The injury bug continues to make its way around the league, visiting a few other franchises this past week. As usual, we have a handful of players worth taking a look at on the waiver wire. We set aside our top category this week, but we see a few players as solid pickups. Behind them, the usual players to put on the radar and a couple for those in the deepest of leagues.
Karlos Williams and James Starks are owned in the majority of leagues, so they will not get an official note here, but they should be owned in all formats. Both took lead roles for their teams and will be heavily involved options for their teams. Stevie Johnson is becoming the top wideout in San Francisco and Austin Seferian-Jenkins will soon be back to health, these two should also be owned in all formats.
RB Brandon Bolden, New England
The loss of Dion Lewis is a blow to the Patriots offense, but they will continue to do what they do, and that will be to find another player to be the third-down/receiving back. That player will be Brandon Bolden. Though he is not as explosive as Lewis, the Patriots will have him as their pass-catcher while continuing to run LeGarrette Blount up the middle. Bolden stepped right in last week after Lewis’ departure, catching three passes for 27 yards, one of which went for a touchdown.
WR Devin Funchess, Carolina
The Panthers offense has been getting stronger by the week, with Cam Newton running and throwing the ball at will. The youngster Funchess has been rising along with the offense, catching his first touchdown of the season this past week against the Packers. His three catches for 71 yards was also a season high. Newton is becoming more comfortable with Funchess, so now is a good time to grab him.
On the Radar
WR Cole Beasley, Dallas
After exploding for a career day against the Eagles, Beasley makes the middle category in this week’s story. Matt Cassel went to Beasley in the slot early and often, to the tune of nine catches for 112 yards with two of those catches going for touchdowns. This production came out of nowhere, so a repeat performance next week is a longshot. Beasley is worth finding a roster spot for, and if he and Cassel can continue to keep in constant contact, then he is worth starting consideration.
TE Garrett Celek, San Francisco
The 49ers shipped out starter Vernon Davis, and it was Celek that emerged as a top red zone threat for San Francisco. Both of his catches against the Falcons were for touchdowns, making Celek worth a look as a backup fantasy tight end.