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Fantasy Factor: Week 3 pickups and injuries


Week 2 in the NFL shows why we all love the Draft Kings fantasy leagues. One-week commitments mean injuries don't ruin the fun, and injuries this week will ruin the fun. 

Let's talk about the injuries that will have affects from week 2. They mainly belong to the Cowboys. Quarterback Tony Romo is done for at least eight weeks, and now Jason Witten is reported to have two sprained ankles and a sprain knee according to ESPN.

Breaking news Tuesday has the Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury. Tight ends are tough to pick up these days. I made a run at three second-tier tight ends in my league, and all were claimed ahead of me.

Crockett Gillmore, the old Colorado State tight end, has been looking good for Baltimore. He might be just what you need if you have Cowboys tight end Jason Witten creating a hole on your roster.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees also has a shoulder injury and did not look good against the Bucaneers. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor (BUF), Colin Kaeperick (SF) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ) all could be options as pick-ups for those needing to replace Brees or Romo.

I would also look for a move if you have Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. He has some bruised ribs and despite leading the team's walkthrough Monday, I've seen healthy quarterbacks panicking in the face of that Broncos' pass rush. 

Last week I told you to stick with the Eagle's Sam Bradford and though I'm not a fan of the quick hook, I think he deserves it, and I apologize to everyone I influenced to waste a claim. Bradford looked brutal. I mean rookie year, completely confused, brutal. He didn't look like he knew where he wanted to go, and when he did, his receivers weren't seeing the same thing. The sample size of actual calm throws to analyze though was small, because the Eagles offensive line is awful right now.

Running back DeMarco Murray is a sit in my mind until you see that line figure it out. Head coach Chip Kelly hates to run the ball anyway. Next up is a tough Jets defense that gave quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts fits. Not that the Colts offensive line is any better.

Colts running back Frank Gore is another play that is getting risky. You're also looking for options if you own Pittsburgh's DeAngelo Williams, because Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell returns from his suspension this weekend against the Rams. And the last healthy player on the Bears roster (running back Matt Forte) please turn out the lights. 

If you need a tight end, Eric Ebron (MIN) and Tyler Eifert (CIN) join Gillmore (BAL) as names to check the wire for availability. At wide receiver Travis Benjamin (CLE) has a nice chemistry going with quarterback Johnny Manziel. We'll see if Josh McCown's probable re-entry to the starting line-up changes that. That being said, the numbers have been good.

I also like wide receiver Jordan Norwood from the Broncos. I think Peyton Manning likes him, and he was a replay call away from having his first Broncos' TD.

I think the passing game will continue to come along, and the Lions defense has had some struggles. I would play wide receivers Demariyus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and tight end Owen Daniels.

Running back C.J. Anderson is probably a better play than most waiver wire backs available, and I feel like the Broncos' line will be better as it goes, but the chemistry still isn't there, and that will make it risky. I do expect the longer break to help.

Running back Matt Jones from the Redskins is a back to add, and even though the Packers say running back Eddie Lacy will play, I would grab James Starks. He could be a nice trade option to Lacy owners if they're sleeping on the injury. Starks isn't a RB1, but he could be the best available.

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