Welcome back to fantasy waivers. It was a very interesting week 2 in the land of fantasy football. Where we had some major injuries, of course, highlighted by Jamaal Charles and what appears to be the end of his season with what sources are saying is a torn ACL. You have to hate to see a great player like Charles go down, especially with a season ending injury. Whether your a fan or not, fantasy owner or whatever, watching a great player and great person get hurt like that is never fun.
Also, Michael Vick suffered a concussion, and though it is being called minor, his availability for week 3 is very much up in the air.
Stand out fantasy, monster tight end Aaron Hernandez suffered an MCL sprain in the game against San Diego and it’s being reported that he could miss 4-6 weeks.
Arian Foster aggravated his hamstring and missed the 2nd half of the game.
Lastly, Ben Roethlisberger, avoided major injury when he was hit around the knee by DE Raheem Brock. Though he was able to come back in and play, owners should keep an eye on his status. I’ll get into injuries a little later this week when more clear reports are given. Let’s get into pick ups.
Thomas Jones – I have to start with Jones after a most unfortunate loss of Jamaal Charles to what is likely a season ending injury. For any Jamaal Charles owners, Jones is a must add if he is available or you haven’t handcuffed him. Jones doesn’t have the step that he once did and won’t likely put up the numbers Charles was capable of, but for right now salvaging the pieces is the best course of action, and for savvy owners trying to stick it to Charles owners, Jones could be a good bargaining chip in a trade. I’d keep an eye on Dexter McCluster as well though the Chiefs will likely turn to Jones first. Probably the hottest pick up out there right now. Available in 65% of leagues currently.
Daniel Thomas – After a dismal preseason where Tony Sporano showed little faith in the first year back, Thomas was given a heavy load over starter Reggie Bush against the Texans and he ran with it. Forget the fumble he had, Thomas racked up 107 yards on 18 carries and 1 reception for 10 yards. Great game for the rookie who played 33 snaps to Bush’s 25. It seems like the Reggie Bush experiment is over before it started and Thomas is the back to own with a good deal of upside. Available in 46% of leagues currently won’t be for long.
Denarius Moore – He was the highlight of the Raiders preseason, and with Jacoby Ford out, along with Darrius Heyward-Bey, Moore got the start and played very well grabbing 5 catches for 146 yards and a TD. Even when Ford recovers from his injury Moore should remain in the starting line up. Could be a sneaky good pick up, with great speed and hands he could ascend to the feature wide receiver role in Oakland. Available in 87% of leagues currently.
Eric Decker – I have to admit I’m not that high on Decker as a wide receiver to carry your team, in fact the main reason he saw his targets leading to a 5 catch, 113 yards, and 2 TD day was due to an injury depleted Broncos receiving core that only saw 4 wide outs activated with Brandon Lloyd being a late scratch. Coupled with an injury to Eddie Royal’s groin injury, Decker along with Matt Willis were the only available receivers on the field. The Broncos even brought in Tim Tebow, wait for it, not as a QB but as a receiver. My bias aside, he’s drawn comparisons to Ed McCaffery and I’m obliged to agree. Decker is worth a look with Royal’s season in question and Lloyd iffy for next week, he is slated to be at least the WR2 for the team and maybe WR1. He’s available in 84% of leagues currently.
Fred Davis – I won’t get on my soap box again, suffice to say that I warned everyone to watch out for Davis and he delivered. He is still available in 81% of leagues. Go grab him.
Roy Helu – Warning Tim Hightower owners, Roy Helu got 10 carries and rumbled for 73 yards, bad omen for a coach that likes committees. Helu, looked fierce when he got the ball and his one cut bursts through the holes the Redskin’s line created showed great acceleration. He may have carved himself out a nice change of pace role and an increase in carries. Hightower owners may want to handcuff Helu in the event that he goes down Helu will have a ton of value. Available in 78% of leagues currently.
Delone Carter – His workload increased, and Joseph Addai showed little life with his carries. Once the Colt’s accept that the season is likely lost for them Carter should see an increase in carries as the team will look to assess the true ability of the rookie back. Good for a grab and stash, but don’t look to start him too soon as the Colt’s face the Steelers next week. Available in 83% of leagues currently.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – After 2 weeks, Fitzpatrick is tied with Matthew Stafford and Tom Brady to lead the league with 7 TD passes. He has revitalized the Buffalo passing game along with Steve Johnson. He is available in 46% of leagues still.
David Nelson – Speaking of the Bills, David Nelson filled in for Roscoe Parrish in the slot and managed 10 receptions for 86 yards and a TD. With the Bills joining the rest of the league as a pass first offense Nelson could be a great pick, especially with Steve Johnson’s week 3 in question. Available in 95% of leagues currently.
Some other players to look for Andy Dalton (95% of leagues) may have had the light go on a 300 yard 2 TD day, Jeff King (98% of leagues) caught a TD for the second week in a row, as did Scott Chandler (71% of leagues). Mike Kafka is also worth a look if Vick is declared out for the Eagles. Keep an eye out for DeMarco Murray if Felix Jones’ injury keeps the fragile back out. I also like Dustin Keller if you can manage to find him available in your league grab him.
That wraps it up for my week 3 waivers, thanks for reading. If you have any questions for me please comment here or you can follow me on Twitter @dwillPSB or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.