Published: Sept. 19, 2016 at 12:35 a.m.
Updated: Sept. 19, 2016 at 01:11 p.m.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets

The waiver wire is one of the most important keys to finding success in the world of fantasy football. I'll do my best to help you manage it and find the players who can bring you fantasy glory each and every week. If you play in a deeper, more competitive league, and all 14 of these players are already owned, be sure to check out my weekly "Deep Dive" waiver wire column (which you can read here) for some high-upside players to aim for heading into Week 3. And for those who use the Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) system, I provide a suggested spend for each player at the end of their analysis. If you have more specific FAAB questions, hit me up on Twitter.

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  • Even though the Vikings were riding high as they took a 17-7 lead over the Packers, a dark cloud was still settling over Minneapolis. Adrian Peterson was helped to the locker room after suffering a knee injury, and he did not return. That makes the electric Jerick McKinnon the top add in fantasy this week, as he's set to inherit a massive workload. McKinnon is a capable between the tackles runner, but also offers more in the passing game than Peterson. He's a phenomenal athlete who might finally have a chance to shine in what could be a surprisingly good offense. Matt Asiata will certainly play a role too, but McKinnon is worth going nearly all-in on this week on waivers if he's still available. FAAB Suggestion: 50-plus percent. 14

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    Jerick McKinnon, RB, Minnesota Vikings - 19.1 percent owned

    Even though the Vikings were riding high as they took a 17-7 lead over the Packers, a dark cloud was still settling over Minneapolis. Adrian Peterson was helped to the locker room after suffering a knee injury, and he did not return. That makes the electric Jerick McKinnon the top add in fantasy this week, as he's set to inherit a massive workload. McKinnon is a capable between the tackles runner, but also offers more in the passing game than Peterson. He's a phenomenal athlete who might finally have a chance to shine in what could be a surprisingly good offense. Matt Asiata will certainly play a role too, but McKinnon is worth going nearly all-in on this week on waivers if he's still available. FAAB Suggestion: 50-plus percent.

  • I know, I know, Charles Sims is probably owned in your league. And if he is, breeze right on past this. But Sims was dropped in several thousand leagues on NFL.com this week, so if someone in your league made that mistake, take advantage of this opportunity immediately. Sims is a natural pass-catcher who has improved his between-the-tackles running.  Doug Martin left the game against the Cardinals with a slight hamstring tweak and was quickly ruled doubtful to return. If he misses time, Sims will be in a prime spot to post RB1 numbers as the featured back in a good, young offense. Don't let what happened against the Cardinals skew your evaluation of Sims or this offense as a whole. FAAB Suggestion: 30 percent. 13

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    Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 84.7 percent owned

    I know, I know, Charles Sims is probably owned in your league. And if he is, breeze right on past this. But Sims was dropped in several thousand leagues on NFL.com this week, so if someone in your league made that mistake, take advantage of this opportunity immediately. Sims is a natural pass-catcher who has improved his between-the-tackles running. Doug Martin left the game against the Cardinals with a slight hamstring tweak and was quickly ruled doubtful to return. If he misses time, Sims will be in a prime spot to post RB1 numbers as the featured back in a good, young offense. Don't let what happened against the Cardinals skew your evaluation of Sims or this offense as a whole. FAAB Suggestion: 30 percent.

  • Will Fuller was one of the most added players in fantasy football last week after he made a splash in his NFL debut with five catches, 107 yards and a touchdown. Fuller proved he wasn't a one-hit wonder by hauling in four of his seven targets for 104 yards in Week 2. It's now evidently clear that the Texans intend to funnel their passing game through Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins, as the duo combined for 54.4 percent of the total team targets through two weeks. Fuller is the real deal in this offense and should be a priority add this week on waivers. FAAB Suggestion: 15 percent. 12

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    Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans - 58.5 percent owned

    Will Fuller was one of the most added players in fantasy football last week after he made a splash in his NFL debut with five catches, 107 yards and a touchdown. Fuller proved he wasn't a one-hit wonder by hauling in four of his seven targets for 104 yards in Week 2. It's now evidently clear that the Texans intend to funnel their passing game through Fuller and DeAndre Hopkins, as the duo combined for 54.4 percent of the total team targets through two weeks. Fuller is the real deal in this offense and should be a priority add this week on waivers. FAAB Suggestion: 15 percent.

