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Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3 (Fantasy Football)

Sep 17, 2019

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We asked our writers to name their top waiver-wire targets at running back and wide receiver for the week. Here’s what they said.

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Who’s your top running back pickup of the week?

Raheem Mostert (SF)
Raheem Mostert is way under-owned considering the fact that Tevin Coleman is out for several weeks at best, Jerick McKinnon is on IR, and Matt Breida always seems to get. Mostert has never had a clean bill of health either, but many forget how effective he can be when he has the ball in his hands. He can be as good as Breida, and San Francisco loves to play at least two players at the running back position. Mostert is the team’s current number two, so he will get enough touches to be a flex option and if Breida does leave the game for a series or two, he has the chance to easily be an RB3 at worst. He’s bigger now but still remains a dual-threat as a runner and a pass-catcher.
– Marc Mathyk (@Masterjune70)

My top pick up at running back is Raheem Mostert. In Week 2, Mostert had 83 rushing yards, three receptions for 68 yards, and a touchdown. He isn’t the sexiest add since Matt Brieda and Jeff Wilson are still getting shares of the 49ers’ workload. The trio had almost the same amount of carries last Sunday with Coleman out — Breida (12 carries), Mostert (13) and Wilson (10). Kyle Shanahan’s offense can support multiple fantasy-relevant running backs, so it would be worth a shot on Mostert.
– Kevin O’Connor (@22koconnor)

Matt Breida is one of the better running backs in the NFL but seems to be always hurt or have a nagging injury. With Tevin Coleman out for a while, Mostert is a must-add. I have added him a few leagues before his 151 total yard breakout in Week 2. In an offense that is fantasy-friendly to running backs, Mostert is receiving a good portion of the time-share, evidenced by his 13 carries in Week 2. If Breida were to go down, Mostert could receive 20 carries a game making him a borderline RB1/high-end RB2 in given weeks.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Tevin Coleman will be out for a while, so there are touches to be had in the San Francisco backfield. Justin Wilson did have two touchdowns, but he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry and did not look as effective as Breida or Mostert. Mostert currently has real flex value and is a Breida injury away from becoming a solid RB2. He’s worth a max of 13-15% of your FAAB points. Darwin Thompson is another sneaky add with both Shady and Damien Williams banged up.
– Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)

Jaylen Samuels (PIT)
It seems as though James Conner isn’t going to miss any time but add Samuels for a few bucks just in case he is a late scratch. Samuels would be a solid RB2, and perhaps more, any week that Conner is out.
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

Running back James Conner may not play this week in a game at San Francisco, and Conner has been horrible this year with just 54 yards on 21 carries and only seven receptions for 56 yards. I think there is a real chance for Samuels to earn playing time going forward if he can have a big game this week and the Steelers still have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. I also like 49ers RB Raheem Mostert, but Matt Breida is still the starter there and Mostert benefited from the 49ers winning that game 41-17. I think Samuels has a chance to start this week if Conner is not ready and with the starter struggling there, he has a chance to earn a bigger share down the road.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

Frank Gore (BUF)
While this is not a sexy addition, those needing guaranteed volume for Week 3 could find something in Gore. The Bills’ backup running back, Devin Singletary, exited Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and is considered day-to-day. Hamstring injuries are very delicate and often cause lingering issues, so Singletary’s Week 3 status is questionable at best. If Singletary plays, Gore becomes less valuable as he showed in Week 1 when he finished with two fantasy points. Once Singletary left the game in Week 2, Gore did amass 16.3 PPR points on 19 carries for 68 yards, two receptions for 15 yards, and a touchdown. Gore is not the answer, merely a temporary flier against a Cincinnati team that has given up 165.5 rushing yards per game in 2019. If Singletary misses Week 3, Gore is a great flex-flier.
– Garett Thomas (@GarettThomas)

Chase Edmonds (ARI)
I won’t repeat the other picks here, but after seeing David Johnson banged up with another wrist injury, it’s not a bad time to snag Chase Edmonds. Edmonds is a three-down back with proper bell-cow size and a versatile skill set. Edmonds will step in 1-for-1 if DJ misses any time. This pick is most applicable to deeper leagues or handcuff situations for worried DJ owners.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

Darwin Thompson (KC)
Week 2 will hopefully be the worst week of injuries that fantasy owners will have to endure this season. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking at a depleted backfield with both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams getting injured during Sunday’s game against the Raiders. Enter rookie Darwin Thompson. If either veteran running back misses time Thompson will see an increased workload in the Chiefs’ high powered offense. Thompson would get a tough matchup next week as the Chiefs take on the Ravens, but anytime a main piece of the Andy Reid offense is available on waivers, fantasy owners should take notice immediately. Darwin Thompson averaged 5.0 yards per carry for 60 yards during the preseason.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

Who’s your top wide receiver pickup of the week?

