Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets: Giovani Bernard a Must-Add

Giovani Bernard should see his workload increase with Joe Mixon out of action. | Leon Halip/Getty Images

If your fantasy football roster has left something to be desired through two weeks, fear not, there is plenty of time left to salvage your 2018 season. In fact, history has proven that it’s nearly impossible to win a fantasy football championship without successfully navigating the waiver wire.

As we head into Week 3, we have identified a handful of players worth targeting on waivers. First things first, though, if for some reason Phillip Lindsay, Patrick Mahomes, Brandon Marshall, or Will Dissly are still available in your league, then they should be considered high priorities — especially Lindsay and Mahomes. Beyond that, we believe the following five players are all worth waiver claims going into Week 3.

Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

With Joe Mixon out for at least two weeks, Bernard is in line to be the lead back in Cincinnati — a role he has thrived in when given the opportunity.

Bernard may not get 25 carries per game in Mixon’s absence, due to his diminutive size. Nonetheless, he will likely get 20+ combined touches per game, and will be a borderline RB1 in PPR leagues.

Bernard should be a priority for fantasy owners on the waiver wire in Week 3 — especially those who already own Mixon.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

We are officially believers in “Fitz-Magic.” In Week 3, Fitzpatrick will be facing a Pittsburgh Steelers secondary that allowed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to throw for 326 yards and six touchdowns in Week 2.

With the weapons he has at his disposal, the former Harvard quarterback could have another outstanding fantasy performance in Week 3.

If you need a quarterback, we’d suggest making a move to add Fitzpatrick off waivers — if he’s still available.

John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Bottom line: It shouldn’t be long until Brown is the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver for the Ravens. He is already the team’s most dynamic deep threat, and it looks like the team plans to give him a heavy dose of targets on a weekly basis.

We are expecting Brown’s Week 2 stat line (10 targets for four receptions, 92 yards, and a touchdown), or something close to it, to become the norm for the 28-year-old wide receiver going forward.

Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

Make no mistake about it, Melvin Gordon is the lead back for the Chargers. That said, Gordon suffered a minor injury in Week 2 (he is not expected to miss any time), and it is clear that the Chargers do have plans to utilize Ekeler’s pass-catching skills and explosiveness out of the backfield.

If you play in a PPR league, it would be wise to pick up and stash Ekeler.

Chris Ivory, RB, Buffalo Bills

With LeSean McCoy suffering a cracked rib in Week 2, Ivory is now in line to be the featured back in Buffalo — at least until McCoy is back in action. While Ivory’s Week 3 matchup (against the Minnesota Vikings) is less than ideal, he does project to be a high-volume running back this Sunday. And as we all know, it’s not very easy to find a high-volume back on the waiver wire.

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