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.

Quarterbacks

Trevor Siemian DEN | QB

If someone told you Trevor Siemian would be the highest-scoring fantasy quarterback after the first two weeks of the season, you would have quickly laughed it off. Yet, here we are with Siemian leading the league with six passing touchdowns. Coming off an impressive Week 2 win over the Cowboys in which he threw for 231 yards and four scores, the Broncos signal-caller has simply looked too good to be left on waivers. The only caveat to Siemian’s season outlook is that we’ve seen him show signs of effectiveness last season that was quickly marred by turnover-prone football. It also won’t help his case that the Broncos starting LT Garett Bolles is week-to-week with a bone bruise. Fantasy owners should ultimately temper expectations, but if Siemian demonstrates he’s capable of consistent play, he’ll be on the low-end QB1 radar. (about 13% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Running Backs

Chris Thompson WAS | RB

One of the more slept-on pass catchers out of the backfield, Chris Thompson has shown highlight-reel ability in the limited work he’s received as Washington’s third-down back. That kind of ability was on full display in Sunday’s win over the Rams, as Thompson turned a mere three carries into 77 yards and two TDs. Thompson turned on the afterburners for a ridiculous 61-yard touchdown run just before halftime. While it’s unlikely Thompson will handle a consistent workload in the running game, it’ll be difficult for Washington to ignore the fact he has a team-high three touchdowns through the first two weeks. Thompson will be a very productive, under-the-radar flex play, especially in PPR leagues. (about 30% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Samaje Perine WAS | RB

It’s rare to post players of the same position and team on these lists, but the combination of Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine are totally justifiable. As aforementioned in regards to Thompson’s production as a playmaker speaking for itself in terms of demanding more playing time, the same can be said for Perine for a different reason. Washington’s incumbent feature back Rob Kelley, left Sunday’s game in Los Angeles with what was believed to be a broken rib. Despite the diagnosis showing a less severe rib cartilage ailment, Kelley should still be considered questionable for Sunday Night’s game against the Raiders. In relief of Kelley, the Rookie Perine handled the lion’s share of the work in the running game, rumbling for 67 yards on a whopping 21 carries. While the Oklahoma product didn’t play in the season opener against the Eagles because of fumbling issues in the preseason, he at least gained his coach’s confidence by securing the ball this week. With Kelley’s Week 3 status up in the air, Perine would be a viable flex play in his absence. (about 23% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Chris Johnson ARI | RB

Chris Johnson may have been a training camp casualty, but after David Johnson’s wrist injury, it’s looking like CJ2K could have gone from outhouse to penthouse in the fantasy realm of things. Johnson led the Arizona backfield in carries and was the only one who looked somewhat competent, as he posted 44 yards on 11 carries. Johnson didn’t register in the passing-game, which is to be expected as Andre Ellington will continue to operate in that role. As for Kerwynn Williams, he couldn’t get out of his own way as he posted a measly 22 yards on nine attempts. The verdict is still out on the Cardinals’ patch-work offensive line, but Johnson possesses the highest ceiling out of the Arizona running backs and is worth an add in 12 + team leagues. (about 12% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Wide Receivers

J.J. Nelson ARI | WR

With David Johnson facing a multi-month absence and John Brown dealing with a quad issue, the Cardinals offense is desperate for playmakers. In the wake of a stage of panic, third-year receiver J.J. Nelson stepped up in a big way this past weekend, as he hauled in five of his seven targets for 120 yards and a touchdown, leading his team to their first win on the year against the Jacoby Brissett-led Colts. That performance was good enough for the fourth best fantasy performance out of receivers on the week. With Brown expected to miss at least another game, Nelson will continue to be Carson Palmer’s preferred option in the passing game, alongside Larry Fitzgerald. (about 20% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Jermaine Kearse NYJ | WR

After acquiring Jermaine Kearse from the Seahawks just before the start of the season, it was anyone’s guess how long it’d take him to get acclimated to the Jets “offense.” However, after two weeks it’s quite apparent he’s already settled in nicely and has clearly been Josh McCown’s favorite target, albeit most of which coming in garbage time. Despite Robby Anderson being the expected No. 1 target within the Jets passing game, Kearse has posted an 11-123-2 line through the team’s first two games and should continue to act as the defacto No. 1 option. With the Jets figuring to play from behind all season long, Kearse will be guaranteed a heavy stream of volume and is a solid pickup this week. (about 7% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in all leagues

Rashard Higgins CLE | WR

Corey Coleman was a popular sleeper at the receiver position within fantasy circles coming into this season. However, he unluckily broke his hand for the second consecutive season, which is expected to sideline him for at least six weeks. With veteran Kenny Britt still in Hue Jackson’s dog house, the next man up in the Browns receiving pecking order is second-year receiver Rashard Higgins. The 2016 fifth-round pick played sparingly last year, but will inherit a big time role in an offense that’s desperate for pass catchers. After reeling in seven receptions for 95 yards during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, Higgins will be a mainstay in the Cleveland offense moving forward. (about 2% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Tight Ends

Benjamin Watson BAL | TE

Ben Watson joined the Ravens in the 2016 offseason, but after suffering a torn Achilles in the preseason – his 2016 season was over before it started. Now back for his age thirty-six season, Watson continues to defy the odds of father time, as he posted a solid 8-91 receiving line in Baltimore’s victory over the Browns this past weekend. Playing in a pass-heavy offense that is without any elite receivers, Watson should see a consistent share of targets moving forward. He’s currently entrenched as a fringe TE1 in 12 + team leagues. (about 1% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added in deeper leagues

Defenses

Miami Dolphins MIA | DEF

In what’s probably the most straight forward fantasy methodology ever deployed, this one revolves around just circling the Jets on the schedule. While the Dolphins defense didn’t exactly do much this week against the Chargers, it’s easy to expect a better effort this upcoming week against the lowly Jets offense that yielded four sacks and two fumble recoveries at the hands of an Oakland Raiders blowout victory. The Miami defense will be one of the safest picks you can make in Week 3. (about 4% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 3 streamer option

Green Bay Packers GB | DEF

With the Cincinnati Bengals firing Offensive Coordinator Ken Zampese after an embarrassing 13-9 loss to the Texans last week, it remains to be seen how this offense will perform when the dust settles. This week doesn’t get any easier, as the Bengals travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers who will be hungry to bounce back from a loss in Atlanta. While the Packers field a solid run defense, the Bengals running game has been struggling to find any running room. With Andy Dalton relied upon to get the Bengals offense back on track, that should be music to fantasy owners ears who own opposing defenses. Dalton has looked equally inefficient and should continue to be a turnover machine. Feel free to dial up the Packers defense at home this weekend. (about 37% owned)
Recommendation: Should be added as Week 3 streamer option