Good afternoon fantasy friends. It is Tuesday, September 20th and I am extremely worried about the outlook of my fantasy teams for the rest of the season. I’m sure some of you are feeling the same way. There were several key injuries in week 2 and a couple of big time fantasy flops. Read on to learn of some fantasy notes from week 2, as well as players you should be targeting on the waiver wire.
- Items of Note from Week 2
- RB Waiver Wire Scoops
- WR Waiver Wire Scoops
- QB and TE Adds
Items of Note from Week 2
1. There were several key running back injuries over the weekend. A couple of them got hurt big time and will likely miss a few weeks or more. Here is a breakdown of the injury updates as of today (9/20/2016). See the RB Waiver Wire Scoops section for info on potential additions.
Arian Foster – He suffered a groin injury and is currently listed as day-to-day. It seems like Foster always gets hurt, which is why I stayed away from him in all my leagues. He will likely be out for at least one week with a potentially lingering groin injury.
Thomas Rawls – Rawls has not been 100% the entire year and suffered a leg contusion in Sunday’s contest against the Rams. He should play in this weeks game, but should not be considered a viable RB1 option for the rest of the season. Christian Michael has had success in the running game and I could see him becoming the RB1 for the Seahawks even with a healthy Rawls.
Doug Martin – He tweaked his hamstring over the weekend and is getting an MRI today. This is not good news for fantasy owners as hamstring injuries usually plague running backs for the rest of the season. Let’s hope the MRI goes well.
Danny Woodhead – Woodhead tore his ACL on Sunday and is
out for the season. It’s a shame to see the gritty scat back catch the
injury bug. There is not doubt that Danny will be a force to be reckoned with on the Chargers sideline. Melvin Gordon’s value increases substantially with the Woodhead injury.
Ameer Abdullah – He left Sundays game in a walking boot with a sprained foot. He is getting a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson sometime today, but his playing outlook for the next few weeks looks bleak.
Jonathan Stewart – He injured his hammy over the weekend and is expected to miss at least a couple weeks.
Adrian Peterson – AP tore his meniscus Sunday night against the Packers. There are three routes Peterson could go in his recovery: 1) Avoid surgery altogether which would mean he could come back in a couple weeks, but will likely not be 100% 2) Have the meniscus removed which would allow him to return around week 7 3) Undergo a full meniscus surgery to repair the injured tendon which would likely sideline AP for 3-4 months. None of these options bode well for Peterson owners. Best case scenario is he returns in 4 weeks, retains the starting role, and performs as a top 5 RB (very unlikely given his struggles in the first two games).
2. The Rams might not be so bad after all. They beat the Seahawks 9-3 behind a huge home crowd of 91 thousand. Unfortunately for these fans, the Rams have yet to score a touchdown in L.A. Coliseum or in any stadium in 2016 (shut out in week 1 by the lowly 49ers). Besides Gurley, who has been tremendously underwhelming so far, the Rams have nobody worth starting in fantasy, except for their stingy defense.
3. The Patriots might be the best team in the NFL. No Gronk, no Brady, no problem. Super spy, Bill Belichick has this team right where he wants them entering their Thursday night matchup at home against the Texans. Jimmy Garoppolo injured himself during the 31-24 victory over the Dolphins and is likely to miss 3-4 weeks. The Pats will have to start backup-backup Jacoby Brissett for two weeks until Tom Brady makes his triumphant return in week 5.
4. The Giants and the Saints produced one of the most disappointing fantasy performances in recent memory. After the ‘throw until your arm falls off’ contest they had last year, it is simply a shame that the offenses never quite got rolling. I started Eli in each of my fantasy leagues and felt the brunt of his frustrating performance.
5. Rookie QBs are coming in HOT. Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles) and Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) have both gone two weeks without throwing an interception. Dak led the Cowboys to a solid comeback victory over the Redskins and Wentz finished off the week with a win over the Bears.
6. Both the Steelers and the Bengals out schemed fantasy owners in this rainy matchup. The Steelers ended up getting the W at home, but the real story here was the lack of production from two top tier WRs in Antonio Brown and A.J. Green. I watched this game, and it simply seemed like both defenses were not going to get beat by the other teams top receiving option. Green and Brown were routinely doubled down field and simply could not get anything going for their teams. In other news from this one, 33 year old vet DeAngelo Williams continued his fantasy dominance with 132 total yards and a receiving TD, but will be ready to hand over the reins to young stud Le’Veon Bell when he returns from suspension in week 4.
7. The Cardinals certainly bounced back from their week 1 loss against the Patriots. They dominated Jameis Winston’s Buccaneers from the outset in a resounding 40-7 victory. The fantasy stars certainly emerged for this one as wily veteran Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and 3 TDs to Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jaron Brown (not John ‘Smoky’ Brown). David Johnson killed it once again. The only bright spot from the Bucs side of the ball was Mike Evans producing a solid game as he scored the teams lone touchdown.
