Last week, I broke down some of the biggest surprises from a fantasy perspective and if they could carry that production over through the rest of the year. This week, I’m going to start a new weekly series called “Waiver Wonders”. This is to showcase players who should be able to benefit your team for the upcoming week or the rest of the year.
Knile Davis, RB Chiefs: A strategy that owners tend to do in fantasy drafts is “handcuff” the backups of top tier running back options. While this option is smart, some can ditch it quickly as they may have to give the roster spot up for a more pressing need. For that reason, Davis is still available in many fantasy leagues but come a day from now, that’s not going to be the case. After Jamaal Charles went down early with an ankle injury, Davis had 105 total yards and two touchdowns against the Broncos.
The Chiefs have yet to announce how long Charles will be out, but I’m assuming Davis gets the next few starts. Andy Reid has already said the offensive game plan will similar to what it was without his All-Pro running back. Despite not having the receiving chops of Charles, he should get some chances in the passing game as Alex Smith tends to check down frequently. The next few weeks I’m just going to call the Chiefs offense “The Knile River” as it’s going to flow through him. While this isn’t a waiver wire pickup that will payoff the rest of the year, Davis looks like he should be a top 15 fantasy back for at least a few weeks.
Khiry Robinson, RB Saints: The injury bug bit running backs hard this week and one of the victims was Mark Ingram. Ingram had his impressive preseason carry over to regular season action but now will be out at least a month with a broken hand. Now, the very talented Robinson will be in line for more carries. A player who I had pegged to “breakout” this year, Robinson is a physical runner who is also a better receiver than Ingram.
Due to the Saints committee approach at running back, Robinson is probably owned in more leagues than someone like Davis. If he is available though, don’t hesitate to pick him up. Robinson should be in line for around 15 touches a game on an explosive offense and will be a viable flex play or a second running back in deep leagues.
Donald Brown, RB Chargers: The Chargers signing Brown in the offseason made a lot of people scratching their heads. However the position they’re currently in is exactly why they did it. While Ryan Mathews is a tough back, staying healthy hasn’t been his strong suit. This past Sunday, Mathews strained his MCL and looks to be out four to five weeks. While Danny Woodhead may get some more work, Brown should be the main beneficiary of Mathews’ injury. Despite being higher on the other two running backs mentioned, Brown has the least hype of the three and could be easier to land. He should see around 16 touches a game which in a productive Chargers offense makes for a very good flex play.
Davante Adams, WR Packers: While Jarrett Boykin entered the year as the Packers third receiver, it looks like he could be losing his spot sooner than later. Adams looked very impressive this past Sunday notching four catches for 50 yards. The rookie from Fresno State even took over Boykin’s role in the middle of the game. The Packers have matchups against some very favorable pass defenses coming up. While it may not happen this week, stash Adams now as it’s only a matter of time before the hype starts to build.
Indianapolis Colts Defense/special teams: While the suspension (and later season ending injury) for Robert Mathis has been a huge blow, we don’t know how good the Colts defense actually is. In their first two weeks, they’ve taken on the league’s best passing attack in the Broncos and then faced its premier rushing attack in the Eagles. Fortunately, the Jaguars who they face in week three have neither of those things. You may not have heard, but the Jaguars offensive line allowed 10 sacks on 40 pass plays against the Redskins. Yes, you read that correctly. That means Chad Henne had a 25% chance of getting sacked each time he dropped back to pass.
For owners who like playing defenses by matchup, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better option on waivers this week. While the Colts aren’t going to replicate the Redskins performance, they should still be able to get to Henne and possibly force a turnover or two.