Because of injuries to players such as Jerry Jeudy and Jarvis Landry, many Fantasy leaguers are being forced to hit the free agent list, but there are some interesting emerging options that are available. Minnesota wide receiver K.J. Osborn confirmed his opening week performance was no fluke by catching a 64-yard TD pass on Sunday. Detroit's Quintez Cephus, meanwhile, caught his second TD pass in two games to open the season against Green Bay on Monday night.
Should Cephus and Osborn be among your Week 3 Fantasy football waiver wire picks? And which other players on Fantasy football waivers are worth grabbing to plug some early-season roster holes? Before determining who to target on the Week 3 Fantasy football waiver wire, be sure to see what SportsLine's resident Hall of Famer, Scott Engel, has to say.
Engel is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA Award Winner and 10-time nominee. In 2020, Scott was a finalist for the FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year Award, which he also won previously.
In addition to being the Fantasy writer for the Seattle Seahawks' official site since 2012, Engel has appeared on The Athletic, SiriusXM FantasySports Radio, ESPN.com, NFL.com, the Associated Press, Yahoo Sports, SI.com, the New York Post, USA Today, RotoBaller, and of course, CBSSports.com.
Now, he's revealed the best widely available Fantasy football free agents entering Week 3. You can see his top Fantasy NFL waiver wire picks and full analysis over at SportsLine.
Top Fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 3
One player Engel is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 3 waiver wire: Atlanta running back Cordarrelle Patterson. The Falcons are utilizing him in new and unique ways, attempting to take advantage of his dual-threat abilities. Patterson has an established background as a wide receiver, yet Atlanta is giving him more opportunities to carry the ball so far this season.
Patterson has run the ball seven times in each of the Falcons' first two games, which is a surprising amount of attempts for him so far this year. He provided production as both a runner and receiver in Week 2, as he rushed for a TD and caught six passes for 58 yards and another score. Previously considered a Fantasy afterthought, he is now on the radar of those looking for RB help.
Patterson does qualify at wide receiver, too, but the waiver wire is very thin at RB and that is where he has the most appeal. The Falcons may play from behind often, so he can contribute as a pass-catcher, and when they are able to stay in games, Patterson might get more chances to score as a runner. His versatility certainly boosts the case to take a free agent shot on him.
Engel is also strongly recommending Arizona receiver Rondale Moore. The rookie had seven catches in Week 2, finishing with 114 yards. His highlight of the day was a 77-yard TD reception. There should be additional highlights to come from Moore in the near future.
The Cardinals passing game looks like it may be one of the best in the league this season, and can support multiple Fantasy options. Moore gets a matchup with the highly-vulnerable Jaguars defense next.
How to set your Week 3 waiver wire claims
Engel is also all-in on a running back who should be an immediate add. This player is widely available and could be a huge boost to your Fantasy football lineup. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.
So which players should you target on the Fantasy football waiver wire before Week 3? And which running back is a must-add? Visit SportsLine now to see the best league-winning Fantasy football free agents entering Week 3, all from a Fantasy Hall of Famer, and find out.