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Fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 3

With the first couple weeks of action in the books, which players should you pick up?

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Two weeks of football has come and gone. How is your fantasy team doing? Did you make good choices during your fantasy draft? Are you avoiding the plague of injuries running rampant across the league?

Regardless of how things are going, each week offers a new opportunity to “go fish” in the waiver wire pool. Are there any good eats in there this week? Who really knows, but we’re going to do our best to sift through all the available free agents to help bolster your roster. Here are this week’s top waiver adds...

QUARTERBACK

Ryan Tannehill (46% owned)

If the Tennessee Titans quarterback is still available in your league, he wouldn’t be a bad guy to add for some depth. The Titans are scoring touchdowns and winning football games, and Tannehill is putting up good fantasy numbers. Of course, it helps when four of his 24 passing attempts went for touchdowns. He doesn’t rack up the yards, but he’s finding the end zone regularly. Up next, the Minnesota Vikings who have allowed the fourth most passing yards this season.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (3% owned)

A fluky chest injury to Tyrod Taylor during pregame warm ups started the engine to Justin Herbert’s NFL debut. And what a good one it was. The rookie quarterback completed 22 of his 33 passes for 311 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He even added a rushing touchdown for good measure. It will be interesting to see how he performs and what he brings to this Chargers offense, but taking the defending champs to overtime is a pretty solid start. The Carolina Panthers are slated next and they have allowed 30+ points in each of their first two games this season.

RUNNING BACK

Wayne Gallman, New York Giants (1% owned)

While everyone is rushing to the waiver wire to pick up Dion Lewis after the Giants lost Saquon Barkley for the season, you should sit back and scoop up Wayne Gallman. Yes, Lewis was the guy the Giants turned to on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, but keep in mind that Gallman wasn’t active in that game. Furthermore, Gallman is more suited as a lead running back, whereas Lewis is more of a change of pace, pass-catching back. Finally, the last time Gallman filled in for Barkley, he went off for 118 total yards with both a rushing and receiving touchdown for a grand total of 26.8 fantasy points in half-PPR scoring. He’s the Giants running back you’ll want to own.

Myles Gaskin, Miami Dolphins (15% owned)

It’s tough to advocate for a Dolphins player as they typically don’t offer much touchdown upside, but if you’re struggling for depth at running back and looking for someone who’s consistently collecting a few fantasy points, Gaskins might be your guy. There’s a timeshare going on in Miami, but Gaskin appears to have carved out a solid role, and that includes pass-catching value. His 8.6 and 11.2 points respectively over the last two weeks aren’t anything to write home about, but that’s solid for a guy who has yet to find the end zone.

WIDE RECEIVER

N’Keal Harry, New England Patriots (27% owned)

Whenever a new quarterback shows up in town, it’s often a mystery as to which receiver will be his new BFF. Just like Tom Brady before him, Cam Newton is relying heavily on Julian Edelman, but it should be noted that second-year receiver N’Keal Harry is right there with him in targets. On Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, Harry got 12 targets, and it was good enough for a double-digit fantasy finish without finding the end zone. Considering the Patriots could get caught up in several high-scoring affairs this season, keeping tabs on Harry wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (22%)

Would you dare play someone who is his team’s no. 3 wide receiver? That seems a little risky which is why many owners stayed away from his 12 target 114 yard Week 1 performance as if it was an anomaly, but now with two weeks in the bag, it’s clear Gage has a role in this offense. He had nine targets in Week 2, and while he only caught six of them for 46 yards, he did find the end zone. He came close to a potential touchdown throw as well if only Julio Jones didn’t let the ball slip through his hands. With as much as Atlanta throws the ball, there’s enough scraps for everyone, and Gage has some intriguing upside should Jones or Calvin Ridley succumb to injury.

TIGHT END

Jordan Reed, San Francisco 49ers (1% owned)

Do you remember when Jordan Reed was one of the stud fantasy tight ends in the league? Unfortunately, injuries always did him in and he’s just been an afterthought for the last couple years. Ironically, it was an injury to George Kittle that opened up the door of relevance for Reed on Sunday. He finished the game with a 20 point performance thanks to finding the end zone twice. That kind of touchdown luck isn’t sustainable, but with as much as San Francisco uses their tight ends, Reed remains a viable option while Kittle is out.

Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (1% owned)

Mo alley what? Who dat? The Colts already have Jack Doyle and Trey Burton, so Mo Alie-Cox is just someone who has been hiding under a rock, but with these two other guys out with an injury, he’s hiding no more. Looking at the tape, this former basketball player had an impressive catch that helped fill out a stat sheet with five catches for 111 yards. You never know who Phillip Rivers is going to throw to, so if Mo is thrown into action again, he could be an under-the-radar play if you’re needing help at tight end.

DEFENSE

Denver Broncos (37% owned)

The Broncos have a good defense; however their offense doesn’t always do them any favors. While they’ve lost both games this season, they’ve actually done a decent job of holding their opponents out of the end zone. And while their fantasy stock is slowly dwindling, they have the New York Jets (Week 4) and Miami Dolphins (Week 6) coming up shortly, so they could serve as viable starts if you need help those weeks.