Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 3: Time to Rocka Rocka Rocka With Fozzy Whittaker

Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 3: Time to Rocka Rocka Rocka With Fozzy Whittaker


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 3: Time to Rocka Rocka Rocka With Fozzy Whittaker

Running back injuries hit the NFL hard in Week 2. Some have real-life impact on the teams, but likely won’t be relevant to a fantasy pickup, but rather boost someone’s value already on a roster (Melvin Gordon with Danny Woodhead’s injury, for example, or Charles Sims if Doug Martin is out).

Three, though, leave some uncertainty and opportunity on the waiver wire. Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus, and while there hasn’t been an indication on time yet, will likely miss multiple games. Jonathan Stewart has a hamstring injury that is going to keep him out at least two games, and is probably going to need more rest than that. Arian Foster has a groin injury, and while he could be back in 1-2 games, his recent injury history opens the possibility that this lingers.

None of the situations in Carolina, Minnesota, and Miami is clear-cut, and will likely be a partial committee situation. Of those, I would take a chance on Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina first.

Whittaker has been impressive in limited opportunities as a third down back. After Stewart’s injury, he had 18 touches to 10 for fullback Mike Tolbert (Cameron Artis-Payne was inactive). Whittaker had his first 100-yard game given the opportunity for more reps after Stewart’s injury last week. While the matchup this week against the Vikings is tough, the three weeks after that provide good matchups against Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans. Maybe the team goes back to Cameron Artis-Payne, like they did at the end of last year when Stewart was out. But Artis-Payne was never really impressive. Whittaker may have the undersized label, but I’ll take a risk that the performance changes minds. It’s not like several guys with his build (roughly 5’10” and 205 pounds) or lighter haven’t succeeded: Tiki Barber, Charlie Garner, Willie Parker come to mind as guys who put up 1,000 yard seasons after shedding that label.

Here are the rest of the waiver wire recommendations, as always dividing them into options for deep (owned in 33% or fewer of CBS leagues), average (50% or fewer) and shallow (67% or fewer) leagues.


Shallow: Joe Flacco (60%) at Jacksonville is your top matchup play in shallow leagues where you can rotate quarterbacks from week to week.

Average: Ryan Tannehill (49%) gets a matchup against lowly Cleveland and should be viewed as a borderline starting option in 12-team leagues.

Carson Wentz (34%) continues to impress and is worth an add as your QB2, though the matchup at Pittsburgh is his toughest yet.

Deep: If you are really desperate or in a start-2 league, Jacoby Brissett (1%)  will be in a decent situation to produce in New England.



Shallow: Terrance West (55%) at JAC is a good matchup play this weeek and a borderline RB2 starting option.

Jay Ajayi (63%) has a good matchup versus Cleveland with Arian Foster out, but he was just in the doghouse and the coaches still haven’t committed to him fully. I think this is an uncertain situation on how they distribute touches between he and Kenyan Drake (see below).

Average: Jerick McKinnon (38%) will have an opportunity in the absence of Adrian Peterson, though in the past, he has not been given more touches than Matt Asiata when Peterson is out. I expect a true platoon, with McKinnon being the home run play, and Matt Asiata (owned in 2%) of leagues getting goal line, and short yardage. [Update: With news that Peterson has elected meniscus surgery, and is out a minimum two months, and maybe the season, bump both up because they are likely to get the roles all year]

Deep: If you miss out on Whittaker, Kenyan Drake (5%) is the lottery ticket play, with Ajayi not impressing the new coaching staff so far and Drake having an opportunity now. In deep leagues he’s definitely worth a cheap speculative add.

Dwayne Washington (1%) is likely to get the first crack at reps with Ameer Abdullah in a walking boot. The team is already talking about bringing back Joique Bell, so this isn’t a given, and could be a sign of how comfortable they are relying on Washington in that role, but if he is part of the Lions’ platoon can be productive and a flex option. [Update: since publication, the Lions announced that Ameer Abdullah is being put on IR with the foot injury. Bump up Washington and he should be considered a weekly flex option while we wait to see his role.]



Shallow: Corey Coleman (63%) had a breakout game–but Josh McCown was injured and now the team is down to Cody Kessler at QB, somewhat dampening that performance. DeVante Parker (65%) was largely forgotten after missing week 1, but turned in a 100-yard game in his return to action.

Philip Dorsett (56%) becomes a starting option with Donte Moncrief’s injury, if Moncrief is ruled out this week.

Average: Last week, Tyrell Williams (48%) was our top recommendation, and what in the world is he still doing being available in about half of all leagues? With him scoring a touchdown last week, and in his role as the big play threat in San Diego, expect that to change. Start him against the Colts’ questionable defense.

Deep: Quincy Enunwa (7%) was mentioned here last week as well, and should be on your radar with Brandon Marshall possibly missing this week’s game. The Kansas City cornerback situation opposite Marcus Peters has struggled and Enunwa becomes a sneaky good start if Marshall is out.

Kenny Britt (13%) at TB is your deep league sleeper play this week based on matchup.




Average: Jesse James (49%) will continue to be a red zone threat all year for the Steelers’ offense and is worth an add and start in an unsettled tight end situation.

Deep: Dennis Pitta (13%) has emerged as a favored option for Joe Flacco through two weeks, and has been targeted 16 times for 12 receptions. Ride it this week in Jacksonville.

Jacob Tamme (27%) is also a top matchup start option, going against the Saints.




  1. WR Tyrell Williams, SD
  2. RB Fozzy Whittaker, CAR
  3. WR Corey Coleman, CLE
  4. TE Dennis Pitta, BAL
  5. WR DeVante Parker, MIA
  6. RB Matt Asiata, MIN
  7. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN
  8. TE Jesse James, PIT
  9. WR Philip Dorsett, IND
  10. RB Terrance West, CLE
  11. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
  12. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
  13. RB Jay Ajayi, MIA
  14. TE Jacob Tamme, ATL
  15. QB Ryan Tannehill, MIA



  1. WR Tyrell Williams, SD
  2. RB Fozzy Whittaker, CAR
  3. TE Dennis Pitta, BAL
  4. RB Matt Asiata, MIN [with Peterson surgery news, bump up ahead of Whittaker]
  5. RB Jerick McKinnon, MIN [with Peterson surgery news, bump up ahead of Whittaker]
  6. TE Jesse James, PIT
  7. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
  8. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
  9. TE Jacob Tamme, ATL
  10. RB Dwayne Washington, DET [with news on Abdullah, bump to ahead of Jesse James.]



  1. RB Fozzy Whittaker, CAR
  2. TE Dennis Pitta, BAL
  3. RB Matt Asiata, MIN
  4. WR Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
  5. RB Kenyan Drake, MIA
  6. TE Jacob Tamme, ATL
  7. RB Dwayne Washington, DET
  8. WR Kenny Britt, STL
  9. QB Sam Bradford, MIN
  10. RB Mike Tolbert, CAR

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