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Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups for Fantasy Football

Max Staley
Week 3 waiver wire pickups for fantasy football leagues.
Week 3 waiver wire pickups for fantasy football leagues. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
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Four starting quarterbacks went down in Week 1, but that doesn't tell the whole picture. Pretty much the entire San Francisco 49ers' backfield went down, and reliable contributors like Jarvis Landry, Darrell Henderson and Diontae Johnson are all banged up as well.

If you need help sorting through all the action from the weekend, The Duel is here to help. Here are the top-five waiver wire pickups heading into Week 3 of the 2021 season.

Week 3 Waiver Wire

Note: Only players rostered in fewer than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy football leagues are eligible for this list.

Henry Ruggs Fantasy

5. Henry Ruggs, WR, Las Vegas Raiders (35% Rostered)

The first two names on this list are probably more flyers than reliable producers, but there's reason to believe Henry Ruggs is finally turning it on. For one, this Las Vegas Raiders passing attack has been absolutely electric thus far. Derek Carr is averaging 408.5 yards per outing with 4 touchdowns to 1 interception. That makes the No. 2 option in this passing attack very valuable – and it's a role Ruggs looks to be winning. He's seen 12 targets compared to just 8 for Edwards, generating 159 yards to 121 for Edwards. If Carr stays hot, Ruggs could be a boom-or-bust WR3.

Elijah Moore Fantasy

4. Elijah Moore, WR, New York Jets (31% Rostered)

Elijah Moore still hasn't broken out, but things are trending his way. He saw a team-high 8 targets in Week 2 and played more snaps than any other New York Jets wideout – including No. 1 WR Corey Davis. It was encouraging to see that Keelan Cole's return had no impact on Moore's usage. His role is secure. He's a nice high-upside stash, but fantasy managers will likely need to be patient.

Rondale Moore Fantasy

3. Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (34% Rostered)

This is the second straight week an Arizona Cardinals receiver cracks our top-five best waiver adds. This time, we're rolling with the rookie Rondale Moore, who absolutely showed out in Week 2. The Purdue product put up 114 yards on 7 receptions and a touchdown. He also increased his snap rate from 29% to 46% and saw 8 targets after getting 5 looks in Week 1. His usage is trending the right way and should only continue expanding as the season progresses. Putting a freak athlete like Moore in a Kyler Murray-led offense could yield some huge returns.

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy

2. Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons (15%)

This is Cordarrelle Patterson's age-30 season, but this could finally be his breakout year. He saw 13 opportunities in Week 2 (up from 9 in Week 1), so it looks like his role is expanding – as it should be. Patterson is averaging 6.5 yards per touch, while starter Mike Davis is only generating 4.0 yards per touch. At the very least, Patterson has worked his way into FLEX consideration in 12-team leagues. And if he continues outproducing Davis like this, his value would only continue to grow.

Justin Fields Fantasy

1. Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears (51% Rostered)

Justin Fields isn't technically eligible for this list (51% rostered), but we'll make an exception. Andy Dalton is dealing with a bone bruise and he looks very questionable to suit up in Week 3. If Dalton is out, Fields would immediately be in the QB1 conversation. Fields' numbers in relief of Dalton weren't too impressive (6-of-13, 60 yards, INT) but there was actually a lot to like. For one, Allen Robinson dropped what would've been a 50-yard TD pass. Fields also carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards in limited action. Last year, Lamar Jackson was the only other QB to average double-digit carries. A 6-foot-3 athlete with legit 4.4 speed is not going to be held to 3.1 yards per carry very often, and that rushing volume gives the Ohio State QB a massive ceiling. Fields has QB1 upside as long as he maintains the job. Go get him if he's available.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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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