Every season there is a weekend where the injury bug takes a mighty toll. For the sake of fantasy players everywhere, let’s hope that this past weekend was the big one. Several key players went down, many of them to be lost for the rest of the season. Those owners who kept backup running backs stashed on their roster finally got their reward. We dig through the rubble, uncovering those players who are still out there on waivers. We speculate at the running back position, list a few wide receivers that may be ready for prime time, and hit on a couple of tight ends that are about to make a joyful noise. There’s something for everyone this week!
TE Vernon Davis, Denver
Generally for players to get a mention in this column, they need to be owned in less than half of the online leagues. Taking over for the injured Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh will be DeAngelo Williams, who shows as being owned in close to 70 percent of leagues. If yours is one of the few leagues that he is not owned in, then he will be the top add of the week. We do try to list players here in order of preference, and yes, we are listing Vernon Davis as this week’s top add.
Davis got a mention in last week’s story as being on the radar, coming back from injury and having a good game against Seattle. Those who jumped on him last week enjoyed a six-catch performance against St. Louis, then comes breaking news that Davis has been shipped to Denver. He will immediately assume the mantle as the top pass catching tight end, and will provide a threat over the middle as defenses concentrate on Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The Denver offense has turned the corner, and Davis will have a big impact going forward.
RB Jeremy Langford, Chicago
Early reports are circling that Matt Forte will miss a couple of weeks for Chicago, opening the door for the rookie to assume the role as starter for Chicago. Langford will not step in and assume the large role that has been Forte’s, but in an offense that relies heavily on the run to offset the pass, Langford will be a valuable fantasy option in the short-term while Forte is out.
WR Kamar Aiken, Baltimore
Though Baltimore has a bye week coming up, Aiken still gets a mention in this week’s top category as a player to target off waivers this week. He has been involved in the offense all season, and the loss of Steve Smith will provide an increase to an already active role. Expect top-notch fantasy numbers from Aiken going forward.
WR Jeremy Kerley, New York Jets
Another receiver looking at an increase in playing time is Kerley in New York. Brandon Marshall was banged up all game against Oakland, and though there is no confirmation that he will miss any time, we expect that even if he plays that Kerley will see an increased role in the Jets offense. The Jets are also having some issues at quarterback, but we expect the offense to bounce back regardless of who is behind center.
TE Jacob Tamme, Atlanta
Grabbing 10 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown is certainly enough to get our attention, and enough to get a mention in this week’s story as a solid pickup. The banner day against Tampa Bay is not quite enough to wash away the two games prior to that where he only caught three passes in each, but it is enough to warrant him being rostered in all formats. With tight ends around the league not named Rob Gronkowski or Ben Watson struggling, Tamme is worth a look and a spot start while he is hot.