This is the worst part of fantasy football. Seeing all of your favorite players go down. We lost Arian Foster, Danny Woodhead, Adrian Peterson, Jonathan Stewart, and Doug Martin in week 2. We might've lost even more but I don't feel like checking that right now so whatever. Here are your waiver wire picks for week 3.
Jerick McKinnon/Matt Asiata
The most talented running back behind Adrian Peterson is Jerick McKinnon but he will not be the only one getting an opportunity. Both Matt Asiata and McKinnon will likely work in on 1st and 2nd downs. Asiata will handle goal line and short yardage situations while McKinnon will take over as the pass catcher. McKinnon also has the ability to break out a big play and score from distance. Asiata will be a riskier start because you will need a touchdown from him to get by while McKinnon in the right matchup will likely give you a safer floor especially in PPR formats. McKinnon is the one you want.
If Doug Martin is out for week 3 he will give you the best value for one week alone. Charles Sims is not as talented as Doug Martin between the Tackles but he will get all of the work in week 3 which Martin never got because Sims was the pass catcher. That means Sims will be playing between the Tackles on 1st and 2nd down... AND will catch passes on 3rd down. I love Sims this week if Martin is out.
This backfield situation is a complete mess. Jay Ajayi is not a talented running back at all. The team left him in Miami week 1 because he wouldn't stop bitching after the Dolphins signed Arian Foster. In week 2 Ajayi got his opportunity early after Foster went down and he showed the team that he can't be trusted by fumbling the ball during a crucial moment of the game. I like Kenyan Drake more because I believe he has great pass catching ability and will be useable in PPR leagues. Ajayi along with Damien Williams will be involved which makes this an ugly running back by committee. Drake is the player to add here.
The Baltimore Ravens running backs have been completely useless after 2 weeks. Justin Forsett is garbage and he always has been. Terrance West is a complete joke. Buck Allen can't even get on the field which means there's no one else left but Kenneth Dixon. During the preseason he was poised to become the starter but the Ravens lost him to an MCL injury. He is expected to return in week 3 or 4 so you should stash him now while you can and wait for him to take over that starting role.
Fozzy Whittaker/Cameron Artis-Payne
This is another running back that isn't incredibly talented but may produce solid points for you because of the offense that he is playing in. He produced during week 2 after Jonathan Stewart went down but this situation might get ugly with Mike Tolbert and Cameron Artis-Payne also mixing in. There isn't really much else to say but this backfield may be one to avoid. As long as Stewart is out, Whittaker and Artis-Payne are risky flex plays for now.
This player is the ultimate stash for the season. The starting rookie for the Cowboys fumbled twice against the Redskins and almost lost them the game. Ezekiel Elliott was benched immediately after and Alfred Morris capitalized by scoring the touchdown that essentially won them the game. If Elliott continues to make rookie mistakes or gets hurt then Morris will be an RB1 for your team.
We don't really know if Ameer Abdullah will miss time due to his foot injury but if he is out Dwayne Washington figures to mix in with Theo Riddick. Washington had a goal line touchdown week 1 and it is possible that they use him in short yardage situations because he is much bigger than Theo Riddick. Riddick should be the primary beneficiary if Abdullah misses time but if you are very desperate you can roll out Washington and hope for a touchdown.