Fantasy football last-minute pickups for Week 3: Teddy Bridgewater, Raiders defense and more

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Each week of the NFL season, we will identify fantasy football waiver wire pickups specifically for those of you looking for streaming options in deeper formats (including IDP leagues). These are players available in a majority of ESPN Fantasy leagues (or close) who have enticing matchups in the week ahead that make them worthy of consideration for your lineup.

While you might notice some overlap with Field Yates' pickup column that publishes on Mondays, an important distinction is that the options mentioned in this column are focused solely on this week's matchup and not the players' values for the remainder of the season.

Do you need replacement options for injured players? Or are you merely dealing with depth issues? A roundtable of fantasy analysts will identify some choice names to consider each week.

Here are some of our favorites for Week 3:

The roster percentages for this column are updated every Friday morning, and any players from Thursday's Panthers-Texans game have been taken out.


Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (24.7% rostered; vs. Jets)

An efficient and effective start to the season for Bridgewater includes ranking second in QBR and at least 20 fantasy points in each of his starts with his new team. Next up is a visit from a Jets defense that ranks 19th in pressuring quarterbacks and with real issues in coverage. Flush with playmakers at the skill positions, Bridgewater is in a good spot at home. -Jim McCormick

Running Back

Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons (57.3% rostered; at Giants)

Patterson has a clear role as the No. 2 running back in Atlanta's offense, but don't pay attention as much to his rushing stats as to how he's used. Head coach Arthur Smith is using him a bit everywhere -- as a tailback, as a back in front of Mike Davis, as a receiver and even in an offset tight end position. In other words, Patterson is on the field a bunch. He had two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving) against Tampa Bay and had touches or targets on 13 of the 24 snaps he played. He's getting used a lot and is worth rostering. Depending on the matchup, he may even be worth starting in your fantasy leagues. Patterson's roster rate has gone up more than 50 percent, but he's still available in many leagues. -Michael Rothstein, NFL Nation Falcons reporter

Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys (61.8% rostered; vs. Eagles)

Pollard logged 16 touches in Week 2 versus the Chargers -- on only 21 offensive snaps -- for 140 total yards. Pollard is playing with juice, and the Cowboys are deploying him in both the run and the pass game. With a Week 3 matchup against the Eagles defense on Monday night, Pollard has flex value in deeper leagues. His roster rate began the week below our 50% threshold, and while he's been picked up in many leagues this week, it's worth checking to see if he's still there in yours. -Matt Bowen, ESPN NFL writer and analyst

Wide Receiver

Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals (67.1% rostered; at Jaguars)

Obviously there are a lot of mouths to feed in Arizona, where Moore has to share targets with DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Christian Kirk. But ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss couldn't have been more emphatic in his endorsement of the dynamic rookie, saying that Moore is "going to be the fantasy surprise of the season." Weinfuss said Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury loves Moore's speed and quickness and looks forward to using him as much as he can. And now Moore gets to face a struggling Jaguars team in Week 3. Even if you aren't ready to put Moore in your starting lineup this week, his upside makes him an easy choice to stash on your bench. He's still out there in one-third of ESPN leagues. -Mike Triplett, NFL Nation Saints reporter

Zach Pascal, Indianapolis Colts (21.1% rostered; at Titans)

Chasing touchdowns from complementary receivers can prove tricky, so in Pascal's case it's helpful that he's also second on the Colts in routes and third in targets per game for the season. Even with some questions behind center heading into the week, Pascal should play a busy role for a Colts passing game facing a Titans secondary that has allowed 15.9 yards per reception to receivers, the third-highest rate in the league. -J.M.

Tight End

Hunter Henry, New England Patriots (37.4% rostered; vs. Saints)

The target share Henry has consumed has admittedly not been amazing. But then again, the streaming tier of tight ends requires some compromise. The good news is that Henry was third on the Patriots with 25 routes in Week 2 and has averaged nearly 15 yards per catch thus far. The Saints are currently allowing 12.6 yards per catch to tight ends, setting up Henry with some upside despite a limited workload. -J.M.

Defense/Special Teams (D/ST)

Las Vegas Raiders (26.0% rostered; vs. Dolphins):

The Raiders have generated pressure in the early going, as they are tied for seventh in pass rush win rate, while the Dolphins are 28th in pass block win rate. And with an already underwhelming Miami passing attack turning to Jacoby Brissett at QB this week, the Raiders appear to be a reasonably safe streaming option.-Keith Lipscomb, ESPN Fantasy Sr. Editor

Individual Defensive Players (IDP)

Defensive Line

Javon Hargrave, Philadelphia Eagles (8.5% rostered; at Dallas Cowboys)

Finally healthy, Hargrave has been dominant to open the season; he's compiled eight quarterback pressures, two sacks and 13 total tackles in two appearances. Dallas could struggle to deal with both Fletcher Cox and Hargrave on Monday Night Football. -J.M.


De'Vondre Campbell, Green Bay Packers (17.4% rostered; at 49ers)

Now in an every-down role for the Packers, Campbell didn't leave the field on defense in a 13-tackle breakout that included an interception on Monday night. With the run-centric 49ers up next, Campbell could deliver double-digit tackles for the second straight week. -J.M.

Defensive Back

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers (9.6% rostered; at 49ers)

Pro Football Focus lists Amos with the eighth-highest run defense grade among safeties and tied for the top tackling grade at his position through two weeks. Similar to Campbell, Amos won't leave the field, or the box, often this week against the 49ers. -J.M.