More carnage across the NFL as a couple more starting running backs find their way to the sidelines because of injury. Those leagues where the waiver wire is still open can rejoice, as we have several players listed this week that will step in and have an immediate and lasting fantasy impact. Our list this week is heavy on runners, with a few pass catchers sprinkled in. There’s something for everyone this week, on to the wonders!
RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle
We had Rawls as a speculative add in our lowest category last week, and this week he rises all the way to the top add of the week. He had a monster game in Marshawn Lynch’s absence, going wild for 255 total yards and two touchdowns against San Francisco. Early reports out of Seattle are that Lynch may need surgery that may keep him out for the remainder of the regular season. Rawls’ performance last week locks him in as the workhorse back in Seattle, a player that can be picked up and dropped right into a starting fantasy lineup.
RB Javorius Allen, Baltimore
The Ravens cannot catch a break this season, this week they add their starting quarterback and running back to the list of players lost to injury for the season. Allen became the top back for the Ravens when Forsett went down, and he responded by putting up over 100 yards in total offense. He was very active in the passing game, hauling in five catches, a sign that he will be involved in all facets of the game going forward. Even with Matt Schaub forced into duty at quarterback, Allen will be a strong fantasy performer for Baltimore.
WR Devin Funchess, Carolina
The Panthers offense continues to roll along, with the rookie starting to emerge as the offensive threat they wanted when they drafted him. Cam Newton looked towards Funchess early and often against the Redskins, with his final stat line being four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Look for Funchess to continue to see a steady and increased role in the offense. He is worth owning in all formats and can be a spot starter for those battling injury at the wide receiver position.
RB Spencer Ware, Kansas City
With recent hot waiver wire pickup Charcandrick West on the sideline with a hamstring injury, Spencer Ware stepped in and the Chiefs running game did not miss a beat. Ware ended up dropping 96 yards and two touchdowns on the Chargers, and threw in a catch for good measure. The status of West will impact Ware’s fantasy value, but for sure he is worth picking up off waivers.
WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona
Playing in place of the inactive Michael Floyd, Nelson had a huge game in prime time against the Bengals. A long 64-yard touchdown reception was the highlight on an evening where he totaled four catches for 142 yards. Even when Floyd returns, the rookie has earned some more playing time, so he is worth a look on fantasy waiver wires as a solid pickup.