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Fantasy Football 2018: Week 3 Waiver-Wire Options

Every week, we examine players that may be available on your league's waiver wire that could help your team in the short and/or long term.

For a player to be listed, he must be owned in 50 percent (or less) of Yahoo! leagues. The goal is to provide recommendations of players that have a greater chance of being available on your league's waiver wire. Of course, your league's size and settings could significantly impact whether these players (or better options) are available in your particular league(s).

With that said, here are some quarterback waiver-wire options that I like heading into Week 2 (Yahoo! ownership in parenthesis):

[Note: Players listed below are sorted by my preference to add.]

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Quarterbacks

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23 percent)

Things could not have gone any better for Fitzpatrick and the Bucs to start the season. Not only are they 2-0 as a team, but Fitzpatrick has thrown for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns in back-to-back games against the Saints and Eagles. Expecting another 400/4 game in Week 3 would be unrealistic, but he's now just one of three quarterbacks (Dan Marino and Billy Volek are the others) to do so in consecutive games.

In Week 3, the Bucs will host the Steelers. Losing in a 42-37 shootout against the Chiefs, the Steelers just allowed Patrick Mahomes to throw six touchdowns in his third-ever start. While Jameis Winston returns from suspension after next week's game, the Bucs have said it's not a given that he immediately returns as the team's starter. Given how well Fitzpatrick has played and considering the Bucs have a Week 5 bye, it would make sense that he starts (at least) in Week 4 as well.

- Read full Fantasy Football QB Waiver Wire

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Running Backs

1. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (27 percent)

Through the first two games, Joe Mixon had exactly 22 touches each week as he racked up 179 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards. A knee injury sustained in Thursday night's win over the Ravens required a cleanup knee procedure that will sideline Mixon for two to four weeks.

Bernard (12) has been a distant second for touches behind Mixon (44), but he has been productive when given more of an opportunity. Over a five-game stretch last December when Mixon missed two games, Bernard totalled 507 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns as he averaged 4.75 yards per carry and hauled in 24 receptions.

- Read full Fantasy Football RB Waiver Wire

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Wide Receivers

1. Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (49 percent)

With the catch of the year (so far), Cole was a big part of Jacksonville's win over New England as he finished with 7/116/1 on eight targets. Going back to last season, Cole has at least 99 yards in four of his past six regular-season games and eight-plus targets in four of the past five. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect 100-plus yards and a score every week, but I expect his number of useful outings to exceed the number of disappointing outings for the talented second-year receiver.

- Read full Fantasy Football WR Waiver Wire

Week 3 Waiver Wire: Tight Ends

1. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (17 percent)

Hooper caught all five of his targets in Week 2 for 59 yards and a touchdown. Like most/all of the options on this list, Hooper is a TD-dependent option. The good news is that the Saints-Falcons Week 3 matchup could turn into a shootout (54-point over-under) that leads to plenty of streaming appeal.

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