We set aside our top category this week, as nothing stands out as being ‘Smokin’ Hot.’ There are plenty of players in all our other categories, many of which can be fantasy contributors right away. All the key positions have players worth looking at this week, including a pair of quarterbacks and a trio of tight ends. Several fantasy players are ready to emerge in the coming weeks, so grab them before they become hot commodities.
We continue to be high on several running backs that are owned in most formats, but not all, and we’d pick them up over all the players listed this week. This list includes Rashad Jennings (Oakland), Andre Brown (New York Giants), Bernard Pierce (Baltimore) and Shane Vereen (New England). At the wide receiver position, those falling into that same category include Aaron Dobson (New England), Riley Cooper (Philadelphia), Kenny Stills (New Orleans) and Jarrett Boykin (Green Bay).
Fear not, if those players are gone, we’ve got something for everyone in this week’s wonders!
TE John Carlson, Minnesota
Last week we mentioned Carlson as a “deep” look, this week he graduates as one of this week’s top waiver wire pickups. Starting in place of the injured Kyle Rudolph, Carlson caught seven passes for 98 yards and a touchdown against Washington. Rudolph was averaging close to 50 yards per game. Based on this first week without Rudolph, we look for Carlson to keep those numbers going as the starting Vikings’ tight end.
WR Rishard Matthews, Miami
The loss of Brandon Gibson clears a spot for Matthews in the lineup, and Monday night against Tampa Bay had him being featured in the slot position. Ryan Tannehill looked in his direction early and often in the contest, as Matthews rang up close to 100 yards in the first half alone, including a touchdown pass. Matthews is worth owning as a low-end wide receiver in all formats. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as a top ten add at his position, get him while you can.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee
With Jake Locker done for the season, the Titans will turn to Fitzpatrick for the duration of the season as their starter. To go along with 264 passing yards, he threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Of more importance is Fitzpatrick’s ability to run, as he also ran his way into the end zone this week. As the starter going forward, Fitzpatrick is worth owning as a backup fantasy quarterback.