Draft Engine Expert Analysis
With all of the injuries that occurred in Week 2, you're going to want to hit the waiver wire pretty hard this week. And while there might not be many studs available, there's definitely some guys that can help you fill some needs. There's also a few long-shot types that you'll want to have on the end of your bench.
Fill Your Needs
WR Curtis Samuel & RB Mike Davis
With Christian McCaffrey expected to miss multiple games suffering an ankle injury, Samuel, a college running back at Ohio State, could see time in the backfield and carry some sneaky fantasy value with an increased workload. He received four carries on Sunday, and while only one was from the backfield, he's arguably Carolina's best running game option right now.
Davis is the next pure RB on the depth chart. He had 8 catches for 74 yards on Sunday and will have a significant role in McCaffrey's absence, but he's certainly not going to get as many touches as McCaffrey, nor will he be nearly as productive with those touches.
RB Dion Lewis & RB Wayne Gallman
With Saquon Barkley's season done, Lewis is the Giants top RB. He managed only 56 total yards on 14 touches in Week 2, but his receiving skills give him some PPR upside.
Gallman was a healthy scratch on Sunday and could have a role going forward, though we wouldn't be shocked if the Giants find a veteran free agent to take early-down snaps ahead of him.
RB Jerick McKinnon
When Raheem Mostert sprained his knee in Week 2, McKinnon only saw 13 snaps of action, but turned three carries into 77 yards and a TD. He's being eased into a role coming off two seasons lost to ACL injuries, though if Mostert's sprain and/or Tevin Coleman's knee injury prove serious, McKinnon will have a starring role in San Fran's potent offense.
RB Darrell Henderson, LAR
We hope we're not listing a different Rams RB here every week, but with Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown banged up, Henderson was the lead dog for L.A. and turned 14 touches into 121 total yards and TD. On a day when the Rams offense was dominant, Sean McVay may be tempted to ride the hot hand with Henderson going forward.
QB streamers to consider:
+Ryan Tannehill (TEN) threw for four TD against the Jaguars despite missing his top WR in A.J. Brown, and he gets a favorable matchup versus the Vikings in Week 3.
+Nick Mullens (SFO) is a 2-QB league option if Jimmy Garoppolo's ankle sprain causes an extended absence, against the Giants this week. He played at a 4,554-yard, 26-TD pace in eight starts two seasons ago, and that was on a much weaker 49ers roster.
+Gardner Minshew (JAX) is up to six TD on the young season, this Thursday he faces a Miami defense that just made Josh Allen look like Patrick Mahomes.
+Mitch Trubisky (CHI) isn't Russell Wilson nor Dak Prescott, but against an Atlanta defense that has allowed 78 points and 772 passing yards so far this year, he's worth a look.
+Justin Herbert (LAC) was excellent in his debut, though Anthony Lynn evidently wasn't paying attention and proclaimed Tyrod Taylor L.A.'s starter if healthy this week. Herbert has a chance to fill the stat sheet against the lowly Panthers if Taylor's health is a problem or if Lynn comes to his senses.
+Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) posted 328 yards and 2 TD in a losing effort in Week 2. The Jaguars secondary got torched by Ryan Tannehill, making Fitz a 2-QB option for this Thursday's matchup.
Take A Flyer
WR Russell Gage, ATL
Gage was second on the Falcons in targets in Week 2, and he's up to 15 catches for 160 yards on the season. He's worth adding in deep-bench leagues, and would be startable if Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley were to get hurt.
WR Golden Tate, NYG
With Saquon Barkley out for the year and Sterling Shepard battling turf toe, Tate's role in the Giants offense is bound to increase. In ten games with Daniel Jones under center, Tate has produced at an 83-1,058-8 pace.
WR K.J. Hamler, DEN
The 46th-overall pick in April's draft, Hamler missed Week 1 with a hamstring issue but returned to see seven targets in Week 2. In the wake of Courtland Sutton's knee injury, Hamler could quickly become one of Denver's top three options in the passing game.
TE Dalton Schultz, DAL
With Blake Jarwin on I.R., Schultz broke out for a 9-88-1 line on nine targets in Dallas' comeback victory over Atlanta. The Cowboys won't be pass-heavy often enough for Schultz to contribute consistently.
TE Jordan Reed, SFO
With George Kittle out, Reed saw eight targets and scored twice on Sunday. He's startable in deeper leagues if Kittle's knee injury lingers.
TE Mo Alie-Cox, IND
Frank Reich loves his tight ends, and with Jack Doyle and Trey Burton both inactive, Cox racked up 111 yards on 5 catches. His role as Indy's No. 1 TE may not last, but he's an option in deep leagues if Doyle misses more time.
TE Drew Sample, CIN
With C.J. Uzomah out for the year, Sample is one to watch for TE streamers. The 2019 second-rounder was second on the team in targets in Week 2 with nine, though he only turned it into 7 catches for 45 yards.