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Week 3 Waive Wire Pickups
Last week the fantasy waiver wire was not nearly as important as it is this week. Fantasy football reality hit home this week when eight starting running backs suffered injuries. ( Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Jonathan Stewart, Ameer Abdullah, Danny Woodhead, Thomas Rawls and Rashad Jennings), This has left many fantasy football owners scrambling to the waiver wires this week.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are struggling to run the ball effectively which has led to an increase in Flacco’s passing volume. Expect Flacco to air it out in this game, especially after the clinic Philip Rivers put on last week against the Jags.
Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina Panthers
Jonathan Stewart will be out at least a week or 2 with a hamstring injury, which opens up the door for Fozzy Whittaker who replaced Stewart Sunday and ran 16 times for 100 yards, and in the passing game 31 receiving yards on three catches and Artis-Payne who was just activated. While Whittaker may loss some carries to Artis-Payne and goalline work Mike Tolbert, I think he is likely to be the lead back this week against a tough Minnesota at least until Payne shows he is worthy of more touches.
Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, RB,Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson was yet another running back who went down this Sunday leaving Sundays game with a torn meniscus and will miss at least a few months.
While McKinnon is the better athlete and should see more touches, his track record is spotty. In 2014 season, it did take Asiata long to see more work and even goal line touches (McKinnon 140 touches to Asiata’s 208).
Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets
Who would think we would be talking about the Jets WR3 as a fantasy option, but after two weeks
we are. Quincy has emerged as a 3rd option for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets. With the lack of a viable pass catching tight end, Enunwa has carved out a niche for himself getting quite a number of targets across the middle of the field. With Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Matt Forte getting the majority of targets in the Jets’ offense, who would have thought Enunwa would see his fair share (about 20%). Keep your eye on Brandon marshall’s injury, if he is limited or misses time, Enunwa’s stock should rise. After his six-catch, 92, yard performance against the Bills last Thursday put him on a number of peoples radars, so he may be hard to get.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
Even though there are a lot of mouths to feed in Washington, Crowder has six catches in each of the first two games this season. He’s not the big-play threat, but he should get some volume running underneath routes.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts
With Donte Moncrief going down last week, Dorsett could have a large role in the near future. Dorsett would become a viable option this week because of his great matchup against the Chargers this Sunday. If Moncrief is out for any lenth of time, he will make a nice fantasy option.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
While Giants fans are happy to see Cruz back, he is not that WR2 receiver of the past. While he makes a nice DFS pick because of his price and productions, for season long, he has 8 receptions for 125 yards and a TD through two games. He doubled his targets last week which is a good sign, but you may want to pick him up as a flex or to use further down the road.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Tamme is a name we haven’t heard in quite a while. The vertern TE has a great matchup this week against the Saints this week. He has been targeted 8 times in each game so far and putting up a touchdown as well. Considering the lack of reliable productive tight ends, Tamme makes a nice option. despite a solid showing this past Sunday — is a favorable matchup.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens
After many years of us touting him and letting fantasy owners fantasy owners down due to injuries, Dennis Pitta is back. In week 2 he led the Ravens with 12 targets showing us what we have been expecting from him the last few years.
Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Playing in one of the best passing offenses in football is good for any tight end, but add to that that Ben Roethlisberger likes to throw to his tight end. James (6-foot-7) ) already has eight receptions on 12 targets and makes quite a red zone target.