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Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

jerick mckinnon week 3 waiver wire pickups

We were already missing some big names going into Week 2 (Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, George Kittle), and as the day progressed, so did the injuries. There’s a lot to get into so let’s just dive into the waiver adds you should be targeting in my Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups.



  • Saquon Barkley – torn ACL. Season is over.
  • Courtland SuttonACL. Season is over.
  • Christian McCaffreyhigh ankle sprain. 4-6 weeks
  • Raheem Mostert – MCL sprain. Believed to be mild, but likely OUT for week 3.
  • Tevin Coleman – knee. There are rumblings that this may be a multi-week absence.
  • Cam Akers – rib. Timetable unknown.
  • Malcolm Brown – finger. The injury kept Brown sidelined and it’s unknown if he’ll miss additional time.
  • Drew Lock – AC sprain. Will miss 2-6 weeks
  • Jimmy Garoppolo – high ankle sprain. Week-to-week
  • Tyrod Taylor – chest pains. Taylor started experiencing chest pains prior to the game against KC.
  • Davante Adams – hammy. Reportedly minor.
  • Parris Campbell – PCL and MCL. Sidelined indefinitely
  • Sammy Watkins – head. Watkins took a direct blow to his head and was visibly shaken up. I’m assuming he’ll be in the concussion protocol this week.
  • Sterling Shepard – turf toe. Sidelined indefinitely.
  • Breshad Perriman/Chris Hogan – Jets.
  • Key Defensive injuries – * notes out for year: Nick Bosa*- SF (ACL), Soloman Thomas*-SF (knee), Ricardo Allen-ATL (elbow), Tavon Young*- BAL (knee), Takk McKinley- ATL (groin), Dre’Mont Jones- DEN (knee), Malik Hooker*- IND (Achilles), D.J. Hayden- JAX (concussion), Byron Jones- MIA (groin), Marquise Blair*- SEA (ACL), Anthony Barr*- MIN (chest), Bruce Irvin*- SEA (ACL)


*All players listed below are available in 40+% of leagues. Roster percentages listed below are from ESPN. I’ll be adding Yahoo! info to this article next week.



Tier 1 Options

  • Ryan Tannehill (35%) at Minnesota
  • Baker Mayfield (24%) vs Washington

Tier 2 Options

  • Philip Rivers (17%)  vs NY Jets
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (2%) at Jacksonville
  • Jared Goff (37%) at Buffalo
  • Joe Burrow (45%) at Philly
  • Jeff Driskel (0%) vs Tampa Bay
  • Justin Herbert (2%) vs Carolina

Tier 3 Options

  • Gardner Minshew (20%) vs Miami
  • Tyrod Taylor (4%) vs Carolina
  • Teddy Bridgewater (14%) vs LA Chargers
  • Daniel Jones (49%) vs SF
  • Kirk Cousins (21%) vs Tennessee
  • Mitchell Trubisky (12%) at Atlanta


Don’t look now, but Ryan Tannehill and the Titans offense are in the top-10 for both pace of play and total plays ran (with Saints/Raiders Week 2 not included). Tanny now heads to face the Vikings who have given up the fourth-most passing yards, just lost Anthony Barr, will still be without Danielle Hunter and possibly Cameron Dantzler. It makes me queasy to place Baker Mayfield in the top tier for Week 3, but he does get Washington at home. With extra time for Jarvis Landry to rest, Mayfield shouldn’t have any issue against Washington’s secondary. Tier 2 is basically a Pick-Your-Poison group who all have plus matchups, outside of Jared Goff and the Rams heading for Buffalo. In his favor, however, are current injuries to three of their linebackers and only Tre’Davious White to truly worry about. Thursday Night Football is always a crapshoot but if you have to roll with Gardner Minshew, you could definitely do worse. Byron Jones left Sunday’s game with a groin injury and with a quick turnaround, he’ll be playing at less than 100% if he even suits up. Daniel Jones would be a tier higher had the Giants not just lost Saquon and Shepard. San Francisco is absolutely ravaged with injuries right now and the matchup would have been far less intimidating than it appeared 3 weeks ago. Mitchell Trubisky (Mitch Bortles? Blake Trubisky?) will no doubt be playing from behind. Can he avoid going full Trubisky?



