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ON SECOND THOUGHT: Players to Target

Did you already lose a player to injury, or are you having the standard “week-1-panic-attack”? I’m here to tell you it’ll be okay, your ship is not sinking. You may need to start bailing some water however, and that’s what I am here to help you do.

You had the coveted 1st pick of the draft. You were so excited because even though the first pick is never a consensus pick, it’s usually not this obvious. Due to various reasons from Le’Veon Bell not reporting to practice and Ezekiel Elliott being suspended, David Johnson was one of the more obvious first picks that we’ve had in a long time.

Pick him first, wait till week 1, plug him in and watch the fun. That was how it was supposed to work; then one scary hit in the 3rd quarter and a fumble later and we are talking about 8-12 weeks out and possibly the whole season. It’s enough to make one sick.

Johnson owners weren’t the only ones to feel the pain this weekend. Also joining the legion of owners needing to find help due to injuries are owners of Allen Robinson, Danny Woodhead, Kevin White, and Danny Amendola and let us not forget Andrew Luck who has no definitive timeline for return.

So, what do you do? Simple, you shrug your shoulders and hit the waiver wires, (or make some trades). This happens every year, and yes it does sting, but it does not mean your season is over. With some good reasoning and trying your best not to panic, you can come out just fine.

If you are unfamiliar with this article the idea behind it is to go one level past the obvious. I will mention the name that is getting all the hype and going fast off the waiver wire and then give you an alternative for that person in the instance that they are not the best choice and/or are not available to you due to low waiver priority. As always I will start with Quarterbacks.

No quarterbacks actually were hurt this weekend but anyone who drafted Andrew Luck as their first QB and then took a backup just in case may be re-thinking their choice right about now. The same, I have heard, goes for some Tom Brady owners.

I would like to state for the record that the Andrew Luck owners have a little reason for concern but still, should look to bolster their QB position, the Brady owners however need to relax. Brady will be just fine and you have very little to worry about.

Regardless of whether your need is real or perceived there are some nice answers out there this week. Everybody is talking about Alex Smith, and how could they not be? Smith came out and led a very strong team to a lopsided victory against one of the best teams in the NFL and looked to have answered one of his biggest areas of concern over his career which was his disinterest in stretching the field.

In his Chiefs decisive victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots, Smith threw for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions giving you a fantasy score somewhere north of 30 points depending on the format you play.

Because of this, my guess is that if you are not the first owner that needs a QB on your waiver you probably won’t get Smith. If that is the case then you should take a serious look at Sam Bradford. Bradford is healthy, which is not always the case with him, and he has a new great running back in Dalvin Cook to take the pressure off of him. He’s got a good offensive line, a very nice defense and Stephon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph to throw to.

All of those things added up to him turning in the 2nd best stat line of the week behind Alex Smith. Bradford threw for 346 yards and 3 touchdowns on Monday night in the Vikings 29-19 win over the Saints. He seems to have all the pieces he needs, he’s available in 88% of fantasy leagues, and for once he is healthy, I don’t think there could be a better time to take a chance on him.

I understand if Bradford’s past injury record concerns you, if that is the case then Carson Wentz just might be the QB for you. Wentz had an exceptional rookie season last year and now it seems as if he’s starting to take the next step towards being a top tier QB.

He has a pounding RB in LeGarrett Blount, a receiving back in Darren Sproles and big strong release valve Tight End in Zach Ertz and two very good Wide Receivers in Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, his team is set up very nicely, similar to Bradford as mentioned above and he is currently available in 57% of leagues.

Also, like Bradford above, Carson Wentz had a great fantasy opening week and looks to be in position to have a very nice year this season. Wentz threw for 307 yards and 2 td’s this Sunday in the Eagles 30-17 victory over Washington. The only reservation I have for Wentz is that he is going up again Kansas City next week, likewise Bradford plays a tough Steelers team, but I give that game a nod over the Chiefs who look very unstoppable right now.

About Rick Olson

Rick joined FantasySharks,com as a staff writer in 2013, though he fell in love with fantasy football in 1988 with the first league he played in. In his articles he tries to feature players off the radar or deeper than most since, in his experience, by the time a player is a waiver wire "must have" they are not usually available in most leagues.