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Fantasy football waiver wire pick-ups after Week 3

Fantasy football waiver wire pickups and drops after the third games of the regular season

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
Get ready to pay up for Chuba Hubbard after week three
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Unfortunately, this will be a week where the majority of fantasy focus is on injuries. The top overall draft pick from the season went down for several weeks. An entire team has most of their receivers injured as well. This is part of fantasy football though. These are some players work looking at on your waivers and a couple droppable players after week three of the NFL regular season.

Chuba Hubbard, Running Back, Carolina Panthers

Rostered Percentages: ESPN(11%), Yahoo(26%)

Unfortunately, Chuba Hubbard is on this weeks list due to the injury to Christian McCaffrey in week three. The Panthers played in Thursday night and McCaffrey suffered a hamstring injury in the game. Hubbard will be the most sought after player so far this year on waiver wires. Expect people to spend most of their budget or their top waiver spot to acquire him. McCaffrey is expected to miss a few weeks but these kind of injuries are known to linger. Hubbard could be a league winner.

Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills

Rostered Percentages: ESPN(23%), Yahoo(26%)

It appears as if Josh Allen and Emmanuel Sanders have gelled. Sanders exploded in this week’s Bills game, going for two touchdowns on six targets. Sanders will be the number two behind Stephon Diggs on the Bills but this offense has enough to go around. If Sanders has established himself as the true number two on this team, then he is worthy of the pick-up. Very few, if any, defenses in the NFL will slow down this offense going forward. The Bills next three games come against porous pass defenses like the Texans, Chiefs, and Titans. Sanders could win games for some owners now.

Collin Johnson, Wide Receiver, New York Giants

Rostered Percentages: ESPN(.1%), Yahoo(0%)

Unfortunately for the Giants, this is another pick-up because of injuries. The Giants lost Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard to injuries in their week three game against the Falcons. Collin Johnson stepped up and finished the game with five catches on seven targets. Johnson is worth the stash in deeper leagues, especially if both Slayton and Shepard miss time. The Giants have to throw the ball to someone. Johnson might not be a daily winner but the volume should be available.


Justin Jackson has seemed to lost the backup running back job in Los Angeles. The Chargers ran with Larry Rountree III behind Austin Ekeler for this weeks game against the Chiefs. Jackson did see the field but only rushed two times for zero yards.

Devontae Booker was a great handcuff while Saquon Barkley got ready for the regular season. The window for Booker being fantasy-relevant has closed quickly though. Booker was a healthy scratch for this weeks game against the Atlanta Falcons. Elijhaa Penny and Gary Brightwell were the backups to Barkley in week three. It is possible that Booker is the long-term handcuff, but that is not a guarantee. It is likely that if Barkley gets injured again, the Giants would go to a committee approach to the backfield. Currently, none of these guys are worth stashing.

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