Week two was a lot better than what we saw in week one in regards to players going down to injury. Out of the injuries that occurred this week, the biggest one, and maybe the only one that everyone is looking at, is Joe Mixon.
Mixon left the game twice Thursday night, only to return each time and finish the game out. Friday, the Bengals got bad news that Mixon will need to get a knee scope and will be out 2-4 weeks.
So with Mixon’s injury in mind, along with some other likely fantasy football free agents that caught my eye during week two’s action, let’s see if I can help you fill any potential gaps in your lineup with this week’s top waiver-wire adds.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Gio is a name we all know too well. He filled in just fine when Mixon was out on Thursday night and finished with six rushes for 27 yards to go along with four catches for another 15 yards. Now, with no Mixon in front of him for at least the next couple of weeks, Bernard’s next two opponents will be the Panthers and the Falcons. Bernard will have high-end RB2 value while Mixon is out and is my #1 waiver priority.
Javorius “Buck” Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Buck is the goal-line and third-down back, or as I like to call it, the Alex Collins touchdown sniper. He already has two touchdowns on the season and he hasn’t put the ball on the ground since 2015. With bye weeks starting week four, Allen may soon be used as a low-end RB2/Flex.
Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Dalvin Cook went out with a what was thought at the time to be a hamstring injury. Come to find out, he said it was more of a cramp. I would keep an eye on this situation because we already know what hamstring injuries can do to player. Keep Murray on your watch list.
Antonio Callaway, WR, Cleveland Browns
With the news Saturday night going around saying Josh Gordon was going to be released/traded Monday morning, it gave the rookie the opportunity to shine, and that he did. Most are going to remember his spectacular 47-yard touchdown catch. Callaway ended up finishing with three catches (4 targets) for 81 yards. With Flash Gordon gone, I’d like to introduce you to Reverse-Flash. Yes, reverse flash is a super-villain who did everything in his power to torment Flash Gordon, but I think Callaway will be here to stay, showing Browns’ fans that he is the real deal, and that they can move on from the five-year has been in Gordon. Callaway is a good bench stash.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Everyone is going to be running out to get Keelan Cole after his 7/116/1 stat line, and I don’t blame you if you do, but if you’re more interested in a consistent wide receiver, I think Westbrook is the one to own in Jacksonville. Westbrook drew five targets against the Patriots after seeing six week one against the Giants. I may end up on the wrong side of this 50/50 debate, but I would take the chance on Westbrook as a nice bench stash.
Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots
Many people might have dropped him Saturday night. If they did, just go get him! He could provide WR2/3 value going forward.
Will Dissly, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Two games in a row now Dissly has caught a touchdown. Sure this one was a late touchdown and sure he only had 42 receiving yards, but if you can get the type of production that Dissly has produced so far this season at tight end on a weekly basis, he deserves starting consideration.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Oh, oh Fitzmagic!!! It’s hard to believe that he is currently the No. 1 QB in fantasy right now just ahead of Patrick Mahomes. Just as we expected, right. Fitzpatrick is on a hot streak and now would be a great time to add him to your fantasy squad so that you can start him against Pittsburgh, who just allowed the No. 2 fantasy quarterback to put up six passing touchdowns.
For more reaction to week two in the NFL, be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as the guys breakdown all of last week’s action and provide additional waiver-wire suggestions for your fantasy squad!