By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Sep 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Wasn’t it just a week ago that we were talking about injuries, and rushing to put in waiver claims on No. 2 and 3 receivers and backup running backs? Well, here we go again as many fantasy stars and contributors were injured. We're here to help.

Now, you're not going to find "start Drew Brees" here. If you drafted a player in the first five rounds, chances are those are your go-to players, so we'll try to give you some less-than-obvious choices to bolster your lineup every week.

On that note, here we go for week 3:

Start ‘em

Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams wide receiver vs. Dallas
As they say, "someone has to catch the ball" on bad teams and Quick has proven to be that guy through two bad backups in St. Louis. He has been targeted 18 times in two weeks and has caught 14 of those throws for 173 yards. He hasn’t found the end zone yet, though. This week he’s going against a mediocre Dallas defense, and with the Rams likely having to play from behind he could once again score in the high teens.

Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints wide receiver vs. Minnesota
After the Saints laid an egg on the road against Cleveland, they open their home schedule against a Vikings defense that even Tom Brady and his group of no-name receivers shredded. Drew Brees and Co. are fantastic at home (and in domes – see Cook’s 7 catch, 77 yard, 1 TD performance week 1 in Atlanta) and top running back Mark Ingram is out injured. Cooks was targeted six times last week but caught just three – expect him to see a few more passes this week, and he’ll likely break at least one for big yardage.

Last week: Greg Olsen (8 targets, 6 catches, 72 yards); Knowshown Moreno (injured, 4 yards).

Sit ‘em

Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings running back at New Orleans
Good on you if you made a quick swap of Adrian Peterson for Asiata last week (5 catches, 84 total yards, TD) but don’t expect that type of performance this week. It is true that New Orleans is 21st against the run, but this is the Saints' home opener and more importantly, they have film on Asiata from this season. While his total fantasy numbers were good, Asiata only averaged 2.7 yards per carry last week and rushed for 36 yards. He has a ways to go yet before you can consider him a legit starting option.

Niles Paul, Washington tight end at Philadelphia
Paul has filled in nicely for the injured Jordan Reed, but don’t get too excited about him rumbling over the putrid Jacksonville defense for 99 yards and a TD last week. First, the Jaguars are just awful. Second, he was the beneficiary of a new quarterback coming in. The Eagles will have a week to prepare for both Paul and new Washington QB Kirk Cousins, so if you swooped in and claimed Paul – sit on him another week to see if he’s the real deal.

Last week: Devin Hester (1 catch, 2 yards); Donnie Avery (3 catches, 14 yards).


Larry Donnell, New York Giants tight end vs. Houston
I know – why would anyone go with a Giants player on offense? Well, that’s why this is a sleeper and in the disaster that is the New York offense, Donnell has emerged as Eli Manning’s safety blanket. He has caught 12 passes for 137 yards and a TD in two weeks. While Houston has looked good playing two bad offenses in Washington and Oakland, tight ends have combined for 10 catches and 121 yards against the Texans. Donnell could see heavy work again.

Last week: Jarrett Boykin (1 catch, 6 yards)

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.