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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Jason Schandl

After an eventful Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season, you're probably not going to be too surprised by who the top Week 3 waiver wire pickups are.

If you're playing in a highly competitive league, a deep league with more than 12 teams, or just have a low waiver priority this week, you could be looking for some more unconventional adds.

That's where these top fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 3 come into play.

1. Devin Smith, WR, Dallas Cowboys

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With Michael Gallup sidelined for the next few weeks, the door is open for Devin Smith's breakout to continue. Smith caught all three of his targets for 74 yards and a touchdown after Gallup made an early exit in Week 2. Randall Cobb's slot role is unlikely to be altered much by Gallup's absence, so Smith could see a huge increase in snaps on the outside for the next few games. He'll have a great opportunity to turn those looks into production as well, taking on the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 and then the New Orleans Saints in Week 4.

2. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

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Both Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) left Sunday night's game early, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside stepped up to play 92.5 percent of the Philadelphia Eagles' snaps. He finished only fourth on the team in targets in that game, but with the Eagles' receiving corps this banged up, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the second-round pick push a 90 percent snap share again. That's easy to like in Week 3, as the Eagles will take on a Detroit Lions defense that has given up the ninth-most passing yards in 2019.

3. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

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Aaron Jones was being drafted like the Green Bay Packers' clear-cut No. 1 RB in fantasy football this summer, but Jamaal Williams is playing a much bigger role than expected. Williams has played at least 40 percent of the Packers' snaps in each of the first two weeks, while Jones has yet to hit a 61 percent snap share in a game. Jones has seen significantly more volume, with 36 carries and seven targets to 14 carries and six targets for Williams, but this week's game should leave enough volume to go around for both. The Packers are eight-point favorites against the Denver Broncos, and playing with a lead could lend itself toward a run-heavy game flow.

4. Damiere Byrd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

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This 2019 Arizona Cardinals offense looks like it's going to be an absolute treat in fantasy football all season. Through two weeks, they lead the NFL in pass attempts with 94, and they're giving heavy workloads to a wide variety of receivers. Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk are unsurprisingly the top targets, as both carried some hype this offseason. Damiere Byrd has come out of nowhere though, and he has seen seven targets in each of his first two games while playing 87.5 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and 93.3 percent in Week 2. Michael Crabtree's presence doesn't seem to be a concern, as it was Keesean Johnson who saw his workload drop with Crabtree debuting in Week 2. Byrd may not offer a ton of upside as the Cards' No. 3 WR, but his volume is going to keep him relevant most weeks, especially in PPR leagues.

5. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots

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The bulk of Rex Burkhead's 23 opportunities have come in garbage time this season, with only 10 coming before the final five minutes of the third quarter in either game. That's actually a plus for his Week 3 value, as the New England Patriots are massive 23-point favorites against the New York Jets. This game could get out of hand early, giving Burkhead plenty of opportunities, while New England's offense should also have no shortage of TDs to go around.

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