Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, right

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Thomason: Top Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 3

Giovani Bernard and Austin Ekeler are two players to pursue this week.

Jack Thomason
September 18, 2018 - 10:43 am

(670 The Score) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member leagues. Before getting into it, one piece of advice: If for some reason an owner dropped Josh Gordon over the weekend, he's your No. 1 addition. The upside is too great to pass on. 

1. Giovani Bernard (RB, Cincinnati Bengals) – This is the easy answer for your top waiver pickup for Week 3. Bernard was an RB1 down the stretch last year while Joe Mixon was injured, and he looked great again in relief of Mixon this past Thursday night. With the Bengals bell-cow on the shelf for two to four weeks because of a knee procedure, Bernard instantly provides a spark to anyone's running back stable. The long-term benefit comes with trade value to the Mixon owner or the potential that Mixon's knee injury lingers and he misses more time than expected.

2. Austin Ekeler (RB, Los Angeles Chargers) –  Quietly, Ekeler has totaled 224 total yards on 24 touches through two weeks. He looks unbelievably explosive and continues to produce on a high-powered offense. In PPR leagues, Ekeler is a flex starter already, and if anything happens to Melvin Gordon we're looking at a legitimate RB1/2 with the way the Chargers sling the ball all over the field. 

3. DeSean Jackson/Chris Godwin (WRs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – There's zero reason Jackson should be available, but somehow he's still just 50-percent owned in Yahoo leagues, while Godwin sits around 35-percent owned. We're two weeks in and these two have combined for five touchdowns. While that type of efficiency won't continue, this Buccaneers offense continues to impress, and both receivers are seeing enough targets to be rostered and in Jackson's case to be started.

4. Keelan Cole (WR, Jacksonville Jaguars) – Cole continues to show why he was so impressive down the stretch last year. He's a thorough route runner, has deceptive speed and makes spectacular catches like the one this past Sunday. He's Blake Bortles' go-to target and is currently averaging five receptions, 85 yards and 0.5 touchdowns through two weeks. He's second on the team with 12 targets but clearly looks like the best receiver in Jacksonville and leads the team in snaps at the position.

5. John Brown (WR, Baltimore Ravens) –  Brown has scored touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, looks healthy and explosive and seems to be back to the "Smokey Brown" whom we were all high on just a few years ago. He's second on the team in targets to Michael Crabtree, but he's clearly Joe Flacco's deep threat of choice while doing some work underneath as well. He's been the standout receiver for the Ravens since coming to town, and nothing seems to have changed two weeks into the season.

6. Antonio Callaway (WR, Cleveland Browns) –  With Gordon and Corey Coleman no longer with the Browns, Callaway is now starting for Cleveland. He immediately becomes the Browns' deep threat, and that was on full display Sunday, when he caught a 47-yard touchdown that could've been good for a Cleveland win if not for some missed kicks and Drew Brees. Callaway totaled five touches in the game and will continue to be the outside threat with Jarvis Landry in the slot. He should be added in all 12-person or greater formats

7. Javorius Allen (RB, Baltimore Ravens) –  Allen has averaged 10 touches per game in the first two weeks, and he's sniped both touchdowns near the goal line. On top of that, he's been the receiving back of choice with five catches in both games and sitting fourth on the team in targets, just one target from being tied for second. Allen will be a helpful PPR flex play through the bye weeks and has upside if anything happens to Alex Collins. 

8. Tyler Boyd (WR, Cincinnati Bengals) –  Boyd is second only to A.J. Green in targets (14) and snaps (81 percent) when it comes to the Bengals' receivers. Boyd has always had the talent, but now it's finally starting to show in Cincinnati. In three-receiver sets, Boyd is manning the slot, and he racked up six receptions for 91-yards and a score last Thursday. Through two weeks, the Bengals have scored 68 points. Look for Boyd to be a solid WR4 and WR3 in PPR formats.

9. Geronimo Allison (WR, Green Bay Packers) – Allison is the clear No. 3 receiver for Aaron Rodgers, and that's like being a No. 2 receiver on 25 other NFL teams. Allison is playing 75 percent of the snaps and has seen 14 targets through two weeks of the season. He'll continue to be heavily involved in a premier offense, and that means fantasy points. 

10. Corey Clement (RB, Philadelphia Eagles) – While Darren Sproles was out, Clement filled in nicely, tallying 85 yards on 11 touches and scoring a touchdown. His 11 touches also had to do with Jay Ajayi leaving the game for a little while with a back injury only to return later. Keep that in mind, because his weekly usage will be volatile, but with Carson Wentz back this week and the age and injury history for Sproles and Ajayi, we could be calling on Clement at any time as an RB2.

Just missed: Corey Grant, Ito Smith, Ronald Jones, Mark Walton, Marcus Murphy, Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Rashard Higgins, Cole Beasley, Willie Snead and Ben Watson. 

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​​