2022 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Waiver Wire Picks

By Hank Blaine

The second week of the 2022 NFL season is in the books, and there were more casualties on the gridiron to give a handful of fantasy football free agents more value and recognition entering Week 3. Which digitally-benched players are worth picking up from the fantasy waiver wires before they end up on another fantasy manager’s roster?

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Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Targets in 2022 NFL Week 3

Quarterback

Jimmy Garoppolo – 49ers

  • Pct. Owned: 1.0%

Making his return at the helm of the San Francisco offense is Jimmy Garoppolo, who will be the Niners’ starting quarterback for the remainder of the season following the gruesome, season-ending ankle injury suffered by incumbent starter Trey Lance.

Garoppolo could be a hot waiver wire commodity this week, especially with the likes of other QB options within the same tier as his such as Justin Fields and Matt Ryan continuing to underwhelm. Jimmy G finished with 16 fantasy points (154 passing yards, two total TDs) against the Seahawks in a little under three quarters’ worth of action, and a full rep in Week 3 against the struggling Broncos in Denver makes for a tasty matchup for the former NFC championship-winning play-caller.

Running Back

Raheem Mostert – Dolphins

  • Pct. Owned: 51.7%

Better double-check your waiver wires immediately, as Miami running back Raheem Mostert is a must-add RB pickup if no manager already has a hold of him. The former Niners backfield standout finally got it going in his second game as a Dolphin, seeing his touches go up from just six carries in Week 1 to 11 carries this past Sunday.

Mostert racked up 51 rushing yards while also hauling in three targets for 28 receiving yards, displaying his acumen as a pass-catching back similar to his short-lived yet glowing stint in San Fran. The undrafted back out of Purdue even outnumbered his fellow back Chase Edmonds for touches, 11-5, which may be a sign that Mostert will be the Fins’ lead back in the near future.

Mark Ingram II – Saints

  • Pct. Owned: 27.6%

Thanks to the absence of Alvin Kamara in Week 2 (ribs), Mark Ingram found himself back as the top rushing option of the Saints. This is the former Heisman Trophy-winner’s second stint in The Big Easy and is making the most out of the situation.

Ingram put up 60 rushing yards on just 10 attempts and would’ve had a bigger afternoon had the Buccaneers not found themselves storming to a huge late-game lead. The Saints will face the winless Panthers in Week 3, which bodes well for the team’s offense in general. Regardless of whether or not Kamara will be able to suit up next week, Ingram is a serviceable handcuff for Kamara owners and a noteworthy stash should the latter miss any more time due to injury.

Wide Receiver

Michael Gallup – Cowboys

  • Pct. Owned: 44.2%

It’s quite comforting to know that the Dallas offense hasn’t imploded with the loss of Dak Prescott under center, as backup QB Cooper Rush had a decent showing in the Week 2 win over the Bengals. In turn, wide receiver Michael Gallup should be back under fantasy managers’ radars after reports of the 26-year-old Colorado State product indicate a likely return in Week 3 coming from a torn ACL suffered the previous season.

Gallup received a five-year contract extension from the Cowboys despite that lengthy injury, which means he’ll definitely remain a top receiving option for America’s Team, especially with no other WR other than CeeDee Lamb standing out. Dallas has a tasty matchup against division rival the New York Giants this coming week, which could spell a triumphant return to action for Gallup as a mid-to-low-end WR3 option in fantasy as many had projected him to be during the preseason.

Nelson Agholor – Patriots

  • Pct. Owned: 0.6%

Although New England’s passing attack remains suspect, taking a flyer on veteran wideout Nelson Agholor is still a sound investment for managers desperate for better flex options. Agholor has more big-play potential than his peers in the Pats’ receiving corp in Jakobi Meyers and DeVante Parker, and it certainly showed in his Week 2 performance of six catches for 110 receiving yards and a TD.

Similar to the Cowboys, the Patriots will have a favorable matchup in Week 2 against a humbled Ravens secondary that had just surrendered over 450 passing yards to Tua Tagovailoa. There won’t be many fantasy managers rushing out to grab Agholor off the waivers until Mac Jones takes the Pats’ passing game to a new level, so he could be had for cheap right now even for free-agent acquisition budget (FAAB) leagues.

Tight End

Logan Thomas – Commanders

  • Pct. Owned: 19.5%

It seems that Carson Wentz’s arrival in Washington has revitalized the team’s offense, and tight end Logan Thomas has been one of the biggest benefactors from Wentz’s arrival. The 31-year-old journeyman tight end found the end zone in Week 2 and hauled in five catches for 37 yards.

Thomas has seen no less than five targets in each of the first two weeks of the 2022 NFL season, which goes to show his key involvement in the Commanders’ offensive plans. He has a ton of TD upside that most fantasy managers want from a low-end TE option, and we expect him to see his ownership rise in the coming weeks given how thin the tight end position in fantasy is in general.

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