DeShone Kizer QB, CLE
Kizer had to leave for stretches of the Browns’ loss to Baltimore Sunday due to migraines, but he did return to finish the game. The issue is sporadic and isn’t expected to affect him long term. He’s a Low Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries. When Kizer played in the game Sunday, however, he was not good. He committed four turnovers while not recording a touchdown, all while completing less than 50% of his passes. However, that was against a Baltimore defense that could turn out to be one of the best in the league, and he didn’t look all that bad against a decent Pittsburgh defense in week 1. This week, he gets to face the exact opposite sort of unit. The Colts’ defense is both bad and banged up, giving Kizer a chance to make some plays in this one. He’s only a deep league streamer at this point, but don’t be surprised if he puts up a surprisingly nice line this weekend. If you need QB help he is worth a waiver add.
Samaje Perine RB, WAS
Perine didn’t play a single offensive snap in Week 1, but things change quickly in the NFL. Perine was already slotted to get some carries in the Redskins’ run heavy game plan against the Rams Sunday, and then starter Rob Kelley went down. He ended the day with 67 yards on 21 carries, breaking more runs as the game went on after a slow start. Kelley is still dealing with a rib injury and should be considered highly questionable heading into Sunday night’s game against Oakland. Kelley is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor, according to Inside Injuries. If Kelley is indeed out, Perine should be in line for another 20+ carry workload. Yes, the ‘Skins love Chris Thompson and he was the one making big plays Sunday in LA, but Perine will get more carries as pounder in the Washington offense. They will also want to lean on the running game again as they try and control the clock against a high flying Oakland team. Perine is a big time pickup for the short term given Kelley’s injury, and also for the long term with the potential that he wins the job outright.
Javorius Allen RB, BAL
If Allen is still available in your league, he needs to be a high priority add. He’s racked up 40 touches in 2 games, benefiting from Danny Woodhead hitting IR with a hamstring injury. He has taken Woodhead’s snaps in the offense and has also started to eat into Terrance West’s. West is dealing with a soft-tissue injury, one of the reasons Allen took a larger chunk of the snaps Sunday. West is still a Low Injury Risk according to Inside Injuries, but his status should be followed closely this week. Allen was also more productive than West over the first two weeks, and it wouldn’t be a shock if he unseated West as the preferred option across the board in Baltimore. West has flamed out multiple times in his career, and it would surprise few if that happened again. Allen is a high floor, high ceiling add.
J.J. Nelson WR, ARI
With John Brown banged up for the Cardinals, J.J. Nelson has picked up the deep threat role in Bruce Arians’ offense. Nelson paid off on Sunday, catching 5 passes for 120 yards and touchdown. Brown is an Elevated Injury Risk with a Below Average Health Performance Factor according to Inside Injuries, and he is not expected to play in Week 3. He could return some time soon after, so Nelson’s long term value could be capped, but he looks like a legit option this week against a Cowboys secondary that struggled mightily in Denver. If Orlando Scandrick remains sidelined, it could be a big day for Nelson. Nelson is a flex consideration this week, which means he definitely needs to be added in most leagues.
Rashard Higgins WR, CLE
Higgins came out of nowhere (i.e. the practice squad) Sunday to catch 7 passes for 95 yards against the stingy Ravens’ defense. That could be discounted if not for the current state of the Browns’ receiving corps. Corey Coleman broke his hand Sunday, which could lead to him missing a couple of months, while Kenny Britt has done next to nothing through 2 games. As mentioned above, the Browns have a much better matchup this week and should be able to do some things through the air. It’s possible that Higgins becomes the #1 option out of nowhere in Cleveland, which would make him worthy of a roster spot in all leagues.
Ed Dickson TE, CAR
This week saw the tight end position get ravaged by injuries The most notable injury was to Panthers’ star Greg Olsen, who will miss the next 8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken foot, landing him on IR. Replacing a stud tight end like Olsen isn’t easy, and there isn’t anyone on the waiver wire that is going to match his consistent production. However, his replacement, Ed Dickson, could be a solid short term answer. The Panthers get to face off against the Saints pitiful defense Sunday, giving Dickson some serious matchup upside. Cam Newton likes to lean on his tight ends in the red zone, and the Saints have given up touchdowns to tight ends in each of the first two games of the season. Dickson is a solid streaming play. If you’re trying to replace Olson, Dickson can get the job done for couple weeks while you figure out a bigger and better move on the trade market.