Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season as wrapped up and the injury bug continues to bite. Getting some quality help off of the wire now may keep you in the hunt come playoff time.
Let’s take a butcher’s at this week’s offerings…
Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos
Can Trevor Siemian be an every week option at quarterback? While it’s tough to buy into that kind of hype there is reason to believe the Siemian can be a solid starting option in fantasy. His defense gives him plenty of opportunities and he has real weapons at his disposal in the air attack. To add to his upside, so far this season the ground game has been just good enough to help him move the chains but not good enough to take games over. Trevor is a solid match-up option with weekly starters upside and he should be picked up in all formats.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
If you picked up Sam Bradford last week you are probably ready to drop him again after the injury sit in week two. Jared Goff has quietly started a solid campaign in his second season and appears to be meshing well with his new weapons. One of the most encouraging signs has been Jared’s ability to spread the ball evenly throughout the offense and do so with solid efficiency. Goff may not be a match-up ready starter but if you’re thin at the position and looking for a player that may provide needed depth down the road, Jared Goff should continue to grow and improve in year two.
Chris Carson – Seattle Seahawks
This is a simple mathematical equation – Take a running back, put him in Seattle and get him as many touches as possible and it should equal fantasy relevance. That appears to be the case with the latest ‘out of nowhere’ rusher in a Seahawk’s uniform, Chris Carson. Carson battled his way into 100 yards of total production on Sunday with 93 of it coming on the ground. He’s a must add in any format and if given the reigns he could become a viable RB2 for the remainder of the season.
Chris Thompson – Washington Redskins
This one is more for Rob Kelly owners that are in the unfortunate position of relying on Kelly as an RB2. Thompson played well in his role on Sunday and may have opened the door for increased reps while Rob nurses a rib injury. Samaje Perine will most likely out touch Thompson, but Chris’ yardage per touch will likely be higher. He’s a fill in option with upside moving forward.
Allen Hurns – Jacksonville Jaguars
From the bench to fantasy relevance, Allen Hurns is looking to turn around the shaky outlook he started with in 2017. Hurns appears to have taken over as the lead option for Blake Bortles while Allen Robinson is out for the year. If Hurns is available he’s a solid add for Robinson owners and a decent speculative add for those that are thin at wide receiver.
J.J. Nelson – Arizona Cardinals
Nelson proved to be a valuable weapon for the Cardinals in week two as they are struggling to find a new leg to stand on in an offense that lost its premiere player, David Johnson. In order for Arizona to find a way into the playoffs in the West, the air attack will have to be razor sharp and willing to take chances down the field. That’s where Nelson comes in as a dangerous speed threat with quicks to kill coverage underneath and convert it for big gains.
Rashard Higgins – Cleveland Browns
The prognosis on Corey Coleman is that his hand has a broken bone and he will be placed on injured reserve. With Kenny Britt being ineffective, Sammie Coates still suffering from the dropsies and Ricardo Louis playing strictly within his means, Rashard Higgins was the player to step up against the Ravens and become the only real threat through the air. Higgins should continue to expand his role and become a potential WR3 in an offense that will likely play behind a good deal this season.
Evan Engram – New York Giants
It’s clear that Eli Manning is looking for Engram on the field and the rookie is making the most of his opportunities. With Greg Olsen suffering what is probably a season ending injury, owners will be looking under every rock to replace that production. Evan is going to be boom/bust for the most part but his average of 6 targets a game make him a solid waiver wire addition at a position with limited options.
Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens
Watson finally had the kind of game he’s capable of in a Ravens uniform after missing all of 2016 due to injury. Will it continue? That’s a tough gamble to bet on, but if you’re looking for a tight end to step in and possibly become an every week player then Ben may be worth putting money on. The Ravens are still trying to figure out just how their passing attack is going to look this season and the wily veteran staked his claim to increased targets after this week 2 showing.