Fantasy Football: Week 3 Injury Update, Top Waiver Wire Pickups

Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With Week 3 of the NFL seasons rapidly approaching, it's time for fantasy football players to assess the latest injury updates and scout the waiver wires in a bid to find those all-important valuable pickups

Here is a roundup of the main injuries from Week 2 and their impact on fantasy football rosters.

Wide receiver

Mike Wallace—Philadelphia Eagles

Wallace had to be carted off the field during the Eagles' 27-21 defeat against the Buccaneers in Week 2 after fracturing the fibula in his right leg. Earlier this week, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wallace will undergo further scans to establish the best form of treatment. Even if he does not require surgery, it's highly unlikely Wallace will be back in less than a month.

Waivers pickup: John Brown—Baltimore Ravens (16.4 fantasy points on average; Owned by 24.1% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Alshon Jeffery—Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles will also be without Jeffery in Week 3, as the wide receiver continues to be nursed back after undergoing shoulder surgery in February. Earlier this month, Jeffery said it might be a while before he's back in the lineup and nothing appears to have changed.

Antonio Brown—Pittsburgh Steelers

Aside from the off-field speculations over his future, Brown is apparently nursing a calf injury, which hampered him during the loss against Kansas City in Week 2. Brown suffered a partial calf tear in Week 15 last season and, according to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, he is yet to shake the problem off. Yet to be ruled out for Week 3.

Waivers pickup: Mike Williams—Los Angeles Chargers (11.9 fantasy points on average; Owned by 35.3% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Jarvis Landry—Cleveland Browns

Landry has been troubled by a knee injury throughout the week and remains on the questionable list ahead of the Browns' game against the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Waivers pickup: Antonio Callaway—Cleveland Browns (8.9 fantasy points on average; Owned by 3.8% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Larry Fitzgerald—Atlanta Falcons

Fitzgerald left the field early in Week 2 with a hamstring injury and remains on the Falcons' questionable list. However, he is expected to play against the Saints on Sunday.


Aaron Rodgers—Green Bay Packers

Rodgers hobbled off the field in the first half of Week 1 before returning to lead the Packers to a memorable comeback. The quarterback played in Week 2 but has now admitted his knee injury is a worry. "Yeah, obviously that's a concern," he said on Wednesday, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. "Hopefully it goes the other way though." Will the Packers risk him against Washington, knowing Rodgers' injury could get worse?

Waivers pickup: It's unlikely Rodgers will sit out Week 3, stick with him.

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on September 16, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers and the Vikings tied 29-29. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Marcus Mariota—Tennessee Titans

Mariota suffered an injury to the elbow on his throwing arm in Week 1 and is still struggling to grip the ball properly. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he will monitor the situation and make a decision at the end of the week.

Waivers pickup: Ryan Fitzpatrick—Tampa Bay Buccaneers (36.1 fantasy points on average; Owned by 31.7% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Case Keenum—Denver Broncos

Keenum has complained of having a sore knee, which kept him out of practice on Wednesday.

"I wanted to practice, but they wouldn't let me [...] come back and be ready to go [Thursday]," he told reporters. Expect him to play the Ravens on Sunday.

Waivers pickup: Andy Dalton—Cincinnati Bengals (21.6 fantasy points on average; Owned by 18.2% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Running Back

Joe Mixon—Cincinnati Bengals

A knee injury is expected to rule Mixon out for up to four weeks, after it was confirmed a small piece of cartilage had become dislodged inside the joint. Mixon underwent arthroscopic surgery over the weekend and should be back before the end of next month.

Waivers pickup: Giovani Bernard—Cincinnati Bengals (5.1 fantasy points on average; Owned by 39.5% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

LeSean McCoy—Buffalo Bills

McCoy is a doubt for Sunday's game at Minnesota after suffering a rib injury in Week 2. Conversely to what was initially reported, McCoy did not fracture one of his ribs, but has broken rib cartilage. While extremely painful, the injury shouldn't keep him out for too long.

Waivers pickup: Austin Ekeler—Los Angeles Chargers (18.2 fantasy points on average; Owned by 43% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Dalvin Cook—Minnesota Vikings

Cook was withdrawn early in the fourth quarter in Week 2 with a hamstring issue and did not return for overtime. After the game, however, Cook said the problem was simply a cramp. While the Vikings will keep a close eye on him, he is expected to feature on Sunday.

Waivers pickup: Javorious Allen—Baltimore Ravens (14.8 fantasy points on average; Owned by 18.8% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)

Tight end

Jack Doyle—Indianapolis Colts

Doyle has been struggling with a hip injury, and while he missed practice on Wednesday, he still has a chance of featuring against the Eagles on Sunday. The tight end has recorded nine catches on 15 targets for 15 yards in the first two games of the season.

Waivers pickup: Eric Ebron—Indianapolis Colts (13.4 fantasy points; Owned by 35.6% of ESPN Fantasy Football teams)