2020 NFL Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football waiver wire and injury help is here!

RUNNING BACKS (RB): Mike Davis, Jerrick McKinnon, Darrell Henderson, Josh Kelley, Myles Gaskin, NY Giants Running Backs, Devonta Freeman

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR): Russell Gage, Keelan Cole, Braxton Berrios, Brandon Aiyuk, Adam Humphries, Michael Pittman

TIGHT ENDS (TE): Jonnu Smith, Mike Gesicki, Mo Alie-Cox, Dalton Schultz, Jordan Reed

QUARTERBACKS (QB): Gardner Minshew, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Burrow

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST): Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Football Team
RUNNING BACKS (RB): 

Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues):
Former Seahawk and 49er Mike Davis is now expected to fill the shoes of Christian McCaffrey for the rest of the season.  Sure he carried the ball just once for 1 yard last week, but he caught 8 targets for 74 yards and trailed only Robby Anderson and DJ Moore in both categories.  Teddy Bridgewater loves short passes and has one of the lowest average yards per attempt in the NFL, which is why he doesn’t turn the ball over very much.  This bodes well for Davis in PPR leagues.  He’s also the lone back for the Panthers which further increases his upside.  The Panthers will also be throwing the ball early and often since they’ll be playing catch up which means Davis should be catching passes early and often.  He’s available in virtually all ESPN leagues and worth rostering especially in PPR formats until Christian McCaffery comes back from his high ankle sprain. 

Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 19.1% of all ESPN leagues): 
McKinnon has been productive when he has been healthy.  With that said, he hasn’t been healthy since joining the 49ers in 2018, and has only played 2 complete seasons during his 6 year career.  However, for those who haven’t figured it out yet, Kyle Shanahan’s system takes ordinary running backs like Alfred Morris and Raheem Mostert and turns them into absolute superstars.  McKinnon catches the ball and is a great fit for Shanahan’s system, which gives him a lot of potential upside for his owners.  The amount of time Mostert and Coleman will miss is still TBD, but the 49ers will probably lean heavily on the run moving forward, meaning an increased workload for McKinnon with Nick Mullens under center.

Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams (currently owned in 44.6% of all ESPN leagues):
Injuries to both Malcolm Brown (finger) and Cam Akers (ribs) leave Henderson as the lone, healthy back in the Rams backfield.  Even though he only managed a partial workload of 12 carries last week, he still posted 81 yards and a touchdown.  Although the other 2 Rams RB’s might be back in a couple of weeks, Henderson is one of the few backs in the league not currently in a timeshare which makes him worth picking up.  He also has a decent schedule with the Giants, Washington, and an injured 49ers defense coming up.  He has the Bills this week, but he should still be able to make it work.  Buyer beware: he did struggle with a hamstring injury during training camp, which could come back to bite potential owners.

Josh Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 27.9% of all ESPN leagues):
It’s tough to ignore Josh Kelley’s productivity.  Justin Jackson has had his share of injury concerns and was inactive last week due to a leg/thigh injury.  Kelley did great filling in and actually got 23 carries to Austin Ekeler’s 16.  Kelley also caught 2 passes for 49 yards.  At this rate, Kelley could pass Jackson on the depth chart and the Chargers’ offense is one that can support 2 fantasy-relevant running backs.  Kelley is worth owning given the carnage in fantasy backfields last week and Justin Jackson’s previous injury history.  For more on Josh Kelley’s accomplishments at UCLA as well as his playing style, check out our Running Backs Rookies and Redshirts entry here

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 13% of all ESPN leagues):
Miles Gaskin is a PPR maven and was heavily used for a second week in a row, even though Jordan Howard and Matt Brenda we’re both healthy.  Gaskins had 13 touches to Breida’s 8 and Howard’s 5.  He was much more productive too, averaging 6.3 yards per touch.  He also caught 6 of his targets, giving him more value in PPR leagues.  It’s not a great backfield situation in Miami, but Gaskins is the one to own and should be picked up by owners who lost Barkley, McCaffrey, one of the other running backs that went down this week. 

NEW YORK GIANTS RUNNING BACKS - Dion Lewis / Wayne Gallman
Lewis and Gallman are both unowned in most ESPN leagues because they were both behind Saquon Barkley.  However, fantasy managers need to pay attention to the Giants’ offensive backfield to figure out how this could play out.  Lewis played most of the snaps last week, but it could change week to week given the Giants’ committee approach in the past.  It’s entirely possible that neither of these running backs will be relevant this year given the lack of production from Saquon in the first couple of weeks.  Moreover, their offensive line is still trying to function as a group in a new offensive system.  To top things off, the Giants also brought in Devonta Freeman to work out. For now, Dion Lewis might be the deep league dart throw. 

