You've got to be quick on the waiver wire. One of our top suggestions from last week, Elijah Mitchell, was 1% and 0% owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues, respectively, after the Week 1 slate of games. By the time Week 2 kicked off, those figures went up to 85% and 84%. The fantasy community doesn't sleep when there's potential value to be found.
Mitchell getting hurt — albeit with what should only be a minor injury — is a good reminder, though, of just how fast everything can change in the volatile world of fantasy football. If you're lucky enough, you still might be in a league where another of our recommendations from last week — James White — is still available. Though we suggested him, and he came through with a strong performance in Week 2, he's still unowned in about half of leagues. And though we're not going to include last week's names on our list below, you should still look to pick them up if they're out there and they serve a team need.
Here's a fresh batch of six new waiver wire pickups you should look to make — again, if your team is in need of some help at that position — ahead of Week 3.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears | QB
Yahoo: 51% owned | ESPN: 49% owned
It's hard to dedicate a roster spot to a second quarterback. It's even harder to dedicate a roster spot to a quarterback who is still the second guy on the roster. But when 50 percent of the fantasy football community decides to pick up a guy before he even has the starting gig, you know there's a lot of potential.
Seeing as Andy Dalton got hurt in Week 2 and Fields had the opportunity to take over, the 50 percent of leagues in which he's not currently rostered will likely flock to the waivers to try and get their hands on him. Fields fits that fantasy football dual-threat mold, and if you're new to fantasy football, "dual-threat QB" is a phrase that often leads to a lot of fantasy points. That's why someone like Jalen Hurts, who is typically regarded as a bottom-10 starting quarterback in the league, is a top-10 fantasy QB.
Fields didn't do anything all that exceptional in his brief debut, but the opportunity is now his — so long as Dalton's injury is serious enough to keep him out — and should he run with it, that will pay big dividends for both the Bears and his fantasy owners.
Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys | RB
Yahoo: 53% owned | ESPN: 39% owned
The No. 2 running back of the week, trailing only Derrick Henry and his monstrous 41.7-point effort, Pollard made the most of his opportunities in a back-and-forth game. These weren't garbage-time touches. This wasn't some small workload that he was extremely efficient with. This was 13 carries, three targets, and 140 yards of production that came out of it.
The speculation that Ezekiel Elliott's best days are behind him has been out there for some time, and Pollard's production isn't going to make that buzz go away. And while Zeke owners likely don't have to worry too much that his role will fade, I think we should start to feel confident that Pollard has carved out his own role, even in the crowded Dallas offense.
Oh, and any sort of Zeke injury? You're looking at a clear-cut RB1 in Pollard going forward.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Atlanta Falcons | RB
Yahoo: 14% owned | ESPN: 8% owned
I was never really sold that Mike Davis would be as productive as his ADP would have suggested, even with a lead role in the backfield. That hypothesis was partially confirmed in Week 1, when he just seemed like a much less dynamic back than Patterson against the Eagles. And in Week 2, with Patterson earning four red zone looks to Davis's zero, these thoughts were even further reinforced.
Neither guy is someone that I necessarily would be thrilled to start at this point, but the upside seems like it's on the 30-year-old Patterson's side, whether that's due to the eye test, or the Week 2 red zone touches, or the yards per reception, etc. The moment that Patterson becomes much more alluring is when he starts to take touches away from Davis, and at this rate, that looks like it could surprisingly be the case.
But let's pick him up, stash him, and temper our expectations until that actually goes into effect.
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals | WR
Yahoo: 33% owned | ESPN: 19% owned
Just watch this play.