2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

by Herms
2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Wavier Wire

We're two weeks into the fantasy season, and now the grind is on. This is the moment where the stakes have been raised for every roster decision a fantasy manager makes. This article will look at the best available players on the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire. If you do not already, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@HermsNFL).

In case you missed it, I tried to tell you about a couple of these players on Sunday. To make sure you're not late to the party, check out my weekly waiver wire stashes article on the site every Sunday morning. But for those looking to catch up, there are still several potential difference makers out there on the waiver wire for you to scoop.

If you're a fantasy manager looking for some immediate help for your lineup, you've come to the right place. Let's look at some of the best waiver wire pickups ahead of Week 3 of the 2022 Fantasy Football season.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire

Top Waiver Adds

Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions (58% rostered Yahoo / 43.8% rostered ESPN)

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Through two weeks, this Lions offense has been effective and pretty simple to decipher: the production runs through Amon-Ra St. Brown and the running backs.

According to 4for4, the split in the backfield between Williams and D'Andre Swift is dead-nuts even. Though Williams didn't find the end zone in Week 2 as he had twice in the inaugural game of the year, he's simply receiving opportunity too great to ignore.

At worst, Williams is an injury replacement or a bye-week filler with enough juice to be your flex in a pinch. Should anything ever happen to Swift on the injury front, we're looking at one of the clearest handcuffs in fantasy.

Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets (23% rostered Yahoo / 69.8% rostered ESPN)

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The only reason Wilson is not number one on this list is that he is widely rostered in ESPN leagues. Frankly, I'm not sure what's going on over at Yahoo, but through two weeks, the rookie is tied for ninth in targets among all receivers per FantasyData and coming off of an incredible 30-point performance in Week 2.

Fantasy managers can say, "but he's on the Jets" or whatever they want. However, Wilson was the first receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft for a reason. If you are someone in one of these Yahoo leagues where Wilson is inexplicably available, remedy that mistake.

It's tough to say how this New York offense will look when quarterback Zach "The Other" Wilson returns into the fold, but it's tough to envision a scenario in which a change at quarterback dramatically affects the rookie wideout's usage.

Greg Dortch, WR, Arizona Cardinals (7% rostered Yahoo / 2.8% rostered ESPN)

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Despite a dip in targets in Week 2, Dortch found the end zone in Sunday's contest against the Raiders and currently sits at WR21 overall in PPR on the season.

As I said in Sunday's Week 2 stashes article, as long as Rondale Moore is out battling a hamstring injury, Dortch is a quality piece to roster. His route participation percentage (per 4for4) clearly indicates he is winning the WR2 battle behind Marquise Brown, as Dortch sits at 83.8% to A.J. Green's 75.8%.

Moreover, Dortch ranks tied-for eleventh in routes run per game (41.5) per 4for4. Who is he tied with? Curtis Samuel of the Washington Commanders. Not bad, eh? There may still be some room to grow for Dortch. Even if he stays the course with this level of opportunity, make sure he's on your fantasy team.

Jordan Mason, RB, San Francisco 49ers (5% rostered Yahoo / 2.1% rostered ESPN)

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The San Francisco injury saga continues. No, I'm not talking about Trey Lance's ankle injury; but while we're at it, I wish nothing but the best for him as he recovers from surgery. I'm talking, once again, about the running back room.


If we recall last week's column, I talked about how Jordan Mason would be my cost-effective pivot when looking for the Elijah Mitchell replacement. I also shared a piece of reporting in which Kyle Shanahan talked about why the team chose to keep Mason over Trey Sermon at the beginning of the month.

Don't get me wrong here: this is still (likely) to be the Jeff Wilson Jr. Show, but if the split from this Sunday's contest against Seattle is any inkling about what Jordan Mason could potentially be walking into as far as workshare goes, you'd better be wise and snag him now if you didn't stash him already.

Carson Wentz, QB, Washington Commanders (52% rostered Yahoo / 56.7% rostered ESPN)

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There isn't much else to say here that hasn't already been said in my last two waiver columns. Wentz enters Week 3 as the QB4 in fantasy and gets an opportunity to face his former employer next week as the Commanders go up against the Philadelphia Eagles. As long as Wentz and his cast of receivers stay hot (two of whom, namely Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson, are top 15 wide receivers in PPR to date), ride the wave.

Not to mention, his next three matchups after Week 3 are against the Dallas Cowboys, Tennessee Titans, and Chicago Bears. The upcoming schedule isn't a cakewalk per se, but it's not a murderers' row by any stretch either. It goes against my inherent nature as a D.C. area native, but I'm willing to trust the Commanders' offense in fantasy as long as these pistons keep firing.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Atlanta Falcons (11% rostered Yahoo / 9.3% rostered ESPN)

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What I said about Mariota in Sunday's stashes remains true. The Falcons are traveling the road to face the Seattle Seahawks next week, a defense bobbing for air to not be PFF's worst-graded unit in the NFL. Additionally, Mariota was not remarkably horrible for fantasy purposes in what was a tough game in Week 2 against the Rams. He still managed to muster a QB19 performance during the week in a very difficult matchup. If you're looking for a streamer, Mariota is a decent bet.

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