Monday, September 21, 2020

Fantasy Football Week 3 WR Waiver Wire

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some wide receiver waiver-wire options to consider heading into Week 3 (Yahoo! % rostered in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

1. Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (22 percent)

In the nine games following the Mohamed Sanu trade to New England last season, Gage hauled in 45 receptions (5.0/G) for 402 yards (44.7/G) and a touchdown on 66 targets (7.33/G). While he averaged only 8.93 Y/R, Gage had at least four catches in seven of those nine games.

So far this season, Gage has picked up where he left off in 2019. In fact, he's been better.

Through two games, the team's No. 3 receiver had 9/114 (on 12 targets) and 6/46/1 (on nine targets) in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively. Excluding Monday Night Football, Gage currently ranks as the WR11 in PPR, WR14 in half-PPR and WR16 in non-PPR this season.

2. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (42 percent)

The former top-five overall pick had another solid fantasy outing with three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown on five targets. In Week 1, Davis converted seven-of-eight targets into 101 yards. Through Sunday's games, only the Seahawks have allowed more fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers than the Vikings, his Week 3 opponent. It's unclear if A.J. Brown's knee injury will sideline him another week.

3. Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (47 percent)

Davante Adams left Sunday's game (twice) due to injury and if he were unable to go in Week 3, it would boost Lazard's weekly outlook. Either way, the No. 2 receiver for the Packers is worth a stash. Upcoming matchups against the Saints and Falcons should both be high-scoring affairs. Through two weeks, Lazard has seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown and one rush for 19 yards.

4. Laviska Shenault Jr., Jacksonville Jaguars (percent)

Built more like a running back than a wide receiver, the Jags found a way to get the ball into Shenault's hands in Week 2 and let him make plays. The rookie finished with three catches for 35 yards and had five carries for 37 yards. Through the first two weeks of the season (excluding MNF), Shenault has performed at the WR3 level in all scoring formats.

5. Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (6 percent)

While 84 of his 88 yards came on one (big) play, Claypool finished Week 2 with three catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. The early-season target share may be low, but the talented second-rounder is a height-weight-speed mismatch that should get more run as the season progresses and is worth a stash.

6. Steven Sims Jr., Washington Football Team (6 percent)

Sims has three catches and 50-plus yards in each of the first two games to open the season. While those numbers aren't elite, Sims was productive down the stretch last season as well with 20/230/4 on 36 targets over the final four games of 2019. At a minimum, Sims is worth a look for those in deeper leagues.

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