Editor's note: If you are unable to land any of these players, check out our trade advice for Week 3, including some buy low and sell high candidates.
The second week of the 2016 regular season is just about coming to a close, with only the Monday Night Football game remaining. Most fantasy football leagues will run their waiver wire late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but we are here to help you get a jump on the best options to consider.
We will be ranking the top five players likely to be available in your league at each of the four major positions. Some weeks there might not be five good options available, but we’ll scour for the best we can find. Additionally, throughout the week, we will update each of these articles as ownership percentages change (via Yahoo!), and news arrives.
There were a few unexpected performances through Sunday in Week 2. These included a few old faces resurfacing as possible fantasy options, as well as a backup turned starter showing his impact.
Waiver wire wide receiver rankings, Week 3
1. Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers (48 percent owned) - UPDATE: 56 percent
After Keenan Allen lost his second straight season to injury in Week 1, the question was where all of those targets would go, and who would be the next man up in San Diego. The answer, at least partially so, is Williams, who caught three passes on six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. Williams is the Chargers' new deep threat, and his rapport with Philip Rivers will only improve after Week 2. He faces a woefully depleted Colts secondary in Week 3, and should be able to provide fantasy owners with a breakout performance.
2. Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers (39 percent owned) - UPDATE: 38 percent
Smith showed flashes of his speed and talent in Week 2 as he caught three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he was targeted 10 times by Blaine Gabbert, higher than any game they previously played together. It would appear as though the rapport between the two is finally developing, and the 49ers are trying to get Smith more involved on offense. As Gabbert continues to develop, Smith will benefit, and more of those targets should materialize into fantasy points.
3. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (37 percent owned) - UPDATE: 44 percent
Cruz is slowly returning to form in his second regular season game in over a year. Despite fumbling away a play that would’ve put his team in the red zone. He was able to secure four of eight targets for 91 yards, and his chemistry with Eli Manning is still strong. He faces a beatable Washington defense in Week 3, and if Cruz can be a bit more efficient with his targets he will once again thrust himself into fantasy relevance as a key contributor to the Giants' pass-heavy offense.
4. Jamison Crowder, Washington (5 percent owned) - UPDATE: 11 percent
Despite the Washington football team possessing weapons like DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed, the most targeted receiver on the field in Week 2 (as in Week 1) was Crowder. The Washington wide receiver caught six passes on eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown. In addition, he is on the field more than Pierre Garcon, who is technically the second starting wide receiver for Washington.
While his Week 3 matchup against the Giants may prove troublesome, he faces the Browns in Week 4. The sheer volume of targets Crowder has received thus far makes him a great PPR pickup, and depending on the matchup, he may be worth a start in standard formats as well.
5. Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams, (3 percent owned) - UPDATE: 4 percent
The Rams do not have much of a passing offense with Case Keenum at quarterback, however they will need to generate offense through the air if they plan on being competitive this season. It appears that the main weapon in the passing game will be Britt, as the passer efficiency/accuracy when throwing to Tavon Austin has been absolutely horrendous. Britt will continue to see his fair share of targets, and if Keenum is able to elevate his play, Britt will most definitely benefit.