Last year, injuries plagued the league all season long. This season appears to be the same song, just the second verse. While you will not find Julian Edelman on this list for QB, there are quite a few who can fill in for any injuries or low performers. Adrian Peterson’s injury will have him out 3-4 months. As bad as it sounds it should be a sigh of relief for owners because they don’t have to debate whether or not to start him. All that and more have impacted this week’s waiver wire. Take a look.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- 48%
Don’t look now but Matty Ice is back. Last year Ryan didn’t live up to expectations. After a fast start the 6-0 Falcons went into a freefall. On paper they could score on anyone. But on the field they couldn’t get it done. Fast forward to this season and appears we have 180 degree turn. Through two games Matt Ryan is ranked third overall. What sticks out the most is the consistency. 24 points in week one followed by 27 points in week two. Brees and Newton are both ahead of Ryan and both had one really big game to get them there. Keep your eye on Matty Ice. Don’t freeze and lose out on what could be a top ten QB.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets- 33%
In the first half of Sunday’s game the Jets couldn’t be stopped. They scored on their first four possession making Buffalo look like a community college. This is the most talent that Fitz has ever played with. He has two pro-bowl caliber receivers and an old running back who has not slowed down. After two weeks he is in the top ten, and he could stay there all season. Grab him for your off week and your league will fear the beard,
Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings- 7%
So far this week’s theme is resurrection. All we need now is someone to call up Vinny T. This trade might have saved the Vikings season. They are off to a good start and only got better with Bradford under center. It is hard to trust a guy who has spent more time in the hospital than on the field. But we know when he is healthy he can play ball. The running game was struggling before Peterson went down. The Bradford to Diggs connection is going to need to carry the team. The Vikings will follow his lead as long as he is healthy and he will lead them to some high scoring games.
Keep your eyes on Blane Gabbert who looked really good in Kelly’s offense this week. Jameis Winston fell off, but he is still young. Same goes for Wentz. There is a lot of talent in the QB pool.
Matt Asiata- 1% and Jerick McKinnon- 24%, Minnesota Vikings
All waiver eyes are on Minnesota this week. Peterson going down opens a big hole that will be filled by committee. McKinnon is poised to take most of the carries in Peterson place. He is a dynamic runner that has the ability to points on the fantasy score board. However Asiata is no stranger to the offense and will most likely get the goal line carries. I don’t think there is much difference between the two. If you need a back either will do.
Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers- 1%
Jonathan Stewart will not be playing this weekend. Whittaker stepped in last week and ran for 100 yards on 16 carries. He will take over while Stewart heals. This is an offense that will try to run the ball and will always be in a position to score. If Whittaker can carry the ball without fumbling he could see some serious yards up on the board. He is a good play as long as Stewart is out.
Dwayne Washington, Detroit Lions- 3%
This is a long shot but could pay off. It has been a long time since the Lions have had a featured back. Bush, Bell, Abdullah, Leshoure, and Best are just a few of the names that have not lived up to the hype. Reddick will be the starter this week and will see the bulk of the carries. However, Washington is a bigger back and should see the goal line work. This pick carries some risk, but it also has the chance of high reward.
Jay Ajayi, Miami Dolphins- 46%
Ajayi has been in the Dolphins doghouse, but he will get a clean slate on Sunday. Foster is questionable for Sunday and I don’t expect him on the field. Even if Foster plays he will be limited on snaps. There were high hopes for Ajayi coming into the season. With his age and injury history, Foster was only a temporary fix. This week could be the start of a new RB era in Miami.
Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys- 10%
Last season Beasley was considered a bust. Romo’s injuries have certainly not helped the young receiver. Even with Dez Bryant coming alive against Washington, Beasley was able to bring in 5 catches for almost 80 yards. He has caught 13 out of 18 targets. I believe in Dak Prescott, who has proven to be a solid fill in. Beasley looks to be solidifying his role as #2 in Dallas which makes him a good WR3 or flex going against the Bears.
Tyrell Williams, San Diego Chargers- 51%
Chargers lost Allen and Woodhead for the season. That leaves a lot of targets up for grabs in a pass first offense. We saw Travis Benjamin go off in his lead roll. Look for Williams to step up as well. Indianapolis is not strong on the defensive side of the ball. Look for this game to be a shootout. There is a lot of potential for points this week for Williams.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets- 26%
I watched Jets vs Bills start to finish and I love Enunwa. He is looking strong to start the season. It is easy to lose Enunwa in the shuffle since he is Fitzpatrick’s third option on the field. This offense is strong and Enunwa will see his fair share of targets. Through two games he has 13 catches for a 146 yards and a score. He is currently ranked in the top 20 this week. He is a strong flex or WR2 in deep leagues.
Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens- 30%
Pitta has been mere blip on the fantasy radar over the years. However he always manages to show up on the waiver list each season. He showed up in a big way against the Browns. His 9 catches for 102 yards in week two has gotten my attention. History tells us that this will not continue. Yet, Pitta has shown us an ability to defy history. Jacksonville will provide another easy opportunity for Pitta. He should be started in deep leagues this week.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons- 37%
This is starting to look like a list of has-beens’ and what ifs. Many thought Tamme would step when he was Peyton Manning’s go to TE, but that never happened. Matt Ryan plus a less that 100% Julio Jones appears to be the correct formula. Tamme is off to a great start with 11 catches for 126 yards. He also has a touchdown on his way to back to back weeks in double digits. He is your best TE pick up this week, hands down. Monday night against the Saints is going provide Tamme with a perfect storm.
On a personal note I have started the season 0-2. Peterson was a bad choice for my first round pick. I spent the weekend searching the free agent list for replacement options. Guess this week I get to find out how reliable my waiver wire actually is. Good luck this week and Go Falcons.