  • Once again, Tevin Coleman had a big role in what is now a committee backfield in Atlanta. He played five fewer snaps than Devonta Freeman in Week 2 (30 to 35) and saw three fewer touches (14 to 17), but he found the end zone late in the fourth quarter helping his final fantasy total. If Coleman remains unclaimed in your league, scoop him up before it's too late. Both he and Freeman look like weekly flex plays moving forward. FAAB Suggestion: 15 percent. 11

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    Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons - 54.3 percent owned

    Once again, Tevin Coleman had a big role in what is now a committee backfield in Atlanta. He played five fewer snaps than Devonta Freeman in Week 2 (30 to 35) and saw three fewer touches (14 to 17), but he found the end zone late in the fourth quarter helping his final fantasy total. If Coleman remains unclaimed in your league, scoop him up before it's too late. Both he and Freeman look like weekly flex plays moving forward. FAAB Suggestion: 15 percent.

  • Stop me if you've heard this one before: Arian Foster is injured. Foster suffered a groin injury in Week 2, the severity of which is still unknown at this time. While Jay Ajayi would be the likely leader in the backfield if Foster misses time, Kenyan Drake could find his way into the mix as well. Ajayi played twice as many snaps as Drake in Week 2 (36 to 18), but also lost a fumble that led to a Patriots touchdown and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Drake scored a touchdown, and has the game-changing speed to make an impact on minimal touches each and every week. He also has an outside shot to win a larger share of the backfield touches in general, as the team wasn't pleased with how Ajayi handled the arrival of Foster earlier this offseason. All of these factors make Drake a solid add this week to stash for the future. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 10

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    Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins - 0.3 percent owned

    Stop me if you've heard this one before: Arian Foster is injured. Foster suffered a groin injury in Week 2, the severity of which is still unknown at this time. While Jay Ajayi would be the likely leader in the backfield if Foster misses time, Kenyan Drake could find his way into the mix as well. Ajayi played twice as many snaps as Drake in Week 2 (36 to 18), but also lost a fumble that led to a Patriots touchdown and averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. Drake scored a touchdown, and has the game-changing speed to make an impact on minimal touches each and every week. He also has an outside shot to win a larger share of the backfield touches in general, as the team wasn't pleased with how Ajayi handled the arrival of Foster earlier this offseason. All of these factors make Drake a solid add this week to stash for the future. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • With Carmeron Artis-Payne a healthy scratch each of the last two weeks, it looks like Fozzy Whittaker is the back to target on waivers this week in the wake of Jonathan Stewart's hamstring injury. Whittaker took his 16 carries for 100 yards against the 49ers, and added 31 yards on three receptions as well. If Stewart misses next week's matchup against the Vikings, Whittaker could have flex appeal, especially in PPR formats. It is worth noting, however, that when Stewart missed three games at the end of 2015, Artis-Payne led the way in the backfield with 54 percent of the opportunities (carries and targets) coming his way. Don't go crazy trying to acquire Whittaker as we don't know how this backfield will look if JStew isn't able to play. Still, Whittaker should be added, especially in deeper leagues. FAAB Suggestion: 5 percent. 9

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    Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Carolina Panthers - 0.3 percent owned

    With Carmeron Artis-Payne a healthy scratch each of the last two weeks, it looks like Fozzy Whittaker is the back to target on waivers this week in the wake of Jonathan Stewart's hamstring injury. Whittaker took his 16 carries for 100 yards against the 49ers, and added 31 yards on three receptions as well. If Stewart misses next week's matchup against the Vikings, Whittaker could have flex appeal, especially in PPR formats. It is worth noting, however, that when Stewart missed three games at the end of 2015, Artis-Payne led the way in the backfield with 54 percent of the opportunities (carries and targets) coming his way. Don't go crazy trying to acquire Whittaker as we don't know how this backfield will look if JStew isn't able to play. Still, Whittaker should be added, especially in deeper leagues. FAAB Suggestion: 5 percent.

