Last week was a difficult week around the NFL as several key starters were lost to injury. Some of those will be out for an extended period of time. The “next man up” mentality will be in full effect, so there are plenty of options to choose from on the waiver wire this week.
RB James Starks, Green Bay
The loss of Eddie Lacy early in last week’s game thrust Starks into the role of the workhorse and he did not disappoint. Rushing twenty times and catching four passes out of the backfield, Starks tallied over a hundred yards in total offense for the Packers. Lacy’s status for Week 3 is up in the air, but should be miss time the Packers will once again rely on Starks to carry the load. He has done the job in the past, and is ready to continue on in Lacy’s absence. Starks will be one of the top pickups this week.
WR Travis Benjamin, Cleveland
What a week two for the Browns and Benjamin. He made the most of his three catches, scoring on two of them and tallying 115 yards receiving. He also hung 154 return yards on the Titans, 78 of those yards coming on a punt return for a touchdown. Combine these week two numbers with the three catches for 89 yards and a score in week one and we have seen enough to warrant Benjamin as a ‘Hot’ selection off the waiver wire.
WR Ted Ginn, Carolina
The Panthers continue to have issues at wide receiver, having already lost starter Kelvin Benjamin. Add to that list Jerricho Cotchery with a week two ankle injury. Left standing to lead the receiving corps in Carolina is Ted Ginn. He doubled his week one production, which included a touchdown catch in his four week two receptions. We see a sharply rising trend with Ginn, as Cam Newton will look his way early and often against a soft New Orleans secondary in week three.
QB Brandon Weeden, Dallas
The “Captain Obvious” waiver wire mention of the week goes to Brandon Weeden. After losing Dez Bryant in week one, Tony Romo left week two with a collarbone injury that will keep him out for upwards of two months. There are still some offensive weapons in Dallas, and they will be expected to keep winning so Weeden will be throwing the ball. Of all the replacement quarterbacks around the league, Weeden has the best chance to produce for the longest period of time.
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore
After sitting out week one with an injured knee, Taliaferro returned in week two as the clear backup to starter Justin Forsett. More importantly, he was the Ravens choice in the red zone, hitting paydirt while also catching three passes. He has fantasy value as an active running back with the potential to score, a value that goes up even higher if something happens to Forsett.
RB Damien Williams, Miami
Starter Lamar Miller left last week’s game and did not return, leaving Williams to carry the load. The Dolphins have very few options at running back, none of which are of high quality. If Miller misses time, then Williams will be the starter and likely goal line back.
TE Crockett Gillmore, Baltimore
The Ravens have limited options at wideout, so Joe Flacco has been looking to the tight end early and often this season. After a quiet week one, Crockett lit the lamp for 88 yards and two touchdown passes against the Raiders. Look for him to continue to be an active participant in the passing game and a solid fantasy starter.