A couple more big names went down to injury this week, which shuffles a team’s depth chart and creates opportunity for the fantasy owners to grab some help off the waiver wire. We have a quartet of players in our highest category this week, including two wide receivers who have caught our eye in only two short weeks. Several running backs and tight ends are scattered across the four categories. There’s something for everyone this week!
WR Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Last week we had Enunwa on the radar, and this week he moves up a notch and is one of this week’s hottest pickups. Despite being No. 3 on the Jets’ depth chart, the team is finding ways to get him the ball early on this season. He followed up a solid opening game by catching six passes for 92 yards in Week 2 against Buffalo. Still owned in less than half the online leagues, this may be the last opportunity to pick him up off waivers.
WR Jamison Crowder, Washington
We list another “No. 3” on their NFL team in this week’s top section, and with good reason. He followed up a Week 1 performance that saw him haul in six passes, with another six catches in Week 2. One of those went for a touchdown, as Kirk Cousins looked-in his direction more than any other receiver. Like Enunwa, Crowder will not be on the waiver wire for long. Grab him while you can.
TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore
Shrugging off some early injuries, Pitta has quickly become the go-to target for Joe Flacco. He is back as the clear starter, and nine catches for 102 yards against Cleveland this week is plenty enough to score him a spot in this week’s top category. Baltimore has long been a team that utilizes the tight end, and clearly Pitta and Flacco are clicking early and often. Look for these stats to continue with Pitta being a viable fantasy starter.
RB Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina
Any time a running back steps in for the starter and can light the lamp for more than 100 yards in total offense, that is enough to get a mention in the top waiver category. With Jonathan Stewart expected to miss a couple of weeks, Carolina will turn to Whittaker as its primary ball carrier. Against San Francisco this week, he carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards, and also chipped in three catches for another 31 yards. Carolina has very little depth at the position, so look for Whittaker to carry the load filling in for Stewart.
WR Kenny Britt, Los Angeles
As defenses are keying on stopping the running game, that has opened up some passing lanes for the wide receivers. Case Keenum is settling in as the starter, and though it is early in the season, his favorite target has been Kenny Britt. Against Seattle this past week, Britt took in six passes which was good for 94 yards. We like the rapport between Britt and Keenum, and for now we have Britt as a solid pickup with the potential for him to become more.
RB Matt Asiata, Minnesota
Minnesota has been down this road before, and once again is being forced to play without Adrian Peterson. This will be a shared situation, with Jerick McKinnon also in the mix. If the past is any indication, look for McKinnon to get two-thirds of the carries, with Asiata to get the other third. To offset the carry difference, Asiata will be the player getting the ball at the goal line. He’s a solid pickup at running back in a shared situation and he’s worth a grab as it looks like Peterson will be out for a significant amount of time.