With Britt out, Washington poised to help lead Titans' aerial attack
It's just three weeks into the football season, and already the fantasy waiver wire is looking a bit bare.
Almost all the breakout stars that went undrafted were snapped up after the first two weeks of the season. The top undrafted QBs (Newton, Fitzpatrick) are gone. Most every running back is at least deep on a team's bench. As the season progresses, more guys will become available due to injuries or coaches shaking things up. Right now, it's tight.
Normally, you don't want to overreact to one great game from a player. But if your team is in deep trouble this week -- if you're 0-3, for example -- it's probably time for a Hail Mary. Take chances on guys. Work some trades. Gamble on guys with upside. If you keep losing, you're going to miss the playoffs. 0-4 and 0-5 are probably too late to turn things around.
The biggest fantasy injury this week is Kenny Britt, who tore his ACL and is out for the year. The main beneficiary is Nate Washington, who was targeted five times after Britt left the game and nine times in all, catching eight passes for 92 yards and a score that came before Britt's injury. He's owned in only 35 percent of leagues.
Washington was already looking like an intriguing option in larger leagues and is now a must-add. Even with Chris Johnson struggling, the Titans passing game looks better than expected. Washington will get more attention with Britt out but he'll also get a lot more looks.
Also worth a look is tight end Jared Cook. He's been a bust so far, but the Titans are going to use him in three-receiver sets now that Britt's out. He's most likely out on the waiver wire, as he's owned in only 30 percent of leagues.
Scott Chandler, Bills (57 percent): The Buffalo offense continues to hum, and Chandler was targeted in the red zone again, catching a three-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
San Francisco (67 percent): Currently one of the league's top-scoring fantasy defenses, the 49ers are still available in over 30 percent of leagues. This is probably their last time on the list: They face the Eagles -- who will likely have Mike Kafka under center -- on Sunday, a team that's turned it over seven times, most in the NFC.
Tampa Bay (10 percent): The Buccaneers have some tough games coming up, but they've forced five fumbles already and don't give up a ton of points. If you're stuck, they Bucs are worth taking a flier on.