By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
So two weeks of fantasy football is in the books and owners are
preparing for week three the only way they know how. By hitting the
waiver wire. Week two saw a rash of injuries to key players making this
week for pickups more important than the last two. Every position saw a
major injury that is sure to affect many fantasy owners and replacing
those players now is extremely vital for fantasy success this week and
the coming weeks as well.
Kirk Cousins- Quarterback- Washington Redskins- With the ankle
injury to Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins will take over an offense
with plenty of weapons. Cousins proved he could move the ball downfield
as he passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns and provided over 20
fantasy points off of the bench in week two. Week three has Cousins as
the starter against an Eagles team that will force him to throw to keep
up. The extent of the RG3 injury is unspecified at this time but most
fantasy owners have to believe that Cousins will start enough games to
warrant a top waiver wire priority this week.
Larry Donnell- Tight End- New York Giants- Not much has gone right for
the Giants offense the last two weeks but Larry Donnell has been one of
the few bright spots in a otherwise dismal showing. In the two games
played so far this season, Donnell has been targeted 17 times for 12
receptions and 137 yards and a touchdown. He's averaging close to double
digit fantasy points and could be a valuable replacement for fantasy
owners that have Vernon Davis on their roster.
Knile Davis- Running Back- Kansas City Chiefs- As of this time, the only
information we have regarding the Jamaal Charles injury is it's a high
ankle sprain. How much time if any Charles will be sidelined has yet to
be determined. Regardless of the answer, Knile Davis is a must own
especially for Charles owners heading into week three. Coming off of the
bench last week, Knile Davis totaled 105 yards and two touchdowns. In
the two games he saw action this season, he's averaging over 11 fantasy
points per game and should have no problem producing big fantasy numbers
going forward should Charles miss a significant amount of time.
Bobby Rainey- Running Back- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Doug Martin was a late
scratch heading into week two and Bobby Rainey owners reaped the
benefits. Rainey is averaging almost 13 fantasy points the first two
weeks of the season and gets a poor Falcons defense on Thursday
night if Doug Martin isn't able to go. Rainey clearly looks to be the
better back at this point and is worth a pickup whether Doug Martin
plays or not.
Mohamed Sanu- Wide Receiver- Cinncinnati Bengals- With the injury to A.J
Green, Mohamed Sanu looks to be the Bengals downfield threat. Fantasy
owners are still in limbo as to how much time if any Green will miss so
Sanu should be owned regardless. Through two games, Sanu has nine
targets and seven receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. He's
averaging over nine fantasy points per game and should Green miss any
time at all, fantasy owners can expect an increase with those numbers.
Niles Paul- Tight End- Washington Redskins- With the constant injuries
to Jordan Reed, Niles Paul is starting to emerge and seemed to have a
good connection with Kurt Cousins. Seeing how Cousins is expected to
make the start in week three, Paul could be a sleeper for owners in need
of a tight end. He's averaging over 12 fantasy points per contest and
has 15 targets through two games. Paul has caught 12 of those targets
for 185 yards and a touchdown and should help tight end needy owners.
Matt Asiata- Running Back- Minnesota Vikings- Since the recent events
surrounding Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata may be a sleeper for fantasy
owners to keep an eye on. If AP should miss any more time, Asiata could
provide a fantasy boost from the running back position. Week two had
Asiata starting in place of AP and saw him provide a boost in PPR
leagues where he had six catches for 53 yards and managed to find the
end zone. He is worth holding onto until the drama with AP is finalized.
Khiry Robinson- Running Back- New Orleans Saints- With the hand injury
to Mark Ingram, fantasy owners may want to take a shot on Khiry
Robinson. He'll end up splitting time with Pierre Thomas but in an
offense that can score a ton of points in a hurry, may be worth the
stash. He was averaging six fantasy points per game with Ingram in there
and an uptick of touches without Ingram is not out of the question.
Donald Brown- Running Back- San Diego Chargers- With Ryan Matthews
expected to miss four to five weeks with his MCL sprain, it appears
Donald Brown will be sharing touches with Danny Woodhead. Brown proved
last season he could be a reliable fantasy back with Indianapolis when
he averaged over eight fantasy points per game and could be a PPR asset
as well with his 27 receptions from last year.
Jonathan Dwyer- Running Back- Arizona Cardinals- Even though Dwyer
vultured a touchdown against the Giants last week, he doesn't get enough
touches to warrant adding to a fantasy roster. Andre Ellington is
proving that his foot issue isn't hampering him very much and as long as
Ellington is in there, Dwyer isn't going to see much playing time.
Damien Williams-Running Back- Miami Dolphins- Williams is on the Jeepers
list because at this time, it's unknown how much playing time he'll
actually get. That will depend on the severity of the ankle injury Lamar
Miller sustained last week. There hasn't been any news on Lamar Miller
since the injury occurred and that could be good or bad. Up until this
point, Williams has had five carries for 19 yards and won't be given too
many opportunities unless the injury to Miller is more severe than
fantasy owners were lead to believe. In that case, Damien Williams would
make the jump up to Sleepers status.
Jerick McKinnon- Running Back- Minnesota Vikings- I will put McKinnon in
the same category as Damien Williams to a certain point. If AP misses
time, the Vikings have Asiata to fill his role. Should Asiata not quite
produce like expected, there is a chance Jerick McKinnon gets a shot and
runs away with the job (no pun intended). At this point, there is
little value to McKinnon seeing how two running backs are ahead of him
on the depth chart but if he were to get an opportunity to play, would
jump up to Sleeper status like Damien Williams would.