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Top Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups for 2021 NFL Week 3

By Carlos Chacon

We’re slowly getting a better grasp of the names to look out for this 2021 fantasy football season. However, there’s no shortage of players who broke through in Week 2, meaning there are plenty of waiver wire targets to work with this week. A good number of these players have top value on the open market, so don’t miss out on taking a waiver on either of these emerging stars before it’s too late.

NitroBetting is here to bring not only the latest NFL betting news and previews but also tips and updates from the realm of fantasy football. Let’s take a closer look at the top waiver-wire pickups heading into Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season. Learn more about the breakout players from Week 2 who are available in most fantasy leagues, as well as the latest NFL odds with regards to several of the teams featured below.

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Teddy Bridgewater – Denver Broncos

  • Pct. Owned: 14.6%

The Broncos are off to a 2-0 start to the season not only because of its defense, but also because of the methodical play of quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Through the first two weeks, Bridgewater has amassed 592 passing yards and four touchdowns without a single pick, and that’s considering the absence of injured wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in Week 2 against the Jaguars.

Denver is gifted with another favorable matchup this Sunday when the team hosts the Jets, who are (+10.5) underdogs in Week 3. Bridgewater should have a decent afternoon during the Broncos’ first home game of the season and will provide a solid floor of production for fantasy teams needing to stream QBs on a weekly basis the rest of the way.

Running Back

Tony Pollard – Dallas Cowboys

  • Pct. Owned: 38.6%

The Cowboys’ running game finally woke up this past weekend, as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard tore apart the Chargers’ defense. Pollard did not have as many carries as Zeke, but he made the most out of his 13 carries for 109 rushing yards and a rushing TD.

Apart from being the handcuff to Elliott, Pollard is also more involved in Dallas’ passing game than his fellow teammate. The third-year back out of Memphis has caught all seven of his targets for 60 receiving yards this season, making him a very attractive flex start or stash in all PPR leagues.

Cordarrelle Patterson – Atlanta Falcons

  • Pct. Owned: 8%

Perhaps no other player in the NFL embodies the role of a flex player in fantasy than eight-year veteran Cordarrelle Patterson. The multi-faceted talent did a little bit of everything on offense in Week 2, racking up 69 all-purpose yards and a pair of trips to the end zone.

Patterson’s touches at running back give him enough reps to earn an RB tag in fantasy, making him a viable wideout and running back in most leagues right now. There’s not a lot of mouths to feed in Atlanta’s passing game and the team’s backfield situation is still questionable, which makes Patterson all the more appealing as the jack-of-all-trades option whom the Falcons can install in any given formation for even more snaps and opportunities that are all too valuable in fantasy.

Wide Receiver

Rondale Moore – Arizona Cardinals

  • Pct. Owned: 19.2%

Having the opposite production of the Falcons’ aerial attack, meanwhile, are the desert birds from Arizona. The Cardinals, whose odds to win the NFC Championship have improved to (+1,200), just found themselves another terrific target for Kyler Murray to work with in second-round pick Rondale Moore.

Moore saw his targets and catches increase from one week to the next, finishing Week 2 with seven catches for 114 receiving yards and a touchdown. Although the former Purdue standout is in the mix with DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk for targets in Arizona’s passing game, Many are high on 2021 being Murray’s year and that the Cardinals’ offense will be nigh-unstoppable, with Moore as a key piece to their success that won’t be forgotten soon.

Zach Pascal – Indianapolis Colts

  • Pct. Owned: 14%

Who would’ve thought that Zach Pascal would be the WR17 in fantasy football after two weeks of action? It seems as though Carson Wentz has taken a liking to the 26-year-old from Old Dominion, with Pascal having been targeted at least five times in his first two starts and with a good number of those targets being in the end zone.

Fantasy managers must still keep an eye on Wentz’s status for Week 3, as the former Eagles QB suffered a leg injury late in the Colts’ loss to the Rams this past Sunday. Regardless, Pascal has seemingly stepped up to take the WR2 role in Indy behind Michael Pittman, and his touchdown-scoring potential makes him a great pickup in both standard and PPR leagues alike.

Tight End

Dawson Knox – Buffalo Bills

  • Pct. Owned: 3.2%

The Bills just took out their frustrations from Week 1 out of the Dolphins, and tight end Dawson Knox played a huge part in that 35-0 blowout win in Miami. Knox remained the only tight end on Buffalo’s roster with a reception this season, finishing Week 2 with two catches for 17 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end remains a hotly-contested position in fantasy this season and Knox’s overall involvement in the Bills offense should be reason enough to take a flyer on the 6-foot-4 TE from Ole Miss. Knox has been involved in 83 percent of Buffalo’s offensive snaps this season, meaning the opportunities will always be there for the Tennessee native to deliver a decent fantasy day relative to his position.

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