Between Week 1 and Week 2, most fantasy football owners were a little reluctant to shake up their roster -- and rightfully so -- for a lackluster group of guys who may have been one-week wonders. But following Week 2, the waiver wire has suddenly turned into a battle zone for the best available players because of how many injuries/suspensions we saw this past weekend.
Owners of Jamaal Charles, Maurice Jones-Drew, Doug Martin, Knowshon Moreno and DeAngelo Williams will all look for waiver-wire warriors. While Adrian Peterson is supposed to play in Week 3, his owners would be wise to buy some fantasy insurance, too. Also, owners of Eric Decker, A.J. Green and DeSean Jackson will be in an add/drop frenzy, too, looking for wide receiver help.
If you don’t own any of the above players, consider buying a lottery ticket. You should still be active on the waiver wire, especially if you have a player or two ready for dumping (looking at you, Cecil Shorts’ owners). By grabbing some of the most valuable waiver-wire replacements, you could gain major trade pieces, even if you don’t plan on starting the player you pick up.
Last week, we steered you right on Bobby Rainey, Brian Quick and Larry Donnell, but we missed the boat on Jake Locker, Benny Cunningham and the Dolphins defense. Let’s correct that.
There are a number of teams with a record – good, bad or somewhere in the middle – that no one expected to see after the first two weeks of the 2014 season. But we should have a better idea of how good (or bad) teams are after this weekend. The ones that have shined early have tough games to play, while others have struggled early have games that could indicate the severity of their problems. How will your team fair after Week Three?
The story of how Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 is the stuff of legend. But there’s another story about the desegregation of a professional sport that hardly gets told.
A year before Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, four black football players broke the football’s color barrier. Kenny Washington and Willie Strode played for the Los Angeles Rams and Marion Motley and Bill Willis played for the Cleveland Browns. And it’s their journey to the NFL that’s the focus of the new documentary Forgotten Four: The Integration of Pro Football.
The Kirk Cousins Era might be upon us. After completing two of his first three pass attempts for 38 yards (the only incompletion was a drop), Robert Griffin III suffered a non-contact injury to his ankle that turned out to be a dislocation and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. That won’t be a killer for Washington’s playoff hopes if Cousins plays the way he did on Sunday.
MADRID (AP) Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.
James Harden added 23 for the Americans, who made 11 of 16 3-pointers in a sensational-shooting first half, adding one final romp to a tournament full of them.
CHICAGO (AP) The Phoenix Mercury were without star center Brittney Griner. However, they still had Diana Taurasi.
Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals for their third championship.
"We have the best player in the world, Diana Taurasi," Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. "When you put the ball in her hands at crunch time, she makes it happen."
The volume of fantasy transactions, trade proposals and roster shuffling is never higher than it is in the days following Week 1. An unexpected breakout star will suddenly find himself owned in nearly every league, while desperate fantasy owners will rush to shop veterans who looked like they'd lost a step in the season-opener. In this week's roundtable, SI.com fantasy experts Michael Beller, Alex Hampl, David Gonos, Ben Eagle, Bette Marston and Eric Single make the case for players whom you'd be wise to sell high on now.