It's week 3 already, and injuries are piling up. Players we thought would be studs are under-performing, and guys you've never heard of are turning in solid weeks. If you need some deep waiver wire help, I'll call out a couple of very lightly owned player at each position that can help bolster your squad. All data on ownership pulled from Yahoo.com's fantasy page.
Smith is owned in 25% of leagues. Kansas City travels to Green Bay for a nice Sunday night matchup against the Green Bay Packers. Smith may not be elite on the field, but he's the kind of quarterback in the kind of matchup that makes streaming quarterback the easiest of all positions.
Fitzpatrick is owned in 10% of leagues and he'll face the Philadelphia Eagles this week. The Eagles up-tempo offense is really helping the Eagles opponents, getting the ball back to them quickly this year. If the Eagles continue to struggle, and Fitzpatrick stays on track, Fitzmagic could have another solid week.
Broken record here, I know, but if you haven't stashed Michael already, you need to. The Cowboys just picked up Matt Cassel. I wouldn't say the ‘Boys are getting desperate, they are leading the NFC East at 2-0, but they are losing their stars at an alarming pace. If the Cowboys are going to hold the line with Dez Bryant and Tony Romo out, they need a spark. If Michael puts it together like many think he will, he and that vaunted Dallas O-Line could keep the Cowboys in the hunt for the division title in the weak NFC East.
You'll have to be desperate to plug in McCluster, but you're desperate if you're reading this. Tennessee will be up and down this year, but McCluster has either had his 1 good game this year (like the past several years), or he is solidifying himself as at least the Titans 3rd down back of the future.
Trust me, it hurts to make this recommendation. But, Martavis Bryant is going to be out again this week and DHB has a shot at a long touchdown pass. He's owned in 5% of leagues. There is really good reason for that, but he does have a chance to pop another good week for you. I'd try to look elsewhere, but if you're desperate, bite the bullet and pick him up.
Ted Ginn Jr
Speaking of guys I really don't want to recommend, Ginn Jr. is owned in 7% of leagues. Yes, he is not a good wide receiver, but, he's just about the only show in town in Carolina. You know there will be one or two weeks this year where he doesn't drop those 2 long touchdown passes. If you really need help, Ginn can be your man.
Indy faces off against the Titans this week. While the Colts have started slow, I think this is the get-right game for Indianapolis on both sides of the ball. Marcus Mariota has looked pretty good at times, but he is a rookie. He will struggle in his inaugural season, and I think he will struggle in this game while trying to keep up with a Colts squad looking to build some momentum.
This week's throw-a-dart-at-kicker play is, Sebastian Janikowski. The Oakland Raiders head east to face the Cleveland Browns. I think the Raiders will be able to move the ball and pick up some points. Janikowski could punch a few through the uprights and have a nice week.