Tier 1 Options

  • Darrell Henderson (46%) at Buffalo
  • Joshua Kelley (28%) vs Carolina
  • Jerick McKinnon (19%) at NYG
  • Mike Davis (1%) vs LAC

Tier 2 Options

  • Myles Gaskin (13%) at Jacksonville
  • Chase Edmonds (32%) vs Detoit
  • Jamaal Williams (13%) at New Orleans
  • Tony Pollard (37%) at Seattle

Tier 3

  • Rex Burkhead (3%) vs Las Veags
  • Devonta Freeman (8%) FA
  • Jeff Wilson (0%) at NY Jets
  • Giovani Bernard (4%) at Philly
  • La’Mical Perine (2%) vs IND

Tier 4

  • JaMycal Hasty (0%) at NYG

All of the options in Tier 1 have been bolded because all are Priority Adds for Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups. If you’re looking for a more long-term option, Joshua Kelley would be the guy I would target. Through two weeks, Kelley has 37 targets and a clear advantage over everyone else on this list in that his role is secure unless he himself gets injured. Jerick McKinnon and Mike Davis are next for me, followed by Darrell Henderson if I were actually ranking within the top tier. Henderson may have the backfield to himself for a bit, depending on what happens with Malcolm Brown’s finger injury and how long Cam Akers is sidelined. Myles Gaskin is still the main back for Miami as he saw 65% of the snaps against Buffalo and led the team in touches for the second straight week. Chase Edmonds and Jamaal Williams would see their stocks explode if injuries ahead of them happened and they also offer some standalone value, something Tony Pollard is currently lacking. After two weeks, Pollard has just 7 touches while both Edmonds and Williams have 15 and 19, respectively. Tier 3 is kinda the “blah” tier. Burkhead could have longer-term value depending on how long James White will be away from the team following the tragedy that struck his family prior to Sunday’s kickoff. Devonta Freeman is damn-near guaranteed to sign somewhere this week. Jeff Wilson has made a living in San Fran as a touchdown vulture and as hopeful as I am for McKinnon, Shanny isn’t going to lean on him. La’Mical Perine and JaMycal Hasty are two deep rookie stashes.



Tier 1 Options

  • Russell Gage (20%) vs Chicago
  • Jalen Reagor (26%) vs Cincy
  • Brandon Aiyuk (22%) at NYG
  • Tre’Quan Smith (18%) vs GB

Tier 2 Options

  • Marques Valdez-Scantling (17%) at NO
  • Allen Lazard (35%) at NO
  • Corey Davis (36%) at Minnesota
  • Keelan Cole (2%) vs Miami
  • Michael Pittman (14%) vs NYJ
  • N’Keal Harry (40%) vs Las Vegas
  • Anthony Miller (40%) at Atlanta
  • Laviska Shenault (13%) vs Miami

Tier 3 Options

  • Demarcus Robinson (2%) at Baltimore
  • Mecole Hardman (42%) at Baltimore
  • Chase Claypool (7%) vs Houston
  • Curtis Samuel (42%) at LAC
  • Mike Williams (50%) vs Carolina
  • Steven Sims (12%) at Cleveland
  • Bryan Edwards (6%) at New England

Tier 4 Options

  • Damiere Byrd (0%) vs Las Vegas
  • Isaiah Ford (0%) at Jacksonville
  • Scotty Miller (30%) at Denver
  • James Washington (6%) vs Houston
  • Van Jefferson (3%) at Buffalo

Tre’Quan Smith had himself a really nice game going 5/86 on 7 targets against Las Vegas Monday night. His 7 targets trailed only Alvin Kamara (9). Although there was an outside shot for Michael Thomas to play on Monday, New Orleans could use a consistent number two option on their offense and Smith may have solidified that role. After throwing for a measley 155 yard last week, Cam Newton went for nearly 400 yards in Week 2, with both N’Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd chipping in 72 yards each. Harry obviously has the hype, profile, and draft capital while Byrd spent time with Newton in Carolina. With Sammy Watkins potentially missing time and a date with Baltimore on deck, Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman are enticing, although I’m not entirely sure I’d feel great about plugging either into my lineup. With Kevin Steele as the owner and operator of this here fantasy football site, I’m obligated to mention Keelan Cole here or I may lose all contribution privileges. Through two weeks, Cole has run the second-most routes and has the second-highest yards per route run for Jacksonville, while leading in targets, catches, and touchdowns.



Tier 1 Options

  • Jonnu Smith (40%) at Minnesota

Tier 2 Options

  • Logan Thomas (10%) at Cleveland
  • Mike Gesicki (48%) at Jacksonville
  • Dalton Schultz (1%) at Seattle

Tier 3 Options aka I Wish I Knew More About The TE1 Tier

  • Jordan Reed
  • Mo Alie-Cox


If for some reason Jonnu Smith is still available in your league you need to grab him. While he’s not going to get Travis Kelce level volume, the dude is still a stud and can deliver on limited targets. I would drop guys like Rob Gronkowski and Austin Hooper for him without thinking about it. The production wasn’t there in Week 2 for Logan Thomas, but he still recorded 9 targets. Follow the volume. Jordan Reed and Mo Alie-Cox absolutely balled in place of George Kittle and Jack Doyle, but without knowing how long those two will be out, I wouldn’t go crazy on either.



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