Devonta Freeman, RB, FREE AGENT (currently owned in 7.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Freeman is currently an unrestricted free agent available in over 90% of all ESPN leagues.  Chances are he’ll work out for teams like the Giants, Eagles, Rams, and possibly the 49ers.  In any case, he’s a healthy free agent with some tread left on his tires should could still get plenty of run given all of the injuries that have happened and could continue to happen in the coming weeks.  

WIDE RECEIVERS (WR)

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (currently owned in 20.2% of all ESPN leagues):
Here’s the thing.  The Falcons don’t have much of a defense which means they’ll need to continue to air it out against their opponents.  Russell Gage came on strong late last year and remains a big part of the Falcons air attack.  There should be plenty more of that in the coming weeks as they take on the Bears, Packers, Panthers, Vikings, Lions, and Panthers before they have the Broncos at home followed by their bye week.  Gage has caught 15 of his 21 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown so far this year, and that target share probably won’t decrease any time soon.  Julio Jones looks like he picked up a hamstring injury, which could further increase Gage’s upside.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 1.9% of all ESPN leagues):
Keelan Cole has had a couple of really good weeks thanks to injuries to Dede Westbrook and now possibly DJ Chark.  He’s caught 11 of his 12 targets for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season.  Cole’s target share could grow if Westbrook remains sidelined and Chark continues to struggle with a chest injury.  He has the soft secondaries of the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans, and Lions coming up on his schedule.  

Braxton Berrios, WR, New York Jets (currently owned in 0.1% of all ESPN leagues):
Adam Gase loves to utilize his slot receivers and last week was no exception.  Crowder is still hobbled with a hamstring, and Perriman and Hogan are dealing with injuries of their own.  This left Berrios to collect 6 of his 8 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown against a formidable 49ers defense.  He’s available in all ESPN leagues and could be a sneaky waiver wire addition if Crowder, Perriman, or Hogan miss additional time.  He has the Colts and Cardinals coming up, in addition to a Broncos defense that’s missing some key pieces. 

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 22% of all ESPN leagues):
Aiyuk’s stock takes a bit of a hit here since starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain in last week.  Nevertheless, the rookie finally looks like he’s ready to go.  Aiyuk might easily be the most talented heathy receiver on the 49ers roster at the moment and he’s a great fit for Shanahan’s system.  He should get plenty of targets with Deebo and Kittle still sidelined with their injuries.  Nick Mullens will be throwing them the ball, but hopefully Jimmy G won’t be sidelined for long.  For more on what Brandon Aiyuk did at Arizona State, check out our Rookie and Redshirt Wide Receivers entry here!

Adam Humphries, WR, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Humphries took full advantage of AJ Brown’s absence this week and brought in 5 of his 6 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown.  Ryan Tannehill is an efficient quarterback who likes to throw short passes to his receivers and let them make plays after the catch, a role which Humphries excels at.  He’ll have the Vikings, Steelers, and Bills defenses in the coming weeks, which means Tannehill might dump the ball off more often.  Then the schedule eases up a bit with the Texans, Bengals, Bears, and Colts, with a bye week mixed in.  

Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 14.3%of all ESPN leagues):
Parris Campbell will be sidelined for “some time” according to coach Frank Reich after Campbell sprained 2 ligaments in his knee.  Pittman caught just 4 of his targets for 37 yards, but the rookie could have more opportunities if both Campbell and Jack Doyle both remain sidelined for extended periods.  It could take some time for Rivers and Pittman to get on the same page, but Pittman is another big, athletic target for the veteran quarterback to throw to.  For more on Pittman’s accomplishments as a USC Trojan, check out our Rookie and Redshirt Wide Receivers entry here

TIGHT ENDS (TE)

Jonnu Smith, TE, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 40.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Smith caught 4 passes for 84 yards and 2 scores this week thanks to AJ Brown’s vacated targets.  He was expected to help fill the void left by long time Titan Delanie Walker and he’s delivered so far with 8 catches for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this season.  The Titans have some tough matchups coming up, but Smith should continue to be heavily targeted as long as AJ Brown is out.  

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (currently owned in 47.7% of all ESPN leagues): 
Gesicki is the latest Dolphins receiving option to break out this year.  He brought in 8 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown last week against the Bills, and should continue to be an integral part of the Dolphins offense as long as Parker is sidelined.  Gesicki’ a athletic prowess is was always talked about, but this might be the first year where he’s lived up to expectations.  He’ll look to build on last week’s breakout performance this week in Jacksonville and some favorable matchups in his coming schedule help raise his floor. 

