Khiry Robinson a fantasy waiver add after Mark Ingram injury

Khiry-RobinsonAn incredible amount of injuries to key players on Sunday has already led to a ton of scrambling in fantasy football leagues. Mark Ingram was one of several running backs that got hurt, as Adam Schefter reports he is expected to miss about a month with a hand injury he suffered against the Cleveland Browns. As a result, Khiry Robinson will be one of the top fantasy waiver wire adds this week.

Robinson has already gotten some work this season in Sean Payton’s offense, which utilizes as many as four running backs every game. He has rushed for 59 yards on 14 carries through two games. Ingram is the Saints’ short-yardage and goal-line back, and a lot of those touches will now be going to Robinson.

Of course, the Saints still have Pierre Thomas. It’s possible that Thomas could see some goal line and short yardage carries while Ingram is out, but Payton seems to keep Pierre’s role consistent. Robinson received more carries than Thomas through two games even when Ingram was healthy (14 to 10), whereas Thomas has caught nine passes and Robinson none.

With upcoming games against the Minnesota Vikings and then the Dallas Cowboys, who have one of the worst defenses in football, Robinson could be a quality flex play leading up to the Saints’ Week 6 bye.

Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas fantasy options after Knowshon Moreno injury

Daniel-ThomasMiami Dolphins running back Knowshon Moreno left Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills with a dislocated elbow and is expected to miss four to eight weeks. Prior to the injury, Moreno had looked like Miami’s best back and had become the No. 1 option ahead of Lamar Miller. The job will now be Miller’s to lose, but the Dolphins will still use multiple backs. Damien Williams and Daniel Thomas are the best waiver wire adds for fantasy purposes.

Williams will likely be Miller’s primary backup while Moreno is out. The former Oklahoma back rushed for 19 yards on five carries after Moreno went down. However, the Dolphins have also decided to bring back Daniel Thomas.

Thomas, who was part of a committee with Miller in Miami for the past two years, was released in the preseason after being beat out by Williams and undrafted free agent Orleans Darkwa. While Miami has a new offensive coordinator in Bill Lazor, Thomas should have some familiarity with the system after having gone through training camp with the team. However, he did rush for just 406 yards in 15 games last season.

As of now, the “safest” fantasy add is probably Williams. That said, the Dolphins are likely going to feed Miller the rock and give him a chance to become a feature back. If he’s unable to do that, Williams and possibly Thomas will get carries. I’m not sure I’d use a high waiver priority on either player.

Donald Brown, Danny Woodhead fantasy options while Ryan Mathews is out

Danny-Woodhead-ChargersDonald Brown and Danny Woodhead will be two names to consider when you put in your waiver requests for your fantasy league this week.

San Diego Chargers starting running back Ryan Mathews was carted off the field with a knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. UT San Diego says the initial prognosis is that Mathews has a sprained MCL in his right knee, though there is no timetable for how long he will be out.

While Mathews recovers, Brown and Woodhead will split the carries for San Diego’s offense.

Brown, a former first-round pick by the Colts, had 21 yards on seven carries and 3 catches for 10 yards against Seattle. Woodhead, who is in his second season with the Chargers, rushed for 32 yards on 8 carries and caught 4 passes for 28 yards.

We’re expecting Brown to assume a similar role to what Mathews had in the Chargers’ offense as a featured back. Woodhead will probably maintain his role as a receiving option on passing downs and occasional rusher.

Knile Davis fantasy player to pick up after Jamaal Charles injury

Knile Davis

Looking to scoop up a running back following an injury during Week 2 of the NFL season? Knile Davis may be your man.

Jamaal Charles left Sunday’s game against the Broncos in the first quarter with an ankle injury. There’s been no determination yet on his status, but Davis came in and immediately carried the load for KC.

Davis, 22, was a third-round pick by the Chiefs last season out of Arkansas. He had 245 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries as a rookie, which only measured out to a 3.5 yards per carry average. While he is much less talented than Charles, the running back in an Andy Reid offense often sees a lot of work running and catching the ball.

If the Jamaal Charles owner in your fantasy league was sleeping and failed to handcuff him with Davis, you should seriously look into swooping in and grabbing him.

AJ Green fantasy – out for game with toe injury, has turf toe

AJ Green

For the first time in his career, AJ Green registered a catchless game.

Green entered Sunday’s game between the Bengals and Falcons with a right toe injury and was not able to play through it. He tried to block on a running play but aggravated the injury and pointed to the sidelines to indicate he needed to come out.

Shortly thereafter, the Bengals announced Green would be out for the rest of the game, which is a huge blow to them and fantasy teams. Green’s injury was later reported to be turf toe, which is an injury that often sticks with a player for multiple weeks.

Without Green, the fantasy receivers who will see more action are Mohamed Sanu, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher. The Bengals like to dump off to Gio Bernard and utilize their tight ends, so we’re not expecting huge numbers for their receivers not named AJ Green.

Owen Daniels a fantasy option at tight end

Owen Daniels Ravens

Owen Daniels had an excellent game for the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night and caught two touchdowns in his team’s 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, making him seem like a popular fantasy football pickup possibility. But don’t get too excited.

Daniels caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and the two scores. In Week 1, he caught four passes on six targets for 34 yards.

Daniels is a veteran who spent eight seasons with the Houston Texans, catching 29 touchdowns in 100 career games. He’s a capable player and will continue to receive some targets for Baltimore, but is he worth a fantasy football pickup? That depends on how your tight end situation looks.

Dennis Pitta is still the top tight end target for the Ravens. Though he only saw four targets and caught three passes on Thursday night, he was targeted 14 times and caught 10 passes in the season opener. We anticipate both players will see plenty of action moving forward as long as they’re healthy, but Pitta will probably see more targets than Daniels.

I would recommend picking up Daniels in fantasy only if 3-4 points per week from your tight end is an improvement over what you currently have.

Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West fantasy options after Ben Tate injury

Isaiah Crowell Browns

I’m sure this comes as a huge shock to you, but Ben Tate got hurt in his first game with the Cleveland Browns.

Tate suffered a knee injury during the Browns’ opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was declared out for the rest of the game. In his place, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell (pictured) saw plenty of action and are now on the fantasy radar.

West and Crowell split carries after Tate exited the game. Crowell even scored two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine hinted at disappointment with West during the preseason but was not shy about using him in the opener. As of midway through the fourth quarter, West had more than doubled both Tate and Crowell in carries.

Crowell, despite being an undrafted free agent, was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school and was SEC Freshman of the Year, so the kid definitely has talent. He looks like the better player of the two, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they started giving him more action than West before long.

Keep your eye on this situation and monitor both Crowell and West for potential fantasy additions pending Tate’s status. West is probably owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Tate.