Two weeks of football are now behind us in this young season and injuries impacting the fantasy playing field are already starting to pile up. I know this first hand after getting burned by early game injuries to Jonathan Stewart and Arian Foster just to name a few! Regardless of if you've been unfortunate to lose key players on your fantasy team to injury or not, this advice is geared to help better position yourselves with waiver picks for both the short and long term.
Note: all waiver picks listed here will have only been owned in 50% or less of Yahoo leagues at the time of publication.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) - 29% owned - Tannehill was involved heavily last week against the Patriots, netting 389 yards and 2 TDs on 45 pass attempts while also adding another 35 yards on the ground from 6 carries. With Foster's status up in the air for week 3 you should expect similar results from Tannehill against a beatable Cleveland defense.
Honorable mention: Joe Flacco (BAL) - 29% owned
Jerick McKinnon (MIN) - 24% owned - It's been announced that Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in week 2 which should leave him sidelined this coming week if not longer. This makes McKinnon a must add as the favorite for early down work in the Vikings backfield. The only downside is history has shown McKinnon will lose goal-line touches to Matt Asiata which limits his touchdown potential.
Fozzy Whittaker (CAR) - 5% owned - After Jonathan Stewart injured his hamstring last week Whittaker entered the game and put up 100 yards rushing on 16 carries while adding another 31 yards on 3 receptions. Stewart is expected to miss either one or two games with his injury which makes Whittaker a good bet to start while he is sidelined. The matchup isn't ideal against a tough Vikings defense, but if you are in a bind and need a starting running back for the week Whittaker is available.
Honorable mention: Matt Asiata (MIN) - 2% owned
Tyrell Williams (SD) - 48% owned - Williams looks to be the number two passing option in San Diego after the season ending injuries keep piling up to the Chargers skill players; Danny Woodhead was the latest victim after they already lost Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson. As long as he can avoid the injury curse going around he is a good bet for week to week fantasy production on a pass happy team with a terrible defense.
Victor Cruz (NYG) - 37% owned - Cruz has been showing signs of life after missing the last season and a half from a patellar tendon tear, putting up 8 catches on 12 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown. I still think he needs to show a little more before I would trust him in my line up, but I also think this is the week to invest and put a waiver claim since it could pay off big if he can return to his old form.
Dennis Pitta (BAL) - 11% owned - Pitta has had an extremely injury-riddled career but he is healthy (for the moment) and looks to have a big role in the Ravens offense after grabbing 9 receptions for 102 yards on 12 targets. This type of volume would put him in the weekly TE1 conversation if it were to continue so he's worth a grab.
Honorable mention: Jacob Tamme (ATL) - 6% owned
Miami Dolphins (MIA) - 7% owned - The Dolphins defense are an interesting streaming play this week since Cleveland is forced to start their rookie 3rd string quarterback Cody Kessler. History shows Kessler is likely to make mistakes in his first start which means Miami is a good bet to rack up fantasy points
Welcome back to the article geared to strike it big in the Fanduel Sunday Millions. I was on hiatus last week, but back now and ready to help you make some cash. This week we are going full upside on a boom or bust QB/WR stack, grab some great value plays at the RB position and rolling with a single team’s defense and kicker. Good luck this week!
QB - Tyrod Taylor, BUF - $7,500 at PHI: After topping at least 26 fantasy points the past two weeks Taylor looks to be a great value play against an Eagles team allowing the third most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.
RB - Doug Martin, TB - $8,000 vs. NO: Anyone playing against the Saints defense should be a considered play, but especially Martin since he will be a lock for 20 plus touches in this game.
RB - Lamar Miller, MIA - $6,600 vs. NYG: The Dolphins new offensive coordinator in Miami appears to be committed to a running game as Miller had his first game over 20 touches of the season.
WR - Alshon Jeffery, CHI - $7,500 vs. WAS: The Bears are extremely thin at the receiver position which means Jeffery should be in line for double digit targets this week against the Redskins.
WR - Sammy Watkins, BUF - $7,200 at PHI: Stacking Watkins with Taylor this week to increase the point upside. Watkins has 267 yards and three touchdowns over the last two weeks.
WR - Brandin Cooks, WAS - $7,100 at TB: The loss of Mark Ingram for the season should provide more opportunities for other play makers on the Saints.
TE - Greg Olsen, CAR - $6,600 vs. ATL: Expecting Olsen to find the end zone at least once it what could be a high scoring divisional grudge match.
