Week 3 Fantasy Football Pickups
Headlines about the onslaught of major injuries have dominated the post-Week 2 chatter in the National Football League (NFL), but there’s no need to worry for your fantasy football team. Even if one of your star players left this past week’s game hurt, there are plenty of players you can sign now to improve your team. Here are four players that have a strong chance at giving your roster a boost.
Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers
With many starting running backs going down this week, it’s hard to choose which backup to target, but Davis’s starting status for Week 3 sets him apart, as he is likely to take the vast majority of the Panthers’ carries. He also has been a points per reception (PPR) machine so far, catching 8 passes for 74 yards in Week 2. He’s a bit of a mystery at this point in the season because he has not received many carries thus far, but Davis’s upcoming workload makes him worth the risk.
Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers
The second Panther on this list, Robby Anderson might be the NFL’s biggest surprise up to this point. Although he went undrafted in many leagues, Anderson has had two consecutive games with over 100 yards and caught a touchdown in the Panthers’ first game against the Las Vegas Raiders. His usage is only going to increase with Christian McCaffery’s injury, so expect improved numbers from him. Although the Panthers will play the Chargers’ strong pass defense in Week 3, he is a must-start for this week unless you already possess an elite receiving core.
Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Reed had an astounding game on Sunday, leading his team with seven receptions, 50 yards, and two touchdowns, beginning a potential comeback season as he looks to produce similar numbers to his pre-injury prime. Some may look at his performance from last week and dismiss it as a fluke since the 49ers’ usual starter George Kittle was out, but it’s rare for a player to make that sizable of an impact and then regress to a lesser role within the offense. Expect Reed to be a solid backup for your team or a fringe starter at a position with shallow depth even when Kittle returns. His floor may be low, but his ceiling could become a shared system with Kittle, forming a tight end duo that could cause trouble for many defenses.
Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
It would be an understatement to say that Gardner Minshew has simply performed well so far. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and passed for 512 yards over the first two games of the season. After being considered a “bottom of the barrel” team heading into this year, the “Jags,” led by Minshew, have shocked everyone by winning their matchup against the Colts in Week 1 and almost stealing a close one against the Tennessee Titans, one of last season’s American Football Conference (AFC) finalists. Minshew has been gifted a deep receiving core including D.J. Chark, Chris Conley, Keelan Cole, and Laviska Shenault Jr., and he’s playing like a veteran quarterback in only his second season. Additionally, the Jaguars will play a series of bad defenses over the next 4 weeks (the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, and the Detroit Lions), so now is definitely the time to hop on the Minshew Mania train.
These four players are secure picks to make an impact on your fantasy team if you’re struggling to fill a hole in your roster, so if you spot them on your league’s waiver-wire or the trade block, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.