Injuries, injuries and more injuries. That’s been the tune at which the early season has been playing. There were a handful of RBs that went down with injuries in week 2 including: Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Thomas Rawls and Doug Martin. Will their backups find themselves on this week’s waiver wire target list? There were a few QBs who could find themselves on this list heading into week 3, but one stood out above the rest. Tyrell Williams headlined last week’s list, will he make a rare appearance yet again?
As it proved for me last season, the waiver wire can prove to be the difference between a winning team and losing team throughout the course of a season. Don’t sleep on the importance of this process. Check out my list below to get a leg up during the week and who you should be targeting.
QB Sam Bradford (Minnesota Vikings – 6.6% owned)
Considering he had only 2 weeks of preparation leading up to his debut for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football against the rival Packers, Sam Bradford was near flawless. Bradford completed over 70% of his passes for nearly 300 yards with a pair of TDs. We’ve seen him flash his potential in the past. Let’s not jump to conclusions here, but perhaps this is the year he puts everything together.
With arguably the best supporting cast he’s had throughout his career, Bradford could be in for a career year. Stefon Diggs looks like a true #1 WR which can do wonders for Bradford. He looked amazing against a good Green Bay defense, and you would have to think he can only go up from here as he gains more experience in the system. If you’re desperate for a QB, Bradford could be that guy.
RB Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins – 1.5% owned)
After Ezekiel Elliott, I had Kenyan Drake ranked as the 2nd fantasy RB throughout the offseason. I love his skillset and figured he would get opportunity behind an injury prone Arian Foster (left week 2 with groin injury) and an inconsistent Jay Ajayi.
While it may take longer than I would’ve hoped to get Drake implemented into the offense, he should see an expanded role if Foster happens to miss sometime. Drake was given 4 touches last week against New England and scored his first TD. From here on out he should be given an increased workload and may warrant a FLEX spot if he produces in an expanded role.
RB Jerick McKinnon (Minnesota Vikings – 24.1% owned)
Although he’s only been given 3 carries through the first two weeks to start the season, with Adrian Peterson’s torn meniscus, McKinnon becomes the feature back in Minnesota’s offense. The 2014 3rd round pick is a pure speedster out of the backfield who possesses homerun ability.
Last season McKinnon averaged over 5 yards per rush and scored 3 TDs in a reserve role to Adrian Peterson. He still has untapped potential and even makes an impact as a receiver out of the backfield. Could serve as a solid FLEX option good for a solid 5-8 points per week as the starter.
RB Fozzy Whittaker (Carolina Panthers – 0.8% owned)
With Jonathan Stewart now out for a couple of weeks, Fozzy Whittaker becomes relevant in the fantasy landscape. While Cameron Artis-Payne was the sleeper I was calling for on this team throughout the offseason, Whittaker proved himself this past week in relief of Stewart. The 4th year tailback out of Texas eclipsed 100 yards on the ground while averaging over 6 yards per carry.
While he may not see touches at the goal line in favor of Artis-Payne, Whittaker will see the bulk of the carries and will have plenty of opportunities to produce. He can catch the ball out of the backfield with 42 catches throughout his career. Could payoff as a FLEX start in the next two weeks or so.
WR Tyrell Williams (San Diego Chargers – 43.4% owned)
Tyrell Williams completes the rare feat of making back-to-back appearances on the waiver wire target list. After Keenan Allen suffered a season-ending injury in week 1, Williams was one of the hottest claims of the past week as his ownership went from less than 1 all the way up to 43% this week, and he lived up to that.
While Travis Benjamin stole the spotlight with a huge game, Williams put together a great performance of his own. He hauled in 3 catches on 6 targets for 61 yards while scoring his first career TD. In two games this year he already has 132 receiving yards and averages a whopping 26.4 yards per catch. While considered raw at the time he was drafted, it looks like he was able to put together his athleticism and size together sooner than expected to make him a lethal weapon in San Diego’s passing attack.
TE Dennis Pitta (Baltimore Ravens – 10.5% owned)
It’s been a long time since Dennis Pitta has been relevant not only in fantasy world, but in football altogether. He’s been forced to nurse injury after injury, but it looks like he’s finally back to full health. Pitta put together a tremendous performance against Cleveland in week 2 where he caught 9 passes on 12 targets and eclipsed 100 receiving yards.
Baltimore’s passing attack has been a pleasant surprise to start the year, and Pitta very well could be the centerpiece moving forward. I’ve always been high on Pitta, and if this past Sunday was an indication of what we could expect the rest of the year, he’s well worth a weekly start at TE. If you’re able to claim him, trading your current TE for more depth at a different position could be well worth it.