WEDNESDAY, SEPT 20
Week 2 is behind us, and the injuries have begun. Hopefully you managed to survive enough to get through your matchup, but if you didn’t – or if you did, barely, by the skin of your teeth, and now face a much harder matchup because you didn’t draft quite as deep at running back as you probably should have – then this list should help you out.
As of now the injuries on some players are not as clear as others, but I’ll cover the bases so you’ll be prepared either way.
Will Fuller (HOU) – Owned in 79.4% of leagues a the time of me writing this, he’ll be the highest to ever be included on these lists. The reason he’s getting the nod is that his ownership should be 100%. After two weeks of hitting 100 yards, he’s caught Brock Osweiler’s attention and should be catching yours.
Matt Asiata (MIN) – With Adrian Peterson’s injury (torn meniscus), even with the staff not ruling him out quite yet for Sunday’s game, it’s likely he’s going to miss time. And with missed time comes more touches for the backups. There are two in this case you are going to share carries, but I like Asiata more than McKinnon. Last week’s performances were not much to go by, but Asiata did get more plays in, and has been a part of the system for longer. He’s owned in just .2% of leagues – compared to McKinnon’s 24.4%.
Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) – Jonathan Stewart could be looking at another week or more of being sidelined from a hamstring injury. Whittaker took the reigns from him last week and more than proved himself. With 16 rushes for 100 yards, his 1.1% ownership is pitifully low. Especially for Stewart owners who may not have handcuffed.
Jesse James (PIT) – There are plenty of more talented receivers in Pittsburgh and Big Ben will throw to them 75% of the time at least. But, he’s showed interested in James with Ladarius Green out for 6 weeks. The touchdown certainly helped his otherwise lackluster numbers, but tight ends are a rare commodity and this one may be worth stashing away.
Jay Ajayi (MIA) – Keeping with the running back theme this week, last on the list is another of a pair of running backs likely to see split carries, but it’s Ajayi who should come out ahead. He showed talent in his playing time last team (however limited it may have been) and was the beneficiary of the bulk of both rushes and targets once Foster left with a groin injury. I see this being the trend, with the rookie Drake backing him up.
– Derek Feuti (@djcreso)
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