8. The Vikings outlasted the Packers in a boring Sunday night affair. The Packers looked bad. They committed several dumb penalties, fumbled the ball 4 times (recovered 3 of them), and Aaron Rodgers looked out of sync as the offense struggled to move the ball. The Vikings newly acquired QB Sam Bradford put forth a solid effort in the win. Even though the Vikes never got the run game going, Bradford was still able to find second year receiver Stefon Diggs 9 times for 182 yards and a TD.
RB Waiver Wire Scoops
Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata – Minnesota Vikings
McKinnon is owned in most leagues as the #1 handcuff to Adrian Peterson. With Peterson sidelined for at least 4 weeks he should be owned in all formats despite losing some goal line carries to bruiser, Matt Asiata. He is a worthy waiver wire add in all leagues.
Charles Sims – Tampa Bay Bucs
Sims is likely owned in most leagues, but is a must add if he is still available. He is a good pass catching back and should be started confidently as long as Doug Martin is sidelined. Use a waiver claim on Sims if he is not owned.
Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns
Crowell had a great game in week 2 against the Ravens. He rushed for 133 yards and a TD, but most of his yards came from an 85 yard TD run. Crowell has received a bulk of the carries over Duke Johnson as he has cemented himself as the RB1 in the Browns backfield.
Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins
Ayaji will likely move into the RB1 slot in the Dolphin’s offense if Arian Foster misses time. He has not looked great so far and the Dolphin’s will likely be using multiple backs so I would not waste a top waiver claim on him. Former Alabama RB Kenyan Drake is an intriguing free agent add with more upside than Ayaji, but not a waiver add.
Fozzy Whitaker – RB Carolina Panthers
Fozzy is one of my favorite adds for the week as DeAngelo could be out for awhile with a bad hamstring. He exploded for 131 total yards in week 2 against the 49ers. If you need RB help he is a solid add this week against the Vikings.
Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington – Detroit Lions
Riddick will likely become the primary back in the Lions offense and is a solid start in PPR leagues. This is looking to be a RB by committee offense still as 225 lb. Washington will receive a bulk of the goal line carries. I would not use a top waiver claim on either backs.
WR Waiver Wire Scoops
Quincy Enunwa – New York Jets
As mentioned in last weeks Week 2 Fantasy Blog, Enunwa should be owned in all leagues. With Brandon Marshall’s week 3 playing status listed as questionable he is a solid WR3 or flex play in week 3. I’d use a waiver claim on him if you are in need of WR help as he has shown an obvious connection with gunslinging QB Ryan Fiztpatrick.
DeVante Parker – Miami Dolphins
The oft-injured Parker has had trouble staying on the field, but when he has he has shown solid production. He caught 8/13 targets for 106 yards in the Dolphin’s week 2 loss against the Patriots. He should be added in all formats as he has a high upside in an Adam Gase led offense that likes to air it out.
Tyrell Williams – San Diego Chargers
Williams tied Travis Benjamin in targets in week 2 and will only see more of the same with the season ending injury to Keenan Allen. Philip Rivers was firing on all cylinders in Sunday’s route of the Jaguars. He is a big play threat with high upside in a steady Chargers offense.
Mike Wallace – Baltimore Ravens
The savvy vet put together another solid fantasy game in week 2. He scored 2 TDs making his total 3 for the year. He is owned in about half of fantasy leagues, but is a must add as one of the top receiving options in an elite Joe Flacco led offense.
Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys
The scat back out of SMU put together back to back solid fantasy performance in the first 2 weeks. He looks to have a strong connection with Dak Prescott and is a decent slot play, especially in PPR formats. He is more of a free agent add as he mostly receives short passes and is unlikely to score many TDs.
QB, and TE Adds
Matt Ryan – QB Atlanta Falcons
Ryan was on fire this past Sunday against the Raiders. He threw for 396 yards and 3 TDs on Sunday, but is still not owned in some fantasy leagues. He is a viable QB option most weeks even against some of the better defenses.
Ryan Tannehill – QB Miami Dolphins
Tannehill threw the ball an astounding 45 times in week 2’s loss to the Patriots. He is a good to great backup QB as he will likely throw the ball many times in the pass happy Adam Gase led offense.
Dennis Pitta – TE Baltimore Ravens
He caught 9/12 targets in week 2 for 102 yards. He is a must add for fantasy teams needing TE help. Joe Flacco has shown an obvious liking to the veteran TE and he is likely to produce for the rest of the season.
Martellus Bennett – TE New England Patriots
After a disappointing performance in week 1, Bennett performed very well in week 2. He caught 5/6 targets for 114 yards and a TD. His value will obviously decline once Gronk returns, but is a nice bench stash if and when Gronk hurts himself again.
Jacob Tamme – TE Atlanta Falcons
Tamme has emerged as one of Matt Ryan’s top receiving options after the first 2 weeks. He had 11 targets in both week 1 and week 2. He is a solid fantasy add and is still unowned in most leagues.
Thanks for reading. Remember it is a long fantasy season and even if one of your top players got hurt you can still make the playoffs with some choice waiver wire moves. Any questions or comments can be directed to me through Twitter @lockdog5000 or email email@example.com. Have a nice week and look for my Week 3 Fantasy Outlook on Friday.