2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

by Jonathan Chan
2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

Sunday was a bad day for injuries in the National Football League. Several starting quarterbacks went down and are likely to miss time.

Tua Tagovailoa was carted off the field in significant pain due to bruised ribs. There’s been no word on his Week 3 status, but NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that it will be a matter of pain tolerance and functionality moving forward. Don’t be surprised if Jacoby Brissett gets the start this week.

Andy Dalton and Carson Wentz both went both with ankle injuries. Dalton attempted to come back into the game but was forced out before halftime. The much-awaited Justin Fields era could begin this week.

Wentz went down with two sprained ankles, meaning Jacob Eason will likely get the Week 3 start against the Tennessee Titans. 

For the second consecutive year, Tyrod Taylor has sustained an early-season injury, clearing the way for a rookie to start in his place. Although Davis Mills doesn’t quite have the hype ad potential that Justin Herbert did.

Baker Mayfield and Derek Carr each went down with injuries but were able to finish their respective games. They should both play in Week 3 but it's best to keep an eye on their practice status.

Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry also went down with a knee injury and is due to miss time.

The 2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire will focus on players rostered in under 35 percent of Yahoo leagues.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

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Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (21% rostered)

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Carr has been on fire to start the season and has grabbed everyone’s attention in a huge way. In a pair of victories of the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, Carr has passed for a combined 817 yards and four touchdowns. 

The gaudy numbers have him sitting as QB9 through two games against a pair of good defenses. Having an elite tight end like Darren Waller and young, playmaking receivers like Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards have helped him put up very good numbers thus far.

As mentioned, he sustained an ankle injury on Sunday but managed to stay in the game and earn a huge win. The Raiders will take on the Dolphins in Week 3, who could be without Tagovailoa. It’s a tough matchup but Carr could be forced to throw a ton once again if running back Josh Jacobs is forced to miss another game.

Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (17% rostered)

Bridgewater has been very steady in his first two games with the Broncos. In a pair of wins against the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, Bridgewater has averaged 296 passing yards and two touchdowns per game. He has yet to throw an interception.

Even without wide receiver Jerry Jeudy at his disposal, Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, K.J. Hamler, and Noah Fant are great targets that help Bridgewater spread the ball around and keep defenses guessing. Bridgewater has thrown the ball more than most people expected over the first two weeks, tossing 35 attempts per game.

The Broncos will host the reeling New York Jets this week and Bridgewater should have plenty of time with the ball, given how turnover-prone rookie quarterback Zach Wilson has been. 

Other Options: Taylor Heinicke, Washington Football Team (4% rostered), Daniel Jones, New York Giants (19% rostered)

Running Backs

Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons (14% rostered)

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Patterson exploded for 69 total yards and two touchdowns in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The performance was good enough to make him RB3 following Sunday’s games. While the yardage total might be low, the playmaker saw seven carries for the second-consecutive game and nearly matched starter Mike Davis in yards and touches despite playing in just 33% of the snaps.

Patterson has been efficient with his touches thus far, averaging 53.3 fantasy points per 100 snaps, 14th best overall, and eighth-best non-QB in the NFL through two weeks. Amongst Falcons’ offensive players, Patterson is the leader is targets per snap and touches per snap.

The Falcons’ defense will continue to give up plenty of points so Matt Ryan wil need to use every playmaker he can get to keep his team in games. Davis will continue to out-snap Patterson due to his better pass-blocking ability but Patterson is the more explosive weapon and could find his way to more snaps and touches if he continues to add another dimension to the offense.

J.D. McKissic, Washington Football Team (29% rostered)

McKissic’s value as a PPR flex option came back to life with Taylor Heinicke at the helm. After seeing just one rush attempt in Week 1, the receiving back saw nine total touches in Week 2, taking them for 93 yards and a touchdown against the Giants.

McKissic has a clear advantage over Antonio Gibson in the competition for third-down snaps and should continue seeing plenty of dump-offs as the season continues. 

The 28-year-old is not a high-ceiling option. However, he has a path to PPR consistency if he continues to see a similar target share in the passing game.

Other Options: James White, New England Patriots (42% rostered), Peyton Barber, Las Vegas Raiders (10% rostered)

Wide Receivers

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (33% rostered)

Moore broke out in a big way in Week 2, catching seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. The rookie led the team in targets last week, as the Minnesota Vikings were focused on taking away DeAndre Hopkins, who saw just four targets.

Moore showed his explosiveness on his 77-yard touchdown catch, taking advantage of broken coverage and getting behind the defense for the score. He has been extremely efficient with his opportunities through two games, catching 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown while playing just 48 (36.9%) total snaps. Moore has averaged 14.3 yards after the catch, most in the league by a wide margin.

The 21-year-old is clearly a talent waiting to emerge but could struggle to maintain any type of consistency while he competes with Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and A.J. Green for snaps.

Moore is well worth a pickup in hopes that he can move up the depth chart and find more playing time.

K.J. Osborn, Minnesota Vikings (2% rostered)

Osborn is thriving in his second NFL season, after he was drafted in the fifth round by the Vikings in the 2020 Draft. Through two games, the 24-year-old has racked up 12 catches on 15 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown.

The Vikings have used plenty of three wide-receiver sets this season. As a result, Osborn has played in 71.5% of the team’s snaps. He currently leads the Vikings in receiving yards, taking advantage of the fact that Kirk Cousins has to throw a ton to keep the Vikings competitive.

Osborn is worth a spot as a WR4 or deep flex with potential for much more if Justin Jefferson or Adam Thielen were to get hurt.

Other Options: Henry Ruggs, Las Vegas Raiders (35% rostered), Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos (22% rostered), Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (16% rostered)

Tight Ends

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (1% rostered)

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Doyle seems to appear on Waiver Wire articles every season but has been unable to produce consistently. With another solid performance under his belt, tight-end needy managers can take the chance on the Colts pass-catcher.

Through two games, Doyle has out-snapped fellow tight end Mo Alie-Cox 95-66 and out-targeted him 12-4. The extra work resulted in a usable performance on Sunday, as he hauled in five passes for 64 yards, including a two-point conversion.

Wentz's two sprained ankles will likely keep him out this week. Rookie Jacob Eason could earn his first start and look to Doyle often as a safety valve. He has a matchup against the soft Titans defense coming up and could be useful as a streamer.

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (6% rostered)

Knox always has a role in the Bills’ offense, even if he doesn’t put up huge numbers. In Week 1, he caught four passes for 41 yards. Knox followed that up with 17 yards and a touchdown in Week 2.

When Buffalo gets deep into the redzone, Knox is one of Josh Allen’s best options if he chooses not to keep it himself. Knox is a touchdown-dependent option, but managers could do worse than betting on the Bills’ potent offense. 

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Quez Watkins, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (1% rostered)
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The Eagles’ WR3 had the most explosive play of the day on Sunday, taking a beautiful 91-yard pass from Jalen Hurts before he was brought down at the five-yard line. His explosive speed will help take the top off defenses and DeVonta Smith works the underneath routes.

He’s seen just five targets through two games but could find consistent value is he able to overtake second-year receiver Jalen Reagor, who caught just two passes for five yards on Sunday.

Watkins is the epitome of a boom-or-bust dart throw until he finds a bigger role. 

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