Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Sleepers for Week 3

Max Staley
Fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 3, including K.J. Osborn.
Fantasy football waiver wire sleepers for Week 3, including K.J. Osborn. / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Last week, we gave out our top-three waiver wire sleepers of the week. All three of our picks stayed asleep. In fact, we chose three pass-catchers, Juwan Johnson, K.J. Hamler and Van Jefferson, and all three combined for just 3 total catches in Week 2. Not the start we were hoping for.

Looking to redeem the site in Week 3, here are the three best waiver wire sleepers to target this week.

Waiver Wire Sleepers Week 3

3. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (20% Rostered)

There are plenty of mid-to-low tier starting quarterbacks off to strong starts. But few have the season-long upside that Daniel Jones does. Remember, Jones is a fantastic athlete. He's recorded at least 6 carries in both games, totaling 15 on the year. That works out to 7.5 rushes per game. Last year, only three QBs (Lamar Jackson, Cam Newton and Kyler Murray) ran the ball at least 7.5 times per outing. If Jones keeps that up, it's not insane to think we could be looking at a top-12 producer at QB the rest of the way. Plus, he's been surprisingly okay through the air. Danny Dimes is averaging 258.0 passing yards per outing with 4 total touchdowns to 0 interceptions. An athletic third-year QB surrounded by a great skill-position group, Jones has sneaky upside in 2021.

2. K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (3% Rostered)

The Minnesota Vikings shifted to a lot more three-WR sets once tight end Irv Smith Jr. went down. That has given WR KJ Osborn a lot more opportunity. He's wasted no time taking advantage of that chance. Minnesota's WR3 has turned 15 targets into 12 receptions for 167 yards. He's probably not going to continue outproducing teammates Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen all year long, but he could be a rock-solid WR3 the rest of the way. And if one of those two were to go down, Osborn could creep into the WR2 conversation.

1. Kerryon Johnson, RB, San Francisco 49ers (0% Rostered)

The entire San Francisco 49ers' backfield is banged up. That really isn't an exaggeration, either. JaMychal Hasty has already been ruled out, Jeff Wilson Jr. is out for the foreseeable future, Raheem Mostert is out for the season and both Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon are iffy to suit up on Sunday. This could be Kerryon Johnson's backfield in Week 3 if both Sermon and Mitchell are out, and he could play a sizable role if just one of the two were to miss time. He's worth a flyer, but don't expect much out of him beyond this week.

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