Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season was the worst in terms of injuries in recent memory. Multiple stars were injured with many top names done for the season. There will be a feeding frenzy this week for all of the backups which will create a leverage spot for some of the less attractive names. Without further ado let’s take a look at the best additions on the Week 3 waiver wire.
Gardner Minshew (Yahoo 33%, ESPN 19.5%)
For the second consecutive week, someone should tell Gardner Minshew the Jags are Tanking for Trevor. I’m not sure he got the memo as he continued his hot start with a fantastic performance in Tennessee on Sunday. Minshew completed 30 of his 45 attempts for 339 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Is Minshew, and the Jaguars for that matter, the real deal?
Although he threw a pick on the final drive, he looked impressive once again in keeping up with a team fresh off an AFC Title Game birth. He has a soft schedule through his bye week with Miami, Cincinnati, Houston, and Detroit on the docket. This is the last time you’ll be able to get him. He is currently the QB10 with the potential to climb much higher. I’d recommend 4-7% of your budget depending on your situation.
Jared Goff (Yahoo 62%, ESPN 37%)
There is no reason Jared Goff should be unowned at this point. Period. Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown left with an injury Sunday and they will continue to throw and throw some more. Goff was magnificent on Sunday completing 20/27 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns. He has a tough matchup against Buffalo this week but draws the Giants, Washington, and Miami in three of the next five matchups. The Rams seem to be clicking again and he has top 10 potential. Set aside 4% of your budget.
Jerick McKinnon (Yahoo 26%, ESPN 26%)
As to be expected in San Francisco, the RB room is decimated with injuries and McKinnon is the last man standing. He flashed his explosiveness Sunday with a 55-yard scamper and is primed for a decent workload this weekend against the Giants. Mostert and Coleman are expected to be out a few weeks, making McKinnon possible fantasy gold in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Beware of injury risk and possible workload management, only budget 5%. He may be the ultimate boom/bust waiver wire pickup this season making him possible Week 3 waiver wire gold.
Myles Gaskin (Yahoo 16%, ESPN 14%)
Despite Miami acquiring Jordan Howard and Matt Breida in the offseason, Myles Gaskin is currently the lead back. He has a decent PPR floor as he is fifth in RB targets through two weeks, with his 10 catches being second to Alvin Kamara. His upside is limited to the goal line and red zone work but is worth 2% of your budget. He will go overlooked this week and can be a cheap placeholder for those who lost RB’s to injury this weekend.
Darrell Henderson (Yahoo 34%, ESPN 45%)
In Henderson we have a player who is the last man standing on their team. Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown both left with injuries and Henderson took advantage with 121 yards and a score. There are no timelines on the above, so expect some value for the next couple weeks with the potential to turn into a full-time gig. 3% of your budget should do it.
The New York Giants running back situation
Probably the most painful injury for fantasy managers was to Saquon Barkley. The Giants are almost guaranteed to sign someone off the streets to split carries as the Dion Lewis/Wayne Gallman combo simply will not get the job done. Devonta Freeman is the most likely to sign there and will be an instant add if he does. Keep an eye on how this situation is handled and roster whoever they decide to go with as their lead back.
Mike Davis (Yahoo 7%, ESPN 7%)
Another player caught up in the litany of injuries was Christian McCaffrey although he is not as serious as others. Mike Davis stepped in immediately and handled CMC’s passing game work, catching all 8 of his targets for 72 yards. The Panthers have a beatable schedule for the next few weeks and Davis offers a nice PPR floor. Budget 3% of your FAAB.
How did Week 2 go for Pittsburgh? Check it out here!
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Yahoo 36%, ESPN 23%)
Davante Adams was hit with the injury bug and is questionable going into Week 3. Scantling currently has the 11th most Air Yards this year and the highest share of Air Yards on the Packers. His 13 targets are third on GB behind Adams (20) and Jones (14). He looks to be the clear WR2 through two weeks and could a boon for fantasy managers in case Adams misses time. Budget 5%.
Keelan Cole (Yahoo 4%, ESPN 3%)
One of the pleasant surprises of 2020 is the mini breakout of Keelan Cole. After barely seeing the field in 2019, he leads the Jaguars in targets, catches, and touchdowns. He looks to be the favorite target of Minshew so far and could be in for a big game if Chark ends up missing Thursday’s game against Miami. At a minimum he has secured a decent floor week to week as the WR2, but don’t underestimate his potential if Gruden can’t get Chark going. Budget 2% as he should be overlooked this week.
Adam Humphries (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 2%)
Humphries is quietly turning in an efficient season, hauling in 11 of his team-leading 13 targets for 95 yards and a score. So far he has looked like Tannehill’s security blanket from the slot, a continued trend from his Miami days. The ceiling may be limited, but Humphries will have a healthy target share and floor going forward. He is another player that will most likely be free depending on league size, so don’t overpay.
Russell Gage (Yahoo 23%, ESPN 20%)
Given how bad Atlanta’s defense is they may be forced to throw a ton every week. Gage delivered again on Sunday with six catches for 46 yards and a score on nine targets. His 2 targets on the year are ninth in the NFL ahead of fantasy stalwarts Adams, Travis Kelce, and Julio Jones. He is firmly entrenched in this offense and won’t remain on waivers forever. Get in while you can. Budget 5%, more if we get bad news about Julio’s injury.
Larry Fitzgerald (Yahoo 20%, ESPN 44%)
Fitzgerald is in the twilight of his career, but he is still a productive player. His 12 targets are second on the Cardinals in a pass-first offense and will have guaranteed targets as long as he is on the field. He is second all-time in receptions and receiving yards and sixth in receiving TDs. At 37 he has shown no signs of slowing down and the Cardinals will do everything in their power to help him reach Jerry Rice. The ceiling isn’t there but should be considered in deep PPR leagues due to the target share. Don’t invest much as he will be available after the waivers process.
Dalton Schultz (Yahoo 2%, ESPN 1%)
It was unclear how the Cowboy’s TE situation would unfold after Jarwin got knocked out for the season, but they may have a suitable replacement in Schultz. His 10 targets paced Dallas on Sunday and he produced with nine catches for 88 yards and a trip to the end zone. Between the talent, at receiver, and Ezekiel Elliot he should be open a decent amount of the time. A showdown with Seattle will be tough this week, but his next five feature three of the worst defenses vs the TE position this year. This week may have been fools gold but there is reason to buy-in. Budget up to 5% depending on your situation at TE.
Chargers D/ST (Yahoo 31%, ESPN 29%)
Available in 70% of leagues, the Chargers have one of the best matchups this weekend. Carolina comes to town without their top weapon Christian McCaffrey and an underwhelming passing game. The Chargers kept the Chiefs in check allowing 23 points and generated three sacks and two turnovers against the Bengals in Week 1. Teddy Bridgewater’s two INTs and eight sacks are tied for third worst in the league. Expect the Chargers to get after Teddy early and often with a decent chance at a score. They are the only defense I am considering streaming this weekend.