Fantasy football waiver wire: Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley replacements at a premium
It's hard to remember a worse week for injuries to key players in the fantasy football era than Week 2 of 2020.
Getting the No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick in drafts is usually a blessing. This season it's been a curse as both Christian McCaffrey and Saquon Barkley went down with injuries on Sunday. And they're just the tip of the iceberg.
McCaffrey's sprained ankle will keep him out 4-6 weeks, while Barkley's torn ACL puts him out for the rest of the season. Those are two impossible holes to fill on their teams (real and fantasy), but at least there's still plenty of time left in the season to pivot in a different direction.
Recommended bids based on a free agent acquisition budget (FAAB) of $100 for the season.
RB Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers ($55). David gets top billing here because he's the unquestioned replacement for McCaffrey in an offense that's designed around a single feature back. Fortunately, Davis is capable of handling the dual rushing/receiving responsibilities McCaffrey shouldered, though not to the same degree. After McCaffrey went down, Davis caught eight passes for 74 yards and ran the ball once for a yard. If you lost a starting running back, getting another one to fill in -- even if it's for only a month -- is a huge priority, hence the aggressive bid.
RB Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers ($30). The Niners had both Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman suffer knee injuries on ...
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