Week 3: Fantasy Football Players To Start

Injuries Are Piling Up But Options Remain In Your Fantasy Football League

If you’re like me and you drafted Adrian Peterson and/or Doug Martin (I did both), you are scrambling to find options for your team this week.

The waiver wire period for your league was likely on Wednesday and the opportunity to make a claim has passed by but there could still be some free agents floating in your league that could be good plays this week. Running backs like Fozzy Whittaker (Panthers), Theo Riddick (Lions), and Jay Ajayi (Dolphins) are likely long gone but stashing the guys behind them in the depth chart isn’t a bad idea if you have a spot on your bench.

Cameron Artis-Payne (Panthers) might not be a good play this weekend (Vikings stout defense visits Carolina) but could pay dividends next week vs the Giants or if Whitaker isn’t able to produce.

With the season-ending injury to Lions RB Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick’s role increases to full-time but Dwayne Washington could get be in the mix as well. He’s worth a stash in 12-team leagues.

And while many owners likely drafted Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi, it’s rookie Kenyan Drake who intrigues me the most. In last week’s failed comeback against New England, Drake got a goal line carry for a touchdown. Combine that with Ajayi’s fumble in that same game and the fact that Ajayi has failed to impress since being drafted last year and suddenly it could be the rookie Bama running back who could have a prominent role in the ground game if Arian Foster misses time. With Foster likely out, Drake could be a sneaky flex option this week in the Dolphins home opener against a Browns team that will struggle to maintain possession.

In the video below, myself and Tyler Bradley discuss the Minnesota Vikings backfield situation. We also look at two great QB options to start this week.

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