The second NFL Sunday of the 2021 season is just about wrapped up. We still have Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football but in the meantime, it’s time to start considering your fantasy football waiver wire options. The Week 3 waiver wire can make or break a league, and the injury report will be critical to consider.
Keeping an eye on injuries is very important for gaining the edge on the waiver wire. It isn’t always about who had the best performance, and it could be about who is going to be able to play. As they say, the best ability in fantasy football relevance is availability.
Below is a rundown of notable skill position injuries, and who stands to benefit as you consider what to do with your waiver wire priority. We’ll offer updates on each injury as new information comes along this week.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns
Landry was knocked out early in the Browns’ 31-21 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. The team believes he has a sprained MCL and he’ll undergo testing on Sunday. The loss of Landry would deal a huge blow to the Cleveland offense, a unit that is already without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to start the season. But Landry’s injury would also elevate the value of other receiving options like David Njoku (4.3%), Donovan Peoples-Jones (1.9%), and Anthony Schwartz (1.5%).
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Houston Texans
Taylor was having another stellar performance for the Texans before going down with a hamstring injury in the middle of what was deemed a revenge game for him at Cleveland. It’s a huge blow to fantasy managers who rushed to picked him up off the waiver wires and the early indication is that he’ll miss Houston’s Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers. The value of Houston receivers like Brandin Cooks could decrease with rookie Davis Mills starting, but it could mean an increased workload for the triumvirate of running backs Mark Ingram (33.6%), and Phillip Lindsay (40.3%).
Elijah Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Mitchell exited the 49ers’ 17-11 win over the Philadelphia Eagles with a shoulder injury but eventually returned for the final two drives of the game. With the 49ers running back room seemingly cursed and everyone banged up in some capacity, waiver wire receivers like Trent Sherfield (0.5%) and Juan Jennings (0%) could see their values rise.
Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Rams running back Darrell Henderson injured his ribs in the team’s 27-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll miss time but the trickle down effect is waiver wire receivers like Van Jefferson (7.2%) and Desean Jackson (2.3%) having their values increase if L.A. leans on the pass more.
Andy Dalton, QB, Chicago Bears
Bears quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a non-contact knee injury in the team’s 20-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The veteran will have an MRI on Monday and head coach Matt Nagy said that he doesn’t think it’s an ACL injury. This obviously opens the door for rookie Justin Fields (48.5%) to be scooped up off the waiver wires but could also open up an opportunity for for receiving targets like Cole Kmet (27.9%) to increase their value with Fields at QB.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
The Week 2 fortunes of the Miami Dolphins went out the window almost as soon as second-year QB Tua Tagovailoa went down with a rib injury on Sunday. An MRI on Monday will reveal the extent of it but this certainly doesn’t bode well for the fantasy prospects of top receivers like Jaylen Waddle and Devante Parker. This, however, could somewhat boost the value of waiver wire running backs like Salvon Ahmed (2.3%) and Malcolm Brown (15.8%).
Carson Wentz, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Another starting quarterback that went down was Carson Wentz, who rolled his ankle in the Colts’ 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. A Jacob Eason-led offense should signal a boost in production for their running backs, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines are already rostered in the majority of leagues, but potentially look into Marlon Mack (2.8%) if you have the chance.
Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Russell Gage tweaked his ankle in the first half of the Falcons’ 45-28 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday but managed to return in the second half. He finished the contest with a modest five receptions for 28 yards in the setback. His injury will be evaluated as the week goes on but should he not be ready for next week’s game against the New York Giants, the value of Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts will only increase. Olamide Zaccheaus’ (0.3%) value as a waiver add will also increase, so keep tabs on him.