2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire: Injury Woes

by Jonathan Chan
2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire. What a bloodbath this week was. I can't remember another week when so many players went down with a serious injury.

Losing your top pick isn't an automatic death sentence, but Barkley's owners are no doubt feeling the pressure of their star tearing his ACL. His immediate replacement isn't terribly exciting but desperate times can call for desperate measures.

For a full rundown of the other major injuries suffered on Sunday check out Micahel Bonni's Week 2 Injury Impact article.

The 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire will try to focus on players rostered in under 35% of Yahoo leagues. Players listed in the “other options” section are between 35 and 50 percent rostered.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire


Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars (32% Rostered)

Minshew was the second quarterback on the waiver wire last week but he deserves some recognition once again. The 24-year-old followed up his debut by completing 30-of-45 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. The trio of scores put Minshew in rarified air for the Jaguars franchise.

The second-year pivot has now surpassed 20 Fantasy points in each of his first two starts. He will have an excellent chance to build on his start in Week 3, with a juicy matchup on Thursday against the Dolphins.

Miami just allowed over 400 yards passing to Josh Allen and the Bills and could be without Byron Jones in the secondary after he suffered a groin injury on Sunday.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (3% Rostered)

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Herbert made a surprise start on Sunday after it was announced that Tyrod Taylor was taken to the hospital with chest pains.

The rookie made a good impression against the defending champs, completing 22-of-33 passes for 311 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. He also rushed for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Herbert did not look out of depth in his first NFL start, throwing quick, accurate passes for most of the day. He also showed plenty of guts and willingness to tuck the ball and run. If Taylor is unable to play next week Herbert will walk into a spectacular matchup against the Panthers.

Owners in 2QB or superflex leagues should take a look at the rookie if the Chargers decided that taking the Chiefs to overtime was a good enough audition.

Other Options: Ryan Tannehill (45% rostered), Philip Rivers (27% rostered)

Running Backs

Dion Lewis, New York Giants (5% Rostered)

Lewis is the first running back in line to start in lieu of Saquon Barkley. The former Patriot acted as the lead back on Sunday, carrying the ball 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown. He also added four catches for 36 yards.

The efficiency was terrible and won't get much better behind a subpar Giants' offensive line. But as he showed, Lewis does have potential in the passing game and should have plenty of targets for a team that will play from behind a lot.

Wayne Gallman could be a threat for carries but until otherwise stated, Lewis will be first in line as the new starting RB but should not be played as anything more than a low-end RB3.

Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams (31% Rostered)

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Another week, another leader in the Rams backfield committee. This week it was last year's sleeper who rushed 12 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also added two catches for 40 yards.

Last week's star, Malcolm Brown, gained just 47 yards on his 11 carries and was much less efficient than Henderson, although his 4.3 YPC was nothing to sneeze at. Rookie Cam Akers left the game with a rib injury and gained just three carries.

Henderson is a much more versatile weapon than Brown and could establish himself as the committee lead moving forward if he can continue to provide a passing threat for Jared Goff and Sean McVay.

Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers (22% Rostered)

McKinnon is another running back who will benefit from an injury in front of him. Raheem Mostert will miss multiple weeks after he suffered a sprained MCL against the Jets on Sunday. Without him in the lineup, McKinnon performed well for the second straight week rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Most of his yards came on a 55-yard run where he showed that two years off did not take away his speed. Jimmy Garoppolo also suffered a multi-week injury on Sunday, which means Nick Mullens will take over under center. As a result, expect the run-heavy 49ers offense to force the issue on the ground even more.

McKinnon and Tevin Coleman will likely split carries evenly but the former Vikings' explosiveness should help him make the most of the touches he gets.

Other Options: Joshua Kelley (39% rostered), Frank Gore (17% rostered), Myles Gaskin (14% rostered), Mike Davis (5% rostered)

Wide Receivers

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (21% Rostered)

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Gage finished Week 1 with more than 100 yards but was not one of the most added players because he's third on the depth chart behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. However, he followed up his excellent opening day with another six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he saw nine targets in the Falcons' second straight shootout.

Atlanta will seemingly need to throw a lot this year, having been outscored 78-64 through two games. Gage has established himself as the Falcons' slot receiver and will continue to see a steady stream of targets.

Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (3% Rostered)

As Minshew continues to showcase his skills more and more of the Jacksonville offense becomes Fantasy relevant. This time a post-hype sleeper from 2018 has re-emerged as a solid option.

Over the first two games of 2020, Cole has caught 11 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Cole has out targeted D.J. Chark 12-7 in those two games. While it's unlikely that continues for a full season, Cole has clearly carved himself a solid role as the Jaguars WR2.

The shroud of Jacksonville hanging over him will likely keep him under the radar but his target share should keep him on the FLEX radar as long as he's performing well.

Other Options: Corey Davis (42% rostered), Golden Tate (36% rostered), Mecole Hardman (36% rostered), Jalen Reagor (35% rostered)

Tight Ends

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys (1% Rostered)

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Schultz stepped in for the injured Blake Jarwin and impressed in his first start. The 24-year-old was targeted 10 times in Sunday's comeback win over the Falcons, catching nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Schultz led the Cowboys in targets, beating out CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, who each had nine on the afternoon. His workload will likely decrease when Dallas isn't forced to score 40 in a come from behind victory. However, Schultz showed that he can step right into Jarwin's role and gave Dak Prescott another solid receiving option.

Dallas will take on the Seahawks next week in what could be another shootout, as the two teams have allowed a combined 127 points through two weeks.

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (7% Rostered)

It's ironic that in a week where so many players went down with an injury, the most injury-prone player of the last decade stayed healthy and produced. Starting in place of George Kittle, Reed caught seven passes for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

Take the performance with a grain of salt because it came against the Jets. However, Reed led the 49ers in targets and caught Garappolo's only touchdown passes on the day before he left due to injury. If Kittle's knee isn't ready to go in Week 3, Reed will have decent touchdown upside for a team in desperate need of receiving threats.

Other Options: Mo Alie-Cox (1% rostered), Drew Sample (1% rostered), Tyler Eifert (10% rostered)

Deep League Special

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (0% Rostered)

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Parris Campbell is likely to miss multiple weeks with a knee injury and Pascal will immediately become the Colts' WR2. Pascal was targeted four times on Sunday, catching three passes for 19 yards and a touchdown.

It was a stark turnaround for the Indianapolis offense, who relied on their defense and run game to win, instead of having Philip Rivers throw the ball 46 times as he did in Week 1. The Colts have another friendly matchup next week against the Jets, so Pascal likely won't see a ton of volume. However, just like this week, it's not out of the question that Pascal can find the endzone in what should be another lopsided win.

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