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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3: Target Daniel Jones, Rondale Moore, More Adds

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Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Cardinals’ Rondale Moore.

Week 2 brought a slew of injuries throughout the league. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was knocked out early with a rib injury and will miss time. Bears quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a bone bruise and was replaced by Justin Fields. 49ers running backs Trey Sermon, JaMycal Hasty, Kyle Juszczyk and Elijah Mitchell all suffered separate injuries.

Whether you need a replacement for Jarvis Landry, or a Week 3 streamer, make sure to check out The Action Network’s top targets at each position — all of which are available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues — that you should prioritize come Tuesday night. The only player on this list that I’d recommend breaking the bank for this week is Rondale Moore, especially after he put on a show in the Cardinals’ 34-33 win over the Vikings.

Note: Yahoo! roster percentages are reflected in parenthesis and as of Monday. 

Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups

QB | RB | WR | TE

Fantasy Waiver QBs To Target 

Derek Carr, Raiders (26% rostered)

Don’t look now, but Carr finished as QB9 in Week 1 and is currently QB7 this week with one game left to play. This Raiders offense is firing on all cylinders and has tallied the most yards of offense per game. Carr faces the Dolphins in Week 3 and is an intriguing streamer for this week, and perhaps beyond. Carr is banged up with an ankle and foot injury, though head coach Jon Gruden noted in a press conference on Monday morning that he thinks his QB will play in Week 3. Continue to monitor the Raiders’ injury reports heading into this weekend.

Priority: High, if streaming or needy at quarterback.

Daniel Jones, Giants (19%)

Jones completed 22 of 32 attempts for 249 yards and a touchdown, but the real story was his ground game. He rushed nine times for 95 yards and a touchdown against a tough Washington front seven. I’m certainly not all-in on Jones as a season-long starter, but he has a pretty nice schedule coming up against the Falcons at home, then on the road in New Orleans and Dallas. He will definitely offer streaming potential in at least two of those matchups.

Priority: Medium to high, if streaming or needy at quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos (17%)

Bridgewater is QB11 through two weeks of play heading into Monday Night Football. He has looked highly competent against two subpar defenses, even without his favorite target, Jerry Jeudy. The Broncos get another plush matchup in Week 3 against the Jets. Bridgewater should be a borderline top-12 play.

Priority: Medium, if streaming or needy at quarterback.

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Taylor Heinicke, Football Team (4%)

Heinicke performed well in primetime on Thursday night stepping in for an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. He completed 34 of 46 attempts for 336 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and saw four carries for six yards — good enough for 21 fantasy points. He’s a solid add in two-quarterback or superflex formats and even a streamer in the right matchups (Washington faces the Falcons in Week 4).

Priority: Medium to high in two QB/superflex formats.

Fantasy Waiver RBs To Target 

J.D. McKissic, Football Team (29% rostered)

McKissic posted 17.8 fantasy points in half PPR and had a much better game than his counterpart, Antonio Gibson. He ranked first in catches among running backs last season and should continue to see targets with Taylor Heinicke under center.

Priority: Medium in PPR formats, low to medium in standard.

James White, Patriots (42%)

White had an off year in 2020 that was more symptomatic of the offense struggling as a whole. He is currently the Patriots’ top receiver and has averaged 12.3 points in half PPR through two games. He is a valuable add, especially in PPR formats.

Priority: Medium in PPR formats, low to medium in standard.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons (15%) 

Patterson has dual eligibility as a running back and wide receiver.

The gadget player has averaged 4.6 yards per carry to Mike Davis’ 3.6 and has been more effective in the receiving game. The Falcons offense has looked fairly anemic through two weeks, and Patterson actually leads the team in touchdowns and fantasy points. He seems to fit into the Falcons’ scheme better than Davis and should be streamable as a flex option in certain matchups.

Priority: Medium in PPR formats, low to medium in standard.

Kenneth Gainwell, Eagles (36%)

It was a quiet Week 2 against the 49ers for Gainwell and most of the Eagles not named Quez Watkins, who caught a 91-yard pass against the 49ers. Gainwell is still worth adding (but not starting quite yet) as he would have immense value if anything were to happen to Miles Sanders.

Priority: Medium, higher in keeper/dynasty formats.

Alexander Mattison, Vikings (33%)

Dalvin Cook was briefly hurt in the Vikings’ heartbreaking loss to the Cardinals. He suffered an ankle injury, opening up more touches for Mattison, who is one of the league’s most valuable insurance policies. He should be rostered in most formats.

Priority: Medium.

Demetric Felton, Browns (< 1%) 

Felton has dual eligibility as a running back and wide receiver. 

Felton reeled in two of two targets for 51 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland’s win over the Texans. He’s someone worth keeping an eye on, especially with more targets to go around with Jarvis Landry sidelined for at least a couple of weeks with an MCL sprain.

Priority: Low.

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Fantasy Waiver WRs To Target 

Rondale Moore, Cardinals (34% rostered)

Hopefully you followed Sean Koerner’s advice last week and rostered Moore before his breakout game on Sunday. The rookie caught seven of eight targets for 114 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. He has shockingly been targeted more than DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk so far this season. With Kyler Murray playing phenomenal football, Moore should be rostered in all formats and is startable as a flex play against the Jaguars this week.

Priority: Highest, especially in keeper/dynasty formats.

Tim Patrick, Broncos (22%)

Courtland Sutton stole the show during Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with nine catches for 159 yards. Patrick appeared to be the WR2 in this offense — not K.J. Hamler — and caught three of four targets for 37 yards and a touchdown. He is worth adding while Jerry Jeudy remains sidelined with a high-ankle sprain and has a favorable matchup against the Jets this week.

Priority: Medium.

K.J. Osborn, Vikings (2%)

Osborn caught five of six targets for 91 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. He leads the Vikings in receiving yards, though both Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have more targets. Minnesota takes on the Seahawks‘ porous defense this week, which will make Osborn an intriguing deep-league streamer.

Priority: Low to medium.

Henry Ruggs III, Raiders (35%)

Ruggs had a massive Week 2 against Pittsburgh and caught five of seven targets for 113 yards and a touchdown. He, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow all saw seven targets in the game. He is an interesting dart throw in deeper leagues against the Dolphins this week.

Priority: Low.

Zach Pascal, Colts (16%)

Pascal is WR16 in half PPR through two weeks with the Packers and Lions yet to play. He scored a touchdown for the second week in a row, but may be limited if Jacob Eason starts. The Colts take on the Titans and Dolphins on the road over the next two weeks, which should be highly exploitable matchups for Pascal if quarterback Carson Wentz is healthy.

Priority: Low.

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Fantasy Waiver TEs To Target 

Austin Hooper, Browns (48% rostered)

With Odell Beckham Jr. sidelined and Jarvis Landry suffering an injury during the game, Hooper saw the most targets among all the Browns’ pass-catchers. He reeled in all five of his targets for 40 yards, and should continue to see additional looks with Landry out with an MCL sprain.

Priority: Low to medium.

Maxx Williams, Cardinals (< 1%)

Williams had a fantastic day against the Vikings defense and caught seven of seven targets for 94 yards. He saw nearly double DeAndre Hopkins’ targets and gets another nice matchup on deck against the Seahawks.

Priority: Low.

Jack Doyle, Colts (1%)

Doyle saw a whopping eight targets in Sunday’s game against the Rams — second only to Michael Pittman Jr., who had 12. He made five catches for 64 yards and scored a two-point conversion. Doyle will finish at least inside the top seven at the position this week and is a worthwhile streamer against the Titans if Carson Wentz is healthy.

Priority: Low.

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