Week 2 was one for the ages when it came to big-name players dropping like flies. With several injuries carrying significant fantasy impact and some other players breaking out on their own early this season, here’s a look at some potential Week 3 waiver adds (which could also make for strong value plays on DraftKings).
10. Theo Riddick
RB, Detroit Lions
If he wasn’t scooped up in your league after his two touchdown performance in Week 1, now seems like the time to buy on Riddick. With Ameer Abdullah going down with a foot injury in Week 2, it was Riddick that received much of the workload — 11 carries. Add that on top of his typical 4-5 catches and Riddick should be a lock for 15 touches for as long as Abdullah is out. Just beware of rookie Dwayne Washington stealing the short yardage/goal line work.
9. Isaiah Crowell
RB, Cleveland Browns
Crowell is still hanging around in a lot of fantasy leagues, but he shouldn’t be. Heading into Week 2 the Browns mentioned they’d lean on Crowell more, which resulted in 18 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown (plus a 15 yard catch). Duke Johnson Jr. is still good for a handful of targets each week, but it’s become clear that Crowell will get most of the carries. With a very shaky QB situation at best, there’s a ton of value here in my opinion.
8. Mike Wallace
WR, Baltimore Ravens
Like Crowell, Wallace was a guy that went un-drafted many leagues. In just two weeks, it’s become obvious he needs to be owned in all formats. Now back with a QB who can get the ball downfield in Joe Flacco, Wallace is showing signs that he’s still an elite deep threat. With Steve Smith catching eight balls for less than 100 yards and Kamar Aiken a non-factor through two games, Wallace has hauled in 7-of-12 targets for 132 yards and three touchdowns. He should be in a great situation all season as long as Flacco’s healthy.
7. Tevin Coleman
RB, Atlanta Falcons
Despite a few less touches through two games, Coleman is clearly in an even RB committee with Devonta Freeman. Thus far Coleman has not only played better than Freeman, but outscored him back-to-back weeks on DK. The two most encouraging signs for Coleman — he’s been getting both the goal line work (Week 2 rushing TD) and passing game work (7/120 vs. 4/20 for Freeman).
6. Charles Sims
RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin went down with a hamstring injury in the second-quarter and did not return on Sunday. It’s too early to tell how long he’ll be out, but he’s very questionable at best for Week 3. Sims stepped in and took over as the first-team RB, and is expected to do so for as long as Martin’s out. Sims had a horrible day, gaining just 28 yards on 12 touches, but the Bucs were getting blown out by the time Sims got in the game. I think he should be a legit fantasy option for any game(s) Martin misses.
5. Kenyan Drake
RB, Miami Dolphins
Arian Foster went down even sooner than expected. This time it’s a groin injury that’s expected to cost him extended time. Jay Ajayi will likely get the first crack at leading the Dolphins’ new RBBC, but he’s had a tough time thus far. The offense looked much better with Drake out there, and the rookie even found his way into the end zone. I believe he’ll prove to be the Miami RB to own for as long as Foster is sidelined.
4. Cameron Artis-Payne
RB, Carolina Panthers
Similar to the Foster injury, most people are going to target the other replacement for Jonathan Stewart. Fozzy Whitaker was effective on Sunday in relief, gaining 131 total yards. Stewart is almost certainly going to miss time, but Artis-Payne (who was inactive in Week 2) is more likely to step into his role while Whittaker falls back into the change of pace RB role. Given Fozzy’s Week 2 success, a RBBC is also an option here.
3. Jacob Tamme
TE, Atlanta Falcons
Tamme has unexpectedly been a huge piece of Atlanta’s offense so far this season. He’s brought in 11 of his 16 targets (both lead the team) for 126 yards and a touchdown (both second on the team behind Julio Jones). There’s not much else to say … as long as this isn’t an early season fluke, Tamme appears poised for a big role this season.
2. Quincy Enunwa
WR, New York Jets
The Jets finally have a talented third receiver, and he’s actually been almost as involved in the offense as Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Here are the targets — Marshall (17), Decker (15), Enunwa (14), but it’s Enunwa that leads the team with 13 receptions. I think he should only become more involved and will eventually sniff out the end zone. If Marshall’s injury is anything serious, Enunwa gets an even larger boost in the short-term.
1. Jerick McKinnon
RB, Minnesota Vikings
We’re getting word that Adrian Peterson’s knee injury isn’t as bad as it looked, but that just means it isn’t season-ending. AP will be sidelined. For however long that is, McKinnon becomes a very intriguing RB option. Matt Asiata will mix in, but McKinnon is set to become the starter and would be a dual threat as a receiver. Keep an eye out this week for a “Next Man Up” feature for the full fallout of Peterson’s injury.
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