I’m preaching to the choir when I say this, but injuries freaking suck.
Football, both fantasy & real, is a heck of a lot more fun with these guys playing. Get well soon pic.twitter.com/Ugu9aTCP8C— Fake Teams (@faketeams) October 15, 2017
After I tweeted this, I suddenly remembered that, guess what, David Johnson has ALSO been out with injury and should be on this list (so should Julian Edelman and Dalvin Cook).
Why do the Football Gods sometimes look down upon us lowly humans and laugh at our pathetic existence. You can spit in the win, tug on Superman’s cape but never mess with the Football Gods as clearly we have done something so horribly wrong they feel the need to spite us.
Welp, it’s a full list of waiver wire adds this week as I’m sure there are plenty of people out there scrambling to fill the holes in their roster.
Here are the guys you should be instantly trying to add to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (8 percent owned)
Mitch “Call Me Mitchell” Trubisky isn’t going to wow you with his statistical wizardry but there’s something to be said for playing the Vikings and the Ravens in back-to-back weeks and emerging both 1-1 and alive. He’s flashed potential and the Bears now head into their bye, giving John Fox and company a whole extra week to get the rookie time with the starters. He’s worth the stash as he could start becoming a decent spot starter.
QB Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers (1 percent owned)
I put Hundley here with a whole bunch of asterisks. He looked alright against the Vikings but in no way shape or form amazed us with his performance. And he’s certainly no Aaron Rodgers. And on top of that, it’s not like the Packers offense was all systems go with Rodgers. They still had their own struggles with the most talented quarterback in the league at the helm. However, Hundley does have Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Martellus Bennett, Richard Rodgers and Ty Montgomery to throw to, so it’s not like he’s in a barren wasteland of receiving talent. Also Aaron Jones out carried Montgomery 13 to 10. Hope you got him when you could.
RB Adrian Peterson, Arizona Cardinals (83 percent owned)
RB Samaje Perine, Washington (36 percent owned)
As long as Rob Kelley is out, Perine will have an increased role in Washington’s offense. While the team trusted Chris Thompson on the ground more than the rookie—Thompson had 16 carries to Perine’s nine—he was able to make an impact in the passing game, catching three balls for 24 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully Perine will be able to wrestle away the starting gig from Thompson, but even so, he’s good for double digit games.
RB Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (9 percent owned)
I understand people’s hesitancy to believe in the Giants backfield but how in the bloody hell is Darkwa still owned in under 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues? I mean come on people! After torching the Chargers for 69 yards on eight carries and a touchdown, Darkwa was the workhorse in Denver, carrying the rock 21 times for 117 yards. And this was a Broncos defense ranked number one against the run per DVOA. It may still be a weird committee out there in New York, but Darkwa is clearly the favorite. Get him.
RB Chris Ivory, Jacksonville Jaguars (4 percent owned)
Who would have thought that we’d see anything out of Chris Ivory again? I certainly didn’t. But the man who was suppose to be exactly what Leonard Fournette is for the Jaguars made an impact Sunday, leading the team in receptions (9 on 10 targets) and catching the only receiving touchdown on the day for Jacksonville. Who knows how or why this happened, but if it happens again, you best believe you want him on your fantasy team.
WR Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions (55 percent owned)
Jones is quietly putting together a strong fantasy season. Sunday, he caught his third touchdown in six games and went for 96 yards on six catches. He seems to be finally tapping into the 2013 Marvin Jones who caught 10 touchdowns with the Bengals. There’s a good chance he’s still available in your league and if that’s the case, you should add him.
WR Robby Anderson, New York Jets (17 percent owned)
The Jets just can’t do anything right and that should make fantasy owners everywhere, very very happy. Despite attempting to tank this season, they currently sit 3-3 and Josh McCown, as crazy as it is to type this, has this offense humming and Anderson seems to be his favorite target. Anderson had four catches for 76 yards against the Patriots—who kindly reminded us all that their defense still sucks—and clearly was McCown’s go-to guy as he kept forcing the ball to him despite being blanketed by the only starting cornerback the Patriots had healthy.
TE Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (50 percent owned)
Hooper has finally stepped into the breakout role most expected him to these last few weeks, all thanks to Mohamed Sanu’s injury. With Sanu out, the tight end has seen a spike in targets the last two weeks, resulting in 12 catches (on 16 targets) for 98 yards. Oh, and he and the rest of the Falcons offense is going up against that Patriots defense that sucks next week. The Julio Jones owner in me can’t freaking wait. The Patriots fan in me is not sure I’ll live through the game.