The NFL is a game that constantly changes with such a high percentage of injuries that can effect your roster any given Sunday and in an instant, changing a once promising fantasy season into a nightmare of complete disarray. Never fear, with the rich talent in fantasy football’s free agency pool every year in the first couple weeks it gives owners an opportunity to restock after an injury or add depth in pre-emptive moves that could better prepare your roster in the event one of your main guys goes down with an injury. Regardless if your team has injuries, slumping starters warranting concern moving forward, or you are merely searching for solid bye week fill-ins. Whatever the scenario is, I got some options for you to add to your weekly lineup to ensure that your team is deep and talented. Lets begin….
Joe Flacco- Bal (Add Start of the week)
Before the season I pegged Flacco to be one of the leagues better sleeper targets at quarterback this year and week 2 is shaping up to be his 2016 break out performance. Through his past seven starts versus the Browns has completed 149 passes at a 60% clip for 1,709 yards with 9 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing. If you’re reeling from some of the questionable QB situations this week insert Flacco into your lineup.
Josh McCown- CLE (Deep Sleeper add)
Likewise with Flacco, McCown who absolutely destroyed the Ravens last season passing for 669 yards and 4 total touchdowns with a mediocre receiving core. A core that has been massively upgraded with Barnidge, Gordon, Coleman, Pryor, and Duke Johnson catching passes out of the backfield he’s got a legit shot at putting up QB1 numbers this week if you’re desperate in deeper fantasy formats.
Shane Vereen- NYG
Six different Oakland players registered rushing statistics last week and accounted for 196 total yards of offense and 3 touchdowns versus the Giants week 2 opponent, the New Orleans Saints. If those same stats hold true this week they will mostly be divided up between the TWO main focal points in the Giants running game and should be more then enough fantasy points for both Jennings and Vereen to produce great fantasy numbers.
Chris Thompson- Was (Deep Sleeper add)
With all the uncertainty surrounding Matt Jones and his shoulder, Thompson should be the beneficiary to Jones’ questionable start to the season and scoring the Redskins lone touchdown last week against a stout Pittsburgh rush defense. Kirk Cousins looked uncharacteristically reserved versus a mediocre Steelers pass defense as he appeared to be taking less chances over the top, which leads me to believe that if cousins continues to be hesitant with his passes that would open the door for Thompson who is a crafty little receiving back and has solid potential to grow into a The Reddick type back with how often Washington throws the ball.
Brandon LaFell- Cin
Playing opposite AJ Green as an alternate option for Andy “Red Rocket” Dalton, LaFell has a golden opportunity to take over the position that was shared by Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones Jr who departed in free agency during the offseason. He’s a player who has been around for a while is an average talent but runs good routs and knows how to get open in one on one coverage. The Bengals defense as talented as it is, are known to make stupid mistakes that gets them into trouble
Quincy Enunwa- NYJ (deep sleeper add)
Enunwa had a very efficient debut for the Jets catching 7 of 8 targets for 54 yards and a score, he’s a player who can benefit greatly lining up next to Marshall and Decker on a weekly basis and if either one of those guys were to miss any time he would be a super hot waiver wire add and would immediately step into a huge role with pass happy QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm so avoid the rush and add him now.
Gary Barnidge- Cle
After laying a big fat GOOSE EGG (zero fantasy points) in week one with Robert Griffin III at QB there was a ton of fall out afterwards with numerous owners of the pro bowl tight end rage dropping him as a result in frustrating week one losses with Barnidge netting only TWO targets from the now injured reserve former Browns starting quarterback. In comes Josh McCown, the tight ends favorite QB ever with that connection sending Barnidge to the pro bowl for the first time in his aged 30 season and if you are one of the fortunate owners with a high waiver status this week file one immediately on Barnidge and watch his performance sky rocket.
Clive Walford- Oak (Deep sleeper add)
Some had Walford high on their sleeper list at the end of pre-season in large part due to him being Derek Carr’s main red zone option down the stretch and with the Raiders pulling out a victory in the last few seconds of the game to stun the Saints we all were a little surprised to see Walford log an underwhelming 5 targets 3 receptions for 25 yards and zero touchdowns in a game that Oakland’s offense put up 35 points. Leading to the tight end being dropped from some of the fantasy owners rosters who believed in him to start the season. Although when it comes to fantasy football I strongly believe that one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, so if he is still available in free agency or on waivers do what you have to do get him on your bench as the Raiders will definitely call his number this year with Oakland having some tough divisional match ups for their wide receivers this year.