INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 09: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals hands the ball off to Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)

Waiver Wire Weekly: Fantasy Pickups for Week 3

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The waiver wire is the best and easiest way to improve your roster early in the season. Finding those waiver gems can catapult a team from mediocre to a playoff contender pretty quickly. On last week's list, names like Ryan Fitzpatrick, DeSean Jackson, and Phillip Lindsay proved to be solid acquisitions. There are still a handful of players who need to be scooped up and rostered this week. 

10. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings

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Handcuffs are always important in fantasy, and Latavius Murray is one of the best out there. While he hasn't had an opportunity with Dalvin Cook in front of him, Murray is still someone that should be owned in all leagues. Cook left the Vikings' matchup in OT with cramps. Cook won't be sidelined, but feel free to stash the veteran backup with an open roster spot. 

9. Kamar Aiken, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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Kamar Aiken is not someone you have to worry about being owned as he's currently available in 100 percent of leagues according to ESPN. The veteran wideout makes this week's list due to the opportunity that's in front of him. Mike Wallace is likely out for the year with an ankle injury, Mack Hollins was placed on the IR, and Alshon Jeffery may not return this week. With Nelson Agholor as the only viable wideout option in front of Aiken, he could receive a ton of looks in Carson Wentz's first game back. 

8. Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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The reason why Keelan Cole is so low on this list is because he's owned in almost half of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues. If you're lucky enough to be in one of those leagues that he's available, pick up Cole immediately. With seven catches on eight targets for 116 yards and a touchdown, it's clear he's a big part of this offense. Cole will get even more looks the longer that Fournette is out, but even if the powerful running back returns, this wideout has the chance to have a huge season. 

7. Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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A.J. Green is one of the best wideouts on the planet, which isn't a secret. Defenses know this and pay pretty close attention to him.. What's most exciting about Boyd are the 14 targets through two games, only three fewer than Green. With the Bengals committed to passing, Boyd has emerged as the true WR2 for this team, making him a player worth picking up in fantasy.  

6. Javorius "Buck" Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

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Buck Allen is hated by Alex Collins fantasy owners. He's a vulture, someone who cuts into Collins' usage and touches, but there's no reason why you shouldn't capitalize off of it. He's considered the backup, but still has a very interesting role with this team as he's both the goal-line back and the receiving option out of the backfield. With a chance to be solid in PPR leagues and add a touchdown vulture each and every week, he's definitely one of the better running back options on the market. 

5. Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Jesse James is an extremely perplexing fantasy option. If you look at his athletic ability and that attractive stat line of five catches for 138 yards and a touchdown from Sunday's game, he's a no-brainer to pick up. However, there's more to the story. The Steelers don't target him much, and he showed signs of inconsistency last year. Still, this latest game and upside are hard to ignore.

4. Marcus Murphy, RB, Buffalo Bills

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With injury comes opportunity and that's exactly what makes Murphy relevant. LeSean McCoy exited Sunday's game with a rib injury. He's questionable for this week, but a rib injury is something extremely difficult to play with. It's a toss up between who will be better between Murphy and Chris Ivory, but Murphy has the edge as he's a better receiver.  

3. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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The red rifle is back! Andy Dalton is considered a mediocre quarterback, but the guy puts up decent numbers most weeks. Thus far, he has 508 yards passing with six touchdowns and only one pick. With Joe Mixon out, they're going to continue to rely on the pass. There's no reason Dalton should be available in so many leagues, but that just means you have the window for a early season snag on the waiver wire. 

2. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

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If you have a big game, it could be a fluke. If you have two big games, it's something worth noting. That's why Brown has made this list. It's clear he's Joe Flacco's favorite wide receiver. He has 14 targets and has racked up nearly 70 yards per game, scoring twice in the process. Pick up Brown, who could continue to be a stud on an pass-heavy offense. 

1. Gio Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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If you have a running back issue, Gio Bernard is the go-to option for you. He's a monster in PPR settings, and will now have the backfield all to himself with Joe Mixon out for a handful of weeks because of a knee injury. Bernard is going to get a ton of usage, and should be picked up and plugged in to your lineup immediately. 

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