Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire: Teddy Bridgewater, Daniel Jones among surprises as injuries create need

Injuries hit us hard in Week 2, and now Fantasy managers could be scrambling heading into Week 3. We should have an active week on the waiver wire as we search for replacement options.

Quarterback was the position decimated the worst, as Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), Carson Wentz (ankle), Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) and Andy Dalton (knee) could miss Week 3 and beyond. Baker Mayfield (shoulder) and Derek Carr (ankle) also got hurt, but both are expected to play.

Fantasy managers in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues could be in trouble, and we’ll see if guys like Jacoby Brissett, Jacob Eason and Davis Mills are able to step up since they are available in most leagues. With Dalton hurt, Justin Fields gets a chance to prove he deserves the full-time job in Chicago, but he’s already rostered in too many leagues.

At running back, Darrell Henderson (ribs), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), Trey Sermon (concussion) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) were all injured. The Rams have Sony Michel ready to go for Week 3, so pick him up where available, although coach Sean McVay was optimistic Henderson would play against the Buccaneers.

The 49ers could have Mitchell available against the Packers, but Sermon and Hasty might be out. Keep an eye on guys like Trenton Cannon and Kerryon Johnson, who could be needed in Week 3.

Amari Cooper (ribs), Diontae Johnson (knee), Jarvis Landry (knee) and Laviska Shenault (shoulder) were all hurt Sunday, but Cooper, Johnson and Shenault have a chance to play in Week 3. Landry is week-to-week, but we expect him to sit against the Bears. The good news for Browns fans is Odell Beckham (knee) is expected to return to action against Chicago after missing the first two games of the year.

Tight end was spared any major injuries in Week 2, although Zach Ertz was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday. His absence should mean great things for Dallas Goedert.

We’ll list many free agent suggestions to add off the waiver wire below, and hopefully your Fantasy rosters will be fine. We’ll also have streamers at DST and kicker for Week 3. While the injuries are frustrating, we could see other players emerge, which is how you can use the waiver wire to your advantage.

Editor’s note: For this waiver wire column, we are only looking at players rostered in less than 65 percent of CBS Sports leagues.

Week 3 Waivers

  • Injuries: Baker Mayfield (shoulder), Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), Derek Carr (ankle), Carson Wentz (ankle), Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) and Andy Dalton (knee)
  • Check to see if available: Justin Fields (78 percent rostered) and Kirk Cousins (75 percent). Fields should start for however long Dalton is out, and hopefully he impresses enough to keep the job in Chicago. He should be considered a high-end No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in Week 3 against Cleveland. Cousins is a must-start quarterback in an expected shootout against Seattle and should be a borderline starter all year.
  • Drop candidates: Jameis Winston (85 percent rostered), Baker Mayfield (73 percent) and Ben Roethlisberger (61 percent). Winston will have some good moments this season, but he’s not worth holding in one-quarterback leagues heading into Week 3 at New Orleans. Mayfield is playing hurt and doesn’t have a high ceiling on a weekly basis. And Roethlisberger was a huge letdown in Week 2 against the Raiders and will be hard to trust most weeks, especially if Diontae Johnson (knee) is out.
  • Superflex and two-quarterback desperation plays: Davis Mills (1 percent rostered), Jacoby Brissett (1 percent) and Jacob Eason (1 percent). If you’re stuck, maybe one of these replacement options could help you. I have them ranked in order.

Add in this order:


Running Backs

  • Injuries: Josh Jacobs (toe), Darrell Henderson (ribs), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder), Trey Sermon (concussion), JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and Rashaad Penny (calf)
  • Check to see if available: James White (77 percent rostered), Michael Carter (77 percent), Sony Michel (71 percent) and Tony Pollard (71 percent). White should be rostered in all leagues, and he’s off to a great start especially in PPR. Carter had a solid performance in Week 2 against the Patriots, and hopefully the Jets start to feature him more on a weekly basis. Michel could start for Henderson and should be rostered in all leagues. And the same goes for Pollard, who has looked better running the ball than Ezekiel Elliott so far this season.
  • Drop candidates: David Johnson (53 percent rostered), Rhamondre Stevenson (48 percent), Larry Rountree III (44 percent), Tevin Coleman (43 percent) and Giovani Bernard (43 percent). Johnson won’t have much Fantasy value as long as Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay are healthy, and Stevenson appears to have fallen behind J.J. Taylor on New England’s depth chart. Rountree is likely behind Justin Jackson now on the Chargers’ depth chart, and Coleman is behind Carter and Ty Johnson. Bernard could have some nice games this season, but we might only see him perform well when Tampa Bay is trailing. I’m not sure we’ll see that any time soon how good Tampa Bay looks right now.


Wide Receivers

  • Injuries: Amari Cooper (ribs), Diontae Johnson (knee), Jarvis Landry (knee), Odell Beckham (knee), Laviska Shenault (shoulder), Jamison Crowder (groin), Tyrell Williams (concussion), Parris Campbell (abdomen), Nico Collins (shoulder) and Danny Amendola (thigh)
  • Check to see if available: Marvin Jones (85 percent rostered), Marquise Brown (82 percent) and Michael Pittman (66 percent). Jones has scored in each game for the Jaguars and is clearly their most reliable receiver. Brown is off to a great start for the Ravens and has become a must-start Fantasy option. And Pittman just had what hopefully is a breakout game for the Colts with eight catches for 123 yards on 12 targets, and he could be their No. 1 receiver until T.Y. Hilton (neck) is back.
  • Drop candidates: Marquez Callaway (80 percent rostered), Jakobi Meyers (70 percent), Michael Gallup (49 percent) and Curtis Samuel (45 percent). I hate having to drop Callaway, but he’s been a non-factor through two games with three catches for 22 yards on six targets. Meyers is worth holding in PPR since he has 15 targets in two games, but he’s only managed 10 catches for 82 yards and no touchdowns so far. And Gallup (calf) and Samuel (groin) are only worth stashing if you have an IR spot while they are hurt.

  • Injuries: Zach Ertz (illness), Evan Engram (calf), Anthony Firkser (knee) and James O’Shaughnessy (ankle)
  • Check to see if available: Robert Tonyan (80 percent rostered), Jared Cook (75 percent) and Jonnu Smith (73 percent). In 10-team leagues, you could see Tonyan on the waiver wire, and he’s always a threat to score as evidenced by his touchdown Monday night against the Lions. Cook just missed a touchdown in Week 2 against Dallas and should be a low-end starter. And Smith hasn’t had a big game yet, but I still like his long-term upside.
  • Drop candidates: Mike Gesicki (71 percent rostered) and Zach Ertz (56 percent). Gesicki will be hard to trust if Tagovailoa is out, especially with Will Fuller expected back in Week 3. That said, I’m only dropping him in 10-team leagues. And Ertz is not worth stashing if he’s expected to miss Week 3 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, along with Dallas Goedert outplaying him in two games.

  • Panthers (29 percent rostered) at HOU

    Raiders (4 percent) vs. MIA

    Bears (27 percent) at CLE

    Titans (8 percent) vs. IND

  • Nick Folk (4 percent rostered) vs. NO

    Daniel Carlson (39 percent) vs. MIA

    Matt Gay (62 percent) vs. TB

    Graham Gano (14 percent) vs ATL

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