Demarcus Robinson (KC)
Robinson has a huge game Sunday and while many will be fading him Week 3 versus the Ravens, you can use him right away. They are dealing with multiple cornerback injuries, and Robinson played over 90% of the snaps Sunday.
– Bobby Sylvester (@bobbyfantasypro)

Why not try and get a piece of one of the most dynamic offenses in football right now? Mahomes has continued his success from last year and on Sunday recorded his sixth game with at least 300 yards passing and four touchdowns. Without Tyreek Hill, Mahomes has been distributing the ball around to all his pass catchers. This week was Demarcus Robinson’s turn to be the WR1 with 35.2 PPR points on six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns (last week Sammy Watkins led all receivers with 46.8 PPR points). Robinson may not see those type of numbers again with all the mouths to feed on the offense but being able to have a player on the Chiefs is never a bad thing for your fantasy roster.
– Kevin O’Connor (@22koconnor)

I know that Demarcus Robinson could have just had a good game against the Oakland Raiders. But the other side of the argument is six receptions, 172 yards, and two touchdowns, and I refuse to ignore that. Robinson’s breakout is likely tied to Tyreek Hill being out for multiple games, and that is important to know because his reign could easily end once Hill is back. In the meantime, he is worth taking a shot on. Any time I can get a pass-catching option from Patrick Mahomes, I am going to secure that opportunity. His Week 3 matchup against Baltimore at home is unsettling, but when Mahomes is under center anything is possible for Kansas City pass catchers.
– Garett Thomas (@GarettThomas)

The Kansas City offense is ridiculous. The fact they could gain almost 300 yards passing and score four touchdowns in a quarter is amazing. Patrick Mahomes can score from any point on the field and any receiver playing with him is a WR1 waiting to happen. He may lose value when Tyreek Hill returns from injury, but Sammy Watkins has an extensive injury history of his own, and Robinson played a career game this week. Given his upside in this offense, I would try to add Robinson above all available wide receivers this week.
– Derek Lofland (@DerekLofland)

With Tyreek Hill gone for the next few weeks at least, everyone was wondering who was going to step up. Week 2 it was Demarcus Robinson. He broke out against the Raiders with six catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. The Chiefs offense is so explosive, Robinson should remain one of Mahomes’ primary targets for the foreseeable future. He is a must-add in any league format.
– Brad Camara (@beerad30)

Deebo Samuel (SF)
Samuel is operating as the true alpha in the 49ers’ passing attack, leading the team in snaps in Week 1 and then turning in a strong outing in Week 2 with a team-high seven targets. The 49ers look to be on the upswing offensively early in 2019, and Samuel is the primary option at the wide receiver position.
– Mark Leipold (@LeipoldNFL)

James Washington (PIT)
Will this be the final week that the Steelers realize Donte Moncrief is actually really only Donte Moncrief? After a poor first game, he appears to be everything he has ever been — a major disappointment. There was a lot of talk during the preseason condemning Washington, but he proved them wrong with a few dominant games. Look for Washington to up his game even more with a few more snaps. After this week, he should solidify himself as the team’s number two wideout and perhaps the number two passing option. While the loss of Big Ben will hurt, Mason Rudolph showed that he can be capable under center.
– Marc Mathyk (@Masterjune70)

D.J. Chark (JAC)
James Washington and Demarcus Robinson will probably dominate waivers this week, and owners would be smart to follow this trend. D.J. Chark is a name that needs to be considered rostering in most leagues. For example, T.Y. Hilton owners should be looking to sell high in his quick start. Depending on roster needs, Chark could be a decent band-aid until other receivers emerge or return from injury. Through two games Chark has a team-high 11 receptions equating to 201 receiving yards. He should be highly considered in larger redraft and dynasty leagues.
– Andrew Liang (@whenpigskinfly)

Mecole Hardman (KC)
Who doesn’t want a part of the best offense in the league? For fantasy purposes, if you can get your hands on a Chiefs player, it’s usually beneficial. Demarcus Robinson had the bigger game, but both he and Hardman saw six targets and Hardman is the one the team invested a second-round pick in this year. Hardman’s game is also most comparable to that of Tyreek Hill. If you need a high-upside starter for the next few weeks, spend up to 13% of your FAAB budget on Hardman. Deebo Samuel is also a savvy add, as he seems to be entrenched as a starting receiver for Kyle Shanahan. He looks like he can make an impact as a rookie.
– Elisha Twerski (@ElishaTwerski)

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