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Fantasy Football Team owners: it’s time to work the waiver wire!

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September 11, 2019 - 5:08 pm

By Charlie O @Charlieo1320

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One of the reasons Fantasy Football owners enjoy playing the game is that it mirrors being a general manager and a head coach of an NFL team on a “micro” basis. After the first weekend of play, there are players who have been injured and will not be able to play for several weeks and a few will be gone for the rest of the season.

A team owner must also evaluate the performances of their starters in Week 1 and decide if they are worth of starting in Week 2 or even being kept on the team as a reserve. The Waiver Wire is worked hard in most leagues, so a team owners cannot “fall asleep at the wheel.”

Don’t panic

Many fantasy owners are in a panic right now because some of their starters did not have great games in Week 1. For example, on Thursday night both starting quarterbacks – the Packers Aaron Rodgers and the Bears Mitchell Trubisky – posted mediocre stat lines in their game. Neither QB had seen any action during the preseason, so they had their preseason and first game of the season all wrapped up into one contest. Both players will record very nice fantasy numbers this season.

Every fantasy owner has been the recipient of a “panicky” fellow owner who waives a star player too soon and that waiver pickup becomes your highest scoring player of the season. Don’t become that owner!

This week, we are only going to focus on replacing injured players.

Who is on the Injury List?

  • Greg Olsen TE, Panthers: Back – Missed practice on Monday and Tuesday. Plans to suit up on Thursday vs. the Bucs. Watch his status closely.
  • Will Dissly TE, Seahawks: Knee – Pete Carroll will not commit to Dissly playing Week 2.
  • Tim Patrick WR, Broncos: Broken left hand – out for 6-8 weeks.
  • JuJu Smith-Shuster WR, Steelers: Toe – team is “optimistic” about him playing this week. Watch the status updates prior to the game closely.
  • Sterling Shepard WR, Giants: Concussion protocol – he could be cleared become the next game, but it will be a wait and see situation.
  • Devin Funchess WR, Colts: Broken Collarbone – he has been placed on the injured reserve list with the option to return. He is eligible to return for Week 10.
  • Dontrell Hilliard RB, Browns: Concussion – he has time to be cleared before Sunday. Watch the teams injury updates for his current status.
  • Tevin Coleman RB, 49ers: High ankle sprain – this type of sprain usually means 2-6 weeks of recovery time and is more difficult for a running back.
  • Derrius Guice RB, Redskins: Knee meniscus injury – everyone is awaiting results of the MRI.
  • Joe Mixon RB, Bengals: Ankle – it’s being called a “low-grade sprain” that means it could be a game day call on whether he plays on Sunday or not.
  • Nick Foles QB, Jaguars: Broken collarbone – he has gone on the IR with the designation to return. Foles will be gone for a minimum of eight weeks.

Who’s the next man up?

  • WR John Ross Bengals: He is coming off the best game of his career with seven catches for 158 yards and two TD’s. Just be prepared because he has disappointed many an owner before. (Full disclosure: I grabbed Ross off the wire to replace Coleman)
  • TE T.J. Hockenson Lions: caught six passes for 131 yards and a TD in his NFL debut. That is the most receiving yards for a TE in his first game in NHL history.
  • WR Jamison Crowder Jets: He is a high-volume receiver for PPR leagues. Crowder made 14 catches for 99 yards but no TD’s. He is probable a WR3.
  • WR Marquise Brown Ravens: Brown was impressive making just four catches and gaining 147 yards that turned into two touchdowns. Just be cautious because he was in on only 12 snaps!
  • QB Gardner Minshew Jaguars: He impressed the Jags enough after coming in for Foles that they have promoted him to QB1. Minshew completed 22-of-25 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.
  • WR D.J. Clark Jaguars: He caught the TD pass on which Foles was injured. He finished the day with four catches for 146 yards.
  • WR Macola Hardman Chiefs: He did not catch a pass on Sunday, but he is the next man up to fill in for the injured Tyreek Hill.
  • RB Ronald Jones Buccaneers: The RB had a big day on the ground versus the 49ers with 13 carries good for 75 yards.
  • RB Malcolm Brown Rams: He took the ball over from Gurley at the goal-line and scored two touchdowns. Gurley and Brown look like a good “handcuff”.

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