Tuesday, September 20, 2016


With all of the massive injuries hitting the running back position in Week 2, we will rank the prospective waiver wire adds from this position in order of best possible outlook in terms of immediate value downward and then post the rest of the positions.

1.  Charles Sims:  Doug Martin suffered a dreaded hamstring strain last Sunday and that certainly will keep him out Week 3 and maybe longer given the fickle nature of those injuries.  That means the very capable Charles Sims steps into the big chair where he could get bellcow carries for the team and he has especially good value in PPR formats given he is a much better receiver than Martin.

2.  Theo Riddick:  Riddick is likely to be available in standard leagues and not PPR where his top-notch recceiving skills make him a big-time commodity there.  With Ameer Abdullah suffering a foot injury that will likely keep him out Week 3 and longer, Riddick should get a decent amount of carries and his usual high allotment of receptions.  Keep in mind though that Dwayne Washington will get 8-10 carries and likely the goal-line work which limits the upside for Riddick in standard setups.

3/4.  Jerrick McKinnon/Matt Asiata:  A strict committee is likely on tap in the Minnesota Vikings backfield now that we learned Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in his knee.  We saw this before in 2014 when Peterson missed almost the entire season due to suspension but Matt Asiata wound up with the majority of work.  McKinnon is the pickup in PPR formats while his teammate gets the nod in standard since he will get goal-line work.

5.  Jordan Howard:  I am going to put this out there and simply say:  by this time next month Howard will be the clear starting running back for the Chicago Bears.  Head coach John Fox was already criticial of Jeremy Langford going into last night and then he saw his starter lose a fumble and run terrible.  Meanwhile Howard showed good burst in his place late in the game when Kadeem Carey hurt his hamstring.  The talent is obvious and Howard also can catch the football.  

6.  Jay Ajayi:  Arian Foster is hurt AGAIN and he is out Week 3 and likely Week 4 as well.  Enter Jay Ajayi who was a colossal bust in the summer and then went AWOL prior to the start of the season as he pouted over losing the training camp batttle to start.  Ajayi got the most carries replacing Foster last week and he also caught four passes.  Kenyan Drake is a factor as well and could get half the workload which makes this tough to handicap.

7.  Fozzie Whittaker:  Whittaker ran for 100 yards in replacing Jonathan Stewart Sunday after the latter went down with his own hamstring and head coach Ron Rivers said it would be a multiple games missed scenario for the veteran starter.  That means Whittaker will get the majority of carries this week and like Charles Sims, he is a very capable receiver.  Cameron Artis-Payne though could steal goal-line work.  On workload alone though, Whittaker is a solid investment.

8.  Cameron Artis-Payne:  Still think Whittaker gets more carries this week in the Carolina backfield but Artis-Payne gets goal-line work.  Standard league players should be more interested in this hulking runner.

9.  Dwayne Washington:  Washington is expected to be the goal-line back for the Detroit Lions in place of Ameer Abdullah but Theo Riddick will get almost all of the receptions and the starter's carries.  

Quincy Enunwa:  It is possible Enunwa was not picked up off his 7-catch Week 1 but he will surely be scooped up this week after adding another 6 receptions in Week 2.  With Brandon Marshall possibly missing this week's game with a knee problem, Enunwa could be a huge get.  With the Jets not getting any receptions from the tight end position, Enunwa will likely continue getting a ton of attention from Ryan Fitzpatrick going forward.

DeVante Parker:  Finally healthy for Week 2, Parker exploded for over 100 yards receiving Sunday.  The first round grade from 2015 shows how much ability Parker has and he now could be in line for a steady dose of work after that type of outing.

Dennis Pitta:  Now finally healthy from serious hip and knee injuries, Pitta is making good on the sleeper tag I first placed on him in 2014.  He had a huge game in Week as a garbage time special but Joe Flacco has always liked throwing to Pitta.

Jacob Tamme:  The Atlanta Falcons passing offense is once again in high gear and Matt Ryan is throwing a lot of passes to his capable tight end Jacob Tamme.  Tamme has been heavily involved both in Week 1 and Week 2 and that should continue on.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense:  The Eagles defense throttled the Chicago Bears defense all night on Monday and they have a knack for getting to the opposing passer.  Decent defense to own in a division outside of the New York Giants that have QB problems. 

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