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Week 3: Waiver Wire

It’s safe to say Week 2 has changed the fantasy landscape in a big way for the remainder of the 2020 season. While the early stages of the season are the most important for waiver wire activity, this week has some additional emphasis as a result of the carnage on Sunday. Outside of the Quarterback position, this Waiver article will target players with less than 30% ownership in Yahoo leagues.

Quarterback

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars – 32%

Minshew delivered once again on Sunday going 30/45 for 339 yards and 3 TDs in a surprisingly entertaining game against the Titans. Through the first two weeks, Minshew has posted an impressive 20.82 and 25.46 FP/G. The moustache now faces the Dolphins, Bengals, Texans and Lions before heading on the bye. He’ll be startable in each of those matchups.

Running Back

Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers – 24%

With Coleman expected to miss multiple weeks and Mostert likely out at least one, McKinnon becomes a very attractive short-term add who could post some big numbers. On Sunday, McKinnon went 3/77 on the ground and has looked fantastic on his limited touches this season. He’ll have tremendous value for as long as he’s the lead dog in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins – 16%

Gaskin again out-touched his backfield mates by a considerable margin in Week 2. On top of that, he outperformed them for the second week in a row. Gaskin is now averaging 13 touches and 74 yards per game this season and is beginning to distance himself from Breida and Howard. Furthermore, Gaskin looks to have a safe role in the passing game and faces the Jaguars this Thursday.

Devonta Freeman, Free Agent – 14%

If the Giants sign Freeman and he’s not totally washed he’ll have a chance at returning decent fantasy value over the course of the year. This is a highly speculative add for the time being.

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers – 6%

Davis did a nice job filling in for CMC on Sunday with the Panthers in catch-up mode. He hauled in all 8 of his targets for 74 yards and took his lone carry for 1 yard. With CMC set to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a high-ankle sprain, Davis should provide serviceable fantasy production with his receiving involvement offering a floor.

Dion Lewis, New York Giants – 6%

With Barkley out for the season, the Giants backfield becomes a major question mark for fantasy and real-life purposes. Lewis handled 14 touches (10 carries, 4 catches) for 56 yards in Barkley’s absence and is a slight favorite to lead this backfield going forward. If the Giants sign Devonta Freeman, Lewis will likely be relegated back to his current role. We can add Lewis to the list of “plug your nose and hope for the best” backfield options.

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants – 1%

Also contingent on not signing Freeman, Darth Gall could make a return to fantasy this year. If you find yourself starting him at some point, I feel for you.

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers – 0%

The legendary touchdown vulture is rising up from the ashes as we speak. Wilson is likely to enter Week 3 in some form of committee with McKinnon and it’s not totally crazy to expect him to see 10-15 touches with some goal line work sprinkled in. He’s a decent dart throw for those in ultra-deep leagues.

Wide Receiver

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots – 27%

Harry was solid on Sunday night posting a 12/8/72 receiving line in an awesome game against the Seahawks. He averaged 6.2 Air Yards per target in that contest and ended up taking his longest catch for only 17 yards. In matchups that project to be high scoring, Harry has some nice FLEX appeal but I’m not confident the Patriots passing attack will have enough volume to support him consistently.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons – 22%

Gage backed up his strong Week 1 showing as he posted 6 catches for 46 yards and a score on 9 targets against the Cowboys Sunday. Impressively, Gage posted 24.3% after surprising with 22.2% in Week 1. He also would have added a 42-yard passing TD had Julio Jones not committed a rare drop on the play. With the Falcons giving up 39 points per game through the first two weeks, Gage will find himself in plenty of high scoring affairs this year and would become a must start if Jones or Ridley were to miss time.

Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars – 17%

Shenault posted another strong showing on Sunday catching 3 of his 4 targets for 35 yards and going 5/37 on the ground. His usage continues to trend up, and the outlook for this Jaguars offense is headed in the same direction. The rushing usage should also provide Shenault with a weekly floor.

Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts – 15%

Parris Campbell suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s win and as a result Pittman should see an increased workload for as long as he’s out. With Campbell out, Pittman logged a 6/4/37 receiving line and 24% target share in the blowout. With the best shot at #2 duties in Indy, the 34th overall pick is this year’s draft becomes a high upside add this week with a home game against the lowly Jets on Sunday.

Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints – 14%

Smith showed up on MNF against the Raiders going 7/5/86 with an 18.4% target share and accounting for 34.92% of the Saints Air Yards. Unlikely to be a long-term option, Smith would again become a flex play next week against the Packers if Thomas were to be ruled out. That game currently has a projected total of 52 points.

Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars – 4%

Cole’s 12 targets and 20.3% target share lead all Jaguars through the first two weeks of the season. Cole has also impressed by catching 91.7% of his targets and scoring once in each game. He’s appeared to carve out a decent role for himself and should continue to be a low-floor option moving forward.

KJ Hamler, Denver Broncos – 1%

With Courtland Sutton out for the season, Hamler becomes a very intriguing stash going forward. The 2nd rounder out of Penn State boasts tremendous speed and played on 62% of offensive snaps in his NFL debut on Sunday. Surprisingly, that was more than the 57% clip that Jerry Jeudy logged that game. Hamler also garnered 7 targets (17.9% share) and saw a whopping 15.8 Air Yards per target (110.6 total). He’s a high-upside add on a team that should have to throw a lot over the coming weeks.

Tight End

Dalton Schultz, Dallas Cowboys – 2%

Schultz hauled in 9 receptions on 10 targets (21.3% share) for 88 yards in his first game filling in for the injured Blake Jarwin. It’s fair to attribute some of his production to the Cowboys being in catch-up mode from kickoff but Schultz showed well enough to be a fantasy option moving forward. Schultz is another one of those Stanford tight ends who seems to lack athleticism yet finds a way to make it happen at the NFL level. Be cautious if you’re planning on trotting him out this week in his matchup with Jamal Adams.

Drew Sample, Cincinnati Bengals – 1%

Sample came alive following C.J. Uzomah’s torn achilles on Thursday night, logging a 9/7/45 receiving line against the Browns. It’s probable that Sample won’t have much of a ceiling in fantasy but Burrow consistently looked his way and had done so with Uzomah as well prior to injury. The volume alone should provide Sample with a floor moving forward, and he’s a nice add for owners in a pinch at TE.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts – 1%

I’m hoping this game will bring the Alie-Cox truthers back out in spades. Starting in place of the injured Jack Doyle, Mo responded by going 6/5/111 against the Vikings. If Doyle is unable to go against the Jets this week Alie-Cox will be a solid fantasy option against a team that Jordan Reed roasted for 7 catches and 2 touchdowns last Sunday.

Dan Arnold, Arizona Cardinals  – 1%

Arnold played 73% of offensive snaps for the Cardinals in Week 2 filling in for an injured Maxx Williams. With Williams now on the IR, Arnold should be in line for heavy snaps moving forward as the lead tight end in the Cardinals’ offense. It’s also worth noting that Arnold has a strong athletic profile that makes him a very difficult matchup for opposing defenses at 6’6/220.

If you’re having difficulty making decisions between which player to add, I’ve compiled the Week 2 Targets & Air Yards for WRs here https://fantasyfuru.com/2020/09/20/week-2-wr-targets-air-yards/ and
TEs here https://fantasyfuru.com/2020/09/20/week-2-te-targets-air-yards/

RB Touches and Targets can be found here https://fantasyfuru.com/2020/09/20/week-2-rb-touches-targets/

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