Week 3 Waiver Wire: How to Replace Saquon Barkley.

Week two was a total blood bath. Like the red wedding from Game of Thrones. The first major injury we saw was Saquon Barkley holding his knee and being carted off the field, fearing that he has torn his ACL, which indeed he did.

We are also reacting to the rest of the injuries including the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Raheem Mostert as I help you get back in the game for week three.

This week’s waiver-wire adds are based off CBS owner percentages that are 60% and lower.

Running backs are the top positions that most of us look for, so we’ll start there this week.

Darrell Henderson, RB, LA Rams (29% owned)

Last week I had Malcolm Brown as one of my top adds, now this week it’s his other backfield mate as the top add in my books. Henderson had 12 carries to Brown’s 11, but these two could be viable starters if Cam Akers is expected to be out for an extended period of time.

Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers (11% Owned)

Going from Christian McCaffrey to Mike Davis is like going from a club sandwich to just two slices of bread. Davis is no McCaffrey, but the Panthers will try to make him be as close to CMC as possible. Davis came in and had one rushing attempt for a yard, but what made him really stand out was his 8 receptions (8 targets) for 74 yards, which was third on the team. With McCaffrey’s injury being multiple weeks, Davis is my #2 priority.

Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers (59% Owned)

Jerick McKinnon appears to be the choice here over Tevin Coleman since Coleman also left week 2 with a knee injury and it sounds like he may now miss multiple weeks. McKinnon had the better overall stat line but it was Coleman who was on the field more. Since Coleman’s injury appears to be more significant than we originally thought, McKinnon will be your target with Jeff Wilson Jr. (0% owned) to back him up.

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (21% Owned)

This backfield is a 3-headed monster with Matt Breida and Jordan Howard in the mix, but its Gaskin who was the touches leader and looks the best out of the three running backs. Gaskin’s role in the passing game is why I have him as the #4 running back to target.

Dion Lewis, RB, New York Giants (5% owned)

You can argue with me that Dion Lewis should be higher on the list, or even top priority, given the fact Barkley is out for the year, but reports Monday stated that the team is bringing in Devonta Freeman for a visit, and if they sign him, he would be my top option knowing that it’s only Lewis behind him. If Freeman doesn’t sign, you could see a similar type of game script as the Giants were in passing mode 82% of Lewis’ snaps. He could be a No. 3 PPR running back if he’s the primary option.

Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (54% Owned)

If I told you through two weeks of football that Gardner Minshew would be a top-10 quarterback you would of laughed, and well, so would I. He has thrown three touchdowns in both games this season and is someone to at least consider grabbing and starting if you have Deshaun Watson (at Pittsburgh) or Jared Goff (vs Buffalo) as a solid alternative as he gets the Miami Dolphins, likely without Byron Jones, in week 3.

Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons (37% Owned)

Gage’s involvement over these past two weeks has caught my attention, similar to how we did week 12 on in the 2019 season. He has turned 21 targets into 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown and he was second on the team last week with nine targets. Julio Jones was battling through a hamstring injury during the game, but it was Gage who stepped up. Even with Jones being healthy, Gage has earned himself flex value at the least. If Jones struggles with the hamstring injury, expect more from Russell Gage as he is becoming a hot commodity for this pass-heavy offense as they will be a team who will have to do whatever they can to stay in games since their defense is really not in existence.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (3% Owned)

Just like Gage, Keelan Cole should be a target of yours as he has become the favorite target of Minshew. His seven targets last week tied for the team lead. If you are a D.J. Chark owner don’t panic as he is, in my mind, still the team’s top wide receiver. However, Cole is still a great addition for anyone who needs wide receiver help.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins (53% Owned)

Hopefully the Dolphins have finally figured out how to use Mike Gesicki because he exploded for 8 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown. Gesicki was one of my tight end sleepers going into the season and was a target of mine for later rounds in leagues where I didn’t take a tight end early. He was mainly lining up in the slot, which could turn out to be the start something big. They get the Jaguars in week 3, and I’m starting to view him as a must-start heading into Thursday night.

Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys (2% Owned)

Once fantasy’s potential break-out tight end, Blake Jarwin, went down with a torn ACL, I thought there would be no tight end worth owning in Dallas, even Dalton Schultz. Yes he had four targets in week one, but that resulted in just 1 catch for 11 yards. I didn’t see a breakout occurring in week two, but rather I was thinking the team would just utilize more three wide receiver sets. I was proven wrong as Schultz broke onto the scene with 9 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. This high-octane passing attack is one all of you should try and get a piece of as we could be seeing the beginning of something big here.

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