With week 2 of the fantasy season gone by, it is becoming easier to tell if your team has the legs to carry you to the playoffs or if you’re destined for the loser’s bracket come postseason time. If you are winless so far fret not, as you are only two games out of first place. If you followed my advice from last week and started Patrick Mahomes, you almost certainly won your week two matchup on the back of his six touchdown game. With some quick tips, you could make positive changes to your lineup and ensure that you don’t become the laughingstock of your league’s group chat. Outside of the superstars of the league, let’s take a look at the players who might be available for you on the waiver wire for week 3.
Top 10 Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3
1. Desean Jackson
If you’re not already buying into the Djax hype, you should be. If he stays healthy, his obvious connection with veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is sure to produce dividends throughout the season. He is still available in many leagues, as Mike Evans is traditionally the only reliable Bucs receiver. With his speed and ability to catch the long ball, Jackson is a must add for any team in need of WR depth.
2. Giovanni Bernard
With Joe Mixon going down with a knee injury that requires surgery and will keep him sidelined for 2-4 weeks, Gio Bernard is the proverbial next man up. A solid pass-catching back with tremendous upside in this new lone back situation, Bernard is well worth the waiver claim if you are a Joe Mixon owner.
3. Jesse James
Tight ends are always in short supply, and it seems as though James and Big Ben have a red zone connection. In a season where the usual Steelers weapons are in unusual circumstances, James has the potential to shine. If your starting tight end is injured, look no further than James.
4. Nelson Agholor
The fourth-year Eagles receiver is garnering tons of targets, making him a viable flex play in dire situations. He may not be a free agent in your league, but it would serve you well to trade for him while his value is relatively low.
5. Matt Breida
The 49ers back was supposed to be a star after starter Jerrick McKinnon went down with an injury, but his timeshare with Alfred Morris seemed to have diminished his value. After a strong week two performance, Breida is a must add if available.
6. Dan Bailey
It is not often you see a kicker as a priority add, but Bailey’s prowess as a historically accurate kicker who didn’t have a job until this week makes him an exciting addition if you are without a reliable kicker. Minnesota’s offense has been producing, giving the newly signed Bailey high potential to get those precious kicker fantasy points.
7. Kenny Golladay
With Matt Stafford back to his usual gunslinging self, all receivers in the Lions offense stand to gain fantasy value going forward. The big body sophomore looks promising as Golden Tate’s role in the offense seems to be diminishing.
8. Antonio Callaway
The Browns receiver made a miraculous touchdown grab late in his week two matchup against the Saints. Now that Josh Gordon has shipped up to Boston, Callaway has room to grow as the second option in a middle of the pack Browns offense.
9. Taylor Gabriel
Matt Nagy’s high flying playbook sets up the speedy Gabriel for lots of opportunities going forward. If Trubisky can move the ball, Gabriel is a must add as a wr2 with high potential.
10. Dede Westbrook
Though the Jaguars offense is lead by the lackluster Blake Bortles, Westbrook has been reliable through the first two weeks. He is a decent addition if you’re in dire need of wide receiver depth.