Injury Based Waiver Wire Analysis: Dontrelle Inman, Dion Lewis & Others
Matt Barkley QB, Chicago
This would certainly be a desperation play, but Barkley has looked good ever since getting the chance to start for the Bears a couple of weeks back. He put up 362 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Packers in the frigid cold, albeit with three interceptions. Barkley gets a poor Redskins defense this week that is also missing multiple key players. Washington's defense struggles when at full strength, but with Will Compton, Su'a Cravens and others banged up, they lack the ability to stop anyone. Look for Barkley to continue his strong play. He is worth a pickup this week and could be started in dire situations.
The Patriots finally took the bubble wrap off Lewis against the Broncos, giving him 18 carries for a season-high 95 yards. Lewis came out of the game healthy and should continue to see similar workloads moving forward. We have Lewis listed with an above average Health Performance Factor, showing that he is on an upward trajectory with his health. While his snap count can't necessarily be trusted on a week to week basis, Lewis' potential for 15-plus touches in the Patriots offense makes him a must-own player who is worthy of flex consideration.
Dontrelle Inman WR, San Diego
Tyrell Williams continues to struggle since his shoulder injury, giving more and more opportunities for Inman to produce. Williams should be relatively healthy now (above average HPF) but it seems as though the injury knocked him out of the rhythm he had with quarterback Philip Rivers, who has started to target Inman more and more.
CJ Fiedorowicz/Ryan Miller TE, Houston
While Brock Osweiler did get benched, his replacement Tom Savage still loves the tight ends as much as Brock did. Fiedorowicz would be the preference here, but he is in the concussion protocol this week. The concussion lands him a high injury risk categorization from the Inside Injuries algorithm, so his status for this weekend's matchup is very iffy. If Fiedorowicz is indeed out, look for Miller to pick up his target share and put up similar numbers. Neither have great upside, but both are likely to give you decent numbers in the tight end slot if you are hurting at the position.
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