FANTASY FOOTBALL: Top 30 waiver-wire pickups heading into NFL Week 3

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Here's the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football's top 30 free agents in advance of Week 3, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues -- a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats.

Here’s the BATSBY Sports listing of fantasy football’s top 30 free agents in advance of Week 3, universally citing 12-team Points Per Reception leagues — a countdown which typically values long-term viability over one week of superb stats (unless the red-hot asset has affiliation with Patrick Mahomes).

Obviously, free-agent quarterbacks like Josh Allen, Mason Rudolph, Andy Dalton, Gardner Minshew, Jacoby Brissett and Giants rookie Daniel Jones are the likeliest candidates for most points from Sunday to Sunday.

But we also place an equal or higher priority on landing possible dynamos at receiver, running back and tight end, especially those who are already becoming fixtures in the red zone.

PREFERRED WAIVER-WIRE PICKUPS

  1. WR Terry McLaurin, Redskins
  2. WR Demarcus Robinson, Chiefs
  3. QB Josh Allen, Bills
  4. RB Carlos Hyde, Texans
  5. RB Frank Gore, Bills
  6. RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers
  7. WR Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  8. QB Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  9. RB Royce Freeman, Broncos
  10. WR D.J. Chark, Jaguars
  11. TE Will Dissly, Seahawks
  12. QB Andy Dalton, Bengals
  13. RB Ito Smith, Falcons
  14. WR Nelson Agholor, Eagles
  15. WR Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  16. D/ST Tennessee Titans
  17. PK Robbie Gould, 49ers
  18. QB Jacoby Brissett, Colts
  19. WR D.K. Metcalf, Seahawks
  20. D/ST Green Bay Packers
  21. PK Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  22. QB Gardner Minshew II, Jaguars
  23. WR Devin Smith, Cowboys
  24. WR A.J. Brown, Titans
  25. QB Daniel Jones, Giants
  26. TE Noah Fant, Broncos
  27. D/ST Cleveland Browns
  28. WR Marquise Goodwin, 49ers
  29. QB Marcus Mariota, Titans
  30. PK Joey Slye, Panthers

About The Managing Editor

Jay Clemons remains the only sports writer on the planet to capture Cynposis Media’s national award for Sports Blog Of The Year (beating out NBA.com, MLB.com, PGATour.com, The Players’ Tribune in 2015), along with the Fantasy Sports Writers Association’s pre-eminent award for Best Writer (2008). Through the years, Mr. Clemons has been a key figure with numerous blue-chip sports/media brands, namely the Detroit Lions, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report and the NBC/Universal family. With Sports Illustrated (2006-11), Clemons served a triple role with SI.com‘s heralded football coverage—editing Peter King’s famed ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’ column, penning award-winning pieces for NFL and then writing/narrating scripted videos within the NFL and baseball realms. In 2013, Clemons’ first year with the company, FOX Sports South enjoyed a monumental increase of approximately 34 million Web hits in a 12-month cycle—merely posting 11 million hits the previous year. 

Then, over a two-month span in 2014, FOX Sports South amassed 19.5 million Web hits—a 60-day record for any FOX affiliate. And in 2015, Clemons claimed the aforementioned Cynopsis Media award on FOX Sports’ behalf, the company’s only national writing award during that period. Clemons, a graduate of Michigan State University  and Wayne State University, has been an on-camera Web-TV host for Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports. In 2015, he also became the first-ever sports journalism professor at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta.

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