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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 3

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Fantasy Players to Target After Week 3

Fantasy Players to Target After Week 3
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Another week of crazy fantasy football action, another week of fantasy owners scrambling to scoop up the surprise stars. There were a lot of familiar names that returned to prominence in Week 2 and you'd be wise to pick them up quickly if you can. Then again, some of them might make you roll your eyes. But that's what is great about this game, right?

The best part is we've three running backs on this list and at least one of them looks really promising. How often do we get legit running back options on the wavier wire list?! It's a great day for fantasy owners everywhere, especially ones with running back depth like my team's.

We also have a quarterback and two receivers and they all look like legit starters from this point forward, which could save many fantasy owners' seasons, especially those who are 0-2 already. So if you need help, here are the top waiver wire pickups for Week 3.

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Bernard Pierce

Bernard Pierce
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Bernard Pierce was a hot name last year when he recorded 532 yards as Ray Rice's backup, but now that the Ravens' starter is out with a strained hip flexor, Pierce is in for a featured back's worth of carries for the foreseeable future.

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Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
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Knowshon Moreno is the unquestioned starter in the Broncos' backfield and although you should take that with a grain of salt, it's hard to overlook the fact he had 93 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. Pick him up and hope for a sure sign in Week 3.

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Eddie Royal

Eddie Royal
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Eddie Royal had a pair of touchdowns on just three catches in Week 1, but he proved to be more than just a one-week wonder with three more scores on seven more catches in Week 2. He's obviously Philip Rivers' favorite target and should be owned in all fantasy leagues at this point.

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Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers
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Speaking of Rivers, the Chargers' quarterback now has 614 yards and seven touchdowns through two games, so he's a surefire fantasy starter again. If he's available in your league, grab him now and sell high if you already have a quality QB.

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DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins
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DeAndre Hopkins had his coming out party in Week 2 when Andre Johnson left the game with a likely concussion. The rookie from Clemson hauled in seven passes for 117 yards and a score. He's now a solid WR2 option, even when Johnson returns.

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James Starks

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James Starks took advantage of Eddie Lacy's concussion in Week 2 by toting the ball 20 times for 132 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown scamper. Now always temper expectations with a Packers running back, but Starks looked like the real deal and should be picked up in all fantasy leagues accordingly.