Thankfully for fantasy owners, Week 3 wasn't nearly as much of a bloodbath as Week 2. There were some injuries, as there will be, but two of the top running backs did not end up on injured reserve after this week, so it's a good week.
However, that doesn't mean that fantasy owners need to ignore the waiver wire this week. There are no must-add players, so it depends on your team and what it needs. Perhaps you are weak at tight end. Maybe you lost a wide receiver because of injury. Look at your team, determine what you need and place your waiver claims accordingly.
Nick Foles, Chicago Bears (3 percent owned)
Well, the Mitchell Trubisky experiment seems to be over. Let's just forget about the 2017 draft and move along. Foles came in and just LOOKED like the better quarterback. His throws were more accurate and he saw the field better than Trubisky ever did. (How many times did you look at your TV when the Bears were playing and scream at Trubisky "That guy is open!" only to watch him throw it out of bounds or miss the receiver by a solid 10 yards?). Foles is the quarterback for the Bears for the foreseeable future and should be picked up in leagues as a QB2.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins (7 percent owned)
Fitzpatrick's numbers through three games have been up and down. He's had 191 passing yards, 328, and 160 in each game. While he didn't need to throw a lot in Week 3, it's hard to guess what you'll see from Fitzpatrick in any given week. However, as a matchup-based quarterback, he's worth considering for Week 4 against the Seahawks. The Seahawks have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for 450, 397 and 472 yards in three games so far this year. Odds are that Fitzpatrick will break 300 yards.
Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (47 percent owned)
For fantasy owners that are still desperately looking for a running back, Gaskin may be available in your league. He's the "lead" running back for the Dolphins, but he's not exactly an RB1. He had 66 rushing yards in Week 3 (on 22 carries), but he did catch all five of his targets for 29 yards. Matt Breida and Jordan Howard are still in the picture and may steal some goal-line work, but Gaskin is worth rostering.
Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers (23 percent owned)
Jerick McKinnon was the waiver wire pick-up last week, but Wilson is going to be a fantasy option in deeper leagues as well while Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman are out. In Week 3, Wilson had 15 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards and two total touchdowns. McKinnon had 38 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards and a touchdown. Both backs are going to have work and should be viewed as RB2/3 depending on the matchup.
Rex Burkhead, New England Patriots (11 percent owned)
It seems that once a season, Burkhead has a game like he had in Week 3 (while on most fantasy benches). He had 34 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards in the first two games combined (no touchdowns). In Week 3, he had 49 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Fantasy owners should grab Burkhead, however, because he seems to be the only running back on the Patriots that is able to contribute so far this year. While Cam Newton may vulture those goal-line touchdowns in the future, Burkhead will likely find the end zone again in future games.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (31 percent owned)
Week 3: Justin Jefferson breakout game. He had a whopping seven receptions for 175 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Jefferson singlehandedly made Kirk Cousins semi-fantasy relevant again. Adam Thielen has been bottled up the past two weeks, and the Vikings need to figure out how to get their passing game going. The answer may just be Jefferson. He will likely be in the WR3 conversation for Week 4 with a high ceiling for the rest of the season.
Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders (10 percent owned)
With both Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards banged up and likely out for Week 4, someone is going to have to step up. Darren Waller will be a week healthier, but he will likely be the one Buffalo's defense focuses on. This will leave Renfrow as the receiver fantasy owners should look to add in Week 4. He had six receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 and while it won't be easy, he'll be a WR3 for Week 4.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago Bears (7 percent owned)
Tarik Cohen tore his ACL in Week 3, and David Montgomery is banged up. The Chicago running backs are going to need some help, especially in the pass-catching department. Patterson is listed as a wide receiver in most leagues, but he's likely going to fill in at running back for the Bears. He's worked with the running backs and has been listed on the depth chart with the running backs. It is possible that his position eligibility changes, but Patterson should be viewed as a PPR option as a running back playing in a WR slot for fantasy.
Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (4 percent owned)
The Colts are dealing with the injury bug as Michael Pittman Jr. just had surgery for compartment syndrome in his calf. He's out indefinitely and Parris Campbell is on IR. This leaves Pascal to step up as another option for Philip Rivers. He hasn't done much so far this year: no more than four targets in a game, no more than three receptions in a game, and no more than 34 yards in a game. Pascal is worth a speculative add for Week 4, but don't blow your FAAB budget on him.
Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (10 percent owned)
Jack Doyle was out in Week 2 and Alie-Cox filled in with five receptions for 111 yards. Fantasy owners questioned if this was just a one-week fill-in. Well, Doyle was active in Week 3 (but was he healthy?) and wasn't even targeted. Meanwhile, Alie-Cox had three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. Philip Rivers is known to like his tight ends, but it seems that Alie-Cox is the one to own for the Colts. He's a TE2.
Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears (9 percent owned)
In two games, Graham had eight targets where he only caught four passes for 43 yards in a touchdown. In Week 3, he had 10 targets and caught six of them for 60 yards and two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was from Mitchell Trubisky, but one was from Nick Foles. Foles seems to want to use his tight end, and this is enough to get Graham on the fantasy radar. He's a TE2 heading into Week 4.
Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Denver Broncos (36 percent owned)
The Broncos play the Jets, which is usually a good matchup for opposing DSTs. The Jets/Broncos game is on Thursday night, and typically Thursday night games are not as high scoring as Sunday/Monday games. This Thursday night game doesn't appear to be an exciting one, but the reality is the Jets are not a very good football team right now, so take advantage of the DSTs that play them each week.
— Rankings 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.
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