Injuries across the league made Week 2 of the NFL season a tough one for a lot of fantasy football owners.
It was a rough week for running backs, specifically.
Here are the best waiver-wire pickups for fantasy owners to pursue entering Week 3.
Quarterback: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Prescott still hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass, but he’s also yet to throw an interception. He threw for 292 yards on 30 attempts in his second career start Sunday — a win over the Washington Redskins. Prescott has a plethora or quality receivers led by Dez Bryant, a future Hall of Fame tight end in Jason Witten, two good running backs and the best offensive line in the league. All of this makes him a good add to replace an injured QB or to just provide depth to your roster.
Other quarterbacks to pursue: Ryan Tannehill (MIA), Matt Ryan (ATL)
Running Back: Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson’s injury status remains a huge concern for the Vikings. He’s the engine that drives their offense, and they shouldn’t rush him back until he’s fully healthy. McKinnon is most likely to receive the majority of the carries from the Minnesota backfield if Peterson misses any games. Peterson owners should already have McKinnon on their roster, but if they don’t, it’s time to make a waiver claim.
Other running backs to pursue: LeGarrette Blount (NE), Charles Sims (TB), Tevin Coleman (ATL), Kenyan Drake (MIA), Melvin Gordon (SD), Alfred Morris (DAL)
Wide Receiver: Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has plenty of weapons on offense, specifically wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. But they usually face double teams, and one player who benefits from that with 1-on-1 coverage is Enunwa, who tallied 13 receptions on 14 targets for 146 yards and a touchdown in the first two games. He had one less reception in Week 2 than Week 1, but his yardage total increased from 54 to 92 over that same span. Enunwa is a solid flex play, especially in PPR leagues.
Other wide receivers to target: Danny Amendola (NE), Sammie Coates (PIT), Andre Johnson (TEN), Anquan Boldin (DET)
Tight End: Clive Walford, Oakland Raiders
Walford had six catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He has nine catches on 13 targets over two games. Walford isn’t a bad pickup for owners in need of a tight end for a bye week replacement or to fill in for an injured starter. He’s a must-own in leagues that start multiple tight ends each week.
Other tight ends to pursue: Eric Ebron (DET), Dennis Pitta (BAL)
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