Earlier in the year, I named a particularly ugly week in the NFL for injuries, "Bloody Sunday." Well, U2's classic would be an understatement for this week's carnage. Le'Veon Bell, Steve Smith Sr., Keenan Allen, Matt Forte, Reggie Bush; the list goes on and on. But as is life in the NFL, for fantasy purposes, it's next man up! Our morbid little game enables us to "benefit" from other peoples' misfortunes, and this week the opportunities for the below players are endless.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, PIT
As proven in weeks one and two, Williams still has plenty of life in those legs. Any bell cow in the Steelers' high powered offense will be a weekly RB1 candidate. The top waiver priority of the YEAR so far. Sadly, he will probably end up on bad fantasy teams with no playoff hopes and high waiver priority. Damn socialism.
Jeremy Langford, RB, CHI
We don't know how long Forte will be out, mainly because John Fox hates the media and injury report more than I hate the Patriots. What we do know is that it should be 2-3 weeks minimum, and the rookie Langford from the island of Sparta could be a fantastic short term play for those in need of RB help (ALL HANDS RAISED).
Kamar Aiken, WR, BAL
Smitty is one year older than myself, and almost the same exact size. The things that he can still do on a football field are mind boggling to me. The fact that he tore his Achilles on Sunday is gut wrenching to me. I hope he comes back for a victory lap next year, but I digress. Aiken is the new default WR1 for Flacco's Ravens. Any WR guaranteed 7-10 targets/week is worth rostering and starting as a fringe WR3.
Malcom Floyd/Stevie Johnson, WR, SD
This is a tough one. Keenan Allen was just placed on IR today with a lacerated kidney....OUCH. Rivers will not stop throwing the ball, which vaults Floyd and Stevie into WR2/3 territory. IN PPR leagues, I'd lean Stevie. With Floyd's big play ability, his only concern is health. He has WR2 upside in standard leagues, assuming he stays upright for the next two months.
Vernon Davis, TE, DEN
This might just be chasing two FORMER All Pros who may be over the hill, but the idea of Peyton having VD streaking down the seam for TD's is pretty enticing. According to NextGen sports, Davis has been clocked as the fastest TE in the NFL this year. We all know he hasn't had a real QB in his career, and I think his trade to Denver could be a boon for fantasy owners.