Well hot damn, week 2 was a whirlwind of injuries. All I could think by the end of Sunday was: it’s week 2… Stop the madness!! I have Arian Foster, Doug Martin, and Brandon Marshall in one league, which would be a huge hit. I do however own Hopkins, DeAngelo Williams and DeMarco Murray in that league with Bell and Brady waiting in the wings. I’m not too worried. However, I do have 7 other leagues with injuries that will need some waiver picks and sleeper stashes this week. This is where we dive in. Now as always keep in mind this list is specifically for deep leagues, 16 team/deep bench/ multi flex postion/etc leagues. This list is not to be used to make rash decisions, like starting Virgil Green over Jordan Reed. Let’s be realistic and not let the injury panic rattle us too much. Without further ado, week 3 sleepers.
Kenyan Drake RB MIA
With Foster’s injury and Ajayi’s hands, Drake saw a touchdown this weekend. This is great but I don’t think he’s a must own quite yet. More of a wait and see, but someone for Foster owners to look at. For deep leagues only he’s a pick up this week, especially against the Browns.
Fozzy Whittaker RB CAR
Jonathan Stewart will be out 1-2 weeks with a hamstring injury. If I’ve learned anything from hamstring injuries it’s to never trust a time table. Players always seem to think they’re fine, until the make an explosive move in game, and aggravate an improperly healed hammy. Whitaker had 100 yds on 16 attempts which is a nice bump in numbers, however he still remains a deep league sleeper. Cam will likely run more with Stewart sidelined. Fozzy will have opportunity, unless his own QB vultures his redzone opportunities.
Kenneth Farrow RB SD
Hearing Danny Woodhead would be out for the season with an ACL tear brought sadness throughout all leagues. He’s been consistent year in and year out, and this season’s Chargers offense has looked highly productive. Farrow will be looking for a major bump in numbers next to Melvin Gordon as this is a high volume offense. Rivers still has a multitude of targets to spread the ball around, so it may be early to add Farrow right away. Then again if you’re a Woodhead or Gordon owner, I’d stash him this week.
Phillip Dorsett WR IND
Indy struggled against a tough Denver defense, which is an understatement, they looked fantastic. Luck should see an improvement in San Diego this week and with it be looking for a second WR next to Hilton. Dorsett has potential to rise as WR2 with Moncrief’s shoulder injury.
Quincy Enunwa WR NYJ
This pick is for the Brandon Marshall owners. Enunwa had 6 receptions for 92 yds this weekend, some good looking numbers and moving up rankings quickly. I see Decker moving into the #1 WR roll and Enunwa making a good run at the WR2 positon in Marshall’s absence. When a more accurate time table for Marshall in released we’ll know if he’s worth the add or not.
Dennis Pitta TE BAL
Pitta had a nice showing this weekend with 9 catches 102 yds and 12 targets. Word on the street is he and Flacco are besties, that spend a lot of time together, so a rapport is well established. Pitta will have opportunity in Baltimore, however he remains a deep league add as he’s currently swimming in a sea of mid-low range TEs on all rankings.
Recap Last Week’s Sleepers
Dontrelle Inman WR SD
Looks like Tyrell Williams will be seeing more looks than Inman, but it’s still early. Keep Inman in mind should anything else crazy happen to the banged up San Diego offense.
Jack Doyle TE IND
Still a good sleeper in my opinion. He has upside and opportunity, and against SD this week he could be interesting.
Jalen Richard RB OAK
Richard saw an increase in attempts despite the low fantasy score. I can see him seeing a bump in numbers this week against a weak Titans defense. Keep an eye on him he could have a breakout game this week.
Virgil Green TE DEN
Green sustained a strained calf but however it’s noted he shouldn’t miss any playing time. As Seimian progresses I think the 2 TE sets will grow.
Michael Thomas WR NO
Thomas is still on the radar as next in line behind Snead & Cooks. Hopefully nothing happens to these two but if something does. Thomas will become a necessary handcuff.
Tyler Higbee TE LA
Sadly until the passing game gets put together, Higbee will remain a nonfactor. He’s a great young talent, so if something magical happens and the QB situation improves in LA then you’ll be able to take note of Higbee.
Jaron Brown WR AZ
Jaron Brown saw a TD against the Bucs and John Brown saw nothing. May be early, but I think Jaron is the must own handcuff over John Brown in AZ. Jaron on the rise.