Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups, which breaks down players available in many leagues that could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster, or simply just players to keep on your radar. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest pickups at each position heading into Week 3 of the NFL season. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Philip Rivers SD | QB

It’s possible that the Philip Rivers of old is back. He has looked great in the first two games and even though he might be without Malcom Floyd for awhile I still like Rivers as a pickup. It wasn’t that long ago when Rivers was a top 7 fantasy quarterback and I think he is a great add if you are looking for any type of quarterback depth. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Running Backs

Knowshon Moreno DEN | RB

Moreno looked great week 2 and unfortunately for all of the Montee Ball owners, it looks like he is going to be the number 1 option for the Broncos for the foreseeable future. Moreno found the endzone twice during the Manning Bowl and he is clearly the running back that the Broncos trust the most. He needs to be picked up in all leagues at this point and there is no reason to think that his touches will go down anytime soon. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Bilal Powell NYJ | RB

The Jets just like a lot of other teams in the league, have a messy running back situations, but at this point it looks like Powell has the most value. He had a few more touches than Ivory and he found the endzone week 2. At this point it’s hard to get very excited about any running back in the Jets system, but he is still getting enough touches for me to call him a must add in all leagues. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

James Starks GB | RB

The injury to Lacy could open the door for Starks to get the start next week for the Packers. Lacy suffered a concussion and sometimes those can be unpredictable when it comes to how many games a player might miss. Starks looked great against a terrible Skins D and he could see another big workload agains the Bengals if Lacy is forced to miss time. I think he is only worth adding in deeper leagues though until we know the full extent of the Lacy injury. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Jacquizz Rodgers ATL | RB

The injury to Steven Jackson might not end up being that serious, but until we find out for sure Rodgers needs to be picked up. Rodgers isn’t a big guy so even if Jackson does miss time I expect Snelling to be heavily involved as well. Keep this in mind when you are considering if you want to use a waiver on picking up Rodgers. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Jason Snelling ATL | RB

Snelling outplayed Rodgers in relief of Jackson during week 2 and I think Snelling could be a sneaky pickup if Jackson ends up missing time. Snelling should get the goal lines and the Falcons like to use him in the passing game as well. He could be a decent pickup and play in PPR leagues if Jackson is forced to miss week 3. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Jordan Todman JAX | RB

There isn’t much to say about Todman other than the fact that he is the handcuff for MJD. The Jags offense is terrible and even if he gets a chance to start I don’t think he has a huge upside. However, you need to pay attention to any potential starting running back in the league. So if MJD ends up missing any time with his most recent injury then you will need to snag Todman off the wire. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Danny Woodhead SD | RB

After a poor showing week 1 Danny Woodhead was heavily involved with the San Diego offense during week 2. He doesn’t have much value in standard leagues, but I like him as an add in all PPR leagues. I wouldn’t use any type of good waiver number on him, but he is a great guy to have on your bench in PPR leagues for the upcoming bye weeks. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all PPR leagues

Andre Ellington ARI | RB

Ellington is a guy that certainly has my attention right now and I think he is a great guy to potentially add in deeper leagues as a bench running back with upside. He is on a decent offense with the Cardinals and Mendenhall does have a history of injury. Another plus for Ellington is that his coach said that he could handle of the load if called upon. It now looks like Ellington is the clear handcuff to Mendendhall and if given the chance to start I think he has the potential for big things. (about 35% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Wide Receivers

Eddie Royal SD | WR

I will be the first to admit that I thought the numbers that Royal put up week 1 were a fluke. However, after another solid game it looks like the Chargers have plans to make him a consistent part of their offense. With the injury to Malcom Floyd this makes Royal even more interesting moving forward. At this point I think Royal needs to be picked up in all leagues to see if he can keep this up. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

DeAndre Hopkins HOU | WR

Hopkins put on a show week 2 and this rookie receiver now has the attention of the entire fantasy world. Andre Johnson left the game with a possible concussion and this opened the door for Hopkins to get a few more targets. He and Schaub seem to have solid chemistry already and I think this young talented receiver is worth adding in all leagues at this point. It looks like the Texans may have finally found a complimentary receiver to Johnson. (about 50% owned)
Recommendation: Add in all leagues

Kendall Wright TEN | WR

The Titans have a decent amount of good receivers but there has been some questions when it comes to who will have the most fantasy value. Wright has always kind of been the guy that I thought would emerge out of the group and after week 2 it looks like that might be the case. He isn’t in the best situation with Locker throwing him the ball, but I think Wright could have some big games this year. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Marlon Brown BAL | WR

The injury to Jacoby Jones has opened the door for this Ravens rookie receiver and so far he is taking full advantage. Brown has a touchdown in each of the first two games, and with Jones out for about another month he should be a big part of that offense during that time. I think there is even a decent chance that Brown holds onto the starting gig even after Jones comes back. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Robert Woods BUF | WR

The rookie second rounder out of USC has had an impressive start to his NFL career. He had a touchdown in his first game and he followed that up with a solid performance week 2 against the Panthers. Woods will probably be inconsistent this year, but with Johnson demanding a lot of the defenses attention this should open things up for Woods. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Keep an eye on

Tight Ends

Charles Clay MIA | TE

Dustin Keller is out for the year for the Dolphins and Clay has taken over as the starting Tight End. So far this year Clay is taking full advantage of this great opportunity. It seems like there are a ton of interesting young tight ends in the fantasy world right now and I think it’s time to add Clay to that list. The thing that makes Clay most interesting is that he had a 1 yard touchdown run week 2. It’s not everyday that your tight end gets you a rushing touchdown. I doubt this will happen that often, but even if he has a few this year it’s worth taking notice. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Tyler Eifert CIN | TE

Eifert continues to be a big part of the Bengals offense and I like his chances moving forward. I normally hate rookie tight ends but the situation and talent for Eifert are hard to ignore. The Bengals offense has a ton of weapons and this is going to make it hard for the defenses to pay attention to everyone. I think Eifert has a huge overall upside and he could easily end the season as a top 15 tight end. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Add in deeper leagues

Defense/Special Teams

Buffalo BUF | DEF

The Bills defense has been one of the surprises so far this year and I like them as a pickup and play with a matchup against the Jets week 3. They were one of the worst defensive teams a year ago, but so far this year they have had two good games against solid offenses. If you don’t like your defensive matchup then you might want to consider the Bills for week 3. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play