Take'em or Leave'em
With Week 2 now in the books it is time to once again look at the waiver wire and see who is out there to help your fantasy team. If your teams are anything like mine you need help after all these injuries. Week 2 was one of the worst injury weeks in recent memory, with some top players going out for multiple weeks or even the whole season. Last week we looked at week 1 performance and who was actually worth a pickup. This week, we are looking at who to pick up to fill in for the injured stars.
Saquon Barkley - Torn ACL; Out for the Year
This is a brutal one. Many drafts' second pick is now done for the year and if you have him you are probably wondering what can you do to save your season. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if there is any single answer, especially on the Giants' lackluster offense. As of this moment, it is not clear who is going to take over the job there. Dion Lewis? Wayne Gallman? Will they bring someone in like Devonta Freeman? I believe the guy most worth a pickup is Wayne Gallman. He has the best chance to be a 3 down back out of that group. However, I would only risk about 5% of your FAAB on him.
Instead of one of the players in that group, I would try to pickup Darrell Henderson. As I mentioned last week, I don't believe Brown is the star in this offense and with Akers battling injury, I think Henderson will continue to get a lot of work. After missing week 1, Henderson was impressive in week 2, compiling 121 total yards and TD on 14 touches. I'd be willing to spend 20% of my FAAB on Henderson and possibly more if I needed to replace Barkley or McCaffrey who we talk about below.
Courtland Sutton - Torn ACL; Out for the Year
Sutton had high expectations after breaking out last year, but after missing week 1 with a shoulder injury, Sutton left the game early in week 2 with a leg injury that turned out to be the dreaded ACL. The only viable waiver option to replace Sutton in Denver is rookie KJ Hamler, who tied for the team lead in targets with 7 in week 2. However, with uncertainty at the QB position due to injury and the other options that are probably already rostered: Jeudy, Gordon, Fant, and Lindsay, I think there are better choices outside of Denver to help replace Sutton.
My top 3 options to replace Sutton are:
Russell Gage, who I mentioned last week, but is still only rostered in 22% of leagues. Gage has 15 receptions on 21 targets for 160 yards and a Touchdown over two games. He would be my top widely available receiver target again this week and I'd be willing to spend up to 15% of FAAB in PPR Leagues.
Michael Pittman Jr from Indianapolis is another interesting option who is only rostered in 15% of leagues . The rookie receiver from USC will be one of the top targets in the Colts offense with Campbell missing time to injury and T.Y. Hilton looking like he doesn't have too much left in the tank. Pittman is worth about 5% of your FAAB.
Mike Williams, I am including last on this list because he is only available in 49% of leagues. However, if he is available in yours, go get him. Williams has consistently flashed throughout his career and although he doesn't have a high floor week to week, he has a very high ceiling. With Tyrod expected to start again in upcoming weeks, Williams can be a good flex option. I'd be willing to spend up to 25% of my FAAB if he is available in one of your leagues.
Christian McCaffrey - High Ankle Sprain; 4 to 6 weeks
This one hurts almost as bad as Saquon, but there is hope because the season isn't lost for him. It goes without saying, but it's impossible to replace McCaffrey, as he is the best fantasy option there is. However, to help your team stay afloat I'd try to get his backup, Mike Davis. Davis, who caught all eight of his targets for 74 yards on Sunday should see a ton of work. It obviously won't be the same workload McCaffrey saw, but not positive there is a player that could replicate that. I've heard rumors that Samuel could see some action in that role, but would still want to own Davis. Davis is my highest Priority add this week and I believe is worth up to 35% of your FAAB.
Other Pickup Options
N'Keal Harry - Had 8 catches in week 2 vs Seattle and appears to be building chemistry with Cam.
Laviska Shenault - Although he hasn't put up too many stats so far this year, he is being utilized all over the field. This offense has looked better than many thought it would and Shenault could be a dangerous weapon later this year.
Myles Gaskin - Honestly, I thought Breida was going to be the guy in Miami over Howard, but Gaskin seems like he might be the most valuable. The Miami offense is one I personally want to stay away from, however, if you are desperate he is worth a look.
Jerrick McKinnon/Jeff Wilson Jr - With Mostert and Coleman injured, these two are expected to share the backfield. As we always see with Kyle Shannan's offense, it's hard to predict which one is going to get the work, but they are worth a pick up.