Our weekly fantasy football waiver wire takes a look at the top pickups for Week 3 of the NFL season. Many of these players are still available in a majority of leagues and could have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Others might be worth stashing on your bench, or are simply just players to add to your watch list. If you have any waiver wire questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

Charles Sims TB | RB

Doug Martin hurt his hamstring Week 2 and it’s possible he won’t be ready for their Week 3 matchup. This would open the door for Sims to get the start next week against the Rams. Martin shouldn’t be out long, but Sims could be a nice short term solution especially in PPR leagues. (about 55% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Tevin Coleman ATL | RB

Can someone please explain to me why Coleman is still available in so many leagues? The guy is getting double digit touches on a potent offense and if Devonta Freeman were to get hurt then Coleman could be a top ten running back. If he is available in your league then please go pick him up. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Christine Michael SEA | RB

Michael was dropped in some leagues after Thomas Rawls got the start Week 2, but it’s time to pick him back put. Rawls just can’t stay out on the field and even though it’s clear the coaching staff wants him to be the stater, you have to think that they might give Michael a chance. Michael did cost the Seahawks the game though when he fumbled on their potential game winning drive in the fourth quarter Week 2. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jay Ajayi MIA | RB

With the Arian Foster injury the Dolphins will look to Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake to pickup the slack. I think Ajayi will be the guy to own out of the two, but this will probably be somewhat of a nasty timeshare. Ajayi should see around 15 touches a week as long as Foster is out and that should be enough to make him a flex option. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

DeAndre Washington OAK | RB

Washington was one of my favorite sleeper running backs coming into the season and he showed us why Week 2. He averaged over seven yards per carry on six carries and he added a catch for another six yards. Murray is still certainly the workhorse for Oakland, but Washington is starting to factor in more and he could have some week to week value in deeper leagues. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Devontae Booker DEN | RB

There are very few running backs these days that are worth handcuffing in my opinion, but C.J. Anderson is one of them. I feel this way because I think the Broncos would look to Booker to have the same role that Anderson has if he were to get hurt. There are so many teams that have one back systems that are going to a committee when their workhorse goes down. I don’t think that would happen in Denver and I think Booker could have huge value if given the chance to start. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Shane Vereen NYG | RB

Vereen had nine touches Week 1 and 17 touches Week 2 and his role on the Giants offense appears to be on the rise. Entering the season it looked like Rashad Jennings was going to be the workhorse for the Giants, but that hasn’t been the case. Vereen should be a flex option this year especially in PPR leagues. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Dwayne Washington DET | RB

After a hot start to the season Ameer Abdullah got hurt Week 2 and this leaves a decent amount of carries to go around in Detroit. I expect Theo Riddick to get a few extra touches, but I think Washington gets the biggest overall boost in value. The 7th round pick out of Washington has looked decent over his first two games and I think there is an outside chance he takes over as the starting running back for the Lions. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all deeper leagues

Fozzy Whittaker CAR | RB

Whittaker took over for the injured Jonathan Stewart Week 2 and he ended up getting over 100 total yards. Cameron Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch to this point in the season, but with Stewart out that won’t be the case Week 3. I think the Panthers will move to a committee approach with Whittaker getting maybe 60% of the carries. This is going to make Whittaker and Artis-Payne hard to trust from week to week. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Jerick McKinnon MIN | RB

With Adrian Peterson banged up this will open the door for McKinnon to get the early down work for the Vikings. He has big play potential and he should see double digit touches each week. The only issue is that the Vikings like Matt Asiata more in the passing game and on the goal line, this will limit his week to week upside a good bit. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Matt Asiata MIN | RB

The Vikings trust Asiata more in the passing game and on the goal line. This could lead to him having some week to week value until Adrian Peterson returns from his knee injury. He isn’t as talented as Jerick McKinnon, but Asiata could end up having more fantasy value. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Cameron Artis-Payne CAR | RB

Artis-Payne has been a healthy scratch to this point of the season, but that will change now that Jonathan Stewart is hurt. Artis-Payne is a big running back that is best suited for pounding the ball four or five yards at a time. I see him as the favorite for some early down work and he should see the goal line carries until Stewart returns. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

Mike Wallace BAL | WR

I wasn’t buying Mike Wallace at first as a Raven, but the more I think about it the more I think he could be for real. The Ravens have had top fantasy receivers in the past and Wallace fits the type of receiver that has value in that offense. He has started the season as a touchdown machine and I think Wallace could be a top 20 receiver this year. (about 60% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Victor Cruz NYG | WR

I have always been a Cruz fan and it’s awesome to see him healthy and playing well again. He has started the season with two solid games and he has been making some amazing catches and looks like the Cruz of old. It’s time for the fantasy world to take notice and give him the respect that he deserves. (about 40% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Quincy Enunwa NYJ | WR

Enunwa has looked impressive so far this year and I never thought I would see the day when three Jets receivers have fantasy value. The Jets throw the ball as much as any team in the league these days and Enunwa deserves serious consideration as a guy that should be added to your fantasy squad. He has shown good hands catching 13 of his 14 targets and has displayed some nice moves after the catch. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Cole Beasley DAL | WR

Beasley has 13 receptions on 18 targets so far in 2016 and he has quickly become one of Dak Prescott’s favorite targets. Beasley isn’t going to blow you away with his big play potential or red zone targets, but in PPR leagues he has WR3 potential. The Cowboys have struggled to find a compliment to Dez Bryant and for now Beasley is their best option as a WR2. (about 15% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Phillip Dorsett IND | WR

Donte Moncrief got banged up Week 2 and Dorsett could be in line for a big game if he missing any time. Dorsett has a huge upside and the only thing standing in his way is Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton. If one of them were to get hurt for an extended period of time then he could be a top 30 receiver. (about 45% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tyrell Williams SD | WR

The Keenan Allen injury opened the door for Williams to get more playing time and he took full advantage Week 2. He caught three of his six targets for 61 yards and he found the end zone. The Chargers are going to throw early and often and there will be plenty of targets to go around on that offense. (about 5% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Jesse James PIT | TE

I think James is the real deal and he should continue to have solid fantasy value moving forward. The touchdown he had Week 2 was a high throw in the end zone and he just towered over everyone to go up and get it. His red zone potential is huge and double digit touchdowns for him this year is certainly a strong possibility. (about 25% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Dennis Pitta BAL | TE

Pitta was a target monster for the Ravens Week 2 hauling in nine catches for over 100 yards. The Ravens passing game has come alive this year and Pitta has been a big reason for their success. As long as Pitta is healthy he could offer TE1 value. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Miami MIA | DEF

The Browns have lost two quarterbacks in two weeks and now they are looking at Cody Kessler as their starter. The Dolphins should have no problem forcing some mistakes Week 3 and I think they make for a great pickup and play defense. (about 10% owned)
Recommendation: Worth a look as a pickup and play