Having a good fantasy draft sets a team up really well, but most of the time to win a fantasy football league, acquisitions need to be made during the season. Each week there are several players worth exploring on the waiver wire. Here are five players to add in fantasy football week 3. (Note: These are best used for standard scoring leagues. All players are owned in less than 50 percent of ESPN leagues)
1. Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers
Christian McCaffrey went down with a high ankle sprain in week 2 and Mike Davis is the next man up. He was inserted late in the game against the Buccaneers, so he only had one carry for one yard, but he did have eight catches for 74 yards.
It would be crazy to expect McCaffrey-level production from Davis, but he is worth picking up to see how he does. He will get a lot of volume, so he is also worth starting in some leagues. Davis is owned in under three percent of ESPN leagues.
2. Devonta Freeman, RB, New York Giants
This was a bad week for injuries, as Saquon Barkley went down with a torn ACL. The Giants have signed Devonta Freeman to help fill in for the loss of Barkley. Assuming he passes COVID testing, Freeman should be the lead back for the Giants.
Some would argue that Wayne Gallman or Dion Lewis should be picked up, but they could’ve picked up no-namers if they didn’t see Freeman playing a big role. The Giants will also be losing a lot of games, which means that Freeman’s versatility will be on display with his pass-catching. He is owned in 15 percent of ESPN leagues.
3. Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers suffered a lot of injuries on Sunday. Raheem Mostert is out and Tevin Coleman may be as well. McKinnon has been injury-plagued since he joined San Francisco, but he has been effective with his touches this season. He had three carries for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Jets in week 2.
It is worth monitoring the injury situation for the 49ers this week, but McKinnon is likely going to be worth the pickup. The 49ers will be going up against the Giants this week, so McKinnon has a chance to be pretty productive. McKinnon is available in almost 75 percent of ESPN leagues.
4. Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Another team that was hit hard by the injury-bug was the Los Angeles Rams. Malcolm Brown broke his figure and Cam Akers had a rib injury. Henderson produced in week 2 with 12 rushes for 81 yards and two receptions for 40 yards.
Brown and Akers could still play this week, but Henderson is the healthiest player in the backfield and did well with his opportunities. Henderson may be worth playing, but he is definitely worth adding this week. He is available in 55 percent of ESPN leagues.
5. Jeff Wilson, RB, San Francisco 49ers
The list this week features a lot of injury replacements for running backs due to all the bad luck experienced in week 2. If the 49ers are without Coleman and Mostert, both McKinnon and Wilson will get work out of the backfield. He only had two carries for three yards in week 2, but has proven to be effective in the 49ers’ offense in past years.
San Francisco has a run-heavy offense and that will especially be the case without Jimmy Garoppolo for the next few weeks. Wilson will get touchdes if both Mostert and Coleman are out, making him worth the add. He is owned in just 0.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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