The Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups piece won't be as full of waiver wire options like there was last week, but there are still a few guys who you can add to give your team some depth and help with injuries.
*Remember that this list will be updated throughout the day Monday and Tuesday, so check back whenever possible.
Philip Rivers - Chargers (ESPN OWNED 31.9%/YAHOO OWNED 38%)
One of the things that worried me about Rivers the most was his offensive line, which has played surprisingly well through 2 games. Against the Eagles, Rivers took only one sack while passing for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns. Through 2 games he's been averaging 307 passing yards, with 7 touchdowns to just 1 interception. He's a very dicey QB1 because of the lack of playmakers in the receiving game, but he's earned our trust as a QB2.
Sam Bradford - Rams (ESPN OWNED 90.3%/YAHOO OWNED 47%)
I was a bit surprised that Bradford is owned in less than 50% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues. He passed for 352 yards, which is his season average so far, and 3 touchdowns in the loss to the Falcons Sunday. This is definitely not the Bradford from the past. With the addition of Jared Cook, a better running game and a No. 1 receiver in Chris Givens, Bradford will have QB1 status in the right matchups.
Ryan Tannehill - Dolphins (ESPN OWNED 8.6%/YAHOO OWNED 15%)
The Tannehill-to-Wallace connection was in full force Sunday as both players hooked up 9 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill notched his first 300-yard game of the season and brought his touchdown total to 2. He'll still have a rocky season here and there due to offensive line woes, but he's earned the QB2 tag. He has a strong matchup against the Falcons this coming week.
Jason Campbell - Browns (ESPN OWNED .3%/YAHOO OWNED 0%)
Ehh. I listed Campbell just for the heck of it simply because I think he's better than Brandon Weeden, who sprained his right (throwing) thumb after whacking it against left guard John Greco's helmet midway through the fourth quarter. X-rays came back negative, but sprained thumbs on a throwing hand are tricky. Journeyman Campbell could get the start against the Bengals. Remember, the Browns new regime was not a fan of Weeden coming in. So if Campbell does start and has a good showing, there could be a bit of a controversy going into Week 4. As usual, Campbell is nothing more than a low-end QB2.
James Starks - Packers (ESPN OWNED 2.5%/YAHOO OWNED 10%)
If you are an Eddie Lacy owner like I am, I am sure you were just as pissed when he was knocked out early with a concussion. After taking over lead duties, Starks actually showed why many of us had high hopes for him last year. Against the Redskins, Starks rushed 20 times for a whopping 132 yards and a touchdown. There is no news yet on how severe Lacy's concussion is, but he looked pretty woozy coming off the field. If Starks starts Week 3 against the Bengals, temper expectations as the Bengals' front 7 is much more talented than the Redskins.
Danny Woodhead - Chargers (ESPN OWNED 11.5%/YAHOO OWNED 31%)
In regular PPR leagues, Woodhead racked up a total of 13 points due to his 8 receptions against the Eagles. This was one of the reasons I was high on him in the preseason. He played ahead of Ronnie Brown on third downs, has soft hands and can pick up the blitz. Woodhead won't have huge games like this often. But once bye weeks hit, he could be a nice filler option. Or he could even be a decent low-end flex option if your team succumbs to injuries. Non-PPR might as well avoid him unless Ryan Mathews goes down with an injury. Woodhead's value is strictly for PPR leagues only for now.
Knowshon Moreno - Broncos (YAHOO OWNED 53%)
I didn't even bother to list Moreno's owned percentage in ESPN leagues because it was over 98%, but Yahoo! league owners need to pick this guy up. After a somewhat disastrous Week 1, Moreno started and made up for it against the Giants after rushing for 93 yards and 2 touchdowns off of a mere 13 carries. He also chipped in 3 catches. For the second week in a row, Moreno has out touched Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, and appears to be the back the team has the most faith in, especially on passing downs. Could the Moreno train eventually end? Probably. We've yet to see him put up a full season worth of fantasy stats, but he's still worthy of picking up until the derailment.
Bernard Pierce - Ravens (YAHOO OWNED 45%)
Pierce isn't listed higher, despite Ray Rice leaving early against the Browns, because he might not start Week 3. It was eventually reported that Rice suffered a left hip flexor strain. His status for Week 3 is questionable, but not as much as it was after the game. Pierce played somewhat well in Rice's absence, rushing 19 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. Rice is considered day-to-day, but it's just another reminder for his owners that Pierce is worth rostering as his handcuff.
Jason Snelling/Jacquizz Rodgers - Falcons
I won't even list the owned percentage for either player because I know both are available in most leagues. Steven Jackson is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks with a thigh injury, which puts Rodgers front and center as the starter. But given his history of bombing when needed, he's a desperation option at best in PPR leagues. Snelling could be someone to look at in touchdown-heavy leagues, but don't be surprised to see the Falcons go full-bomb mode and pass more while Jackson is out instead of relying on either of these guys.
Eddie Royal - Chargers (ESPN OWNED 12.8%/YAHOO OWNED 20%)
If anyone has been the beneficiary of Danario Alexander's absence, it's Royal. Through 2 games Royal has racked up 10 catches, 114 receiving yards and a staggering 5 touchdowns. It's hard for me to see him keep up his pace as a TD machine, but there is obviously a lot to like about Royal going forward. Although don't use him as anything more than a flex option. Royal's past has been filled with inconsistency. He'll have good games here and there, but I doubt he keeps this string of huge games going for all 14 games. He's a flex option at best.
DeAndre Hopkins - Texans (ESPN OWNED 63.7%/YAHOO OWNED 48%)
After a solid outing in Week 1 where he caught 5 passes for 66 yards against the Chargers, Hopkins followed that up with his first 100 yard game by catching 7 passes for 117 yards and a score against the Titans in Week 2. Andre Johnson left the game late due to a concussion, so Hopkins could be in for another big game next week against the Ravens. He is a must-pickup in all league formats.
Stephen Hill - Jets (ESPN OWNED 1.7%/YAHOO OWNED 4%)
Hill is one of those guys I don't like listing, but I can't help myself since he's been the only viable pass-catching option in the Jets' offense through 2 weeks. After catching 6 passes for 39 yards in Week 1, he followed that up with 4 for 86 against the Patriots. If Geno Smith had a smidge more consistency to his game, Hill could be an every-week WR3. But for now, if you do pick him up, use him as a low-end flex if you have options on your roster that just aren't cutting it.
Marlon Brown - Ravens (ESPN OWNED 5%/YAHOO OWNED 25%)
Brown had a good game against the Browns, catching 4 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown. But I was disappointed that he didn't do more with Torrey Smith being covered by Joe Haden. Smith played surprisingly well after reeling in 7 passes for 85 yards. Against Haden?? I didn't think it was possible. As for Brown, he's been a nice surprise for a team that had desperately needed someone across from Smith after Anquan Boldin departed. Brown is currently a WR3 after averaging 4 passes per game, 110 total receiving yards and 2 touchdowns through 2 weeks of action.
Charles Clay - Dolphins (ESPN OWNED .8%/YAHOO OWNED 2%)
Clay has quietly put up some pretty decent numbers in PPR leagues. With Dustin Keller out for the year, Clay has stepped up big time. In Week 1, he tallied 10 PPR points against the Browns. Sunday against the Colts, he notched 5 catches for 109. He also acted as the goal-line back on one play, plunging in a score from one yard out. With Mike Wallace getting his bearings in a new offense, Tannehill could look Clay's way much more as his new safety valve. He's a TE2 for now.