The fantasy Gods can be cruel, claiming one of the top fantasy producers so far this season as its latest injury victim. Fantasy owners will need to take a very close look, as the “next in line” for that team may not be the player that many drafted as his handcuff.
Our top category makes a triumphant return this week, as we see two players on the waiver wire who can be fantasy starters. Behind that, a good mix of running backs and wide receivers make this week’s story, a few of which can be spot starters or have a very good chance at being starters in the not too distant future. We speculate on a quarterback and a tight end; there’s something for everyone in this week’s story. On to the wonders!
RB Charcandrick West, Kansas City
The loss of Jamaal Charles is devastating for Kansas City, but the show must go on for the players left behind. Though Knile Davis is already owned in most leagues, it was the sparsely owned West that came on in relief of Charles and got the majority of touches. This is a fluid situation, with both players likely to see some action. Finding a starting running back is a rarity; West will be one of the top selections off the waiver wire this week.
WR Willie Snead, New Orleans
Over the last three weeks, Snead has emerged as one of the top targets for Drew Brees. This past week against Philadelphia, he caught six passes for 141 yards, bringing his three week total to 17 catches for 274 yards. New Orleans will continue to move the ball in the air, so Snead is worth picking up and can be used right away as a fantasy starter.
WR Kamar Aiken, Baltimore
The absence of Steve Smith has created an opportunity to showcase Aiken, and he has not disappointed. He backed up a 77-yard effort against Pittsburgh with a 78-yard effort this past week against Cleveland. Joe Flacco is clearly comfortable throwing in his direction, looking his way nine times and connecting four times. Even when Smith returns, Aiken will be in the mix for the Ravens so he should be owned in all formats.
WR Jamison Crowder, Washington
Washington has had trouble keeping wide receivers healthy, which has created opportunities for several to showcase their wares. One standout in the last two weeks is Crowder, who has caught 15 passes over the course of two games. One of his eight catches against Atlanta was good for a touchdown, as he tallied 87 yards worth of offense. This was the second week in a row that Crowder was the top target. Look for that to continue, making Crowder a solid pickup and spot starter.