ARTICLE: Week 3 Waiver Wire Grabs

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1. Knile Davis KC RB – Every game the guy starts he could produce fantasy RB1 numbers. How many games will he start? That’s up in the air right now, as Charles (high ankle sprain) could play this week, or miss several. My early guess is that Charles misses at least Week 3, but he could progress well, this is the definition of TBA type stuff.

2. Khiry Robinson NO RB – With Mark Ingram out a month, we might see Robinson come in and be the runner we’ve been talking up for a year now. Then again, we are talking about the Saints, so it’s entirely possible Pierre Thomas just sees a huge boost in production. That said, it’s just as possible Thomas is a 80-yard, 1TD guy per start. I love the kid, I just wish I was making the call to run him out onto the field with the intention of giving him 15+ carries per game.

3. Antonio Gates SD TE – Believe it or not, Gates is available in a lot of leagues. He clearly still has some game left, so he should be grabbed if available and started!

4. Bobby Rainey TB RB – Considering Doug Martin (knee) participated in practice today (Tuesday), and was running with the first-team offense, it sounds like the Bobby Rainey show is no longer in fantasy theatres… however, Martin has some huge injury concerns, and setbacks happen, so Rainey still commands top waiver consideration given he can be a RB1 if starting.

5. Mohamed Sanu CIN WR – TEN is No. 1 against the pass in terms of yardage coming out of Week 2, and Sanu has big shoes to fill with AJ Green out (and high expectations after a big week last week). He wont catch defenses off guard in this one, but is still a strong fantasy WR3 option in larger leagues.

6. Danny Woodhead SD RB – He isn’t available in every format, but Woodhead has huge upside moving forward in PPR.

7. Niles Paul WAS TE – This guy was a beast last week, catching 8 passes for 99 yards and 1TD. He commands serious low-end TE1 respect moving forward, especially with Kirk Cousins now in the line-up. When Jordan Reed returns, expect a dip back into the ‘borderline’ TE1 area, but don’t be shocked if WAS puts their faith in Paul.

8. Donald Brown SD RB – Many might be expecting him to step right in and play well with Mathews out, but Woodhead still gets carries and pulls in the receptions out of the backfield. The Bills are are top 5-7 against the run, so I don’t see Brown having enough opportunity to have a big game in Week 3, especially given the sharing situation. He should be grabbed in all larger leagues just in case he can prove consistent over the next few weeks.

9. Ahmad Bradshaw IND RB – He looked great in Week 3. Can he stay healthy, though? Trent Richardson ran well, but put the ball on the ground. We might see Bradshaw take over here shortly.

10. Kirk Cousins WAS QB – A strong back-up for any team, the guy produces decent numbers.

11. Isaiah Crowell CLE RB – Worth a grab on upside/talent alone.

12. Larry Donnell NYG TE – A high-end TE2 now, no question. A great bye week play.

Both Josh Gordon and Mike Asiata (and Jerick McKinnon, especially in dynasty leagues) were on last week’s add/drop list, so they are likely already gone, but Gordon would rank No. 1 overall if still available.

NEWS: Josh Gordon pled guilty to DWI; Not likely to face increased suspension.

SMITTY: According to several sources, this occurred under the old policy, so Josh Gordon won’t see further discipline in terms of suspended games. The stud is fully expected to return to action in Week 12. Now, if he can just keep his head on straight, he has all of his legal matters behind him. Gordon maintains top 10WR upside for the future, and for Weeks 12-16. Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Doug Martin would have practiced today had the Bucs held a practice?

According to reports, Bucs coach Lovie Smith suggested that if the Bucs held a practice on Monday, Doug Martin (knee) would have participated.

SMITTY: This is solid news for Martin owners, although, even if he can go on Thursday night, Martin might not be in for a full workload. It obviously hurts Bobby Rainey’s upside if Martin plays, so keep tabs on this one, as that Falcons match-up is gold for whomever starts (and if they get starter carries). Looking for Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Darren Sproles drops 178 yards and 1TD on Monday night; Foles and McCoy still studs?

Darren Sproles totaled 178 yards (152 rushing) and 1TD during his Week 2 Monday night outing against the Colts; LeSean McCoy ran the ball for 79 yards and 1TD on 20 carries and pulled in four passes for 23 yards. Nick Foles started off slow, but eventually pulled in 331 yards, 1TD and 1INT. On the Colts side of the ball, Andrew Luck threw for just 172 yards and was 20-of-34, but he threw 3TDs (and had 1INT).

