Uh oh. The injury bug is starting to hit hard. Running backs, in particular, were dropping like flies on Sunday. The severity of many injuries is still unknown, but it appears as if quite a few backs may miss significant time. Among these are: Danny Woodhead, Adrian Peterson, Ameer Abdullah, and Arian Foster. Peterson’s injury may require surgery. Woodhead is officially done for the year with an ACL tear. Quarterback’s Jimmy Garoppolo and Josh McCown also may miss some time, which may affect more than just your quarterback situation.
After all of these injuries, your team is likely going to need some waiver-wire adds that may be capable of starting for you. Here are the week 3 streaming selections that may help you grab a win and stay in the fantasy playoff hunt.
Matt Ryan (ATL) For those of you who took my advice last week of streaming Ryan, bravo. For those of you who didn’t, here’s a 2nd chance: Go pick up Matt Ryan and start him against one of the worst defenses in the NFL, New Orleans.
Marcus Mariota (TEN) Mariota draws the Raiders this week. Despite making significant offseason upgrades, Oakland’s defense has been torched in consecutive weeks. The Titans don’t have the offensive firepower that the Falcons and Saints do, but they at least laid a blueprint out for how to beat them. Expect Mariota to do just enough to warrant a fantasy start.
Joe Flacco (BAL) I don’t love Flacco’s matchup against Jacksonville because both teams have inconsistent defenses. Either team could take an early lead and lead very different game scripts. If streaming Flacco is your only option, the hope is that the Jags high-powered offense can keep the Ravens passing the ball into the 4th quarter.
Jay Ajayi (MIA) Early reports on Arian Foster indicate that he may miss week 3 with a groin injury that sidelined him for most of week 2. If that’s the case, Miami has a fantastic matchup against Cleveland this week that may already be down to their 3rd-string QB. Expect a lot of Ajayi, and probably RB2 numbers.
Shane Vereen (NYG) Due to a hand injury to Rashad Jennings, Vereen got 17 touches against New Orleans on Sunday. Mostly known as a pass-catching back, Vereen has been effective with his carries this season averaging 4 yards per carry. If Jennings is out vs. Washington, Vereen is worth a streaming flex play especially in PPR leagues.
Honorable Mention: Jerick Mckinnon (MIN) vs. Carolina
Tyrell Williams (SD) He only has 5 catches, but has 132 yards and a score on those catches. Travis Benjamin had a great day against the Jags as well, but the Charger’s defense is not very good. San Diego will need to pass the ball. Without Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen, Williams is all of the sudden a top option for Phillip Rivers.
Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) Don’t look now, but Enunwa has 13 catches in 2 games. The big-bodied slot receiver is a solid flex option, especially in PPR as long as he is healthy. Monitor his rib injury before putting him into your lineup.
Jamison Crowder (WAS) Crowder is hogging a ton of targets in Washington. His volume is similar to the next player on our list, and you should treat them about equally. He’s one of Travis May’s must-stashes, read more here.
Cole Beasley (DAL) Rookie QB’s love their tight ends and slot receivers. Dak has targeted Beasley a whopping 18 times over the first 2 games. That kind of target volume makes Beasley a PPR gem. Streaming him can give you a solid floor with his high catch total.
Dennis Pitta (BAL) At long last, he’s back. 9 catches and 102 yards against the Browns. He should be one of the top adds this week, as Pitta showed he can be an elite option when healthy. If you have waiver priority, grab him. He is definitely worth a solid chunk of a FAAB budget due to his potential.
Clive Walford (OAK) The Raiders got Walford involved against the Falcons with 6 catches for 50 yards and a score. He has the potential to do that on a fairly regular basis and is a borderline TE1/TE2. Proceed with streaming him appropriately.
Vance McDonald (SF) He only needed 1 catch to have a fantasy relevant day, hauling in a 75-yard catch for a score. However, this is the 2nd straight game the tight end has scored. If you are in a deeper league, you can do worse than a guy with boom/bust TD potential.
Defense / Special Teams
Minnesota Vikings (vs. CAR) This is the last week this unit should have low ownership after they dominated the Packers. If they are still out there, grab them.
Miami Dolphins (vs. CLE) Whoever plays Cleveland deserves a streaming start. Especially now that the Browns will start Cody Kessler at QB.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. LAR) The Rams offense is pitiful, so the Bucs defense is a decent streaming option this week.
Matt Bryant (ATL) another Superdome shootout?
Nick Folk (NYJ) After a rusty week 1, the Jets offense looks even better than the 2015 version.
Josh Brown (NYG) The Giants can definitely move the ball into field goal range with their trio of receivers.