as a flex or third wide receiver in most formats.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders (43 percent rostered)

Dotson was in this column last week, but since he is still under 50 percent rostered, he’s here again. In case it isn’t clear: he should be owned. The rookie has only scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks. Carson Wentz clearly looks for him and five targets a game in his first two games isn’t something to ignore. His role will likely only increase, and you’ll want to have him on your roster.

Noah Brown, WR, Dallas Cowboys (2 percent rostered)

Brown has quietly been getting plenty of looks in this Cowboys offense. He had nine targets in Week 1 (5/68/0 stat line) and five in Week 2. He caught all of them for 91 yards and a touchdown. Cooper Rush seems to have a connection with Brown, which sometimes is all you need. Michael Gallup (ACL) will be returning which may put a dent in Brown’s value, but until then, Brown is a nice filler. He may continue to have value as this offense tries to redefine itself with Rush at quarterback.

Tight Ends

Tyler Conklin, TE, New York Jets (3 percent rostered)

With C.J. Uzomah out, Conklin had six receptions for 40 yards on nine targets in Week 2. He had seven targets in Week 1, and he caught four of them for 16 yards and a touchdown. Conklin isn’t going to be an every-week starter, but he will provide some fantasy value each week. For those leagues that start two tight ends (or if you are struggling to just find a guy to get you points each week), look to grab Conklin.

Robert Tonyan, TE, Green Bay Packers (39 percent rostered)

Tonyan was drafted as a TE1, but he hasn’t been putting up TE1 numbers yet this season. In Week 1, Green Bay struggled offensively, and he had three receptions for 36 yards. In Week 2, Green Bay looked better. However, Tonyan still only had two receptions for 11 yards. He has yet to find the end zone this year. The Packers face Tampa Bay in Week 3, and Tonyan will be a TE2. He is worth a roster spot for those looking for a tight end involved in the offense each week.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Dallas Cowboys (42 percent rostered)

The Cowboys play the New York Giants on "Monday Night Football" in Week 3. However, the Giants have been lucky to win their two games this season. Daniel Jones is still struggling and it has been hidden because Saquon Barkley has been able to carry the offense. Expect the Cowboys to get to Jones and for this to be a fairly low-scoring game.