  • Well, after two weeks it certainly looks as if all the talk of the Joe Flacco-Mike Wallace connection this offseason wasn't lip service. Wallace is currently second on the team in yards and leads the team with three touchdown receptions. While Wallace likely won't maintain this week-to-week consistency with so many mouths to feed in the Baltimore passing attack, he still has the highest ceiling of the group and is the Ravens wide receiver to own in fantasy. Kamar Aiken, as much as it pains me to write this, should be tossed back into the waiver-wire pool. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent 8

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    Mike Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens - 47.1 percent owned

    Well, after two weeks it certainly looks as if all the talk of the Joe Flacco-Mike Wallace connection this offseason wasn't lip service. Wallace is currently second on the team in yards and leads the team with three touchdown receptions. While Wallace likely won't maintain this week-to-week consistency with so many mouths to feed in the Baltimore passing attack, he still has the highest ceiling of the group and is the Ravens wide receiver to own in fantasy. Kamar Aiken, as much as it pains me to write this, should be tossed back into the waiver-wire pool. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent

  • The Giants might boast the best 1-2-3 wide receiving combo in the league, and that's thanks to Victor Cruz's now successful return from his 2014 patellar tendon tear. Cruz is once again a big part of the Giant's passing attack, and deserves to be owned in far more fantasy leagues. He averages six targets and over 60 yards per game so far in 2015, giving him a safe floor as a flex with good touchdown upside. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 7

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    Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants - 27.8 percent owned

    The Giants might boast the best 1-2-3 wide receiving combo in the league, and that's thanks to Victor Cruz's now successful return from his 2014 patellar tendon tear. Cruz is once again a big part of the Giant's passing attack, and deserves to be owned in far more fantasy leagues. He averages six targets and over 60 yards per game so far in 2015, giving him a safe floor as a flex with good touchdown upside. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • Believe it or not, Quincy Enunwa is a thing in fantasy in 2015. He's seen 14 targets over the first two weeks and is making dynamic plays in the passing attack as the third option behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. He should continue to find space with those towering wideouts occupying so much defensive attention. Get him before his breakout season picks up any more steam. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 6

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    Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets - 1.2 percent owned

    Believe it or not, Quincy Enunwa is a thing in fantasy in 2015. He's seen 14 targets over the first two weeks and is making dynamic plays in the passing attack as the third option behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. He should continue to find space with those towering wideouts occupying so much defensive attention. Get him before his breakout season picks up any more steam. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • I talked up Dennis Pitta last week, and boy did he deliver in Week 2. Pitta saw a whopping 26.7 percent of Joe Flacco's pass attempts against the Browns, reeling in nine of them for 102 yards. It's a great story for Pitta after many thought he might not even be able to play again, but it's also great news for fantasy owners. Pitta was one of Flacco's most trusted targets back in 2012 (before numerous injuries sidelined him for years), seeing around 17 percent of his targets in that year. Tight ends are still a mess in fantasy, so Pitta should be a priority this week on waivers given his growing role in the Ravens offense. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 5

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    Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens - 4.5 percent owned

    I talked up Dennis Pitta last week, and boy did he deliver in Week 2. Pitta saw a whopping 26.7 percent of Joe Flacco's pass attempts against the Browns, reeling in nine of them for 102 yards. It's a great story for Pitta after many thought he might not even be able to play again, but it's also great news for fantasy owners. Pitta was one of Flacco's most trusted targets back in 2012 (before numerous injuries sidelined him for years), seeing around 17 percent of his targets in that year. Tight ends are still a mess in fantasy, so Pitta should be a priority this week on waivers given his growing role in the Ravens offense. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • The Chargers hoped Tyrell Williams would be able to step up with Keenan Allen sidelined, and Williams answered the call -- at least for one week. Williams hauled in three of his six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown while playing the second-most snaps among Chargers wide receivers behind Dontrelle Inman. His size-speed combination and attachment to an elite quarterback make him a solid add this week and potential matchup-based fantasy starter. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 4

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    Tyrell Williams, WR, San Diego Chargers - 3.2 percent owned

