There were several injuries that occurred Sunday, which resulted in a not-so-fun day in fake football land. If you’re on the bottom of your league’s waiver wire order there are still some interesting options to consider after the dust has settled.
All players listed are under 40 percent owned in Yahoo and ESPN leagues
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions (Yahoo – 14 percent owned, ESPN – 2.6 percent owned)
Ameer Abdullah left Sunday’s game with a sprained foot which opened the door for Washington. He responded with 4 carries for 34 yards and showed impressive burst and vision. The rookie from Washington had a very productive pre-season with a 18-104-1TD line (5.8 yards per carry). Coach Jim Caldwell stated that Washington’s “will give unique production.” Washington will spell Riddick for a decent chunk of the workload and handle goal-line carries.
The Lions placed Ameer Abdullah on IR Wednesday, which gives Washington a good chunk of time to prove himself. Washington could carve out a decent role in Abdullah’s absence and become a desperation starter in standard leagues.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers (Yahoo – 7 percent owned, ESPN – 6 percent owned)
Running back armageddon continued as Jonathan Stewart exited Sunday’s game early with a hamstring injury. Second-stringer Fozzy Whittaker proceeded to torch the Niners for 100 yards on the ground. He is a hot waiver wire add this week but Cameron Artis-Payne will be somewhat involved.
Artis-Payne was inactive for the prior two weeks due to his lack of special teams talent. He was scratched last year for this same reason but was given a healthy chunk of the workload when Stewart went down (11 carries per game). Coach Ron Rivera claimed that there is “a little concern” regarding Stewart’s hamstring injury.
Artis-Payne is an interesting addition for those in deeper leagues.
Running backs i’d drop for Dwayne Washington and Cameron Artis-Payne: Terrance West, Bilal Powell, James Starks.
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins (Yahoo – 12 percent owned, ESPN – 5.7 percent owned)
Crowder has amassed 12 receptions on 18 targets over the past two games, which puts him on the PPR radar.Kirk Cousins appears to be comfortable using Crowder as his short to intermediate safety valve.
“Starter” Pierre Garcon has failed to come close to these numbers as he has only hauled in 8 receptions in two games.
Wide receivers i’d drop for Jamison Crowder: Tavon Austin, Kamar Aiken, Markus Wheaton, Rishard Mathews, Pierre Garcon.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens (Yahoo – 36 percent owned, ESPN – 29.2 percent owned)
Injuries have been an unfortunate obstacle for the past two seasons for 31 year old Dennis Pitta. It was surprising when he started week 1 for the Ravens. When Pitta went off and caught 9-of-12 targets for 102 yards during week two’s matchup it was a reminder that he is in a perfect storm to somehow still be fantasy relevant.
For one, Pitta has been one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets. From 2013-2016 Dennis Pitta has averaged 7.78 targets per game. Marc Trestman’s offensive system brought very favorable results for Martellus Bennett. Pitta is a dark-horse candidate to finish as a top-12 tight end in all formats.
Tight ends i’d drop for Dennis Pitta: Jared Cook, Zach Miller, Kyle Rudolph