Week 2 Waiver Wire Wonders
Whether you put up big numbers in the NFL's opening weekend, or you ran into someone starting Drew Brees, Tyreek Hill, and Alvin Kamara in the same lineup, you're always looking for value on the wire. Last year, I was able to pick up the aforementioned Saints superstar running back after week 1, and I rode him to all the way to title town. Fantasy experts all across the industry will always tell you that you don't win your league at the draft and every good manager knows working the wire is essential across all formats.
Is the next Alvin Kamara sitting on the waiver wire right now, just waiting for you to grab him after a stellar performance? Hurry and finish this article! You've got some claims to make.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB - Yahoo 3% owned, ESPN 2% owned
Is this for real? Did Ryan Fitzpatrick really just torch the Saints? The Harvard product connected on 21 of 28 passes for a career-high 417 yards and 4 TD's in week 1. But is this "Fitzmagic" just a trick? The Bucs have a few more tough matchups with the Eagles, Steelers, and Bears, but if the old man can keep up this level of play, Jameis isn't going to see the field when he returns from a suspension.
Joe Flacco, BAL - Yahoo 7% owned, ESPN 4% owned
Flacco had a strong preseason and it certainly carried over to the regular season. Flacco found Crabtree, Snead, and Brown for scores against the lowly Bills defense on Sunday. I told you earlier this year to take advantage of the underrated Ravens receiving corps, and I even predicted that ol' Joe has at least one good season left in my Bold predictions article. He could be a good streaming candidate on a short week against the Bengals.
TJ Yeldon, JAX - Yahoo 15% owned, ESPN 8% owned
Oh Leonard. He got tagged with the "injury-prone" label with nagging ankle and now a hamstring issue, and that makes Yeldon my top add of the week. Based on sheer volume alone, you shouldn't be afraid to spend a little bit of that FAAB on Yeldon. Depending on the severity of the hamstring problem with Fournette, Yeldon might see a lot of playing time in the near future.
Phillip Lindsay, DEN - Yahoo 5% owned, ESPN 2% owned
Royce Freeman was supposed to be the featured tailback in Denver, but Lindsay dazzled in the opener, collecting the same amount of carries and rushing yards as his rookie teammate. The UDFA from Colorado also took a pass from Case Keenum 29 yards to paydirt, giving him a great fantasy afternoon. His usage in the passing game has me salivating at the chance to plug him into my roster.
Jordan Wilkins, IND - Yahoo 36% owned, ESPN 32% owned
Wilkins by no means lit the world on fire, but he did lead the the Colt's backfield with 14 rushes, and added 3 catches for 21 yards on 3 targets. Depending on Mack's availability in the coming weeks, Wilkins has a huge opportunity to carve out a role and maybe even keep it.
Phillip Dorsett, NE - Yahoo 4% owned, ESPN 5% owned
Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels love targeting their running backs, but I have to believe they enjoy only one thing more: finding mismatches in the defense. Gronk is just that every time he steps on the field, but we didn't see much Chris Hogan in the first game. Dorsett got fed, collecting 7-of-7 targets for 66 yards and a score. Someone has to fill the Edelman role, and Dorsett might be the one to do it. I can also see Jacksonville doubling Gronk and locking down Hogan, leaving Dorsett in many mismatches. Brady will love that.
Brandon Marshall/Tyler Lockett, SEA - Yahoo 8% owned, ESPN 6% owned/Yahoo 52% owned, ESPN 53% owned
When Doug Baldwin exited the game against the Broncos, these two receivers picked up the slack. Marshall is a red-zone weapon, and Lockett can stretch the field, proving it when he got open on a beautiful route and took the Wilson strike 51 yards to the endzone. Baldwin might have lingering knee issues all season. I think Lockett has better numbers at the end of the year, but Marshall will be definitely be involved here.
Geronimo Allison, GB - Yahoo 13% owned, ESPN 9% owned
What's not to like? He should be added just because of who is throwing him the ball. He was targeted by Rodgers during the 4th quarter comeback against the Bears and hauled in a 39-yard score. This is a simple equation, folks. Starter+Rodgers=Fantasy pickup.
Ted Ginn Jr., NO - Yahoo 17% owned, ESPN 17% owned
If the Saint's defense struggles, I like any part of the Saints offense. Traditionally a deep threat, Ginn took a 28-yarder to the house in the second quarter, and was peppered with 6 targets in the loss to Tampa. I like his chances against the Browns secondary in Week 2.
Chris Godwin, TB - Yahoo 30% owned, ESPN 34% owned
Sometimes, I like to look a little deeper. While I can't say I'd plug Godwin into my lineup immediately, he could be an attractive play if DeSean Jackson misses any time in the concussion protocol. I know several experts are calling for the Godwin breakout this season, and he is certainly a stash that could eventually find his way into lineups late in the season.
Jonnu Smith, TEN - Yahoo 2% owned, ESPN 0.2% owned
With Delanie Walker out for the year, Jonnu Smith could be a big part of the Titan's offense. Walker collected 7 targets before leaving with the injury, and the bulk of the TE looks from any Tennessee QB should now go Smith's way this season. I particularly like Smith in dynasty formats and would be willing to trade a higher pick to get him on my team. If you waited on a TE in redraft and didn't get what you wanted or you're unhappy with your decision, pick him up now.
Will Dissly, SEA - Yahoo 3% owned, ESPN 0.1% owned
Jimmy Graham who? Dissly instantly became a favorite target of Russell Wilson, catching 3-of-5 targets for 105 yards and a score. I'll take that production from a tight end any day. He's worth an add in any leagues that put a premium on tight end scoring, but I'd love to see another week before I insert him into my starting lineup.
Eric Ebron, IND - Yahoo 34% owned, ESPN 16% owned
Andrew Luck targeted a tight end 15 times in a week 1 loss to the Bengals. While Jack Doyle (most likely rostered) garnered 10 of those targets and ended with a 7-catch, 60 yard performance, Ebron's 5 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown also make him very fantasy relevant. You don't sign a guy like Ebron to simply block. He should be added and streamed when you see a juicy matchup for sure, but I'd even play him weekly because Luck is going to let it loose this year.
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