NFL waiver wire pickups: Garrett Wilson, Darrel Williams headline best Week 3 waive wire targets

After just a couple of weeks of NFL action, the waiver wires are stocked full of players who could help enhance fantasy rosters as Week 3 approaches.

Is your current starting fantasy quarterback sleeping at the wheel? Maybe your star wide receiver keeps falling short. If your fantasy team needs some help, check out the best waiver wire pickups for NFL Week 3.

Waiver Wire Week 3 Quarterbacks

Joe Flacco, New York Jets

If you need a short-term fill-in QB, Flacco is a must-add on the Week 3 waiver wire. The Jets plan to start him in Week 3 after Flacco last logged in a top-four fantasy performance consisting of 307 yards and four touchdowns. His stats made fantasy starters like Tom Brady and Russell Wilson look like amateurs last week.

Related: Week 3 fantasy football rankings

Top Waiver Wire QBs pickups for Week 3

NFL: Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions
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Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders

Not the slickest of options, but a top Week 3 waiver wire pickup, Carson Wentz is putting up some pretty amazing fantasy stats. Believe it or not, he has recorded 650 yards and seven touchdowns over his first two games. If he’s still out there and your team needs a better fantasy quarterback, go pick him up!

Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

Jared Goff is another Week 3 waiver wire quarterback to claim if your current starter is struggling. He last threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns and having Amon Ra St. Brown as his No. 1 wide receiver only helps his case. Goff is a start ’em quarterback in Week 3 facing a Vikings defense that Jalen Hurts last obliterated.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Those who rostered Trey Lance (lost for the season due to a broken ankle) or play in two-QB leagues, may look to pick up Jimmy Garoppolo from the waiver wire. Here’s to hoping his stats improve from the 159 yards total yards and two touchdowns he recorded in Week 2.

Waiver Wire Week 3 Running Backs

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders
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Darrel Williams, Arizona Cardinals

Darrel Williams has some short-term appeal if you are perusing the Week 3 waiver wire for a running back. He helped fill in Week 2 for James Conner who is dealing with an ankle injury, while last tallying 10 touches for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Jordan Mason, San Francisco 49ers

Jordan Mason is a deep waiver wire pickup for Week 3, who could have some relevance as the No. 2 running back behind Jeff Wilson. Sadly, the 49ers’ running backs have a tough time staying healthy, so Mason is a nice stash for those with deep rosters.

Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins

Those looking to add depth at running back to their rosters may want to give Raheem Mostert a pickup off the Week 3 waiver wire. In Week 2, Mostert played in 55% of the team’s snaps when he tallied 79 total yards from 14 touches. He looks to potentially split time with Chase Edmonds moving forward.

Best Week 3 waiver wire pickups at wide receiver

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams
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Garrett Wilson, New York Jets

Is Garrett Wilson going to become a fantasy thing moving forward? Perhaps. This makes him the top waiver wire wide receiver to add in Week 3. He finished this past week as the WR6 after recording 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Get him while he’s hot, and/or pair him with Joe Flacco as a cheap DFS stack for Week 3.

Drake London, Atlanta Falcons

Another great rookie waiver wire target for Week 3 is London. Stealing the thunder away from tight end Kyle Pitts in two games so far, London has racked up 19 targets for 13 catches, 160 yards, and one touchdown. This makes London highly startable facing Seattle in Week 3.

Noah Brown, Dallas Cowboys

For two weeks in a row, Brown (targeted 14 times over two games) has scored more fantasy points than CeeDee Lamb. This makes him a top receiver target on your Week 3 waiver wire. Go claim him while he’s hopefully still available.

Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints

If Chris Olave is still on the waiver wire, he needs to be rostered. He’s coming off of a season-high 13 targets which amounted to 80 yards in his last game. With eventually more consistency at quarterback, Olave projects as a startable flex in any given week.

Waiver Wire Week 3 Tight Ends

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
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Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

Gerald Everett logged a season-high 10 targets for 71 yards in his last game, making him a top tight end waiver wire target for Week 3. At the very least, Everett boasts appeal if Keenan Allen remains sidelined.

Irv Smith, Minnesota Vikings

After being targeted eight times and scoring a touchdown in his last matchup, Irv Smith Jr. will be a top waiver wire target at tight end. With the likelihood the Vikings continue with a heavy passing offense, Smith will get his looks.

Related: Week 3 defense rankings

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Hit and miss thus far, Mike Gesicki was targeted four times by Tua Tagovailoa for a total of four catches, 41 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. For those scrambling to fill a tight end spot or who roster an ill-performing tight end such as Cole Kmet, Gesicki comes with much more upside.

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens

In deeper leagues, Isaiah Likely is a nice Week 3 stash from the waiver wire as a tight end who comes with plenty of gadget player appeal. He won’t outshine Mark Andrews, but Likely did last receive five targets which he turned into four catches and 43 yards. He’s worth keeping an eye on.

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