Things got real early on this season, with the consensus Top-2 selections on draft day sent to the sideline this past weekend. One of them looks to have escaped serious injury and will be back in a few weeks, but the other was not so lucky. The injuries did not stop there, as several other starters went down on both sides of the ball, meaning this week’s waiver rush is must see TV!
A trio of runners and a tight end make it into this week’s top category, but the fun does not stop there. We have several players at the other key positions who are worth a look. With so many players hurt or hurting, every fantasy owner is sure to be affected. Fear not, we have you covered … something for everyone this week! On to the wonders.
RB Mike Davis, Carolina
Early reports on Christian McCaffrey are that he will miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Carolina is one of the few teams in the league that has a single backup to its star runner, so we expect Davis to absorb the entirety of McCaffrey’s load. He is obviously not the same caliber player, but based on volume alone, Davis will be a solid fantasy player in the weeks that McCaffrey is out. Carolina certainly has no problem passing the ball, as he hauled in eight passes for 74 yards against Tampa Bay.
RB Darrell Henderson, Los Angeles Rams
The three pack that was the committee for the Rams on opening day has whittled itself down, and in Week 2 it was Henderson who carried the load. Both Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown were limited, leaving Henderson to ring up 81 yards and a touchdown on the ground while also catching two passes out of the backfield. The injuries to Akers and Brown do not appear to be serious so the potential for this to turn back into a triton backfield is very real. For now, Henderson has earned himself the opportunity to be the lead-dog in this pack.
RB Dion Lewis, New York Giants
The well-travelled Lewis is no spring chicken, but the situation with the Giants is dire with Saquon Barkley out for the rest of the season. The Giants also have Wayne Gallman on the roster, but for overall ability with a specialty in catching the ball, Lewis is the back to own in New York. He caught four passes against Chicago, and with no other backs dressed in Chicago, he carried the ball 10 times for 20 yards and a touchdown. The numbers on the ground are likely to be limited, but for those in points per reception (PPR) leagues, Lewis will be getting a heavy dose of the ball out of the backfield.
TE Dalton Schultz, Dallas
The loss of Blake Jarwin opened up an opportunity for Schultz to get onto the field, and against Atlanta he had himself a field day. Dak Prescott had no issue looking in his direction early and often, with the reward being a final scoreline of nine catches for 88 yards and a score. Dallas is a team that loves to utilize the tight end, and Schultz is shaping up to be a white-hot fantasy commodity going forward.
WR Keelan Cole, Jacksonville
We mentioned Cole in last week’s story as being on the radar, and with a second solid week in a row, we bump him up a category and give him another plug this week. He has been in the end zone in each of the first two games, catching six passes for 58 yards this week against Tennessee. In the opener he was good for five catches and 47 yards, so he is a favorite target of Gardner Minshew. Based on volume alone, the Jacksonville passing game is worth getting involved in, with Cole a solid and consistent contributor.
RB Devonta Freeman, Free Agent
We were a little ahead of the curve with Freeman, as we talked about him in our Week 1 story. At the time he was talking with Jacksonville after it had let go of Leonard Fournette. A deal was not reached, so it remained that Freeman was “next up” as the best runner not currently on a team. Reports have him talking with the New York Giants this week, so it would appear to be only a matter of time before he is signed and suited up for a team. Those with a need at the position and a spot at the end of the roster can grab Freeman to see where he ends up.
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