Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups Heading Into Week 3

Jason Schandl
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups heading into Week 3, including Mike Davis.
Top fantasy football waiver wire pickups heading into Week 3, including Mike Davis. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was one of the wildest we've ever seen. Injuries ran rampant, and a shocking number of those injuries came to players that make a big impact in fantasy football.

The effects on this week's waiver wire pickups are twofold: plenty of managers are going to need to find new starters on the waiver wire, and plenty of former backups are suddenly incredibly attractive pickups this week.

With that in mind, here are the top waiver wire pickups in fantasy football heading into Week 3.

1. Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers (3% Rostered)

it was just announced on Monday that Christian McCaffrey's injury will cost him "multiple weeks." No RB in football sees the kind of volume that CMC does (41 carries and 9 targets through Week 2 despite making an early exit on Sunday), and that frees up a huge amount of volume in the Carolina Panthers offense. Mike Davis will likely start in McCaffrey's absence, and he had a ridiculous 8 receptions in the fourth quarter after McCaffrey got hurt. Don't expect him to soak up 100 percent of the touches that the injury vacates, but Davis could be a legitimate bell-cow back until McCaffrey returns.

2. Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (3% Rostered)

Gardner Minshew's impressive play is making the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense more valuable in fantasy than it seemed before the season. Interestingly, this hasn't really translated to big things for DJ Chark. Instead, Keelan Cole has emerged as the team's leading wideout through two weeks. He led the team in targets in Week 1 with 5, and then again in Week 2 with 7. In comparison, Chark saw 3 in Week 1 and 4 in Week 2. Minshew is really spreading the ball around, but Cole could very well lead this team in receiving on the year.

3. Dion Lewis, RB, New York Giants (6% Rostered)

Saquon Barkley is done for the season with a torn ACL, leaving Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman in control of the Giants' backfield. Devonta Freeman is in for a workout, so Lewis may not keep the lead forever, but he's still worth a speculative add at this point. Lewis tallied 15 opportunities (10 rushes plus 5 targets) in Week 2, and that kind of well-rounded volume could make him a decent fantasy option for the remainder of the season if he maintains his role as the team's lead back.

4. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams (32% Rostered)

The Los Angeles Rams' committee backfield looked like it was going to be a mess for fantasy purposes, but both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown got banged up in Week 2. Darrell Henderson stepped up and racked up 15 opportunities (12 carries plus 3 targets), notching 121 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Adding Henderson is more of a long-term play with hopeful upside (rather than the short-term starters like Davis), making him a good add if you're not in immediate need of RB help.

5. Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (23% Rostered)

Raheem Mostert also left with an injury in Week 2, and Tevin Coleman picked up most of the slack. Coleman got banged up as well, though, leaving Jerick McKinnon as the only healthy RB in San Francisco. He hasn't seen much volume this season, but McKinnon has proven that he's still plenty explosive, scoring 2 touchdowns and racking up 121 yards from scrimmage on just 9 touches. If both Mostert and Coleman were to sit, McKinnon would be a must-start against the New York Giants in Week 3.

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