The 2017 NFL season is in full swing and with that unfortunately comes all the dreadful injuries to your favorite football team, and of course your fantasy teams. In Week 1 we saw a barrage of injuries and Week 2 was no different, but just like in real life it’s always next man up, and the same should go for you fantasy team. So if you’re sobbing over losing Greg Olsen or Jordy Nelson I’ve got you covered MFST peeps to help you survive the upcoming weeks.

Greg Olsen waiver wire

Greg Olsen

Dan mentioned earlier in his recent article about Olsen’s broken right foot that came in their win over the Buffalo Bills. Hopefully you’ve got a back up plan already, but if not look at your waiver wire…here are some guys to target that may be available in your league.

Jack Doyle

Doyle is a risky pickup, but looking at the quarterback play Jacoby Brissett targeted Doyle six more times compared to Tolzien in Week 1. Doyle also nearly doubled his yardage as well with Brissett, so chances are with Luck being out for the moment, and the beat down the Colts took in Week 1, Doyle was a player who was heavily dropped throughout leagues.

Hunter Henry

After recording a whopping 0-0 stat-line in the season opener Henry bounced back at home catching seven balls for 80 yards. It’s also worth highlighting that Antonio Gates finally got his record for most touchdowns by a TE, so hopefully you held on to Henry, if not go grab him now.

David Njoku

As the saying goes it’s hard to trust rookie TE’s but here’s why it matters…Njoku was on the field for 44% of Cleveland’s snaps. Of course those targets were from Kevin Hogan, but it’s hard for the rookie to not be productive especially with Coleman breaking a bone in his hand yesterday. Njoku is more of a dart throw, but worth a look.

The same also goes for Rob Gronkowski owners. Gronk could be back sooner than later. It was a groin injury so those are never fun, but Gronk owners should always have insurance when investing in Gronk.

Jordy Nelson/John Brown/ Corey Davis

Both Nelson and Brown have the same injury except you were able to plan for Brown, with Nelson if you started him you got screwed with the fact that you probably ignored your other options being that it was a late game. Corey Davis was later ruled out with a lingering hamstring injury which is not what we were expecting from the promising wideout. With us knowing that Brown maybe out a bit longer, there’s no telling on how serious Nelson’s quad injury is and in the meantime here are some players to target…

Jermaine Kearse

Regardless of how you feel about the Jets you can’t ignore the fact that Kearse should continue to receive his high volume of targets from Josh McCown. Kearse only caught four passes, but two of those were in the end zone, and with the Jets likely playing most of their games in catch up mode– this is exactly what you want. Kearse is still adapting to his new team, but expect his workload to grow.

Devin Funchess

Cam Newton is not right at all and that offense is very worrisome, but as long as Cam is in, and with one of his most trusted targets out for 6-8 weeks in Olsen the targets have got to go somewhere. Expect Funchess to benefit from Olsen being out. In Week 1 Funchess was looked at only twice, in Week 2 he was targeted seven times and caught four passes for 68 yards. In PPR formats Funchess is a great flex play.

J.J. Nelson

Nelson blew up yesterday and is clearly taking over as the Cardinals deep threat. The Cardinals are a mess, and they barely survived a banged up Colts team that most people expected them to trounce. With Brown nursing a sore knee, and Fitzgerald declining with constant double teams, Nelson’s five receptions out of seven targets for 120 yards and a TD should catch your eye this week on the waiver wire.

Sam Bradford

The fact that Mike Zimmer is saying that Bradford can either play in a week from now or six weeks from now is worrisome, and as fantasy owners we want no part in that. After two serious ACL injures we hope for the best of Bradford, and we’re glad to see him get the rest he needs to make sure Minnesota can remain a threat, but until we fully know when he’ll be right you should look at these players at the QB position….

Trevor Siemian

For the second straight week Siemian has outperformed his ADP and has surpassed 200 passing yards in each game. In Week 1 he threw two TD’s, in Week 2 he threw four. Looking at his next two games on the road at Buffalo, and then at home against Oakland before their bye is a nice schedule for him especially if you’re streaming the position.

Jay Cutler

I know I am actually promoting Cutler and that sounds horrible, but here’s why you should in fact give Cutler a look and even consider adding him to your roster if you got stuck with an Andy Dalton, or Sam Bradford. In the Dolphins first game on the road Cutler did a nice job, protecting the ball and throwing for 230 yards and a touchdown. Here’s where it gets interesting. Next week they play…. the Jets. Derek Carr is far from god, but the Jets made him look like god after seeing how Carr torched them yesterday. In Week 4 they host the Saints, another nice matchup you cannot ignore especially as Parker, Landry and Stills have their roles increasing.

Alex Smith

If you ignored the Week 1 slaughtering of the Patriots at the hand of the Chiefs because you wanted to see more from the savvy veteran–have fun trying to claim Smith. Alex didn’t throw for 300 yards and 4 touchdown here, but 251 is good production at the position, and their schedule against opposing defenses doesn’t scare you from what we’ve seen from those teams in the first two weeks. The Chiefs next four games are at the Chargers, home to Washington, at Houston (here of course you should look elsewhere) and home to Pittsburgh. With the playmakers the Chiefs have, Smith should be owned in all leagues after Week 2.

 

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