Elvin’s Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Adds: Hey, Mr. Carter

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Glad to see you back again for Week 3, and if you’re here for the first time, welcome aboard! Thanks to Hurricane Ida wiping out all Wi-Fi, I brought you last week’s article from the comfort of my truck in a Wal-Mart parking lot, this week I’m in a library in the next town over. The commitment is real, because I truly want you to win more championships.

Like I told you last week, I scout through all my leagues looking for the best available players and then share them with you in hopes they will be the missing ingredient for your championship rosters. The point of the waiver wire each week is to get better, so be smart with your adds and drops. There is no Elijah Mitchell headlining every waiver article you read this week, the players in this week’s column have less hype, but can truly contribute to your roster down the stretch. Such as bye weeks or the fantasy playoffs.

Before we move on the the Week 3 waiver adds, I want to share with you a formula I’ve used to determine what percent of my FAAB to spend on any given player. If you don’t like math, just skip this next part.

The number of carries + targets divided by the team’s total offensive snaps X 200 = Max Bid Percent.

Meaning, Mitchell’s max bid would have been 69% last week. Again, this is a max and everyone spends FAAB different. I just personally like to have something to go off of.

But, let’s cut to what you are here for…


Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos: In back-to-back weeks, Teddy has now posted a 76% or better completion percentage, two touchdowns and at least 20 fantasy points. He looks good, and he’ll look even better in your lineup during the upcoming bye weeks.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants: Jones now has 51 points through the first two games, and will now face the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks this Sunday. He’s the ultimate stream of the week for anyone not exceptionally happy with their quarterback situation heading into Week 2.

Honorable Mention: Sam Darnold.

Running Backs-

Michael Carter, New York Jets: Carter bounced back in Week 2 with a very productive day. As he continues to make the case for the starting job in New York he’s likely under the radar of many of your league mates. And, if the volume were to hold steady at 14 or more touches per week, he could find himself in your flex before long. Don’t let this wagon to pass you by.

Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons: Patterson had himself a day, finding the end zone both on the ground and through the air. Though Patterson has just 19 touches through two games, he caught five passes Sunday, and continues to make the most of every touch. Unfortunately, for fantasy managers looking to the wire for a startable back, this is still Mike Davis’ backfield. Which makes it awfully hard to say Patterson is anything more than solid bench depth.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles: In back-to-back weeks, Gainwell was the only running back not named Miles Sanders to receive a carry. So while he doesn’t offer value on his own, if something were to happen to Sanders, Gainwell could become a league winner. Making him a must-add, especially in deeper leagues.

Phillip Lindsay, Houston Texans: Lindsay is doing little with his given opportunity, but for those desperate at the running back position, he has found the end zone in back-to-back weeks. Which makes him a stash with potential upside if veterans David Johnson or Mark Ingram sustained an injury.

Honorable Mention: Salvon Ahmed.

Wide Receivers-

Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts: In case you missed it, with Hilton and Campbell out, Pittman had himself a 12 target, 20 point game Sunday. Now atop the depth chart, he will face the Titans in Week 3, who have given up more fantasy points to receivers than any other team. Making him a must-roster and someone you can start right away.

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals: Moore has been incredible to start the season, he scored his first career touchdown Sunday. No big deal, except it was 73 yards… He had seven receptions, and as I stated last week, if the volume remains consistent he could be a real league winner. He’s elusive, explosives and while not someone you have to start after just a two game sample-size, he’s a player with upside that you most certainly can start.

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts: While it’s rare you’ll see two guys from the same team, playing the same position on the same column, that’s what we’ve got here. Like Pittman, he has take advantage of the opportunity. he now has nine receptions and three touchdowns through two weeks. He offers great depth and is worth rostering.

Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots: Agholor will likely find himself dropped in many leagues following his five point outing. However, the Jets are one the top three teams against opposing receivers. I believe Agholor will bounce back in Week 3, so if you have him don’t drop him just yet.

Honorable Mention: Henry Ruggs III, KJ Osborn, Darius Slayton, Sammy Watkins, Elijah Moore, Hunter Renfrow, Quintez Cephus and Quez Watkins.

Tight Ends-

Austin Hooper, Cleveland Browns: He caught all five targets for 40 yards, but his value comes with Jarvis Landry heading to IR and Odell Beckham yet to play this season. There is reason to believe he could see an uptick in targets making him a streamable in one of the hardest positions to project week-to-week.

Honorable Mention: Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.


Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys: Had a rough Week 1, but bounced back nicely in Week 2 kicking the game winner. He is a kicker on one of the league’s most explosive offenses and that pays dividends for kickers more often than not.

Honorable Mention: Brandon McManus, Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzales.


Carolina Panthers: Back-to-back weeks of top six performances, they will now draw Davis Mills in his NFL debut Thursday. They are a must-start for Week 3, but a great long-term play as well.

Baltimore Ravens: Many fantasy mangers refuse to roster two defenses at once, so when Baltimore played the Chiefs this past week it possible they were dropped in your league. If they were now is your chance to get one of the leagues best defenses for the cost of some FAAB.

Honorable Mention: Bills and Raiders.

Alright, that’s it from me. I need to get out of `this library and get home to my lovely wife, Jessica. If you have any questions on who to drop to add one of these guys don’t be afraid to reach out to me on Twitter @ElvinRyan_FF and we will figure it out together.

Until next time, Elvin Out.

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