Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Jason Schandl
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Week 2 of the NFL season made Week 1 look tame. Two teams lost their franchise quarterbacks (Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger) to injuries, the highest-scoring fantasy producer on Sunday was a defense, and a player owned in only 7 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Football leagues led all wideouts in scoring.

The fantasy football landscape changes rapidly, and these players are worth heading to your waiver wire and adding ahead of Week 3.

Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups Week 3

1. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (7% Owned)

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Pending "Monday Night Football," Demarcus Robinson's 29.2 fantasy points were the highest standard-scoring output for any WR, RB or TE. With Tyreek Hill on the shelf, the hype in the Kansas City Chiefs WR corps was mostly directed at Mecole Hardman after Week 1. Robinson saw just as many targets (six) against the Oakland Raiders as Hardman did, though, and he out-snapped Hardman 69 to 56. Both guys offer huge weekly upside with Patrick Mahomes throwing the ball, and Robinson's edge in both snaps and production in Week 2 give him the week's top waiver target.

2. Carlos Hyde, RB, Houston Texans (43% Owned)

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Despite seeing essentially no work in the passing game thanks to Duke Johnson's presence, Carlos Hyde saw 20 touches against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2, and he's up to 30 carries on the year while playing only three fewer snaps (65) than Johnson. The Houston Texans' offense didn't score much in a tough Week 2 matchup, but things get much easier moving forward. Houston's next six games include matchups with the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Chiefs and Raiders, all of which are RB-friendly contests in which Hyde could thrive.

3. DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks (48% Owned)

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Through two games it's clear that DK Metcalf has already carved out a big role in the Seattle Seahawks' passing game. He saw at least six targets in each game, and his 13 through two weeks put him only one behind Tyler Lockett for the team lead. No other WR in the offense has more than three. He's also lived up to his billing as a big-play threat, averaging 21.4 yards per reception so far, with only one of his seven receptions going for fewer than 15 yards. His 16.7 yard average target depth is the sixth-highest among all players with at least 10 targets on the year. That big-play potential gives him a huge ceiling on a weekly basis.

4. Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills (8% Owned)

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After already leading the Buffalo Bills backfield with 11 touches in Week 1, Frank Gore's role expanded significantly in Week 2 when rookie Devin Singletary suffered a hamstring injury. Gore out-snapped Singletary 45 to 25 in Week 2, and the 36-year-old handled 19 carries and two receptions. His fantasy value is dependent on Singletary's status, because if the rookie suits up then Gore's workload isn't likely to be big enough to justify a fantasy play. He's a clear-cut lead back if Singletary misses any time though, which would make Gore a strong fantasy start in Week 3 and beyond.

5. DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (12% Owned)

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DJ Chark exploded for 146 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. However, with only four targets and the third-most snaps (41) among Jacksonville Jaguars wideouts, there was room to be concerned about how his fantasy value would hold up. His snap share jumped from 70.7 percent to 82.1 percent in Week 2 though, and he caught seven of his nine targets for 55 yards and another touchdown. He's one of only nine players in the NFL to have eclipsed 200 receiving yards already, and with Gardner Minshew's stellar 111.8 passer rating, playing without Nick Foles doesn't seem to be a big hit to his value.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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