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Here come the injuries, bye weeks, and breakout stars that make fantasy football such an intriguing roller-coaster ride. Roddy White is a hobbled decoy, Steven Jackson is probably out until Week 7, Eddie Lacy and Andre Johnson suffered concussions. To help you out, I will highlight some useful waiver wire/free agent targets. Also, remember that the Packers and Panthers have Week 4 byes. Starting next week, I will point out players to take the spots of those on the bye.
Alex Smith (KC) Smith joins Andy Reid in his return to Philadelphia tomorrow night. Smith has been solid in his first season with the Chiefs. He’s never going to have the biggest arm, but Philly’s defense has been porous and their turbo offense gives opponents plenty of offensive drives.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) Tannehill has thrown for 272 and 319 yards in the Dolphins first two contests. Last week, Tannehill got Mike Wallace involved and the Dolphins have utilized a pass-heavy offense. This is understandable given the ineffectiveness of Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.
Last week I highlighted Joique Bell, and his ownership spiked when Reggie Bush went down with a knee injury. Bush’s MRI showed no structural damage, but Bell should be in flex contention even if Bush is healthy (especially in PPR leagues).
James Starks (GB) Eddie Lacy is almost certainly out this week, and Starks ran like a man possessed last week against Washington. The Redskins defense has been terrible, but coach Mike McCarthy said that he will ride the hot hand even when Lacy returns. I would not expect the same performance this week in Cincinnati, but Starks is still worth a pickup.
Jason Snelling (ATL) Steven Jackson’s injury means that Jacquizz Rodgers and Snelling will share the backfield load for Atlanta in Miami. I highlight Snelling here not only because he scored and caught four balls after Jackson went down, but he is bigger and more likely to be used near the goal line for the Falcons.
PPR Special: Danny Woodhead (SD) The Chargers are chucking the rock this year and Woodhead had eight grabs in Week 2.
Last week I highlighted the obvious Julian Edelman, Andre Roberts and Marlon Brown. Edelman and Brown came through with nice performances.
Eddie Royal (SD) Two consecutive Chargers is a shock to my system, but Royal’s week two performance is hard to ignore. Malcolm Floyd’s injury looked worse than it was and Alexander is already out for the season. Royal will not maintain this level of productivity, but he should be a viable starting option while Floyd is out.
Nate Burleson (DET) Burleson is a consistent, unexciting option if you need WR depth. Ryan Broyles remains sidelined with knee issues. Burleson is a solid bet for 5-6 catches and 50 yards and hope for a touchdown.
Charles Clay (MIA) Dustin Keller’s injury elevated Clay to starter for the Dolphins and he scored last week as well as amassing 109 receiving yards. If he keeps developing chemistry with Tannehill, Clay is a viable TE2 at worst.
Heath Miller (PIT) Miller is likely to return this week or next for Pittsburgh from his knee injury. The Steelers looked anemic on offense Monday night against the Bengals and Miller will be in line for significant targets when he returns to action.
Minnesota Vikings – The Vikes’ D gets a Browns team at home that just traded Trent Richardson to Indianapolis for a 1st round pick and will start Brian Hoyer at quarterback.