As injuries pile up, all but the luckiest fantasy owners will at some point need to find the proverbial diamond in the rough: a waiver wire or bench player who is capable of putting up some points in a pinch. This weekly feature is dedicated to that part of fantasy football. It's not pretty, but it's part of the game.
Note: These recommendations do not trump our weekly rankings, which are updated throughout the week and weekend.
It's early, but through two games, Smith has scored the 8th-most points amongst QBs after finishing as 2011's QB14. This week, Smith continues his journey through the secondaries of the NFL North and probably has his best match up to date. The Vikings
have been decent against the pass yardage-wise (218 ypg), but have yielded 2.0 pass TDs per game. This is shaping up as another 200-yard, multiple-TD game for Smith.
are 26th in the league against the pass, giving up an average of 275 yards and 1.5 pass TDs to Robert Griffin III
and Cam Newton
. Matt Cassel
threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns in garbage time against Bills
. He could very well post a similar line on Sunday.
Sanchez is off to a pretty good start, torching the Bills
to the tune of 266 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 before struggling against the good Steelers
defense in Week 2. This week, he faces the Dolphins
, who have yielded an average of 314 pass yards through two games.
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