Fantasy Football Waiver Wishlist - Week 3 (2023)
In last week’s edition of this series, I stated that the Week 1 Waiver Wire is the most lucrative annually of all weeks. That was the case in Week 1. We suggested adding the likes of Kyren Williams, Puka Nacua and Hunter Henry, who each had big weeks. Week 2 won’t be as lucrative as Week 1 was, but there is still plenty of value to be had out there. Let’s get into things!
Each week, I will develop a list of must add targets for fantasy football leagues. My goal is to keep each suggestion under 40-percent owned in Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. At least one of my suggestions will be owned in less than 10-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. I will also strive to have at least one player per position (QB, WR, RB and TE.)
Week 2 Results
Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers - 20.34 Points
Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams - 28 Points
Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens - 12.2 Points
Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams - 30.1 Points
Rashid Shaheed, WR, New Orleans Saints - Game as not concluded when article was published
Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots - 20.2 Points
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Week 3 Suggestions
Matthew Stafford (Los Angeles Rams) - Owned in 35% of Yahoo and 29.6% of ESPN Leagues
Matthew Stafford appears to be healthy and if that is the case, he should be a welcome addition to any quarterback needy team. He’s currently the QB21 despite throwing for over 300 yards in each of his first two games. The touchdowns just aren’t there through the first two weeks but while throwing for over 300 yards, they will come. Let's also not forget that Cooper Kupp can return in three weeks from now. That’ll skyrocket Stafford’s value. Grab him now.
Roschon Johnson (Chicago Bears) - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 30.5% of ESPN Leagues
Johnson’s big Week 1 catapulted him over D’Onta Foreman in the Bears’ depth chart as Foreman was a healthy scratch in Week 2. Johnson didn’t have the same performance as he did in Week 1 this past week, but has been one of few bright spots for the Bears to start the season. Johnson has eight receptions on nine targets to start the season. He needs to be rostered.
Justice Hill (Baltimore Ravens) - Owned in 44% of Yahoo and 30.1% of ESPN Leagues
Hill out-touched Gus Edwards 14-to-ten in the Ravens’ Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Hill ran the ball 11 times for 41 yards and caught all three of his targets for 12 yards. It’s very promising to see Hill get involved in the passing game. We heard all off-season that the Ravens were looking to get their runningbacks more involved in the passing game and so far that looks to be true with Hill.
Jerome Ford (Cleveland Browns) - Owned in 15% of Yahoo and 9.1% of ESPN Leagues
Nick Chubb left Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with what appeared to be a scary knee injury. That opens the door for the next man up in Ford. Ford caught a touchdown in Monday’s game and will likely lead the Browns’ backfield if Chubb is to miss extended time. There’s a chance the Browns would bring someone in to compete with Ford but until then, Ford needs to be added.
Matt Brieda (New York Giants) - Owned in 2% of Yahoo and 1.1% of ESPN Leagues
There isn’t much to talk about here. Breida is listed as Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle injury in the Giants’ Week 2 overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Breida isn’t going to light up the scoreboard in Barkley’s absence but he is going to get some volume so therefore has to be looked at for that reason.
Tutu Atwell (Los Angeles Rams) - Owned in 25% of Yahoo and 31.7% of ESPN Leagues
I already talked about my liking of the Rams this season when talking about Matthew Stafford. If I have faith in Stafford, I have to have faith in some of his options. All of the attention in last week’s waiver wire went to teammate Paku Nacua, and rightfully so. However, Atwell followed up his six receptions, 119 yard Week 1 performance with seven receptions for 77 yards in Week 2. This Rams’ offense looks good so now’s the time to capitalize.
Josh Reynolds (Detroit Lions) - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 4.7% of ESPN Leagues
Reynolds filled the vertical threat void for the Lions and is doing it rather well. Across the first two weeks he has seen 13 targets. He’s caught nine balls for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The Lions also have a decent stretch of upcoming games coming up. They host the Falcons next week, then they visit the Packers, host the Panthers and visit the buccaneers.
Zach Ertz (Arizona Cardinals) - Owned in 11% of Yahoo and 47.3% of ESPN Leagues
We’re turning back the clock here as Ertz leads all tight ends in targets across the first two weeks of the season with 18. Ertz has caught 12 of those targets for 77 yards. As long as Joshua Dobbs is under center for the Cardinals, expect Ertz to see his fair share of targets.