Waiver Wire Bigfoot Hunting Week 3: Grab Dwanye Washington

A long time ago, before the 2016 NFL Draft, I wrote that Dwayne Washington could be a potential late-round breakout running back. I foresaw him being the next Karlos Williams.

Fast forward to week two of the NFL season, Zach Zenner has fallen out of favor and Ameer Abdullah could have a somewhat serious injury.

In limited opportunity, even with Abdullah and Theo Riddick playing, the offense has snuck in a few plays for Washington. In two games, Washington has six carries for 32 yards and one touchdown. Nothing special, but he hasn’t exactly had consistent touches to get any rhythm going.

So, why am I so excited about Dwayne Washington, a sixth-round pick out of Washington that didn’t have a decorated college career?

Well, he’s big, fast and a former receiver. That’s it, yeah. I’m the modern day Al Davis, all I care about is size and speed. Washington is a fluid athlete that doesn’t have the shiftiness of Ameer Abdullah, but he could have an opportunity at 10 or so touches. The Lions already showed in week one that they trusted him at the goal line, so don’t be surprised if he scores a few touchdowns in the coming weeks.

If you’re huntin’ your waiver wire for some potential Bigfoots, here’s who else to target:

Jamison Crowder

Surprisingly, after two weeks, Crowder is tied for seventh in the NFL with 18 targets. Because he operates in the slot, he really hasn’t turned those targets into big plays, but he currently has 12 catches, 97 yards, and one touchdown on the season.

Even though the Redskins have quite a bit of receiving options with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and even Josh Doctson, it seems like Crowders is locked into the slot position.

Crowder is a no-brainer add for PPR leagues.

Jerick McKinnon

It appears that Adrian Peterson is going to miss quite a few weeks, which leaves the door open for the ultra-athletic Jerick McKinnon.

McKinnon hasn’t done much of anything the past two season while playing second fiddle to Adrian Peterson, but like I said, his athletic ability is off the charts and he has an opportunity for 15 to 18 touches.

I would be concerned with Matt Asiata poaching touchdowns or even getting the lion share of touches, but McKinnon is the home run threat that you need to add.

Fozzy Whittaker

In the absence of Jonathan Stewart, Whittaker tore up the 49ers for 131 total yards on 19 touches. As it looks, Stewart’s injury is potentially serious which could lead to Whitaker taking over the Panthers backfield.

On paper, it’s nice he’ll be getting touches, but don’t expect anything big in week 3 considering he’ll be facing the stout Vikings defense. Also, I really wouldn’t be surprised if, after two inactive weeks, Cameron Artis-Payne comes out of nowhere and gets touches.

Jay Ajayi

In week one, Ajayi found himself in the doghouse for how he reacted to losing the starting gig to Arian Foster, then he went right back in the doghouse after losing a fumble. It’s been a rollercoaster two weeks for Ajayi.

With that being said, Foster’s groin injury seems to be somewhat serious which opens up plenty of touches for Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake.

Personally, I think Ajayi the more talented of the two options, but he seems to be falling out of favor with Adam Gase. Who knows how it will play out, but in really deep leagues I’d go after both Ajayi and Drake.

Bilal Powell

Powell is being cut from fantasy teams at a pretty quick rate because Matt Forte has been getting nearly 30 touches per game, but I wouldn’t mind finding a way to roster Powell.

Forte is a 30-year-old running back with as much tread on his tires as any running back in the league. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Forte, whose been pretty durable over his long career, to suffer an injury and miss some time. In no way should you be starting Powell, but if he’s available or was cut and you have a spot open, considering letting him ride your bench.

Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Spiller

In week two, running backs were dropping like flies which could open the door for some free agent signings. Hillman and Spiller are the top two free agent runnings backs available and could find their way onto a team in no time. If you’re in a really deep league, it might not be a bad idea to consider these two free agents.

Kyle Rudolph

It looks like the Vikings should have thrown in another first round pick in their trade for Sam Bradford following how good he looked against the Packers. In that game, he clearly favored Stefon Diggs and the usually disappointing Kyle Rudolph. If you need a tight end it’s not a bad idea to go after Rudolph considering the Vikings will be throwing as much as ever with Adrian Peterson out.

Jordan Howard

So, um, Jeremy Langford. It’s become apparent that Langford just isn’t good, and his value was entirely built upon volume and he just isn’t doing anything with his touches.

Following a fumble, and a few negative runs, Jordan Howard got quite a bit of run towards the end of the Eagles game and it could be the shape of things to come. Earlier in the week, John Fox was very discouraged by Langford’s week one performance, so it may be Jordan Howard time in Chicago.

Jacob Tamme 

Who leads the Falcons in targets and catches? Julio Jones, right? No, Jacob Tamme. It’s apparent that Tamme has become one of Matty Ice’s favorite targets, and with a lot of tight ends underperforming, Tamme has top 10 tight end value at the moment.

Quincy Enunwa

In two games, Enunwa has posted a very respectable 14 targets, 13 catches, 146 yards and one touchdown. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been looking his way more than anyone expected, and with Brandon Marshall dealing with some sort of MCL injury, Enunwa is a must-have for teams needing a wide receiver.

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Written by Chris

Creator of Bigfoot Sports. When I'm not hunting for Bigfoot I'm usually checking my fantasy team.

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