What a difference a few days makes! Last week at this time, we were still talking about Kenbrell Thompkins being the difference maker for the Patriots and Julian Edelman being a player to keep an eye on. A day later it was announced that New England’s Danny Amendola would be out for a few games, then Edelman turned Thursday night into his night and Thompkins (and every other Patriots receiver) moved immediately into the fantasy trash can. Sure, Aaron Dobson caught a touchdown pass, but it was the Edelman show from start to finish as he was the only player that had the trust of Tom Brady. He has established himself as a fantasy giant on that team, sure to be involved even when Amendola and Rob Gronkowski return to the lineup.
For this week, several wide receivers are stepping forward to find their way into this week’s story. Injuries to a few starting running backs are creating fantasy chaos – and a rush to the waiver wire. We’ve got some royalty in the top slot, but there’s something for everyone this week!
WR Eddie Royal, San Diego
Five touchdowns in two games is enough of a sample size to get a guy listed as the top waiver wire pickup of the week. With Danario Alexander done for the season and now Malcom Floyd expected to miss week three and possibly beyond, Royal is settling in as the slot receiver and most popular target of Philip Rivers. He had a huge week against the Eagles, three touchdowns and 90 receiving yards. The touchdown pace is unlikely to continue, but look for him to continue to put up numbers in the 5-7 catch and 75-90 yards per game range. Our friends at fleaflicker.com have him as their top pickup of the week, grab him if you have first dibbs.
RB James Starks, Green Bay
The battle of the backups between Starks and Johnathan Franklin could not have had a more clear winner when Starks played every snap in place of the injured Eddie Lacy. As a result, Starks ran for over a hundred yards, the first time that has happened in Green Bay since Prohibition (or somewhere close to that time). At press time, there is no news on Lacy’s status for week three, we expect that he will not be available and Starks will draw the start and all the load against the Bengals. The Packers have a bye in week four, so the possibility exists that Lacy will be back after that, but in the meantime, a starting running back with the potential to run for 100 yards is gold on the waiver wire.