Top Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3 in 2021 Fantasy Football

By Anthony Haage in Fantasy Sports
| September 21, 2021 11:08 am PDT

Another week of NFL action is in the books and another week of Waiver Wire adds coming your way.

Week 2 was full of action and now we have some new faces that are going to make some sort of impact in fantasy football leagues.

Let’s look at which players should be added to your fantasy lineups moving forward. Here are my top fantasy football waiver wire adds for week three.

Rondale Moore, WR, Arizona Cardinals (34% Owned)

Rondale Moore seems to be setting himself up as the WR2 behind DeAndre Hopkins in the Arizona offense. Kyler Murray and the Cardinals came out of the gates blazing in 2021 and have been the second highest scoring offense behind the Buccaneers.

With Moore getting good playing time as a rookie, he is now looking to be a great add for fantasy teams.

A.J. Green isn’t the receiver he used to be, so you shouldn’t be worried about Moore being behind him on the depth chart. The Cardinals offense are heavy passers, so there are plenty of opportunities for Moore to make an impact.

Moore saw his snap percentage increase from 29% in Week 1 to 46% in Week 2. He had a big game in Week 2, so maybe that has earned him even more playing time.

He finished with 114 yards and a touchdown, much of it coming from a 77-yard touchdown.

Now, he probably isn’t going to score super long touchdowns every week, but with Kyler Murray’s ability to keep the play going with his legs, there will be big plays as a result of that.

Moore also is returning punts and kicks, so if your league gives yardage points for that, it is a nice bonus as well.

K.J. Osborn, WR, Minnesota Vikings (3% Owned)

This is another scenario where a receiver who seems pretty far down in the depth chart, but is still getting a nice amount of work.

K.J. Osborn, was the 5th round 2020 draft pick by the Vikings and is now making a name for himself as the third receiver, behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Theilen.

As far as targets go, Osborn is right behind Jefferson and Theilen with an average of 7.5 targets per game in the first two weeks of the season.

The Vikings are a run first team, so he may have some duds, but he looks to be a nice option for now, especially if the Vikings find themselves behind their opponent and need to pass more.

He would also get more work if the opposing team has a strong run defense, forcing the Vikings into more second and third and long scenarios.

Osborn turned 6 targets into 5 catches for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals in Week 2. The week before, he had 9 targets for 7 catches and 76 yards. That is some solid work for a third option in the offense.

Cordarrelle Patterson, RB/WR, Atlanta Falcons (14% Owned)

Patterson has reinvented himself from being a kick and punt returner to one of the most versatile players in the league.

He started getting a lot more work in the backfield when he was in Chicago and that has continued in Atlanta.

He has had seven carries in each of the first two weeks, while adding seven catches (two in Week 1, five in Week 2) as well. He has only played 33% of snaps in both of those games, but the Falcons probably are going to give him the ball when he is out there.

In Week 2, he played 24 offensive snaps, with 12 total touches. So, if he gets 50% of touches when he is out there, then he should be a decent fantasy option in deeper leagues.

He also proved to be accurately representing his position eligibility (WR, RB) with 54 rushing yards in Week 1 and 58 receiving yards in Week 2. He has been returning kicks as well, so again, keep an eye on your league scoring settings.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants (19% Owned)

Daniel Jones had himself a great game against a tough Washington defense. He had a big game on the ground, which is great for quarterbacks. Since most leagues have 25 yards passing as one point and just 10 rushing yards as one point, rushing quarterbacks get a nice bonus.

Jones ran for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Washington Football Team, and looks like a real dual threat in the read option game. That is also a bonus for the running backs in the Giants backfield, so Saquon can be looking for some bigger games because of Jones’ ability to keep the defense honest.

The main knock? His inability to establish a connection with new weapon, Kenny Golladay.

Jones has also had some decent passing totals as well in his first two weeks of the season. He has averaged 258 passing yards and a touchdown per game against the Broncos and Football Team.

Both of those teams have tough defenses, so theoretically it should be even easier for Jones against worse defenses. He has been inconsistent so I wouldn’t rely on him too heavily, but for now he looks to be carving out a role as a dual threat fantasy quarterback.

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Oakland Raiders (6% Owned)

The Raiders have been getting some big games in the air from Derek Carr.

Carr has passed for an average of 408.5 passing yards and two touchdowns per game in the first two weeks. That means for a lot of opportunities for as many as four receivers in their offense.

Their main guy and Carr’s favorite target is Darren Waller, but Hunter Renfrow looks to be a solid slot receiver for them.

Renfrow has averaged eight targets per game in his first two weeks, which is great for fantasy, especially in PPR leagues. He has turned those eight targets per game into 5.5 catches and 63.5 yards per game. That is solid work and he could be a consistent 10 points in PPR leagues.

He hasn’t scored a touchdown yet this season, but his receptions are enough to make him a nice option, especially in deeper leagues. Keep an eye out for him if you need a bye week filler as well.

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Advice for Week 3

If you are a fantasy owner who has struggled with injuries, these players can be a nice option for you.

They do offer some risk, as they are waiver wire players for a reason, but they could end up being great fantasy players for your team this year.

Any advantage over your fantasy league mates is worth considering and these players will be a nice boost to your bench or even starters for your team.

You could also use these players as fill ins for trades, so you could offer a little more than you initially think and then pick one of these guys up to replace whoever you gave up.

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