Week 4 injuries and waiver wire targets
A quarter of the season is in the books and it has been rough. Prayers and condolences go to those young players who suffer season ending injuries, yet alone a setback. Week 4 was a brutal, brutal week for injuries across the league and this is when you turn towards the waiver wire and explore the deep end of the waiver, but that shouldn’t be too difficult of a task because we saw players step up in place of the players we started and there are several you should target immediately.
Dalvin Cook/ Ty Montgomery/ Chris Carson
Dalvin Cook was one of the biggest headlines in the afternoon slate of games, injuring his knee on a non contact injury which later turned out to be true– and that was a completely torn ACL. Ty Montgomery might actually be okay, but on Thursday night he suffered broken/bruised ribs versus the Bears, and of course Chris Carson the seventh round pick who was solidifying himself as one of the most complete backs in the league suffered a gruesome leg injury. The report on Carson is that it’s a severe ankle sprain, but there’s no way he suits up in Week 5.
After Cook exited the game Murray replaced him over Jerick McKinnon as the lead back for workhorse duties. Murray got 7 carries for 21 yards, but expect a bigger workload going forward, and for Jerick McKinnon to be mixed in as well.
Aaron Jones/ Jamaal Williams
Jamaal Williams was looking pretty good in the limited amount of snaps we saw before he exited the game himself following Montgomery with a knee injury. Williams isn’t expected to miss any playing time, but he’s still worth a roster spot. Aaron Jones is third on the depth chart and to give you more frustrations to your roster Aaron Jones must also be rostered. The rookie got 13 carries in his first NFL game and a touchdown, but target these two backs and keep an eye on who’s going to get some playing time with the Week 5 showdown with Dallas coming up where we saw Todd Gurley just trample their defense.
Who could possibly think that we would have another Seahawks running back to worry about. Yes I know they have several, but even before Carson exited the game McKissic was out there looking great and he carried the momentum even after Carson exited. It was not Eddie Lacy, CJ Prosise, nor Thomas Rawls. McKissic is going to be on of the hottest adds this week.
Derek Carr/ Marcus Mariota
Both quarterbacks who broke their fibulas last season on the same day suffered injuries. Luckily they don’t look season ending, although both will miss sometime more than likely. Mariota was ruled out with a hamstring injury after his second touchdown run of the game and more on his healing process will be out later today. Derek Carr is the QB we should be worried about. Carr said he was in a lot of pain, and turns out he was diagnosed with back spasms, but there’s fear that Carr could who suffered a more serious injury. An MRI will be taken today.
If you don’t have another QB rostered the waiver can be pretty dry right now if you only held on to one guy. The Giants are a team in desperation mode and are willing to win at all costs. In two back-to-back losses Manning has put up 30 points in fantasy. The schedule doesn’t get easier, but there’s nothing more scarier than QB with nothing to lose if they fall more behind in the NFC East standings.
After the horrendous performance versus Kansas City, Rivers was probably dropped in most leagues, so if you need a quarterback you should go out and target him. Just like the Giants, the Chargers should not be 0-4 and I expect Rivers to consistently put up points.
The Cardinals have no run game which led to Palmer tossing the rock 51 times. He completed 33 of those for 357 yards, and one touchdown. Put the man’s age aside, because Palmer is an interesting streaming option, and one that won’t kill your team either.
Julio Jones/ Mohamed Sanu/ Jordan Matthews
Julio Jones is not expected to miss anytime and it seems as if coach Quinn was just sidelining Jones for his health. Sanu followed later on with a hamstring injury. Jordan Matthews was on the other side of the field, and more than likely isn’t starting yet in fantasy team unless you’re in deep leagues, but Matthews exited with a thumb injury.
With Jones not expected to miss time, Gabriel may not come off as a must add, but with no word on Sanu that would push the speedy receiver in the depth chart. Unfortunately, Gabriel failed to produce any sort of connection yesterday with Matt Ryan, but he was facing a stingy Bills defense and we also know what Gabriel is capable of.
The Cardinals are very pass happy with no run game and all the pass catchers benefit with Palmer throwing up to 50 times a game. Brown caught eight of Palmer’s 33 completions for 105 yards.
Funchess was featured on my Man Up article and boy did he come through for the people who started him. Kelvin Benjamin suited up after all, but Cam had eyes for Funchess as he caught seven passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Funchess is not a fluke and should be on your team, unfortunately it’s going to be hard getting him after breaking out in New England.