Week 3 injuries and waiver wire targets
Week 3 is in the books and what a week it was. Besides the game spreads which were all over the place, we saw some of the best games of the year, and the early games were all tight. Seattle and Tennessee was hard-hitting, but not so much of a low scoring game as many predicted, and the Bengals finally found the end zone several times pushing the Packers to their brink in Lambeau. To top it off, Oakland was decimated by the Washington football team, but before we dive into Week 4 it is very possible that your fantasy teams might be without one of your top players, and because of that I’m here to help you out.
Doug Baldwin/ Michael Crabtree/ Kelvin Benjamin
In a smash mouth hard-hitting physical game Doug Balwdwin was seen on the sideline holding his groin which could linger for weeks. No telling right now if he plays in the Sunday night game or might sit out. Crabtree while going up for a catch took a hard shot to his chest and did not return back to the field. Crabtree should be suited up for Week 4, but keep an eye on his injury. Kelvin Benjamin survived a scare which could’ve ended horribly as he took a hit to the knee that he had ACL surgery on. Benjamin did not return either, but I believe Benjamin could sit out a week or two just to make sure he’s right.
If Benjamin does miss time Funchess becomes the No.1 on a struggling Panthers team. Even with Benjamin playing aside him, Funchess has caught at least four balls in the past two games.
We saw Palmer get hot early on in the Monday night game and as long as John Brown remains sidelined both Brown and Nelson are speedy receivers that can turn a ten yard catch into an explosive play.
If you’re holding on to Brandon Marshall and are patiently waiting for a resurgence give up on that hope and check to see in Shepard is somehow available in your league. The Giants run game is nowhere to be found so even with Odell (who’s going to be fed), Shepard is that type of home run player you can plug-in as your flex.
Taylor Gabriel/ Mohamed Sanu
I didn’t mention Julio Jones as an injured player after he was listed on the injury report with a back injury. Sanu has 15 catches through three weeks and a touchdown, and we all know what Taylor Gabriel can do just look at his highlight reel from last season. If Julio Jones does miss time or is out as a decoy make sure to target one of these WR’s in Atlanta’s pass heavy offense.
Melvin Gordon/ Darren Sproles/ Samaje Perine/ Matt Forte
It’s hard finding or landing that true workhorse for your fantasy team, and rightfully so, the running back position is prone to the most punishment in the league and just finding that hidden gem on the waiver wire is no easy task either. Melvin Gordon exited the game briefly in a hard-hitting affair with Kansas City, but would return to the game. No telling if he misses time, but he’ll be limited in practice. Darren Sproles one of the most exciting players to step foot on the field had a gruesome season ending injury breaking his arm and tearing his ACL on the same play… just brutal.
Samaje Perine was put in for the injured Rob Kelley but is now sidelined after taking a helmet to his hand and fumbled the ball in which Jay Gruden has repeatedly said that they don’t forget about fumbles. Matt Forte suffered a toe injury, but x-rays came back negative. Either way, hopefully you weren’t leaning too much on Forte as Bilal Powell should now get a heavier workload over an aging Forte.
I don’t think the No.1 RB is on the Eagles right now, but Smallwood did see more carries after Sproles went out. Smallwood is more of a flex play, and hopefully LeGarrette Blount is not the one with the hot hand that week.
I was not going to list Carson on here, because I trust that the majority of drafters made sure Carson was rostered by now, but fantasy peeps are still asking if they should pick him up. Yeah um so speaking of workhorse running backs and finding that waiver wire gen Carson could very well be that and after losing to the Titans on the road, the Seahawks host the Colts in Week 4 which could very well be a breakout game for Carson.
As the weeks go Kamara continues to shine and find more ways to make his case for more carries and receptions with the Saints. The three-headed monster is not going away anytime in New Orleans, but Kamara is a great flex play in PPR leagues for players in deeper leagues.
If the Lamar Miller owners do not have Foreman rostered make it a priority to land Foreman, because even with Miller starting, the Texans are getting Foreman more involved with the carries.