Waiver Wire Week 3

Fantasy Focus: Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups


Welcome to the fantasy football waiver wire column for week 3 of the NFL season…

My name is Drew, and I will be teaming up with Waiver Wire host, Jason Steinlauf. We will be bringing you a list of players to target in shallow leagues and a separate list to target in deeper leagues. If there is someone on the deep list you like, don’t be afraid to add them in your shallow league. It is all about the need of your team, but also blocking your opponent, lining up matchups down the line, or quite frankly trying to find that diamond. Email with any of your fantasy questions. If you need trade advice, start to sit, or any other fantasy question, you can also tune into Pigskin Preview Sunday Mornings at 1030 CST.

What’s happened through 2 weeks of NFL Fantasy Football?

The first two weeks of the 2020 fantasy football season brought us some very interesting developments! There were situations that we have predicted and then some that are and could be unfolding into something very special. Before I breakdown a few of the most intriguing players I want to stress to everyone that hitting the panic button so early in the season is THE WRONG MOVE! The waiver wire can be looked at sometimes as the forbidden fruit, and other times seems like the source of us taking home the victory in our home leagues. It’s just as important to not drop the wrong guy as it is to pick up the right one. Another important factor is how much do you bid when dealing with a league budget? No need to worry, pigskinnut.com and the crew are here to help guide you in making solid decisions.

The injuries certainly mounted up in week two; I’m hoping that you were savvy enough to have depth at the premier positions, especially if you lost your top picks. If not, well then, I suppose I’ll throw you a bone and you give you the advice that you are seeking here. If you were lucky enough to not have Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffery, Cortland Sutton, and more, then pay attention to our list. The waiver wire is not just designed for people to replace their injured players, but this is where you can find the depth you tried to get in your auction or draft.

Here are the top 9 players to target in a 10-12 team league, followed by their ownership percent in ESPN fantasy leagues.

  • Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers, 2.7 % (ownership)
  • Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers, 39.8 %
  • Devonta Freeman, RB, New York Giants, 15.3 %
  • Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers, 26.6 %
  • Russel Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons, 27.8%
  • Tre’Quan Smith, WR, New Orleans Saints, 23.8 %
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers, 23.6 %
  • Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers, 9.3 %
  • Frank Gore, RB, New York Jets, 19.7 %

Breaking down these players

Mike Davis is going to get a lot of the production vacated by the McCaffery injury, but remember, CMC’S injury is not season-ending, so there is no reason to go crazy with your FAAB.

Noah Fant: Regardless of who is under center for the Denver Broncos, Noah Fant will be a consistent target. He’s big, strong, and fast. I’m comfortable with betting 25% FAAB.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling: There is a ton of upside here. Aaron Rogers is playing like a man on fire (six touchdowns and 604 yards through two weeks) and the Green Bay offense is firing on all cylinders. Devante Adams could be back healthy for week three, but the question is for how long. Adams is not the most durable receiver in the NFL and you can likely assume he will miss more time this year. He’s is a solid addition for the wide receiver needy.

RBs to pick up

Jerrick Mckinnon: The injury bug did a lot more damage to the 49ers than just a bite. The situation has put Mckinnon in a lead role ahead of Jeff Wilson Jr. (also, not a bad addition) but only for a short while. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman will take over upon arrival in a couple of weeks at best. If your league has a budget, I will not recommend spending more than 25% of your FAAB.

Mike Davis: Mike Davis will have the lead role for the next four to six weeks. Although he will be getting the bulk of the carries, Reggie Bonnafon is lurking on the practice squad and will surely be brought up. Davis did impress on Sunday hauling in eight catches on eight targets for 74 yards. He’s a risky add to have to rely on so don’t bet more than 20% of your FAAB.

Devonta Freeman: If you’re really in a pinch you can take a walk on the wild side and grab Freeman. With all the injuries going on in the NFL he is bound to sign with a team that is in need. Surely he will get the majority of the carries, the question is for how long. Again, kind of a stretch but maybe worth investing 25% of your FAAB.

Joshua Kelley: I absolutely love this guy. Enough said. Bet 30% if your FAAB in confidence.

Here are the top 9 players to target in 14-16 team leagues, or leagues with 8 or more bench spots.


  • Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 9.7 %
  • KJ Hamler, WR, Denver Broncos, 1.5 %
  • Dion Lewis, RB, New York Giants, 2.1 %
  • Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins, 19.9 %
  • Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers, .2 %
  • Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts, 1.2 %
  • Nate Mullens, QB, San Francisco 49ers, .1 %
  • Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars, 3.2 %
  • Drew Samples, TE, Cincinnati Bengals, .2 %