Mo Alie-Cox, TE, Indianapolis Colts (currently owned in 0.8% of all ESPN leagues): 
Alie-Cox caught 5 of his 6 targets for 111 yards against a tough Vikings offense thanks to Jack Doyle’s absence.  Rivers loved throwing to his tight ends which means Alie-Cox should continue to see added targets if both Doyle and Parris Campbell both remain sidelined.  The Colts have the Jets, Bears, Browns, and Bengals in the coming weeks.  All of these defenses have been susceptible to opponent passing attacks at some point, which makes the Colt tight end a boom or bust play depending on the health of the Colts’ other receiving options.  

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (currently owned in 1% of all ESPN leagues):
Schultz blipped the fantasy in week 1 after Blake Jarwin went down, but he definitely made his presence know last week.  He pulled in 9 of his 10 targets for 88 yards and a score and got acclimated to Kellen Moore’s offense real quick and accounted for over 20% of Dak’s targets.  Still, he may have been a part of a pass-heavy attack after the Cowboys went into halftime trailing 29-10.  There are also quite a few weapons on this Cowboys roster which means there’s a chance Schultz’ workload could be split and situational.  Schultz is only worth an add in deep or super flex leagues, but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers (currently owned in 6.7% of all ESPN leagues):
Reed had been labeled as injury prone, but he reminded Fantasy owners how productive he could be when he’s healthy.  Shanahan still loves using tight ends in his offense which set Reed up for 7 catches for 50 yards and two scores with Kittle unable to go.  Reed’s stock takes somewhat of a hit with Jimmy G sidelined and Nick Mullens delivering the ball, but potential owners can be confident in Shanahan’s system.  Matchups against the Giants, Eagles, and Dolphins make Reed a decent flier as long as Kittle and Deebo are out.

QUARTERBACKS (QB)

Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (currently owned in 45.3% of all ESPN leagues):
Burrow certainly looks like he’s getting up to NFL speed quickly. The rookie got off to a slow start against the Chargers when he completed just 64% of his passes for 193 yards and a pick, but he salvaged the day with a rushing touchdown. He then went on to pick apart a Browns defense led by Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, and Denzel Ward for 316 yards, 3 scores, and a fumble.  Burrow has some decent matchups coming up including the Eagles, Jaguars, Colts, Browns again, and potentially Titans.  Buyer beware: Burrow’s ceiling depends on the health of his top receivers AJ Green and Tyler Boyd.  

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (currently owned in 19.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Minshew Mania rolls on.  The Jaguars signal caller threw for 339 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a couple of picks against a surprising stout Colts defense.  He has some nice matchups coming up against the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans, and Lions.  He has a bye week in week 7 and a tough Chargers coverage unit week 8, but then he has the Texans again in week 9.  Smart fantasy owners might be able to sell him high in the second half of the season given all of the injuries happening throughout the NFL.  

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans (currently owned in 34.5% of all ESPN leagues):
Tannehill isn’t setting the world on fire with monstrous yardage totals, but he’s efficient, takes care of the ball, and throws plenty of touchdowns.  He threw for 239 yards and four scores last week and he hasn’t turned the ball over yet this year.  He does have the Vikings, Steelers, and Bills coming up, but the schedule eases up a bit after that with a couple of divisional matchups and the Bengals and bye week in between.

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 1.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers drafted their future quarterback Justin Herbert in this year’s draft.  Little did they know they’d have to start the rookie seconds before last week’s divisional showdown against the Super Bowl Champs.  Herbert responded by completing 22 of his 33 attempts for 311 yards, a touchdown and a pick, and added 18 yards and a another touchdown on 4 rushes.  He has nice matchup against a soft Panthers secondary and is worth starting in 2QB leagues.  

DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)

STREAMING OPTIONS:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently owned in 44.4% of all ESPN leagues):
The Broncos lost starting quarterback Drew Lock this week as well as their top wideout Courtland Sutton to a knee injury.  Denver’s offensive line is still in shambles and the Buccaneers have a stout front 7.  They’re worth starting this week against Jeff Driskel and a hurting Broncos team.  

Los Angeles Chargers (currently owned in 25.7% of all ESPN leagues):
The Chargers take on a Panthers team that just lost their elite running back Christian McCaffrey.  They could struggle to deal with the loss against a tough Chargers defense.  

Washington Football Team (currently owned in % 13.1% of all ESPN leagues):
The Browns have had trouble moving the ball against good defenses and we’re limited to roughly 320 total yards or so in week 1 against the Ravens.  Washington has a stout front 7 led by Montez Sweat, Chase Young, and Ryan Kerrigan that includes 5 first round picks.  Buyer beware: the Browns can move the ball on the ground and have arguably the best running back tandem in the league in Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Still, Baker seems rattled and seems like he’s still trying to figure out the new system at times. This defensive unit is worth a dart throw.

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