2019 NFL Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football waiver wire pickups, injury help, and streaming options are here!
RUNNING BACKS (RB)

Carlos Hyde, RB, Houston Texans (currently owned in 44.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Hyde's stock took a huge hit after being cut by the Chiefs, so much so that he's now available in over half of all ESPN leagues.  Sure, the Jaguars have been soft against the run, but that shouldn't take away from what Hyde has done so far.  Sure the Texans backfield is a timeshare, but Hyde is worth spot starts at the very least, and his team will hand it off to him when it's time to ground and pound.  He has 30 carries for 183 yards on the ground and it's only a matter of time until he gets in the endzone.

Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 16.4% of all ESPN leagues):
Gore nearly ran wild last week after Singletary went down with an injury.  He posted 19 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown against the Giants, and he should be a good streaming option for at least one more week against the defenseless Bengals.  Singletary suffered a hamstring injury which is one of the trickiest injuries to recover from.  He's still being evaluated for now and a time table has not been provided for his return.  This should provide plenty of opportunities for Gore to do his thing.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 51.7% of all ESPN leagues): the placement of Guice on injured reserve opens the door for a backfield split for the Redskins much like we saw last year.  Peterson should get most of the groundwork while Chris Thompson serves in a complimentary role catching passes and being a change-of-pace back.  Thompson is certainly worth a look in PPR leagues and could see an even bigger role this year thanks to a lack of pass-catching options for the Redskins. Case Keenum will certainly be looking Thompson's way more often since the Redskins offensive line play has been spotty.  He should be rostered in most leagues, especially deep PPR leagues, and deserves consideration with high flex upside.

Raheem Mostert, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 11% of all ESPN leagues):
The 49ers have lacked pass catching options, but they're also getting the ball out more quickly to protect their franchise QB.  With that said, Mostert racked up 68 yards and a touchdown on just three catches.  He also racked up 83 yards on 13 carries.  Buyer beware though. The 49ers backfield is a timeshare and the Bengals don't have a defense which means Mostert won't post stat lines like this every week.  However, he should be rostered in deep leagues to provide spot starts against weak defenses.  The opportunities should be there since the 49ers might be limiting Breida's touches to keep him healthy.  Mostert is boom or bust though.

Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 64.7% of all ESPN leagues): 
Barber is listed atop The depth chart, and he's had some decent outings. He posted a touchdown against a tough Carolina front, and he's provided serviceable flex numbers.  He's worth a spot start as a flex, or as a desperation RB2.  Bruce Arians has stated that he'll continue to roll with the hot hand, which means the opportunities will be there as long as he continues to produce.  Again, he's a depth add and definitely worth adding in deep leagues.  His schedule is a bit of a mixed bag so his owners won't be able to set it and forget it.  Hopefully his box scores will continue to improve as he continues to get comfortable in Arians' offense.

Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 25.5% of all ESPN leagues):
James Conner left last week's matchup against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed knee injury. Naturally, Conner's health and status will need to be monitored ahead of starting Samuels in any formats.  It should be noted that Samuel is the next man up in the Steelers backfield. He was a more-than-capable replacement for Connner last year.  He posted 42 carries for 223 yards and added another 12 catches for 114 yards and a score in 3 starts while Conner was sidelined.  Samuels is no more than a complementary back when Conner is available to run the ball. However, the 6'0", 225lb back would inherit most of Conner's workload in the event Conner isn't available.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 56.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Here's the thing.  The Jets supposedly have one of the best defenses in the league led by CJ Mosley and Trumaine Johnson.  Rookie Quinnen Williams leads is a force up front.  Yet somehow, some way, the Bills mounted a comeback led by John Brown which helped him post a great fantasy stat line.  Josh Allen's ability to stay vertical, scramble, and find the open man help him unleash his rocket launcher and heave it downfield to brown.  He's averaged 9 targets per game and he's posted 195 yards and a touchdown on 14 catches so far this season.  He's a solid number one receiver and provides WR2 upside on any given week.  He has a home matchup this week against the Bengals, so owners can expect some nice fantasy stats from him this week.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins (currently owned in 41% of all ESPN leagues): 
McLaurin backed up his week 1 performance by posting five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys this past week.  The Speedster out of Ohio State University has shown a rapport with Keenum.  He's a stout back and a good size-speed combo who can catch short passes and turn them into big gains.  Although he has the Bears this week, he also has the Giants, Dolphins, and 49ers in the coming weeks.  Friendly matchups should help the rookie get spot starts at the very least.  While he may not be a viable fantasy starter every week, he's proven he has a decent floor and he's a potential home run hitter every time he gets the ball.  He has 10 catches for 187 yards and a pair of touchdowns so far this season, and he's looking like a true number 1 receiver.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (currently owned in 4.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
The emergence of DeSean Jackson threatened to put Agholor out of sight and out of mind.  However, Jackson sustained a groin injury some time last week against the Falcons.  This opened up the door to post 8 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown against a decent Falcons secondary.  The recovery of a groin injury for someone Jackson's age shouldn't be rushed or he'll risk injuring it more.  Jackson has suffered multiple injuries in recent seasons so there's no telling how long he'll be sidelined.  Injuries to Jackson and Alshon should be plenty of opportunities for Agholor to produce.  Buyer beware: he has six straight weeks of tough matchups (Packers, Jets, Vikings, Cowboys, Bills, Bears) after a home game against the Lions this week.

DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 66.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Seahawks have been thin at receiver and Metcalf has taken advantage of the situation by quietly been posting some decent fantasy numbers.  His physique and performance at this year's Combine made him the media darling.  He has 13 targets so far this season.  Lockett will probably draw most of the coverage which puts Metcalf one on one outside where he can torch opposing DB's or use his body and physicality to box out other defenders and make contested catches.  He should be rostered in all formats and he should yield flex numbers.

Chiefs Wide Receivers 
Mecole Hardman (currently owned in 38.3% of all ESPN leagues)
Demarcus Robinson (currently owned in 1.1% of all ESPN leagues)
With Tyreek Hill slated to be out for a few more weeks, it's a dart throw as far as who will post the best box score.  Here's the thing.  All of the Chiefs wideouts are catching passes from a future Hall of Famer and there's enough offense to go around.  Mahomes has said that he'll go through his progression, make the read, and throw it to whoever is the most open.  Now, Hardman and Robinson might be boom or bust, but there's enough firepower to support a high fantasy floor.  Prospective owners can't go wrong rostering these guys as long as Hill is out.  Buyer beware: there are some tough matchups in the coming weeks.  However, even that might not be enough to slow down this Chiefs offense.  They've picked apart the likes of the Broncos and the Rams in the past.  These guys should be rostered as long as Tyreek is out.

Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans (currently owned in 25.6% of all ESPN leagues): 
Stills was a high end flex at best during his last days in Miami.  He wasn't a good fit with the new regime and needed a change of scenery.  Truth be told, his fantasy stock would've taken even more of a dive with the emergence of Parker, Wilson, and undrafted Preston Williams.  The move to Houston made him fantasy-relevant again thanks to Bill O'Brien's optimism and usage.  The Texans have needed someone more reliable, or just able in general, to consistently play opposite Hopkins.  While Fuller has the jets, Still has the jets, route running, and durability which makes him a Fuller upgrade.  He managed to find the endzone on a deep pass from Watson against a tough Saints secondary, but didn't see much work with Coutee back on the field.  He's a deep league stash at the moment, but he'll have a massive role when Coutee or Fuller go down.

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens (currently owned in 71.3% of all ESPN leagues): 
Let's make this simple.  If Mark Andrews is available, he better be rostered.  He continued his success from last season and he's already posted 16 catches for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns this season.  He's Lamar Jackson's top target and he could be a top 10 fantasy tight end this year.  He should be on ALL rosters and in the starting lineup at this point.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 12.7% of all ESPN leagues):  
Eifert has fallen into fantasy oblivion in the last two seasons. Has big issue has been his health. He has played just six games total in 2017 and 2018.  However, he has been a bit of a decent receiving option for a Bengals team that has struggled with injuries.  He's caught 8 passes for 36 yards, but he's one of Dalton's biggest red zone targets.  Managers in deep leagues who need a decent tight end should consider Eifert.  Use him while he's healthy.  Hopefully he can stay off the bench and in the game.

Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks (currently owned in 2.2% of all ESPN leagues):  
Will Dissly is a bit of a boom or bust prospect as this season has illustrated.  He was hurt in the first game of the season.  However, he could end up grabbing five targets for 50 yards and a couple of touchdowns if he can play a complete game.  He's a big redzone target for Russell Wilson, and he's a matchup nightmare on the run and he has reliable hands.  Like Eifert, Dissly should be considered in deep leagues and merits spot starts or flex consideration when healthy.

Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets (currently owned in 7.4% of all ESPN leagues): 
Herndon was Darnold's security blankets all last year. Young quarterbacks love their tight ends, especially fast athletic ones who can make big catches downfield and are matchup nightmares.  Every QB loves having a target like Herndon to throw to.  When Herndon comes back, he'll have his work cut out for him.  Darnold has mono and Siemian is gimpy with an ankle.  Herndon is a grab and stash until there's more clarity regarding the health of the Jets' top two quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACKS (QB)

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (currently owned in 30% of all ESPN leagues): 
At 6'5", 237lbs, Allen is a big quarterback with a big arm who's tough to bring down.  The draw here is he can run it.  He has as many rushing touchdowns as he does passing.  He has a tasty home matchup against the Bengals who have one of the worst defenses in the league.  He should post a nice stat line this week, but more challenges lay ahead including the Pats and Titans.  Nevertheless, Allen is worth rostering and starting when the matchup looks good.

Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 12% of all ESPN leagues): 
Just when Colts fans were ready to throw in the towel after Luck's retirement before the season even started, Jacoby is giving them hope.  No, all is not lost.  The Colts have a great offensive line, Brissett has thrown for 5 touchdowns already, and he did it against quality opponents.  The Colts bounced back against the Titans after a heartbreaking loss to the Chargers in week 1.  Brissett has made some good throws, looks mobile, knows how to use his legs to avoid pressure, and knows how to improvise.  He has some tough matchups coming up and he'll need to sling it a bit, but he has plenty of talent around him and he's serviceable.  He's a mid-range QB2, but has QB1 upside depending on the matchup.

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans Saints (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
Not a lot of fantasy owners remember Teddy B.  He was busy in Minnesota taking the starting job from Christian Ponder the last time he made any sort of fantasy impact.  Then he dislocated his knee and tore his ACL ended his 2018 campaign before it even started.  Well, he's back and he's up and running.  The thing is Beidgewater knows how to work with superstars.  He took the snaps that put Diggs and Thielen on the fantasy radar when their careers were in their infancy.  He has plenty of talent around him in Thomas, Kamara, Cook, and Ginn, and he should be able to at least make do with what he has.  Brees will be out for 6 weeks.  The Saints have the Bucs, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Cardinals during that time, so Bridgewater should be able to provide serviceable numbers.  He deserves a look in all 2QB leagues. 

Mason Rudolph, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 0.2% of all ESPN leagues): 
A couple of things make Rudolph an intreaguing pickup.  First of all, this could honestly be the end for Big Ben if he has any kind of nerve damage in his elbow.  This makes him a good keeper stash.  Second, this isn't Rudolph's first rodeo.  He's played with the first teamers before and he's looked good.  Third, everyone knows what Juju can do, but Washington gets a slight bump.  Rudolph was the one throwing passes to Washington when the two were Cowboys together at Oklahoma State, so the two have a working relationship.  Finally, he's protected by one of the league's best offensive lines and he's surrounded by talent.  He almost brought the Steelers back and completed 63% of his passes for 112 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.  Who knows what the kid can do after a full week of game planning and working with the starters?  The best part? He's available in virtually all ESPN leagues.

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 37.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Potential owners may have missed their chance to own the Cowboys defense if they did not pick them up last week. They have a very appealing matchup against a Dolphins team that's clearly in tank mode.  They just allowed 35 points to the Patriots defense last week and got shut out offensively.  The Cowboys defense is a agreat streaming option this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers (currently owned in 19.9% of all ESPN leagues):
No the Steelers aren't as bad as they seem.  The loss of Big Ben and possibly James Conner don't affect the Steelers much on the defensive side of the ball.  Tuitt, Watt, Dupree, rookie Devin Bush, Joe Haden, and newly acquired defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick combine to be a force to be reckoned with.  They have the 49ers and Bengals on the docket for the next couple of weeks.  Dalton hasn't been the best quarterback, and San Fran's running backs will have their work cut out for them against the tough Steelers' linebackers.  

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