Working the Fantasy football waiver wire throughout the course of the season is one of the best ways to improve your Fantasy football roster. However, being too active and overreaching on players who can't actually make an impact is also potentially disastrous. Having a reliable list of Fantasy football waiver targets that gives you an idea of who to target and how much of your free agent acquisition budget to spend is the best way to make sure you're making moves with precision.
With Nick Chubb (knee) carted off the field during Monday Night Football against the Steelers, Browns running back Jerome Ford is likely to be a popular waiver claim after a 69-yard run following Chubb's injury. But how productive can you expect Ford to be moving forward, and can he actually help improve your Week 3 Fantasy football lineups? Before making any Week 3 Fantasy football waiver wire claims, be sure to see what SportsLine Fantasy football analyst Jacob Gibbs has to say.
Gibbs uses a data-driven approach that has helped him consistently provide accurate rankings at every position. He has proven to be one of the nation's most accurate Fantasy rankers in recent years -- posting the eighth-most accurate results over the past three seasons, according to Fantasy Pros.
Now, he's revealed his top waiver wire pick from among the widely available Fantasy football free agents entering Week 3. You can see his top Fantasy NFL waiver wire picks and full analysis over at SportsLine.
Top Fantasy football waiver wire picks for Week 3
One player Gibbs is advising Fantasy players to target on the Week 3 waiver wire: Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed. He played collegiately at Western Michigan and Michigan State and finished his career with 203 catches for 2,866 yards and 27 total touchdowns before the Packers made him a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
In Week 1, he played 53% of Green Bay's offensive snaps and was targeted five times, finishing with two catches for 48 yards while also returning three punts for 54 yards. Then in Week 2, the Packers made a more concerted effort to get him the ball offensively, targeting him eight times, and he wound up turning in four catches for 37 yards and two scores. He's a clear threat in space and you can expect Jordan Love to continue working him into the offense even when Christian Watson (hamstring) gets back into the lineup.
Gibbs is also strongly recommending Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud as a Week 3 waiver wire pickup. The Ohio State star was a Heisman Trophy finalist in each of his last two seasons in Columbus, throwing for 8,123 yards and 85 touchdowns during that span before being selected No. 2 overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Stroud won the QB battle in Houston over Davis Mills and Case Keenum and he's put up solid numbers over his first two starts despite being under constant duress. Stroud has completed 58 of his 91 pass attempts for 626 yards and two touchdowns without an interception despite being sacked 11 times. There will be inevitable speed bumps during his rookie season but Houston should be playing from behind a lot and that should give Stroud's owners a chance to benefit from a high volume of pass attempts. See who else to target on the Fantasy football waiver wire at SportsLine.
How to set your Week 3 waiver wire claims
Gibbs is also all-in on a breakout receiver who smashed expectations in Week 2. This player is widely available and could be a huge boost to your Fantasy football lineup. You can only see who it is at SportsLine.
So which players should you target on the Fantasy football waiver wire before Week 3, and which breakout receiver is a must-add? Visit SportsLine now to see the best league-winning Fantasy football free agents entering Week 3, all from a Fantasy football analyst who has been ranked among the most accurate in the nation, and find out.