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The list of players who suffered a significant injury this week is about a mile and a half long and chances are, just about everyone in your league is going to be circling the waiver wire to either replace an injured player or to keep their opponents from doing so. I also wish to extend my thoughts and condolences to James White and his family a tragic car accident where White’s father was killed on Sunday afternoon.
TE Mo Alie-Cox – Indianapolis Colts
The former basketball player – standing 6’5” and weighing 267 lbs – celebrated his 27th birthday on Saturday with his first 100+ yard receiving game as a pro football player on Sunday. Usually the third tight end on the depth chart, with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton both out of the lineup, Alie-Cox got the start. After his first target, he caught each of his last 5 targets totaling 111 yards. With his size and surprising agility, this young Virginian could cause matchup problems for any NFL team.
Next up is the Jets who just let Jordan Reed go for 7 catches, 50 yards and two scores. Should Doyle and Burton miss more time, Alie-Cox could continue his Antonio Gates impression with Philip Rivers.
A great streaming option this coming week, Alie-Cox is available in nearly all leagues outside of the very, very few where someone else used him in Week 2.
QB Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers
After suffering chest pains, Tyrod Taylor was declared inactive minutes before the matchup with the Chiefs. The rookie Herbert, with little time to prepare, stepped up and led the Chargers to an almost-upset against the defending Super Bowl champions completing 22 or 33 passes for 311 yards and a touchdown – an excellent start for a first-timer. He showed composure all day long while relying on his best weapons in the passing game.
In Week 3, Herbert and the Chargers host the Panthers – one of the league’s softest defenses. Then in week 4, they travel to Tampa Bay – a defense that let Teddy Bridgewater throw for 367 yards.
In more than 95% of league waiver wires you can grab Herbert for a couple weeks of solid play, should you need a streamer.
RB Wayne Gallman – New York Giants
Saquon Barkley exited Sunday’s game with the Bears and did not return. We won’t know until sometime on Monday the extent of his injury but early reports say it could be season ending with a torn ACL. Dion Lewis was the only other active running back in that game with Gallman as a healthy scratch. Lewis is not the kind of player that the Giants would use as a lead back – Wayne Gallman is. In a relief start of an injured Barkley last year, Gallman tallied 118 yards and a touchdown before also being injured the following week.
The Giants will be hosting the 49ers in Week 3 and that’s usually a tough draw. However, the 49ers are giving 4.44 yards per rush attempt this season and Nick Bosa will also be out due to injury.
As he was inactive for Week 2, Gallman is obviously unowned in almost every league. He will see most of the 1st and 2nd down work without Barkley in the mix.
WR Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans
Davis has been doing his best DeVante Parker from 2019 with back-to-back fantasy relevant weeks. He followed his 7 catch, 101 yard performance in week 1 with 3 catches for 36 yards and a score in Week 2. Though Davis has been a disappointment to fantasy owners over the years, these numbers could be signs of a trend with opposing defenses focusing on containing A.J. Brown.
Minnesota provides a tantalizing opponent for Week 3 as they have surrendered 4 receptions and more than 60 yards to four different players over the first two weeks – including 156 yards to Davante Adams and 111 yards to Mo Alie-Cox.
The former Western Michigan standout is available in 60-75% of leagues and will be a higher target on the waiver wire.