SMITTY: Darren Sproles was a beast in this one, and should be considered high-powered RB2 the rest of the way in 2014. His role dips into McCoy’s receiving stats a touch, but it will balance out, as McCoy will get more rushing yardage. If drafting today, McCoy would still be a top 3 overall pick moving forward. What’s interesting to think about is where Sproles would be drafted if drafting for Weeks 3-16 only. As for those freaking out on Nick Foles… sure, he has 2INTs so far this year, but he is also averaging 326 passing yards per-game through two weeks, and has 3TDs… If he continued his pace, that would have him sitting at 5,216 passing yards. He won’t hit those totals, nor will he have just 24TDs, which is his current TD pace. The point is, it’s early, we have only seen two weeks of action, folks! Week 3 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Inactives for Week 2 Monday Night Game (Eagles-Colts)

The Colts declared WR Da’Rick Rogers, RB Dion Lewis, inactive for Week 2 versus the Eagles; The Eagles declared QB Matt Barkley, WR Josh Huff inactive for Week 2 against the Colts.

NEWS: Jamaal Charles has high ankle sprain, but not a real severe one?

BJ Kissel, on Twitter, writes this from Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle): “It doesn’t look to be a real severe one, but it does have the component of a high ankle sprain.”

SMITTY: These can be multiple week type injuries, regardless. Knile Davis is this week’s top waiver wire grab, as he could total 100 yards and a TD with ease if given starter carries. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts, as we may have more real-time updates on Charles and his Week 3 status. As of now, it’s hard to imagine him playing in Week 3, let alone Weeks 3-5. With a Week 6 bye for the Chiefs, I could easily see the team holding him out through the bye. That could change in either direction, so stay tuned!

NEWS: Robert Griffin III has dislocated ankle; could miss 6-8 weeks.

According to reports, Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated ankle.

SMITTY: The good news for Griffin is that an MRI revealed no fracture. The bad news for Griffin is that Kirk Cousins has a lot of supporters, and apparently Jay Gruden is one of them. He deserves a shot to run this offense. I hate saying that because I love Griffin, but the guy can’t stay healthy, and Cousins has proven enough to get a run at this offense even if Griffin is near-ready to return. If Cousins does well in this 6-8 week window, expect Washington to hold off on bringing Griffin back. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts to get updates on this situation.

NEWS: Adrian Peterson reinstated and will play Week 3.

According to numerous reports, the Vikings have reinstated RB Adrian Peterson and he is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints.

SMITTY: The Vikes are reportedly pointing to ‘due process’ in regards to the indictment and charges of reckless/negligent injury to a child. Don’t be surprised if the NFL takes action if the Vikings won’t. I’m not suggesting that Roger Goodell will, but it’s certainly a possibility. Stay tuned, I’m sure we will be reporting on this at least a couple more times today – at least. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts in order to get real-time updates on this matter.

NEWS: Ryan Mathews has sprained MCL?

According to reports, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is dealing with a sprained MCL.

Update: The injury will keep Mathews for most likely 4-6 weeks. Donald Brown will get a bulk of the work in place of Mathews, but Danny Woodhead could benefit as much.

SMITTY: Don’t be shocked if this turns into more, as sometimes these things do, but for now this is good news for Mathews owners. A sprained MCL could still mean that he misses weeks, it just all boils down to how bad the sprain/tear is. Danny Woodhead is a must-own entering Week 3, and his stat line will surely see an uptick for each game that Mathews misses. Donald Brown would actually get the ‘between the tackles’ carries, so he should be owned as well entering Week 2. Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts so that you can get real-time updates on this situation.

NEWS: Jamaal Charles has only a mild ankle sprain?

According to reports, the early word on Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) is that he has a ‘mild’ ankle sprain.

SMITTY: This is fantastic news for all the Charles owners out there in a total panic. That said, if for any reason Knile Davis is on waivers, he is must-grab, and should really already be owned by all Charles owners given how well he can fill in when called upon (proven again by his 2TDs in Week 2). Be sure to sign-up for our Smart Alerts to keep tabs on this situation in real-time.