Injury bug caught you on Sunday? You are now tasked with the difficult decision of who to pick-up, and how much to bid. If your league is not using FAAB, consider my order of players, by position, to determine their priority. Players available in <33% of Yahoo leagues will be featured in this week’s article.
Justin Herbert (5-8%) started after the late scratch of Tyrod Taylor on Sunday during warmups. Herbert filled in masterfully with over 300 passing yards and even a rushing TD. It is uncertain the severity of Taylor’s injury, but I think Herbert is definitely worth picking up if you had Taylor, as the Chargers have a juicy upcoming schedule, starting with the 0-2 Panthers next week.
Jerick McKinnon (12-15%) – Raheem Mostert left the game on Sunday with an MCL injury, and Tevin Coleman may also miss time due to his knee injury. McKinnon and Jeff Wilson would be next in line to receive heavy workloads in the San Francisco offense. McKinnon is more likely to have a passing down role, and has shown explosiveness in the first two games, scoring a TD in each. The Niners are a run-heavy offense who might also be without their starting QB, so McKinnon is my favorite add this week.
Mike Davis (10-12%) would be one of the main adds for me this week if we hear that Christian McCafery’s injury is serious. As of now it looks like CMC won’t need to miss time, but Davis should not be sitting on the waiver wire in case we see the injury pop back up. Davis saw 8 receptions on Sunday, showing his ability to fill the passing down role if needed.
Joshua Kelley (5-8%) has boomed in the LA, seemingly taking over the Melvin Gordon role in this offense. I don’t expect Kelley to get 25 touches every week like he did on Sunday, but 15 seems fair, which is more than most players on your waiver wire can expect.
Darrell Henderson Jr. (5-8%) benefitted from Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown leaving with injuries on Sunday. Henderson had 81 yards and a TD on the ground, plus a couple receptions. The Rams have a good offense, so Henderson should continue to see opportunities for touchdowns.
Myles Gaskin (2-3%) continues to be featured in the Miami Dolphins offense, getting most of his work in the passing game. If you are in a PPR league, Gaskin is a perfect fit for you, with at least 4 targets in each game on a team that should be trailing in most games this season.
Tre’Quan Smith (8-12%) showed on Monday night that he is more than just a boom or bust option in the Saints offense. Smith filled in for Michael Thomas with a 5/86 line on 7 targets, trailing only Alvin Kamara. We know Smith has the big play ability, now he has an opportunity in New Orleans.
KJ Hamler (5-8%) saw 7 targets, all after Jeff Driskel came in for Drew Lock. With Courtland Sutton and Lock looking to miss significant time, Hamler should be on your radar.
Michael Pittman Jr. (2-3%) was positively impacted by the Parris Campbell injury on Sunday, receiving 6 targets, turning those into a 4/37 stat line. Pittman is still a rookie, so it may take him some time to truly pop off, but I am willing to take a flier on a WR in a Philip Rivers-led offense.
Mo Alie-Cox (5-8%) started in place of Jack Doyle and Trey Burton on Sunday, and went off for 5/111. The Parris Campbell injury tells me that Cox should continue to see this uptick in targets moving forward.
Dalton Schultz (2-3%) led the Cowboys in targets with 10 in the absence of Blake Jarwin. I am still hesitant to pick up Schultz, however, since he is still the 4th option on offense for this team at best.
0 or 1% bid on these guys to wait and see: Devonta Freeman, Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman, Damiere Byrd, Russell Gage, Drew Sample, Jordan Reed
I am holding on to: Will Fuller, Mecole Hardman, Kerryon Johnson, Jerry Jeudy
I am okay with dropping: Matt Breida, Peyton Barber