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NFL Fantasy Waiver Wire Adds for Week 3

Well Week 2 is in the books and hopefully your team is off to a fast start or earned a spilt. For most managers, it's all about weathering the injury storm that usually cripples most teams. After the first 2 weeks, here's some medicine for what ales your fantasy squad.

Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions
23% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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I snagged Goff for one week and it paid off. The Lions offense is explosive as they have scored 71 points in the first two weeks. Goff was recently nominated for the FedEx Player of the Week for his excellent performance in Week 2. Goff has one of the best offensive lines in the game and a running game. Throw in the fact he has talented WRs and one of the better tight ends, all he has to do is not screw it up. Goff has averaged 20+ fantasy points against a solid Eagles defense and a slightly improved Commanders defense. While I'm not in love with his Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, I love Goff long term. He's a deep league pick up for sure

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers
5% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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The Trey Lance era will be on pause after the gruesome ankle injury (prayers up). If you're looking to replace the possible MVP candidate, then the first place to look is his backup. Jimmy G averaged 16.0 fantasy points per game in 2021 so if you are in a deep league, you can start here. Garoppolo has taken the 49ers to a Super Bowl and last year's NFC Championship Game. In other words, this season's expectations certainly won't be lowered with the forced QB change.

Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins
43% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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The Dolphins were a tough backfield to draft for because of the RBs they brought in during the offseason. Most managers drafted Chase Edmonds because he was the highest paid RB in the offseason. However, what we ultimately assumed would be true was the case in Week 2: they will ride the hot hand game to game. In Week 2 it was Raheem Mostert’s turn as he rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries and 3 catches for 28 yards. In comparison, Edmonds rushed for 33 yards on 5 carries and had 1 catch for 8 yards. Head coach McDaniel comes from the 49ers style of play so this is a backfield by committee. I would be careful with these backs, but Mostert looks better suited to take advantage of his opportunities.

Darrel Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals
4% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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Starting RB James Conner was knocked out of the game against the Raiders with an injury. RB Darrel Williams was able to come in and make an impact on the Cardinals crazy come from behind win. Williams finished with a solid stat line: 59 rushing yards, 2 catches for 3 receiving yards and 1 TD. He should continue to get more touches if Conner is out for a longer period of time.

Tyler Allgeier, RB, Atlanta Falcons
14% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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Allgeier is another benefactor of injuries as RB Damien Williams was placed on IR due to a rib injury. Allgeier stepped into the RB by committee group and got 10 total touches against the Rams in Week 2 (tying Patterson for a team high). Little is known about Allgeier in the pros, but he did play in 31% of the plays. At BYU, Allgeier ran for 2,731 yards and 36 touchdowns in his last two seasons. This could be a sneaky pick up and a nice find in a deep league with limited RB depth.

Garrett Wilson, WR, New York Jets
24% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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The Jets' comeback-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns was fueled by Garrett Wilson. The #10 pick in the draft arrived on Sunday with an insane stat line; 8 catches for 102 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Many thought the Jets should've drafted his teammate Chris Place instead, but he shut that down. Elijah Moore was placed on IR Saturday with a quad injury and will miss at least the next 3 games. It is now Wilson that needs to step in as the #1 option for Joe Flacco. Flacco got time to throw in the second half against the Browns and found both Wilson and Corey Davis (another deep league option). The Jets host a struggling Bengals team and Wilson is a solid flex option and WR3 option in most leagues.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
11% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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Sterling Shepard had the most targets (10 total) for the G-Men against the Panthers on Sunday. While Brian Daboll said there's is no true #1 receiver in New York, Shepard was second in snaps among Giants wide receivers. The playing time will depend on matchups and feel, so be careful when shooting Shepard in your lineups. For my money, it will probably be Shepard how is the one constant. The Giants host the Cowboys in Week 3 on Monday night, so you have to likely fade him this week. For his career, Shepard has averaged 11.0 fantasy points per game against the Cowboys. He's a solid option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues that are starting to feel the injury bug.

Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys
27% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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Michael Gallup will return for the Cowboys' lineup in Week 3 after working his way back from a torn ACL. He will be a huge lift for a struggling WR group in Dallas. CeeDee Lamb has only caught 9 of 22 targets for 104 receiving yards and no touchdowns. Lamb is a drop machine and Cooper Rush will need all the targets he can rely on. As a #3 WR, Gallup did put together a 1,000+ receiving yard season in 2019, good for top 35 in fantasy that season. Gallup could be on a pitch count, but be targeted often as Dalton Schultz left the Bengals game with a knee injury.

Jahan Dotson, WR, Washington Commanders
44% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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The Commanders offense has looked good in their first two games with Carson Wentz at QB. Wentz had another 300+ yard passing day (I would've put him on my add list but he was my green from last week), and the WE group are reaping the benefits. Rookie WR Jahan Dotson had a solid day, 4 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Dotson already has 3 touchdowns this season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The trio of Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Dotson finally have a solid QB to make them fantasy starters. Go get Dotson for you called options and feel confident in a start next week against the Eagles.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Commanders
14% rostered according to Yahoo Sports

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In Week 2, Thomas caught 3 of 5 targets for 37 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Lions. Wentz loves throwing to his tight ends as a safety valve as he had one of the best in Zach Ertz. A Week 3 against the Eagles could see Thomas' usage go up as Samuel, Dotson and McLaurin will be higher on the list to stop for the Eagles' defense. Tight end is notoriously difficult to account for when your starter goes down or is on a bye, so I would scoop Thomas quickly.

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