K - Cairo Santos, KC - $4,700 vs. SD : Santos has been high risk high reward all season but his point floor should get a boost against the Chargers susceptible defense.
DEF - Chiefs, KC - $4,800 vs. SD: The Chiefs defense has been on fire lately scoring more fantasy points than any other team the past four weeks. The depleted Chargers shouldn't slow them down.
Well we couldn't get a Sunday Millions cash streak going last week so it's time to start a new streak starting with week 10! Spending high on a QB/WR stack in a matchup which should be hemorrhaging fantasy points, grabbing a couple highly productive RBs with amazing matchups and playing two WRs whose teams face head to head. Good luck gamblers!
QB - Tom Brady, NE - $9,100 at NYG: Spending high at the QB position this week mostly because I think there will be a ton of fantasy points coming out of the Patriots and Giants matchup. The Giants are also allowing opposing QBs to pass for 308 yards per game which is second worst in the league.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, PIT - $7,600 vs. CLE: No brainer pick this week with Williams toting a cheapish price tag and playing against the league worst run defense in the Cleveland Browns.
RB - Mark Ingram, NO - $7,500 at WAS: Ingram has been putting up consistent points this season and should continue to dominate touches after the loss of Khiry Robinson. He gets a plus matchup against the 4th worst run defense in the league.
WR - Julian Edelman, NE - $8,000 at NYG: Playing Edelman as a combo to Brady this week, he should torch a paper thin Giants secondary.
WR - Golden Tate, DET - $6,300 at GB: Calvin Johnson is shaping up to be a game time decision as he hasn't practiced all week with an ankle injury which means Tate should benefit with more looks in a game that Detroit will need to score a lot of points to win.
WR -Devante Adams, GB - $5,800 vs. DET: Adams is back at the number two WR position after coming back from injury. Somewhat of a pairing play with Tate here as I'm betting on a lot of points being scored in the Green Bay/Detroit game.
TE - Tyler Eifert, CIN - $6,200 vs. HOU: Eifert is coming off a three touchdown performance against the Browns last week. While I don't see him repeating, he's a great play with the red zone targets he gets and has also been lining up wide on plays this year.
K - Brandon McManus, DEN - $4,800 vs. KC: Usually would default to Gostkowski but didn't want to pair a QB and kicker. Kicking in Denver always gives more opportunity for 50+ yard field goals too.
DEF - Panthers, CAR - $4,700 at TEN: The ever consistent Panther defense gets a great matchup against a Titans team giving up the most fantasy points to opposing teams this year.
Last week broke a 3 week cashless streak in the Sunday Million so let's keep that momentum going into week 9! This week we are going with a couple of mid-priced RBs that will see plenty of touches, two high end WRs facing off against each other in what
should be a high scoring affair and a QB/WR stack in another game with potential for a lot of points. Good luck this week!
QB - Philip Rivers, SD - $8,600 vs. CHI: Rivers may be down his top receiver after losing Keenan Allen for the year but he will still come through in what could be a high scoring affair on Monday Night against the Bears.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, PIT - $6,500 vs. OAK: With Le'Veon Bell out for the season, Williams will be in for a high volume of touches the remainder of the season. Great price for the production in a decent matchup against the Raiders.
RB - Jeremy Langford, CHI - $6,400 at SD: Another running back due for a high volume week and Langford gets a dream matchup against a Chargers run defense allowing a league worst 5.0 yards per carry.
WR - Odell Beckham Jr., NYG - $9,000 at TB: Look for ODB to stay hot from his 130 yard, three touchdown performance last week. I don't expect much defense in this game so there should be plenty of fantasy points to go to the
best players on the field.
WR - Mike Evans, TB - $7,500 vs. NYG: The New York Giants defense gives up a league worst 323 yards per game to opposing receivers which means there will be plenty of opportunity for Evans to have a big game.
WR - Malcom Floyd, SD - $6,100 vs. CHI: The receiving options are thin in San Diego this week with Keenan Allen out, Ladarius Green doubtful and Antonio Gates questionable. Looking for Rivers to lean heavy towards Floyd.
TE - Jordan Reed, WAS - $5,700 at NE: Great value play at TE this week as Washington will need to try to keep up in points facing off against New England.
K - Stephen Gostkowski, NE - $5,200 vs. WAS: Gostkowski has scored double digit fantasy points the past 6 weeks in a row and nothing should derail that this week.
DEF - Falcons, ATL - $4,900 at SF: Playing defenses against San Fran has been a great strategy all year and it gets even better this week with Blaine Gabbert under center.