    The Chargers hoped Tyrell Williams would be able to step up with Keenan Allen sidelined, and Williams answered the call -- at least for one week. Williams hauled in three of his six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown while playing the second-most snaps among Chargers wide receivers behind Dontrelle Inman. His size-speed combination and attachment to an elite quarterback make him a solid add this week and potential matchup-based fantasy starter. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • Eric Ebron's emergence continues. After posting 46 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Ebron followed up with a solid 53 yards on five catches. Matthew Stafford is doing a great job of spreading the ball around so far in 2016, and Ebron has a healthy 15.2 percent of the team's targets through two weeks. Ebron scored a red-zone touchdown in Week 1, and had one called back in Week 2 on a ticky-tack offensive pass interference call. A (so far) safe floor with nice touchdown upside makes Ebron an excellent waiver target once again. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent. 3

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    Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions - 27.5 percent owned

    Eric Ebron's emergence continues. After posting 46 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Ebron followed up with a solid 53 yards on five catches. Matthew Stafford is doing a great job of spreading the ball around so far in 2016, and Ebron has a healthy 15.2 percent of the team's targets through two weeks. Ebron scored a red-zone touchdown in Week 1, and had one called back in Week 2 on a ticky-tack offensive pass interference call. A (so far) safe floor with nice touchdown upside makes Ebron an excellent waiver target once again. FAAB Suggestion: 5-10 percent.

  • Fitzpatrick hasn't posted gangbusters fantasy totals yet, though he is clearly piloting an offense capable of a monstrous outing. The Jets put up 37 points on Thursday night (on the road), and the only reason Fitzpatrick finished with just 21. 06 fantasy points was because Matt Forte scored three rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs secondary has gotten worked over a bit these first two weeks without a dominant pass rush, which could set up Fitzpatrick and his bevy of pass-catcher for a big day in Week 3. The Amish Rifle looks like an excellent streaming quarterback to target on waivers this week. And with a forgiving schedule remaining, he could be worth holding on to. FAAB Suggestion: 5 percent. 2

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    Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets - 16.8 percent owned

    Fitzpatrick hasn't posted gangbusters fantasy totals yet, though he is clearly piloting an offense capable of a monstrous outing. The Jets put up 37 points on Thursday night (on the road), and the only reason Fitzpatrick finished with just 21. 06 fantasy points was because Matt Forte scored three rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs secondary has gotten worked over a bit these first two weeks without a dominant pass rush, which could set up Fitzpatrick and his bevy of pass-catcher for a big day in Week 3. The Amish Rifle looks like an excellent streaming quarterback to target on waivers this week. And with a forgiving schedule remaining, he could be worth holding on to. FAAB Suggestion: 5 percent.

  • I can't even believe I'm writing this, but Ryan Tannehill is a solid streaming target for Week 3. He welcomes the Browns defense to his home stadium, and while the Browns defense kept Flacco to under 20 fantasy points in Week 2, that was due in part to a couple of costly interceptions by Flacco. Tannehill was able to somehow get the Dolphins back into the game against the Patriots in Week 2 thanks to the return of a healthy DeVante Parker. While Parker isn't a cure for what ails the Dolphins offense, his big body and ability to high-point passes helps him corral some of Tannehill's more errant attempts. With Arian Foster also injured and the ground game a big question mark, the offense could lean even more on Tannehill in this contest. He's a high-risk, high-reward play for deeper or 2QB leagues. FAAB Suggestion: 0-5 percent. 1

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    Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins - 7.1 percent owned

    I can't even believe I'm writing this, but Ryan Tannehill is a solid streaming target for Week 3. He welcomes the Browns defense to his home stadium, and while the Browns defense kept Flacco to under 20 fantasy points in Week 2, that was due in part to a couple of costly interceptions by Flacco. Tannehill was able to somehow get the Dolphins back into the game against the Patriots in Week 2 thanks to the return of a healthy DeVante Parker. While Parker isn't a cure for what ails the Dolphins offense, his big body and ability to high-point passes helps him corral some of Tannehill's more errant attempts. With Arian Foster also injured and the ground game a big question mark, the offense could lean even more on Tannehill in this contest. He's a high-risk, high-reward play for deeper or 2QB leagues. FAAB Suggestion: 0-5 percent.