2023 Fantasy Football Waiver Targets: Week 3
The weekend is over and it is time for fantasy football managers to dive into the waiver wire. With two weeks in the books, we now have more information to consider when adding players from waivers. Let’s look at five players you should add off the fantasy football waiver wire before week three.
Make sure to check out the best targets from last week too. Those players have been popular additions, but are still worth an addition if they are available.
*All players are available in more than half of ESPN leagues.*
Zack Moss — 32.1%
The top of the fantasy football waiver wire begins with Indianapolis Colts running back Zack Moss. Moss made his 2023 debut in Week 2 and finished the day with 18 carries, 88 rushing yards, four receptions, 19 receiving yards, and a touchdown.
Moss has established himself as the Colts lead back in the absence of Jonathan Taylor. As long as Taylor is sidelined, Moss is certainly worthy of a roster spot.
The only issue with Moss is that the future is hard to project. At a minimum, Moss should be a solid asset for the next two weeks while Taylor remains on the PUP list; however, it is nearly impossible to tell what will happen once Taylor is eligible to return. Regardless of how the Colts handle Taylor, you can add Moss. The only difference will be if you can utilize him for two weeks or the entire season. In turn, it would not be wise to overspend to add Moss.
Josh Reynolds — 4.7%
Detroit Lions wide receiver Josh Reynolds is a great option for short-term production. If you have been struck with injuries or poor play, Reynolds could provide short-term relief.
In Week 2, Reynolds finished with five receptions on six targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns. That performance came off the heels of a 4 catch and 80-yard season debut.
At the moment, Reynolds is making the most of his opportunities. In just two weeks, Reynolds has jumped Marvin Jones Jr. on the depth chart. That should lead to a lot of opportunities for Reynolds while Jameson Williams is suspended.
The Lions also faced injuries in Week 2. Running back David Montgomery will be out for a couple of weeks with a thigh injury. That should lead to more Detroit passing attempts. Furthermore, Amon-Ra St. Brown missed time in Week 2. I doubt St. Brown will miss games, but he could see a decrease in volume if he is not fully healthy.
In short, Reynolds is not a player who will help you win the fantasy football championship, but he can help you win over the next month.
Sam LaPorta — 49.5%
I do not love recommending two players from the same offense, but that is what I am doing today. I am also a fan of adding Lions tight end Sam LaPorta. In part, it is a little easier to add two players off the Lions since one is a tight end. In 2023, the bar to be a productive tight end in fantasy football is incredibly low.
LaPorta has been solid throughout the first two weeks of the season. In Week 1, he finished with five receptions for 39 yards. In Week 2, he finished with five receptions for 63 yards.
LaPorta has quickly established himself as the Lions’ top tight end. LaPorta will also benefit from a lot of the same injuries and suspensions as Reynolds.
The difference is that he will not be as damaged by the return of Williams. On top of that, Montgomery’s injury should lead to more carries for Jahymr Gibbs. If Gibbs is getting more work on the ground, he will likely run fewer routes.
In the long term, LaPorta should get better as the season progresses. As a rookie tight end, his legs are barely underneath him and he has already been productive. Once he begins to find the endzone, he will produce at a respectable level.
Tutu Atwell — 31.7%
I am not the biggest fan of Los Angeles Rams receiver Tutu Atwell, but he has been productive through two weeks. It has gotten to the point where he is a legitimate option on the fantasy football waiver wire.
Atwell has a nice balance of opportunity and production. In Week 2, he finished with nine targets for seven catches and 77 yards, backed up by a Week 1 performance of six catches for 119 yards.
I doubt that Atwell will continue to be this consistent. I’d much rather depend on Puka Nacua to be productive for the remainder of the season. Still, the Rams have been scoring points and Atwell is performing.
I would not overspend on Atwell. It is much harder to expect him to sustain this production once Cooper Kupp returns. That does not mean he can be valuable, however.
If you are considering adding Atwell, be sure to do your due diligence on waivers. Frankly, there are quite a few receivers that I would prefer not to add; however, they are not as widely available. One example would be Nico Collins who sits at 62 percent ownership.
CJ Stroud — 7.4%
The final fantasy football waiver wire claim that I like is Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud.
The main reason that Stroud stands out is because the Texans will be playing from behind and will be throwing the ball a lot. Stroud finished Week 2 with a massive 47 passing attempts. That yielded 384 yards for two touchdowns.
I am concerned that Stroud will not be efficient throughout the season. At the same time, I think his ceiling is pretty high. That can be seen in his Week 2 performance.
Stoud is a very legitimate option for people who play in leagues with more than one quarterback. I would still take Jordan Love and Brock Purdy over Stroud. If the quarterback market is poor in your league, Stroud is a strong option.
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