If you are currently in the market to find replacement players, you are in luck because this week’s waiver wire is full of players in almost every position. There is at least 1 starting QB, RB, WR, and TE on this list that you should be able to plug into your roster. Now some of these players are just temporary fixes replacing injured players until they are healthy, and others are just worth stashing on your bench until they adjust to the NFL. I will start off by listing all 12 players in order then go position by position on why each player is valuable and what I see their potential role being on your team.
Carson Wentz has been very impressive recently posting 2 consecutive 20+ performances. It is clear he has a lot of weapons in Washington. The Commanders have struggled in both games which is actually a huge bonus for Wentz. This forces him to spend the second half airing the ball out, resulting in good fantasy production. Still expect the occasional interception but he should make up for it.
Role: QB1 / Instant starter
Detroit is proving to be the real deal on offense scoring 35+ on back to back games. St Brown may become a WR1, Swift is as explosive as ever and Chark has been extremely close to scoring a couple of TDs. Goff is looking like he can be a good streaming QB depending on the matchup.
Role: QB2 / Potential starter depending on matchup
Allgeier was one of most productive RBs in college during his time at BYU. It is clear Atlanta is trying to ease him into the starting role but it is certainly happening. Last week he tied team high 10 carries with Patterson. With fellow RB, Williams, on IR, it opens up a big opportunity for Allgeier to take over.
Role: RB2 / Stash player
Washington has been hesitant to fully commit to Gibson after last year’s fumble issue. On top of that, Gibson struggles to hit the gap hard and get the necessary 4 to 5 yards on first. However, in preseason, Robinson proved he could be that guy for the Commanders. Although he is recovering from an injury, he could be back by Week 5. He is worth the stash and grab this week if still available.
Role: RB2 / Stash player
Raheem Mostert has now emerged as Miami’s #1 back, edging out Edmonds and Gaskins in overall touches. Mostert is by far the superior talent, but be cautious when getting him. He has a long history of injuries that could resurface again this year.
Role: Flex / Potential starter depending on matchup
James Conner left the game on Sunday with an ankle injury. This is nothing new for Conner. And when he left the touches were pretty evenly split between Williams and Eno. However, Williams saw almost all of the redzone carries, making him the more important RB in that backfield. Conner may be back this week but Williams is a good handcuff to have in case another injury happens with Conner.
Role: Flex / Handcuff to James Conner
Chris Olave came out of this year’s draft as one of the most interesting WRs to watch this season. Olave and Winston seemed to have built a great rapport in the preseason. People were worried that Thomas would still be the #1 receiver this year in New Orleans, however, Olave looks to have taken over that role. Definitely worth the waiver wire pick this week.
Role: Flex / Instant Starter
Every year owners either draft or pick Shepard up off the waiver wire thinking this year will be different, but then he falls off or gets injured. I say that to temper your expectations. His performances have looked solid so far this year, he does possess the talent to be the guy at the Giants, and Daniel Jones seems to be growing as a QB. However, do not be surprise if he either falls apart of or gets injured this year.
This is a tricky one to predict. Gallup has the talent to be a lethal redzone target Dallas, however he is coming off an injury and Cooper Rush is the starting QB. In my opinion he is worth an eventual potential flex spot. I would grab him off the waivers and see how he does in the next couple of weeks.
Role: Flex / Stash player
This second year WR has so much potential to be a breakout candidate for this season. Arizona is missing important pieces at the WR position and Moore can definitely fill that void. The only issue is, he has been struggling with a hamstring issue and has yet to see the field this year. He should be back in Week 3 but it is worth monitoring his health before putting him in your starting lineup.
Role: Flex / Instant starter if healthy
Russel Wilson has always been a fan of fast receiver. In Seattle, Lockett had great success with Wilson as the speedy slot guy. Fortunately for Hamler, he is actually faster and younger than Lockett was during that time. The only down side is Denver has Juedy and Sutton as their top 2 WRs already. Hamler’s value really only comes when Juedy is injured. Juedy did leave the game Sunday with foot issues so it is definitely possible he could be out for Week 3. If this is the case, Hamler is definitely worth consideration for your flex spot.
Role: Flex / Only play when Juedy is injured
I have always been a huge Logan Thomas fan. He is tall, great hands, and understands the QB position well. He is one of the best redzone and 3rd down TEs in the league. Wentz trusts him and has already proven it in Week 2 when Thomas had his first TD of the season. The 2 things to watch out for with Thomas is; he is injury prone and Washington now has a lot of weapons on offense. But even with those things going against him, he is worth the starting spot if you don’t have Andrews or Kelce.
Role: Fringe TE1 / Instant Starter
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