Rush Nation, all I can say is wow! If you are a regular listener of the podcast, you know I have mentioned the prospects of injury for a while now happening so early in the season. However, I couldn’t have predicted the amount of injuries to very fantasy relevant players so early. It’s why dominating the Waiver Wire is so important.
Injuries happen. It’s the one thing about Football and Fantasy Football we all really hate. You can do everything right, get a player pick up a hamstring or ACL tear, and that puts you on the back foot for the rest of the season.
Because of the huge amount of injuries in the NFL in Week Two, I’ve decided to expand this Waiver Wire article out even further. Due to the amount of injuries, there are many players you should be targeting this week. And I have you covered.
So lets not delay any longer and get straight into it.
Minshew makes it onto the list for the 3rd week in a row. He currently stands as the QB11 and 0.78 points behind Lamar Jackson. 1 is a top 2/3 round Quarterback. Whilst the other is struggling to get picked up in Fantasy Football. Minshew is averaging 22.14 points per game right now. He also has the luxury of playing Miami at home next week, which will be easier than facing the Colts or Titans. I expect the ownership to go up again this week.
Regardless of the reasons why Justin Herbert started in Week Two and whether Tyrod Taylor injury is as serious as its made out to be or not, Herbert will not lose the job in Week Three. They lost in overtime to the defending Super Bowl Champions and Herbert was superb. He went 22/33 For 311 Yards with 1 TD, 1 INT and a rushing score. If he genuinely had no notice, that is quite the performance from a rookie in his first ever NFL game. I’m not anointing him the next Aaron Rodgers or anything, but if you own Wentz, Jimmy G, Drew Lock then Herbert could be a risk and reward play. He has the 0-2 Panthers this week.
It looks like Saquon Barkley is done for the year. Early reports are he has torn his ACL, which is 8-9 months recovery time. If you drafted him in the 1st round you are cursing your luck. And who can blame you. However, you now need to react and sign his backup Dion Lewis. If it costs you a ton of FAAB to do it, it needs to be done. Unfortunately, this is not a sure fire solution as the Giants could go and invest in Devonta Freeman and sign him off the street.
There is risk to going all in with Lewis. However, he is experienced, a Super Bowl winner and he produced after Barkley went down. 2 Rushing Yards and a receiving line of 4/36/1 will have returned a great haul for less than 1 half of football. Maybe you hedge here and wait for a better situation, but what if one doesn’t occur?
It looks like Raheem Mostert is going to be out with an MCL sprain for a couple of weeks, maybe even up to a month. Therefore, the biggest arrow up guy in this offense is Jerrick McKinnion. He rushed for 77 yards and a score, with most coming off 1 play. However, he was also held back when the game was won, given the 900 odd days he had not played until last week. If Coleman is available in your league, there is a huge argument for him, as the 49ers don’t like relying on one guy. And with a match-up vs the 0-2 Giants next week, these guys could eat.
With CMC going down, and being a high volume guy in that offense, it looks like Davis is next man up. McCaffrey went down towards the end of the 4th Quarter and Mike Davis came in and played 18 snaps, where he got 1 carry, and 8 receptions for 74 yards. If CMC doesn’t go against the Chargers next week, Davis will be a high end RB2 next week.
Kelley appears in the column again this week. He had a huge amount of volume on Sunday Night vs. Chiefs. Perhaps he didn’t make the most of it. However, he still had over 100 scrimmage yards and showed big play ability. With the match-up against the Chargers, he will have better game script to dominate and maybe even find the paint.
This one is a bit wild. But I expect Devonta Freeman to join the New York Giants this week. If you want to get ahead of the market, this is a cheap move you can make now. Will require a bench stash. However, if you have a player you can cut from your bench, then this could be a big addition. It could also fail. But I’ll be investing as the cost will be next to nothing.
I don’t massively rate Keelan Cole. However, he has had more targets, and receptions that D.J. Chark this season. He’s scored in both games and had a stat-line of 6/58/1 on Sunday. He is probably, at best, a WR3/WR4 going forward. However, if he keeps getting the work and returning 12-18 PPR points a game, I can see him being on a lot of my rosters. It won’t be flashy, but it will be effective.
He only caught 3 of his 7 targets for 64 yards on Sunday. However, with Davante Adams injured and potentially missing next week, he could see a smile in volume and opportunity. The praise out of training camp seemed to be real, and MVS has been having a role in this offense as a deep threat. If Adams misses next week vs the Saints, MVS is the guy I want on my bench ready to go.
The Falcons capitulated once again, losing a game that was comfortably won. However, as I said last week, he will remain fantasy relevant. He finished Sunday with 6/46/1, finding paydirt yet again. He’s not a guy I’d feel comfortable starting every week. However, he will be very useful to have on the roster and target in very good match-ups, especially shootouts.
With the injury to Parris Campbell, it looks like Pittman will be the clear number 2 for the next couple of weeks. He will get a higher volume of targets and be more involved in the offense going forward. He also has the Jets this week, which is exactly the type of match-up that can be exploited.
The Vikings are a matchup to target. And Adam Humphries appears to be the main man when A.J Brown goes down. This season, Humphries has jumped out to a 11/95/1 stat line in two games. This isn’t a sexy pick. However, in a deeper league, Humphries can deliver you a stat line that will produce WR2/WR3 numbers from time to time. Especially if Brown does not return in Week 3.
In all the madness of the game between the Cowboys and the Falcons, was a little known Tight End who had 10 targets and went for 9/88/1 called Dalton Schultz. Now a lot of that was the desperation of the game. However, it also shows he can be trusted. He could be a sneaky Waiver Wire add this week for games going forward. Tight End is very much in Kellen Moore’s and Mike McCarthy’s plans it seems.
Jack Doyle is injured again. Trey Burton is on IR, and Alie-Cox dominated the possession for the Colts in Week Two. Alie-Cox went for 5/111/0 for the Colts on Sunday in their win vs the Vikings. As a result, it looks like he will have a role going forward, including a full role on Sunday vs the Jets.
In 2020 I still get to write about Jordan Reed! That’s what the world is coming to. Reed found the end zone twice as a result of All Pro Tight End George Kittle missing Sunday’s game. If Kittle misses more time, Reed will be more than relevant once again. However, if Kittle is back, I’m not confident Reed delivers more than a potential Touchdown dependant performance.
Fairbairn was the number 1 overall Kicker in 2018. He is as accurate as they come. The Texans have had to play the two best teams in the AFC back to back. And they complete this nightmare start of a schedule by going to the Steelers in Week Three. I expect more Field Goal opportunities going forward.
The young rookie was one of the best in College Football last year. And his start in the NFL has been more than promising. He has a great match-up this week to continue his fine start and shoot toward the top of the Kicker rankings.
The Chargers Defense really shut down the Chiefs. I know they lost the game, but they played great football and attach Mahomes and Co. They also stopped rookie phenom CEH in his tracks. Against a Panthers team that gave up 4 turnovers to the Buccaneers and without CMC potentially, this could be the buy low Waiver Wire add of the week.
The Washington Football Team didn’t disappoint against the Cardinals. Ok, it wasn’t as good as Week One. And they didn’t finish that high in the rankings. However, this defense is loaded and they can really take advantage again the Browns and their poor Offensive Line.
That will conclude this bumper version of the Waiver Wire. It’s time to stop wallowing about loses and injuries and time to pick ourselves up of the mat and go win some ‘ships.
Therefore, let’s all dominate the Waiver Wire this week and get our guys.
– Murf (@murf_NFL)