Week 2 of the NFL season was brutal for injuries to big name players across the league. Stars like Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey were two notable names with huge Fantasy Football impacts to go down. If your team suffered a major hit this weekend, there are some good options to get you by in the meantime while you wait for your stud player to recover.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers
19.1 percent rostered
Last Week: 6 touches; 44 yards; 1 touchdown
Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman have injuries, leaving Jerick McKinnon as a surprising name to take over the share of carries. McKinnon was a name I mentioned last week as one to watch, and now he’s in the right scenario to get a ton of touches going forward.
Mike Davis, RB, Carolina Panthers
0.8 percent rostered
Last Week: 9 touches; 75 yards
Christian McCaffrey is expected to be out for multiple weeks, and Mike Davis appears to be the be next man up for touches. Davis saw a ton of usage as a receiver, so he will take over some of the running back production for Carolina.
Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles
27.9 percent rostered
Last Week: 25 touches; 113 yards
In back to back weeks Joshua Kelley has seen a lot of touches for the Chargers. While Austin Eckler remains as the primary player in their backfield, Kelly still offers good upside.
Michael Pittman, WR, Indianapolis Colts
14.3 percent rostered
Last Week: 4 receptions; 6 targets; 37 yards
Parris Campbell’s injury leaves the Colts receiving group very thin. Pittman hasn’t seen a ton of touches to start the year, but the rookie could see an increased role.
Braxton Berrios, WR, New York Jets
0.1 percent rostered
Last Week: 6 receptions; 8 targets; 59 yards; 1 touchdown
The New York Jets might look like a dumpster fire already after two weeks, but they have a promising receiving option with Braxton Berrios. Overall, the Jets lack many playmakers at receiver. Berrios could turn into a primary option.
Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
7.4 percent rostered
Last Week: 3 receptions; 3 targets; 88 yards; 1 touchdown
Chase Claypool might not be the most consistent fantasy option, but he is very capable of blowing up from week to week. He’s not going to produce a lot of receptions each week, but he’s turning into a huge red zone threat for the Steelers.
Dalton Schultz, TE, Dallas Cowboys
1.0 percent rostered
Last Week: 9 receptions; 10 targets; 88 yards; 1 touchdown
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
1.7 percent rostered
Last Week: 311 passing yards; 18 rushing yards; 1 touchdowns
Tyrod Taylor left early against the Chiefs in week two, and Herbert lit up the box score going over 300 yards passing. Despite only tossing one touchdown, his performance came against a top NFL defense. Herbert is a great quarterback to have for your bench for the season.